Our Pastors & Staff

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Rev. Sharon Ragland

Lead Pastor

Pastor Sharon came to St. Mark’s in July 2010. She preaches at all three worship services on most Sundays and is part of the Wednesday “Soul Station” service. She leads several bible study  classes a year. Both children and adults look forward to Children’s time during Sunday worship to lean life lessons from members of “The Puppet House!”

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Pastor Stuart Salvatierra

Associate Pastor

Pastor Stuart was appointed to St. Mark’s in July 2018, as our full-time associate pastor. He administers our congregational care ministries, and the Wednesday evening service  “Soul Station.”  Pastor Stuart assists in Sunday worship and with special services, preaching and worship leading as needed. Stuart also with several committees.

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Rev. Dr. Evy McDonald

Associate Pastor

Pastor Evy was appointed to St. Mark’s in July 2018, as our part-time associate pastor. Pastor Evy assists with “Soul Station,” and  directs the St. Mark’s drama team “Faith On Stage.” She is the pastoral liaison for St. Mark’s Dove Mountain our second worship site. Evy is staff liaison for the Safety Committee.

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Tricia Chester

Administrative Assistant for Hospitality

Tricia has the extremely important job of manning the front desk of the church office which includes answering phones, assisting office visitors, distributing mail, making copies, and assists the rest of the staff! Additionally, she focuses on visitors and new members to our congregation, coordinates the Membership 101 class and is the staff liaison to the Church Growth and Hospitality Committee. Tricia also teaches Holy Yoga at church on Sundays and Mondays.

Bart Dale

Maintenance Coordinator

Bart came to St. Mark’s in November, 2016, and is an invaluable member of the staff. He moved to Tucson in June, 2016, from Minnesota, where he was employed in a repair and maintenance position with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Bart brings with him a wealth of experience, and diligently works to keep the church campus visually appealing and in good repair. There’s very little he can’t fix!

Kevin Conlin

Technology Coordinator

Kevin began in October of 2019 as the part-time Technology Coordinator. Kevin works closely with our volunteers and the Technology Committee to ensure high quality audio and video technology during worship and our livestream. He enjoys working with people and helping volunteers to be successful in their work. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and has experience working at churches as a musician and audio engineer.

Sondra Franks

Organist and Celebration Singers Director

Sondra has blessed the church with her musical talents since moving to Tucson and becoming the St. Mark’s organist in 1999. Additionally, she directs our Celebration Singers and the Summer Choir.

Shelley Gault

Administrative Associate

As  the full-time staff member in the front office, Shelley is the glue that holds us all together!  She maintains the church calendar and schedules all room usage. She also  assists the Senior Pastor with many forms of worship coordination, creates the bulletins for weekly worship and special services.

Lane Harmon

Counselor-in-Residence

Lane Harmon, MC, LPC, is a licensed psychotherapist with over twenty years of experience working with adults, couples, families, children and adolescents. She also facilitates the St. Mark’s Grief Support Group.

Cathy Harris-Herchenroeder

Praise Team Director

Cathy has led the Praise Team at The Gathering (our 11:15 contemporary service) since 2005. In addition, Cathy teaches high school chorus for one of the local school districts.

Ruth Kester

Bookkeeper

Ruth joined St. Mark’s in 1999 and became the staff bookkeeper in 2011. She handles accounts payable and payroll, as well as providing invaluable records for our Finance and Endowment Committees. Ruth is the Administrative Team Leader in the office for the front desk, communications and outreach, and Membership and Memorial Gardens.

JoAnn Luther

Bell Choir Director

JoAnn began attending St. Mark’s in 1994, and it was here she picked up her first handbell. She says she was immediately hooked! In 1999, she also became a founding member of Sonoran Bells, a community handbell ensemble. (She continues to ring with them.) In 2008, JoAnn became the director of the Bells of St. Mark’s.

Rachel Mosher

Youth Ministries and Common Grounds Coordinator

Rachel grew up participating in Sunday School and Youth Ministries at St. Mark’s, and served as the Interim Youth Coordinator in early 2007. She holds a degree in Religious Studies from the University of Arizona. As Youth Coordinator, Rachel provides leadership for youth ministries (preteens, middle school, youth) and leads the confirmation class. She also leads the Common Grounds ministry (a group for young adults in their 20s-40s), offering fellowship activities and spiritual growth classes.

Kim Ogle

Youth Ministries Coordinator
Dove Mountain Site Director

Kim and her family came to St. Mark’s in 1988, and she’s been working with our youth since 1999. She holds a Master’s degree in Educational Management and Development. Kim leads UMYF (the youth fellowship program), and the summer youth mission trips. Kim is Site Director for our second worship site, Dove Mountain that opened October 20, 2019.

Susan Putt

Music Ministries Coordinator

Susan and her husband, Harold, began attending St. Mark’s in 2016 after relocating from Ada, Ohio. They became members in 2017. Susan accepted the Music Ministries Coordinator position in May of 2017. Her primary role is to integrate all aspects of St. Mark’s music ministry into worship. Susan works closely with Pastor Sharon and the music staff to identify, develop and implement music that will enrich and compliment all worship services at St. Mark’s.

Elizabeth Schauer

Chancel Choir Director

The Chancel Choir and congregation have been blessed by the leadership of Elizabeth Schauer since 2003. Her musical gifts are evident through the choir’s Sunday morning anthems and the special musical programs that are offered at Christmas and Easter. Dr. Schauer is also Professor of Music and Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of Arizona.

Margaret Synhorst

Christian Formation Coordinator: Children and Adults

Margaret is overseeing responsibility for the children’s Sunday School and fellowship programs and for adult classes. She also serves at chair person for the Adult Spiritual Growth committee at St. Mark’s.

Sherry Walker

Administrative Assistant
Membership, Finance, and Meditation Gardens

Sherry came to St. Mark’s with her family as a young teen, remaining a member who raised her own children here. Sherry joined the staff in June 2013 and handles membership transfers and other church records (baptisms, marriages, etc.). She is also responsible for accounts receivable. Additionally, Sherry is the person to talk to if interested in purchasing a niche in the Memorial Garden.

Laurie Walsh

Early Childhood Center Director

Laurie began teaching Kindergarten at St. Mark’s ECC in 2007 and joined the church in 2009. Laurie was hired as the ECC Director in June, 2016. She has a Bachelor’s degreen in Elementary/Special Education, and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Laurie has taught preschool through 6th grade in public and private schools in Arizona and southern California.

Sallyann Wassmuth

Communications and Outreach Coordinator

A member of the congregation since 2001, Sallyann manages St. Mark’s website and social media presence, as well as the church publicity and marketing. She coordinates the mass emailings from the church. In addition, she creates and publishes our church newsletter, the Messenger, every two weeks. Sallyann assists the Church Growth and Society committee with seasonal advertising and other outreach activities at the church.