Staff

Karen Blissit

Karen Blissit

Karen Blissit

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Parish Administrator

Karen has been parish administrator at St. Mark’s since June, 1997. She keeps financial records, oversees buildings and grounds and provides administrative support to the clergy.

Karen is a “people” person. Before her call to St. Mark’s, Karen worked as an executive secretary for a local telephone company and as a fidelity & surety bondwriter for a major insurance company.

In her playtime, you will find Karen and her husband on the banks of the Arkansas River or taking care of their mini-farm.

Tim Allen

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Organist/Choirmaster

Tim was born and brought up in St. Albans, England. He attended St. Albans School and studied the organ at St. Albans Cathedral.  In 1981 he was elected as Organ Scholar at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he completed his degree in music and studied organ with Nicholas Kynaston.

In 1986, Tim became Assistant Master of the Music at Chelmsford Cathedral in Essex.  In 1991, Tim was appointed Organist and Master of Choristers at St. Columb’s Cathedral in Derry, Northern Ireland. He revived the men and boys choir and co-founded the Two Cathedrals Festival, a major cross-community event that became the Province’s most significant music festival.  He was also City Organist, President of the Ulster Society of Organists and Choirmasters and prominent in the arts scene for Northern Ireland.

In 2001, Tim  took up residence in St. Louis. It was there that he met and fell in love with a young soprano, Christine Westhoff, and they were married in 2004. Tim and Christine moved to Little Rock in 2006, where their daughter, Cecilia, was born in 2009. Christine is enjoying a burgeoning career as a concert soprano and maintains a busy schedule.

Luke Gilbert

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Family Ministries Coordinator

Luke Gilbert is St. Mark’s Family Ministries Coordinator. He graduated from Westminster College with a degree in Psychology in 1994. Two years later, he was hired as St. Mark’s Youth Minister, and has been here ever since.

Luke is married to his best friend Sydney. He enjoys golf, movies, sports (especially the Razorbacks), reading a good book, and spending time alone with God. Please feel free to contact Luke with any questions about St. Mark’s children, youth, or young adult programming.

Annie Burton

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Lay Ministry Coordinator

Annie Thompson is Saint Mark’s Lay Ministries Coordinator. Annie and her children, Beth (14), Sam (10) and Cate (3) joined Saint Mark’s in 2013. Annie has been a lawyer in Little Rock for 18 years and brings with her extensive experience in social media, marketing and public relations. She is excited about the opportunity to give back to a church that welcomed her family with such warmth when she was a newcomer.

 

Cheri Shelby

Cheri Shelby

Cheri Shelby

Day School Headmistress

Before heading St. Mark’s Dayschool, Cheri held a series of jobs including high school English teacher, counselor for the Arkansas Employment Security Division, and GS3 for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

She was blessed to find a career befitting her basic child-like nature and inability to sit still. St. Mark’s School has been a major part of her family, as she has seen her children and grandchildren learn and prosper in this nurturing environment.

In her other life, Cheri can be found at the tennis courts, ski slopes, exercise room, and Starbucks. According to the children at St. Mark’s, her main job includes “telling everyone to go to the bathroom,” and “making sure everyone is OK.”

Carlene Reynard

Carlene Reynard

Carlene Reynard

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Parish Secretary

Carlene has been St. Mark’s parish secretary since July, 2007, shortly after she and her husband moved to this area from southwest Arkansas.

When she is not in the office, she enjoys gardening, reading, and spending as much time as possible with her four grandchildren.

 

Katie McDonald

Katie McDonald

Katie McDonald

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Youth Director

Katie moved to Little Rock after graduating from the University of Tulsa in 2006 and loves Central Arkansas. She has worked at Camp Mitchell since 2003 and spent the last 3 summers as the Summer Program Director. Katie now has a wonderful job working as St. Mark’s Youth Director.

When Katie is not at St. Mark’s or at a Youth Event, you will find her walking her dog, spending time with her friends, reading, and watching funny movies. Please feel free to contact Katie with any questions about St. Mark’s youth programs.