St. Mark’s & St. Francis in the Fields

at Priest-in-Charge
Location Johnstown & Somerset
Date Posted March 11, 2024
Category Pittsburgh (Kimberly Karashin)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Town
Compensation According to diocesan guidelines, commensurate with experience
Diocesan Compensation Info
Health Benefits Negotiable
Housing None
Is there a rectory? No
Equity Allowance No
Communicants in Good Standing St. Mark's - 64 ; St. Francis - 38
Average Sunday Attendance St. Mark's - 17 ; St. Francis - 21
Budget St. Mark's - $140,599 ; St. Francis - $59,407


Liturgical style and practice

St. Mark's holds Rite II Holy Eucharist on most Sundays and Rite I on fourth Sundays. Music is provided by an organist and choir. A three-octave handbell set is played on special occasions. Lay-led Morning Prayer and Compline are also offered on a semi-regular basis. All services provide both in-person and online options.

St. Francis holds Rite I Holy Eucharist, with hymns from the 1982 Hymnal accompanied by organ or piano. Many services feature a post-Communion anthem sung by a choir of congregants. A rota of Lay Worship Leaders has supplemented Sunday Eucharists with lay-led Morning Prayer during their time of transition. All services provide both in-person and online options.


  • Strong lay leadership.
  • Active involvement in the life of the Diocese.
  • St. Mark's:  Centrally located in downtown Johnstown, providing opportunities for ministry to downtown neighbors, as well as nearby suburbs.
  • St. Francis:  Well-maintained building and grounds in exquisite country setting.
  • Leaders of the two parishes have collaborated extremely well throughout the process and have demonstrated respect and care for one another.
  • Strong support from the Bishop's Office.
  • The region ... These two parishes are located 30 miles apart on the east side of the scenic Laurel Highlands.  Individuals and families in the region have access to a plethora of outdoor activities (such as hiking, fishing, rafting, skiing and biking), historical sites (including three National Park Services sites), higher education, cultural events, the Johnstown Symphony orchestra, and other attractions.


  • Declining and aging membership.
  • 30-minute travel time between parishes can be difficult in winter.
  • Two distinctly different parishes, with different characters and ministry interests.
  • This is the first such partnership for the Diocese of Pittsburgh, so it's a learning process for all of us!


Conversation between St. Mark’s and St. Francis about this shared call began in June 2023.  After signing a Covenant of Explorative Partnership, each parish engaged in a self-study process and developed a Parish Profile.  Their commitment to the partnership was affirmed by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding outlining key aspects of how the parishes would work together, and with the Bishop’s Office, toward a shared call.  The people of St. Mark’s and St. Francis in the Fields look forward to welcoming a Priest-in-Charge to join them in this partnership and to guide them in serving God, each other, and their communities.

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Contact Information

Please send resumé/CV, OTM profile, link to online sermon(s), and cover letter (describing why you feel called to apply for the position and the gifts you would bring to it) to The Rev. Canon Nancy Suellau, acting transition minister for the Diocese of Pittsburgh, at, with a copy to Executive Assistant Andrea Rath at  Inquiries about the position may also be directed in this manner.