The Reverend Peter Walsh
The Reverend Peter F. Walsh, St. Mark’s 22nd Rector began his work with us on August 11, 2008. He comes to New Canaan from All Saints’ Episcopal Church and Day School in Phoenix, Arizona, where he served as rector for 5 years. Originally from Albany, New York, he is a graduate of Harvard College with a degree in history and received his Masters of Divinity from Berkley Divinity School at Yale and was ordained as a priest in 1994. Prior to his career in the priesthood, he was a financial analyst with Kidder Peabody and an advertising account executive with Geer DuBois, both in NYC. All Saints’ in Phoenix is a large church and school community with a combined staff of over 100 people providing much experience in a large church setting. Before heading west, Father Peter served as the Chaplain at Kent School and was the Associate Rector at St. Paul’s Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Father Peter and his wife, Jennifer have been married for over 26 years and have five children: Sam, Ben, Olivia, Gus and Phineas.
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The Reverend Michael S. Rau
The Reverend Michael S. Rau began his work with us on July 1, 2013. After 15 years of youth ministry experience, he attended The General Theological Seminary in NYC where he earned his Masters of Divinity. He was the recipient of the Kellogg Scholarship, an honor bestowed to one student each year for all three years of seminary. Prior to attending seminary, Mike was the Youth Minister at the Episcopal Church of the Messiah in Gwynedd, Pa. Throughout his tenure, he particularly enjoyed coordinating local, national, and international mission trips. He is currently working on creating a retreat curriculum that will help couples strengthen their relationships. During the day, Mike was the Assistant Director at Montgomery County Domestic Relations. Mike studied Youth Ministry at Eastern University and earned his undergrad degree from Temple University. Mike and his wife, Melissa, were married in 1999. They have two daughters and a son: Talie, Kiersten, and Peyton.
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The Reverend Justin Crisp
The Reverend Justin E. Crisp is a priest associate at St. Mark’s and a PhD student in theology at Yale University. He began his work with us in 2012 while still a seminarian and was ordained to the priesthood at St. Mark’s on February 1, 2015 by the Rt. Rev. Richard F. Grein. Father Justin is committed to the liturgical life of our parish and teaches both our confirmation class for youth and our Wednesday morning theology class, known as “God, Grace, and Gumption.” His current theological research concerns Christian asceticism and self-formation, theologies of sexuality and gender, and the doctrine of God. Father Justin is a doctoral fellow of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture and is co-editor with Miroslav Volf of Joy and Human Flourishing: Essays on Theology, Culture, and the Good Life, forthcoming from Fortress Press in October 2015. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Yale Divinity School, Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.
The Reverend Dr. Martha Klein Larsen
Assistant Rector/Associate for Parish Life
Pastor Martha has 33 years experience in the ordained ministry, serving many parishes in many roles. Most recently, she was the Priest-in-Charge of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Bristol, Connecticut. Before becoming an Episcopal priest, Martha was a Lutheran Pastor. She has a Ph.D. from Chicago Theological Seminary and has been an Adjunct Faculty Member at both Trinity College and Hartford Seminary. She has led Safe Church Workshops. She has also been the Dean of the Central Deanery in the Diocese of Connecticut and is currently the Secretary of the Connecticut Episcopal Clergy Association. As Martha’s title Associate for Parish Life connotes, she will be intimately and integrally involved with many aspects of parish life, including, but not limited to overseeing Newcomers, Pastoral Care and Hospitality. She will preach, teach, celebrate, and counsel and care for all. In addition, she will help with the need all parishes have to continually build and rebuild the committee structure, for we are all ministers of the Gospel and called to serve.
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