Leadership

James Baker - Senior Warden 2021

Jim has attended St. Marks with his wife Markette since the two moved to LaGrange in 1998.  Jim has previously served on the Vestry from 2007 through 2012.  Jim, Markette and their children, Jack and Nina Frances, are all active members of St. Mark’s and attend the 10:30 service.

Dornan Gresley (2021)

Dornan is a LaGrange native, attending pre-school at St. Mark’s and later graduating from Christ School in Arden, NC. He is an active participant in St. Mark’s Bible Study group and sits on the Stewardship Committee. Dornan co-owns Gresley Landscapes with his father, Tommy, who also attended St. Mark’s growing up along with Dornan’s grandparents. Dornan has a love of all things outdoors and enjoys playing golf. He is a member of HYPE (Helping Young Professionals Engage) as well as actively engaged in the Chamber of Commerce. Dornan and his new wife, Christy, plan to join St. Mark’s in the Spring. 

Kriss Lindner (2021)

Kriss was born in Visalia, California but came to LaGrange when her father started working at the Wall Street Journal in the Industrial Park. She is a graduate from West Georgia Technical College and Columbus State University.
Kriss started attending St. Mark’s in late 2009, where she serves as a Eucharistic Minister, a Lector, delivers a Meals on Wheels route, and serves as St. Mark’s coordinator to the Interfaith Food Closet.
Kriss also volunteers at the Clothing Center and Empty Stocking Fund at LaGrange Personal Aid, and “rings the bell” with the Salvation Army Red Kettle at Christmas. Kriss is the Secretary for the Board of Trustees at the Self Help Harbor, Inc., a 12-step recovery facility and she serves as a scorekeeper for the Junior Varsity Academic Bowl at Troup High School.
Kriss is married to “D” and has three children. Johnathon served as a Head Crucifer and delivered the sermon on Youth Sunday and is now on the Lector rotation. Barbara serves as Head Crucifer, Clergy Cross, Lector and attended the Diocese of Atlanta 112th Annual Council as a youth delegate.

Pete Chambers (2022)

Pete Chambers has been attending St. Mark’s for about a year with his wife Paula. They moved to LaGrange from Hartwell, Georgia to be nearer to grandchildren. Pete is retired from the cabinet business and his hobbies include golf and attending his grandchildren’s solar powered car races. Pete rotates between the 8:00 and 10:30 service, serving as a lector. In addition, he is often found at Sunday school raising a question or two that helps move the discussion along.

Susan Marshall (2022)

Susan Marshall and her family, Scott, Nik and Jory have attended St. Mark’s since 2006. Susan is the owner of The Center for Mindful Exploration, which houses her private psychotherapy practice along with other services (counseling, yoga, classes, workshops and retreats) that center around meditation, mindfulness and wellness. Susan has worked with St. Mark’s youth and children’s ministries. She served on St. Mark’s Kindergarten board and provided teacher training. More recently, Susan has been active facilitating adult education for Sunday School, Lenten and advent programs. Susan has found a home at St. Mark’s because of the community. “For my family this is a place where we can be exactly who we are, where we are and be loved and supported.”

 

Lucretia Silcox (2022)

Lucretia Silcox has been attending St. Mark’s for about 4 years now. She has five children, all of whom graduated from St. Mark’s Kindergarten. St. Mark’s holds a special place in her heart, beginning with her children’s journey downstairs. She especially loves the sense of community and grace that St. Mark’s embodies. All of that makes her grateful to have the opportunity to give back to St. Mark’s in any way she can. Currently she helps coordinate the 2nd Wednesday’s at St. Mark’s and is a member of the St. Mark’s Green Team. When she’s not parenting she finds joy in helping people with their wellness journey, teaching Pilates at Body Control Pilates downtown and mentoring for Young Living Essential Oils. In addition she helps her husband, Cripper, part-time at All Pro Auto Group.

 

Ashley Stewart (2023)

Ashley came to St. Mark’s over 9 years ago when her family moved to LaGrange. The Stewart’s immediately recognized our church as their spiritual home. Ashley loves serving the church, especially our active youth. She has served as a youth Sunday school teacher as well as an occasional volunteer with both the youth group and our First Sunday Breakfast crew. All three of her children are active acolytes, while her husband acted as Senior Warden of the vestry in 2016 and currently serves as an usher.

Debbie Terrell (2023)

I am a “cradle-Episcopalian,” baptized in New Hampshire, confirmed and married in Atlanta. Thirty four years ago, when we moved to Bill’s hometown of LaGrange, we settled for good at St. Mark’s.  I am currently active in the Altar Guild, Teller Committee, Columbarium Committee, and ECW. In past years I served as a representative to Episcopal Charities Foundation (ECF), served on the vestry, and served one year as Sr. Warden. My husband, Bill, and our two daughters, Emily Pitts and Betsy Skinner, have served on the vestry, and Betsy is a former Sr. Warden.  Our grandsons are acolytes. Recently our son, Ben, with his wife, Laura, and their boys moved home to LaGrange. You will find me at Spinks Brown Durand Realtors, helping at Plum Southern, and at Granger soccer, baseball, and football fields!

Dean Thompson (2023)

Shirley and Dean Thompson are native Nebraskans who moved to Georgia in 1972. Since there were no Missouri Synod Lutheran churches in the area, and after a couple of visits to St. Mark’s, Shirley, Dean, Heidi and Curt were thrilled to find a new church family.  In 1976, Dean accepted a new position with Milliken which took the family to Los Angeles where they became members of St. Edmund’s Episcopal in San Marino, CA.  Following their two years in California, it was back to LaGrange and St. Mark’s to stay. Once again, the couple became very involved with Shirley launching the annual St. Mark’s Table Fashions Tea and election day basket lunch program while Dean served on the Vestry and chaired the Fellowship Committee. He organized a calendar of fellowship events including the very first St. Mark’s Oyster Roast that has endured and is now the St. Mark’s Fall Fest.  He also served as a lay reader and chalice bearer for several years.  Dean went on to serve additional terms on the Vestry including two consecutive years as Sr. Warden following Allen’s arrival. During his term as Sr. Warden, Dean led fundraising, contracted and supervised the work to update the church Narthex and Nave, restored the exterior windows and new front doors, and removed the deteriorating Trinity House adjacent to Phillips House. He also worked to support various other fundraising efforts for updating St. Mark’s. Professionally, Dean retired from Milliken in 2005 and launched a consulting business which led to his current leadership position in the flooring industry as President/CEO of the Resilient Floor Covering Institute. 

Judy Price – Clerk of the Vestry

I knew there was an Episcopal Church in LaGrange before I moved here and I was grateful. I had no idea how quickly I would want to be a member of this church family. Currently I help with the Altar Guild and Meals on Wheels, but there are quite a few other things that sound interesting, such as Bible study and Poetry and Pinot. St. Mark’s is indeed a great place to be.

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