The Reverend Peter Walsh
Peter has been the Rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in New Canaan, Connecticut since 2008. Previously, he served as Rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church and Day School in Phoenix, Arizona; Associate Rector of St. Pauls’ Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio; and Chaplain at the Kent School, where he coached varsity soccer, junior varsity basketball, and thirds baseball. Before entering the clergy he worked in corporate finance at Kidder, Peabody and as an account executive at Geer, DuBois Advertising, both in New York City. He also worked as a bus boy. Peter grew up in Delmar, New York, a small town outside of Albany. He graduated from the Hotchkiss School, Harvard College, and Yale Divinity School. In his earlier years, at varying times, he wanted to be a professional baseball player, professional basketball player, professional soccer player (goalkeeper), hoped to write the great American novel, be a metaphysical philosopher, a rich Wall Street economist, and a monk. None of that came to pass. Last fall he went on life-renewing sabbatical in France, Italy and South Africa and in the spring led a pilgrimage to Israel, Palestine, and Jordan and then visited with his son in Beirut, Lebanon. He is currently working on developing yoga as a form of Christian prayer. Peter is married to Jennifer White Walsh and has five grown children: Sam, Ben, Olivia, Gus, and Phineas. Peter and Jennifer celebrated their 30th Anniversary last fall while in Rome.
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The Reverend Dr. Martha Klein Larsen
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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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.