I, Katrina Harder, was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. Both of my grandfathers were pastors – one Mennonite and the other Lutheran, and I grew up enmeshed in the life of the church. I was baptized by my Grandpa Lindberg in the Lutheran church and raised in the ELCA. My parents raised my brother Ron and I in a life of service and faithfulness to God and our neighbor. My mother, Rosie, a nurse, taught our Sunday school classes growing up and passed along a love for studying God's word and a heart for Christian education. My father, Richard, a wood and metal worker by trade, has passed along a passion for mission and outreach to me. When I was in high school he led our youth group on mission trips to Mexico and Biloxi (post-hurricane) that were eye-opening and inspiring. I grew up influenced by a great many family members – grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins – many of whom still live in Kansas and whom I love to visit! I deeply value time and relationships with family and hope to share more stories about my loved ones with you in the future.
I came to Florida from Colorado after living there from 33 years. I was born in Louisiana, grew up in Texas and moved to Colorado to go into the Air Force. After the Air Force, I stayed in the area and lived in Denver. In 2013, I was motivated to move to Florida and to this point, I've been an employee at St. Mark since that time. I am an avid amateur gardener and I very much live to cook for friends and family.
Cheryl has lived in Clearwater since the 3rd grade. Graduated from Clearwater High school and attended Campbell College in North Carolina majoring in music. She has served numerous churches in the Tampa Bay area as soloist, accompanist, organist, and conductor. January 30th of 2017 she started her 22nd year at St. Mark as the Music Director and Cantor. Cheryl helps the congregation praise God by adding the element of music to the worship service. She is the director of the handbell choir which is an integral part of the worship experience for congregants.
Her primary job is with Myrtle Avenue Pediatrics where she has been employed for 53 years. She also teaches piano to bring the joy of music to a younger generation.
Jim Boyter is St. Mark's property steward of many talents. He is an engineer by profession now retired. Jim is a part time employee responsible for general maintenance of the campus (school excepted). His skills allow him to do the general plumbing, electrical and mechanical work necessary to keep St. Mark looking good and running well.
Beverly Entwisle as a part time employee is responsible for a number of the common areas.
My life started out as one of seven girls in Braddock, Pennsylvania (outside of Pittsburgh). After graduating high school I worked as a Secretary/Bookkeeper. I’ve worked in various businesses such as insurance, accounting, advertising, costume shop, and two churches after moving to Ocala, Florida in 2009. I’ve also volunteered with my Catholic church as a Religious Education teacher, Lector, Eucharistic Minister, and helping in the office when needed. I have three wonderful children, my daughter Regina and two sons Ronald and Raymond and four granddaughters, one grandson and one great-grandson. I moved to Clearwater in January 2016 to be closer to my daughter who lives in Dunedin. I’m grateful to Pastor Katy and Church Council for allowing me the opportunity to work here at St. Mark. I look forward to meeting the members of your congregation.
During St. Mark’s Annual Congregation Meeting on January 29, 2017, two new council members were elected. They are Ken Chernes and Steve Miller. On January 31, 2017, Church Council met in a special session to elect officers and they appear below. You are always welcome to talk with a council member about a specific interest or issue.
Church Council members also act as liaisons with "ministry teams." In the near future, Pastor Katy will be talking with members of the congregation to revamp our teams and help re-define their structure and functions so there is no overlap. If you have certain talents that you feel would be a fit for a team, you are urged to contact Pastor Katy to let her know your interest.
Although others may be formed later, a few of the current ones to be named are Welcome Team, Fellowship Team, Congregational Care Team, Property Team, and Generosity Team. Please remember that input from the congregation is important in helping to make our teams functional and vibrant. Teams act as a secondary level of leadership that helps the church run smoothly behind the scenes.
President - Helen Henwood
Vice President - Pete Horvath
Secretary - Jennifer Grumbling
Treasurer - Ken Chernes
Pastor Katy Fast