Staff

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

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

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.

Kyran Pittman

Kyran Pittman

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Lay Ministries Coordinator

Kyran Pittman is St. Mark’s Lay Ministries Coordinator, providing support to the ministries that keep our church community vibrant: newcomers hospitality, adult learning, social activities, and other programs led by our talented and energetic members. Kyran brings with her a lifelong passion for communicating and connecting — her not-so-secret alter ego is an author, blogger, and magazine writer whose work has been widely published.

An Episcopalian since 1999, and a member of St. Mark’s since 2014, Kyran lives in nearby Kingwood with her husband, three sons, one dog, two cats, various itinerant songbirds, and innumerable chipmunks.

Michael McCain

Micheal McCain

Intern

Michael is a Little Rock native and a rising senior in the M.Div. program at The School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. Before going to Sewanee he graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where he studied Finance and Economics and then held various jobs in Lexington, KY and Little Rock, AR.

This summer he is excited to be helping out and getting to know the community as an intern at St. Mark’s. Along with working at St. Mark’s this summer he is completing a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program by serving as a Chaplain Intern at UAMS.

When he is not working or studying, Michael enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, and playing with his black lab Bella.

Cheri Shelby

Cheri Shelby

Cheri Shelby

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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.

 

Ashley Haggard

Ashley Haggard

Ashley Haggard

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Youth Director

Ashley is a cradle Episcopalian brought up in the Diocese of Oklahoma. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Journalism in 2009. An active member of the diocesan youth community, Ashley has served as the youth minister at St. Patrick’s in Tulsa since 2010 and as the Oklahoma Happening coordinator since 2009.

Ashley is thrilled to be starting the next step of her spiritual journey as the youth minister of St. Mark’s. When not working with youth Ashley loves hanging out with family and friends, cooking, enjoying the outdoors, watching movies, reading and spending time with her dogs Mabel and Beau.

 

Linda Walkerlinda walker 2015

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Communications

Linda is a cradle Episcopalian. She and her family have been members of Saint Mark’s since 1977.  Linda and her husband have two grown children and two spoiled standard poodles.  When she’s not updating Saint Mark’s website or sending out electronic newsletters, you can probably find her at her loom working on her latest weaving project or out playing with her four honeybee colonies.