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The Rev. Mark A. Marius - Pastor

Pastor Mark Marius is in his 3rd year as Senior Pastor at St. Mark's. Ordained by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in 2001 he has spent his 15 years of ministry splitting time between serving Lutheran congregations and as a Chaplain in the United States Air Force Reserves (click for bio). Just prior to accepting the call at St. Mark's he was deployed to Saudi Arabia.

Pastor Mark has a deep appreciation for Lutheran education having gone through Bethany Lutheran School in Long Beach (1st - 9th) and then attending California Lutheran University for his undergraduate degree (Communications 1992.) He received his Masters of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, PA in 2000.

Pastor Mark has a passion for the Lutheran understanding of God's law and Gospel and is a part of the Crossings Community which helps to promote and educate Christians worldwide. He is part of a writing team that prepares weekly text studies for the Sunday Lectionary which is used by preachers around the globe.

You can find Pastor Mark running with the St. Mark's cross country team, leading chapel for Pre-School, eating lunch with the students, or out visiting homebound members during the week.

Pastor Mark is recently married to Heidi Morton, Marketing Director for CBS Television Distribution and lives in Culver City. Pastor Mark has 3 children - Anders, Malin and Soren, who currently live in Sitka, AK with their mother and step-dad.

Katie Thompson - Office Administrator

Katie Thompson comes to us from USP Fulfillment, in Rancho Cucamonga, where she held the position of Accounting Manager for the past 3 years.

Her coming to St. Mark's is really a homecoming in many ways, as she, along with her brothers and sister, have all graduated from St. Mark's Lutheran School. After St. Mark's she attended Whitier Christian High School and then went on to University of New Orleans in Louisiana.

Karla Devine - Director of Music Ministry

Karla has experience as an organist in a Lutheran church for over 20 years.
She most recently spent a bulk of her time at Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan Beach.
She also has taught many ages in music, piano, and has led several choirs. Her passion for the organ and church music has been greatly demonstrated by her actively serving with local chapters of the American Guild of Organists and the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.

Karla will begin to form 2 after school youth choirs for children from 1st grade through High School. The children will learn the basics of singing by preparing pieces to help lead the litrugy in worship on Sunday's at 9am.

Choir rehearsals are Wednesdays at 7pm in the choir balcony. If you are interested in being a part of the choir, feel free to visit at any time. If you would like to participate in worship through a song, dance, or instrument, please feel free to contact her at kjdevine99@yahoo.com.

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St. Mark's Lutheran School

2323 Las Lomitas Dr., Hacienda Heights, CA 91745 | Phone: 626-968-0428 Fax: 626-333-4998
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