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 - $123,944 ; St. Francis - $87,585 (from 2022 PRs)


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.


St. Mark's:

  • Strong lay leadership
  • Centrally located in downtown Johnstown, providing opportunities for ministry to downtown neighbors, as well as the whole of Johnstown suburb

St. Francis:

  • Strong lay leadership.
  • Well-maintained buildings and grounds.

The partnership:

  • 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 location:

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 recently 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.

Contact Information

Please send cover letter, OTM profile, and resumé/CV to The Rev. Canon Kimberly Karashin, Canon to the Ordinary and Transition Minister for the Diocese of Pittsburgh, at  Cover letter should describe why you feel called to apply for the position and the gifts you will bring to it.  Links to online sermons/services or copies of two written sermons would be helpful and appreciated.