The Reverend Ian Burch, Rector

The Reverend Ian Burch

Fr. Burch was raised in Chugiak, Alaska, where his family helped found a small, semi-rural mission congregation. He attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, where he studied Religion and Russian Language as well as Music. Directly after graduating, he began Master of Divinity studies at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. He graduated in 2004, then spent one year as a Chaplain Resident at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. After being endorsed for healthcare ministries by the Rt. Rev. George Packard in 2005, he worked as a professional and Board Certified Chaplain for eight years. He ministered in hospice, intensive care, and emergency clinical areas. He was ordained to the priesthood in January 2014 by the Rt. Rev. Jeffrey Lee and called that same year as the associate rector at St. Chrysostom’s, Chicago.

Ian began as rector of St. Mark’s on January 1, 2016. He is particularly interested in church growth grounded in radical welcome, as well as finding ways for this parish to serve God in tangible ways in the community. He is also interested in how holy liturgy shapes us for Christ’s service in the world as well as the different ways a church can be a powerful partner with other local community organizations for the support and aid of those in need. In this diocese, he has served in the past as a president of the Commission on Ministry, a co-chair of a bishop search, a Fresh Start leader, and a member of the Cathedral Corporation. He is currently a doctoral student at The General Theological Seminary in New York, New York, working on a qualitative research project studying newcomer retention in Episcopal churches. 

He lives in Bay View with his husband Travis Trott, a social worker and therapist.

The Reverend Ian Burch

The Reverend John Hickey, Priest Associate

Rev. John Hickey is a true jack-of-all-trades (and master of none). He holds an M.F.A. in Film, a J.D. in law, and a M.Div. from Seabury-Western, an Episcopal Seminary. All of which means you should probably address him as Sir Hickey. Befitting a born wanderer, Rev. Hickey has sold UFO books in San Francisco, hitchhiked through Ireland, and preached in an elementary school cafeteria on a mountaintop in Hawaii. As a priest, Rev. Hickey has discovered the joys of crafting sermons, leading Bible Study, and getting a free meal at wedding receptions. Unfortunately, he has little experience swinging a thimble, although he does appreciate an old-fashioned evangelical hymn. At St. Mark’s, Rev. Hickey embraces being a retired priest – he still harangues the congregation from the pulpit while never having to attend a vestry meeting.

The Reverend Jana Troutman-Miller, Priest Associate

The Reverend Jana Troutman-Miller

Jana Troutman-Miller serves as priest associate at St. Mark’s offering spiritual direction, retreats, and occasionally preaches or presides at Wednesday Eucharist and other special services. As a spiritual director, she specializes in discerning God’s call for one’s life, stages of spiritual development, and the spiritual journey of grief and death.

Jana, who was ordained in another denomination, and her husband Randy began attending St. Mark’s in 2006, and soon after she began to feel the call to The Episcopal Church and to pursue holy orders as a priest. They were received into The Episcopal Church in 2010, and Jana was ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in 2014, with St. Mark’s as her sponsoring parish. Since that time Jana has served as priest and chaplain at Saint John’s On The Lake, a retirement community in Milwaukee, but still considers St. Mark’s her home, as does Randy who still attends.

In the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee, Jana has served as a member and president of the Commission on Ministry, as the Title IV intake officer and is currently the president of the Standing Committee. She has served for 20 years as a professional health care chaplain in the areas of child, adolescent and adult mental health and addictions, acute care, and long-term care. She is a board-certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains and is a former board of directors member for the organization and chair of the Commission on Certification and Professional Ethics Committee. She holds a Master of Arts degree in counseling ministry from Lincoln Christian Seminary, an Anglican Studies Certificate from Bexley Seabury Seminary, and a certificate in Spiritual Direction from The Haden Institute and is now a member of its faculty.

The Reverend Michelle Mooney, Deacon

The Reverend Michelle Money

Michelle was born in Texas and lived all over the Southwest and Midwest before coming to Milwaukee in 1970. She has been a member of St. Mark’s since 1974, initially as a lay member along with her three children. In 2001 Michelle was ordained as a deacon in The Episcopal Church and she has remained serving here as the deacon. 

Michelle has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and English, a master’s in Urban Affairs-Economic Development, is a graduate of the deacons school, and is certified as an Education for Ministry teacher. Professionally Michelle has taught English and history in middle school and high school. Additionally, she has worked for a variety of not-for-profits in the areas of art, low-income housing development, community development and organizing, and was the Director of The Gathering, an interfaith feeding program, for 20 years.

As a deacon, Michelle’s main interest is getting St. Mark’s parishioners out into the community doing charitable and justice work. She is also passionate about seeing that the sick and vulnerable receive the care and attention they need from our church community. Finally her own personal interest is in Common Ground, an interfaith organization that works for greater justice in the greater Milwaukee area. She enjoys gardening and cooking in church and home settings.  Michelle looks forward to continuing to work alongside her beloved St. Mark’s community and its members.

The Reverend Michelle Money

Michael Batcho, Interim Director of Music

Michael Batcho grew up in the northern panhandle of West Virginia, not too far from Pittsburgh. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in music education from West Virginia University, he moved to Saco, Maine and worked in a Catholic parish. He then relocated to Richmond, Virginia to work in another Catholic parish and earned a master’s degree in choral conducting from Virginia Commonwealth University. He moved to Milwaukee in 1995 and served as the music director at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist for 26 years. In addition to his work at St. John’s Cathedral, he taught for a few years at Cardinal Stritch University. He lives with his partner, James, in Cedarburg.

Sara Bitner, Parish Administrator

Sara Bitner, Parish Administrator

Sara has been at St. Mark’s since May 2014. She holds degrees in speech-language pathology from Augustana College and Indiana University, and she worked as a speech-language pathologist in Illinois before moving to Milwaukee. She produces the weekly bulletins and other parish publications, coordinates the church calendar, maintains our web presence and social media, and provides a welcome presence in the office. In addition to her work at St. Mark’s, Sara serves as the Communications Officer for the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee. Sara is also active in the music scene around Milwaukee and sings regularly with the Milwaukee Chamber Choir.

Sara Bitner, Parish Administrator

Nate Irvine, Campus/Young Adult Minister

Nate Irvine is the Campus and Young Adult Minister for the Milwaukee Area as of September 1, 2023. In this half-time position, Nate serves students and young adults at Marquette University, UW-Milwaukee, and St. Mark’s, Milwaukee. Nate and his family have been part of the St. Luke’s, Bay View (Milwaukee) family since the summer of 2021. Originally from Chicago, Nate served in full-time lay ministry with The Salvation Army church for 15 years. For 13 of those years, Nate served in teen and young adult ministry, and then for two years, Nate served as the lead chaplain at The Salvation Army’s Emergency Lodge (shelter) at 7th and Walnut here in Milwaukee.

Nate earned a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies (minoring in Spanish) from Trinity International University (2006) and a master’s in Christian Ministry from North Park Theological Seminary (2020). He’s been married to his amazing partner, Danielle, for 13 years, and they have a son named Judah. In his spare time, he loves listening to and playing music, doing sporty and outdoorsy things, and watching a good show or movie.

2023 Vestry

Vestry

Brooke Frizzell, Senior Warden
Vince Katter, Junior Warden
Jason Shimko, Treasurer
Bill Florescu, Vestry Member
Susan Rohde, Vestry Member
Patrick Peczerski, Vestry Member

Meg Boyd, Vestry Member
Bobby Gilbert, Vestry Member
Matt Norby, Clerk/Vestry Member
John Johnson, Vestry Member
Judith Miller, Vestry Member
Jim Rice, Vestry Member