St. Mark’s is the Episcopal Church on Marco Island. Since our first service was held on August 13, 1967, we’ve opened our doors and our hearts to local year-round and seasonal residents alike. We invite you to come experience the love that so many find in this place we call our spiritual home.
The Rev. Dr. Jessica Harris Babcock, Rector
Rev. Jessica serves in an executive pastor role at St. Mark’s guiding the work and growth of the church through preaching, teaching, pastoral care and good administration. She is married to her husband of 29 years, Dwight, and they have two grown daughters. Jessica holds a Doctor of Divinity Degree (D. Min.) from The University of the South in Sewanee TN. You can contact Jessica at j[email protected].
The Rev. Kathy Schillreff – Assisting Priest
Rev. Kathy assists with preaching, teaching and pastoral care. Kathy holds an M. Div. from Seabury-Western Seminary in Evanston, IL (now Bexley-Seabury). Rev. Kathy generously gifts her time to St. Mark’s. You may contact Kathy at [email protected].
The Rev. Jean Hite – Assisting Priest
Rev. Jean assists with preaching and teaching as well as spiritual direction and retreats. Jean holds an M. Div. from the General Theological Seminary in New York City and like Rev. Kathy, generously gifts her time to St. Mark’s. You may contact Jean at [email protected].
Say hello to the lay leadership team at St. Mark’s.
What’s a Vestry?
The Episcopal Church uses the term vestry to refer to our body of lay members elected by the parish to run the business of a church. Members of the vestry are elected at the Annual Meeting in January of each year and serve for a three-year term. The Vestry has ultimate responsibility for church finances, buildings and grounds.
Two members of the vestry are elected by vestry membership to serve in the role of Senior Warden and Junior Warden. The Senior Warden serves as the primary liaison between the Rector and the Parish. The Junior Warden has over site of parish buildings and grounds.
Class of 2021: Anna Gionet, Wendy Happney, Tom Weis
Class of 2022: Elaine Cole, Bill Klug, (Vacant position)
Class of 2023: Gail Merenyi, Gary Vanic, Jean Esposito
Non-Voting: Treasurer Ann Burton, Clerk Debbie Wesolowski
Finance Committee Chair: Bill Klug
Corporate Secretary: John Rogers
Peggy Totten – Director of Family Ministries
Peggy oversees our preschool, managing 40+ preschool children and teachers. She’s a legend on the island and is known as “Miss Peggy” by many families who had children in her preschool program. Additionally, she serves as our Director of Family Ministries – coordinating formation for our Youth and Children. You can contact Peggy at [email protected].
Helga Bartus – Organist
Helga serves as our organist and pianist at all services, guides the “Friends of Music” concert series, and hand bells at St. Mark’s. She also publishes our weekly e-newsletter, The Vine. You can contact Helga at [email protected].
Shane Totten – Band Director
Shane brings the 9:00 Family Service alive with his wonderful blend of secular and sacred music performed by the No Exceptions Band. You can contact Shane at [email protected].
Todd Peterson – Choir Director
Todd helps our choir members shine by bringing out the best in each individual voice. Todd leads our adult choir with a special blend of teaching, joy and encouragement. You can contact Todd at [email protected].
Khatuna Chkuaseli – Church Operations Manager
As our Operations Manager, Khatuna is responsible for keeping the church campus running smoothly by managing vendors, scheduling repairs, maintaining the church calendar and website, overseeing video streaming on Sunday Mornings, and general office and ministry support. You can contact Khatuna at [email protected].
Kathie Osswald – Office Assistant
Kathie produces our worship bulletin each week and maintains our Member Database. You can contact Kathie at [email protected].
Anthony van de Ven, CPA
Anthony is our wonderful staff accountant who keeps our accounts straight, coordinates audits and consults with leadership regarding our finances. You can contact him at [email protected].
Arguably, St. Mark’s has the best location on Marco Island. You’ll see our steeple as you cross the Jolley Bridge and continue down Collier Boulevard. Parking can be found by turning left on East Elkcam Circle and left again on 6th Avenue.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 339 Marco Island, FL 34146
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (239) 394-7242