St. Mark’s has a dedicated team of clergy, music staff, and lay leaders who work together to further the mission of St. Mark’s for the people of God.
Clergy & Staff
The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai’i
St. Mark’s is a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai’i which is part of the Anglican Communion.
THE EPISCOPAL Bishop of Hawai‘i
The Vestry of St. Mark’s
The Vestry is the governing body of the parish. The rector serves as the President, the Senior Warden is appointed by the Rector for a one-year term, and the Junior Warden is elected by the congregation for a one-year term. Of the remaining nine members, three are elected each year to serve a three-year term. The Vestry guides the parish’s mission and provides oversight in regard to finances and property.
Sandra Leialoha - Senior Warden
Sandy is a Eucharistic Visitor and Daily Office Officiant, and she is also active with the worship guilds, whether it be flowers, liturgy, or candles. She loves outreach, helping with Family Promise, Youth Outreach Waikiki, and the former Sunday Supper Ministry. She has been a member of St. Mark’s for over 40 years, and she also coordinates the Aloha Hours on Sundays, welcoming newcomers and visitors. She is passionate about our Anglican identity and stewardship, and she particularly loves the Daily Office, especially Evensong and Benediction.
Tim Valadez - Junior Warden
Tim is a regular subdeacon and thurifer for the Sunday and feast day high masses, and he serves on the Liturgy and Formation Team. He started coming to St. Mark’s in July 2013 when his work brought him to the Islands. He loves how friendly everyone is at St. Mark’s, and he is passionate about the church’s commitment to Anglo-Catholicism, whether it is the high holy day masses or the faithful community service through outreach.
Jeanne DeCosta - Assistant Treasurer
Jeanne is the Assistant Treasurer, and she serves on the Stewardship Ministry Team. She helps the rector by creating the Sunday worship leaflets, and this work combines her love of the Book of Common Prayer and Anglican choral music. She sings in the St. Mark’s Choir, she serves as the choir librarian, and she is the officiant for Evening Prayer on Tuesday and Saturday evenings. She has been coming to St. Mark’s since 2008 during a time of great transition in her life. Her faith is enriched by the music we sing, the reading of the Daily Office, and by the opportunities to gather as a family in our sacred space.
Michael Ida - Treasurer
Michael is our Treasurer, and this work requires a great deal of time. He is also the Acolyte Master, scheduling the volunteers for all of our liturgies. On Sundays alone this involves the scheduling of over 30 people. On Monday evenings he serves as the Evening Prayer Officiant, and he also serves on the Liturgy and Formation Ministry and the Stewardship Ministry. His family has been a part of St. Mark’s for several generations, and he loves how St. Mark’s is a caring family. He states, “I love the people, the community, the liturgy, the music, the history, and everything about St. Mark’s. St. Mark’s is where I learn about God and his infinite love and forgiveness.”
Nanette has served on the Vestry for many years, and she currently serves as a lector. She has been a member of St. Mark’s for her entire life, and a few years ago she joined the parish for a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. That journey gave her a new passion for Bible Study, which she attends faithfully on Wednesday mornings. She has served on the Stewardship Ministry and on the Finance Committee, and she also helps with the Aloha Hour after the Sunday Sung Mass, and she is a Godly Play teacher. St. Mark’s has always been a part of her life, guiding her values.
Every Sunday morning Kaye serves as an acolyte at the 8:00 am Sung Mass. Now an oncology doctor, Kaye’s journey into the Episcopal Church began at ‘Iolani School. He has been attending St. Mark’s for about five years, and he enjoys cooking for the homeless ministries, mainly Family Promise. He has also given a stewardship talk to the parish, and he continues to help with the church’s capital campaign. He finds St. Mark’s to be a wonderfully welcoming place. He states, “I feel like I’m part of a large and loving family that cares about each other and for the community as well. St. Mark’s is a doing church - not just an observing church.”
Michel Ai reavis
Michel loves the spirituality of serving at the altar, and every week you can see her acolyting at High Mass, as well as at Evensong and Benediction, where she coordinates the servers. She is a Godly Play teacher, volunteering her time to teach Sunday School each week, and she also assists with the High Mass Aloha Hour. St. Mark’s is her family church, and she has been a member her entire life. Her grandfather was the contractor for the current church buildings, and she is grateful that St. Mark’s is a place where traditions are honored and celebrated.
Derrick loves the worship at St. Mark’s. On Sundays he is often an usher, both at the morning masses and for Evensong and Benediction. During the week you can find him working on the candles or for the Altar Guild. He enjoys attending the Daily Office, and he also serves as a lector. His other passion is outreach, providing meals for the homeless, Family Promise, and Youth Outreach Waikiki. He has been a member of St. Mark’s for eight years, enjoying the spirituality of the Anglo-Catholic worship practices and the Bible studies. He also enjoys talking about stewardship and the need for every Christian to be generous.
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Linnea has been a member of St. Mark’s her entire life, having grown up at the church attending with her father, Walter, regularly. She is currently a pharmacist, having just returned from the mainland for college, and she enjoys being an acolyte and lector for the various services, as well as helping with the hospitality at the high mass aloha hour. She states, “I am passionate about St. Mark’s because it has given my family and me a spiritual home for many years. St. Mark’s is a welcoming, dedicated community that fosters active engagement through God within our church and the surrounding neighborhood.” She is also excited about helping St. Mark’s grow in faith and numbers.
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Jesse has been attending St. Mark’s for the past few years, and he was baptized at the Easter Vigil in 2018. On Sundays he is often serving as an usher, welcoming people to high mass, and he has a passion for outreach and Bible Study. On Thursday nights you can find him in the kitchen preparing meals for the houseless of our community. He states, “The community at St. Mark’s welcomed me, brought me in, and walked me through an important time in my faith. Getting baptized on Easter Eve (2018) was one of the most joyful nights of my life and has so far been the best decision I have ever made.”