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 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Parish Secretary and 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 working at St. Mark’s, you can probably find her at her loom working on her latest weaving project or out playing with her four honeybee colonies.