updates from the transition committee

     Our transition time has given us the chance to review the riches of the past and to express our hopes for the future, including the opportunity to reclaim our living faith.

Our Transition Team

Co-Chairs: Scott Isaksen, Jane Pigut

Interim Rector: Father Julian Eibin

Team: Jan Bos, Pat Burgess, Lance Crawford, David Calaiacovo, Tom Morrow, Kendra Preteroti, Bev Rice, Jim Stillman

Transition Updates

10/12/17 - The Transition Team received a diverse pool of ten potential candidates for St. Mark's Rectorship, all of which have strong potential. The next step will include a thorough review of the profiles of all ten candidates and narrowing the pool down to those we wish to personally interview.

10/24/17 - The Transition Team thoroughly reviewed all ten candidates and narrowed them down to five. The remaining candidates will now be interviewed personally in the next several weeks.

12/17/17 - The Wardens, Vestry, and Transition Team are happy to announce that the Rev. John A. Marshall has accepted the call to become the next rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. “Fr. Jack” is from the Buffalo area and has recently served as the part-time rector of St. Michael and All Angels Church in Buffalo, as well as the Director of Spiritual Care at Niagara Hospice. He will begin his ministry as full-time rector at St. Mark’s on January 15, 2018.

Prayer in Thanksgiving for the Call of a New Rector:

Heavenly Father, we give thanks and praise to you for answering the prayers of the St. Mark’s family and for sending us the Rev. John A. Marshall to lead us as our new rector and shepherd, that we may do your will, not only within the walls of St. Mark’s, but out into the community, to be known as a loving and caring church where all are welcome. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen


St. Mark's has been engaged in a search for a new rector. This timeline gives an overview of our work this past year.

August 2016 : Father Julian Eibin called as Interim Rector and began his ministry with the congregation.

Fall 2016: 

  1. Transition Team is formed and charged with guiding the congregation through: 
  • Self study and discernment of vision, mission, and vocation
  • Search and Call
  • Support of new priest through first year of ministry

  2. Congregation explored its history

Winter 2016/2017: 

  1. Congregation completed the Congregational Assessment Tool for Holy Cow Consulting
  2. Congregational and cottage meetings held to process information
  3. Community Leaders interviewed by Transition Team to discern needs

Spring 2017: 

  1. Identity and Vocation document prepared, presented to Vestry and Congregation, and approved
  2. Website updated

Summer 2017: 

  1. Self Study completed
  2. Current Reality document prepared, presented to Vestry, and approved
  3. Vestry completed and approved three-year budget and related matters
  4. All materials presented to Diocesan Transition Officer
  5. Call for Rector posted on Diocesan website
  6. Rector Search web page updated

Fall 2017:

  1. Deadline for submission of applications was October 5, 2017.
  2. Applicants reviewed, interviews scheduled
  3. Interviews conducted, recommendations made to Vestry
  4. The Rev. John A. Marshall accepted the call.
  5. Announcements made