|Date Posted||September 14, 2020|
Southern Ohio (Jason Leo & Sherri Martin)
|Health Benefits||Clergy + 1|
|Average Sunday Attendance||50-60|
St. Mark’s is a small, lively parish that works well together. We improvise when needed and can solve any issue, and no person turns away when they are asked to help. Although small, they are diverse in their opinions, their jobs, and their histories. Because of this, they truly mean the words “all are welcome” and are looking to call a priest who shares our love of inclusion and open-mindedness.
Located in Southwest Ohio, Dayton is a prime location. With 5 rivers running through the city, multiple metro-parks, and miles of dedicated Bike Paths and Frisbee Golf courses, Dayton offers something for everyone, especially outdoor enthusiasts.
Wright Patterson Air Force Base and multiple college campuses creates a constant stream of diverse people coming through the Dayton area. The city is highly immigrant-friendly and has a wide variety of cultural influences. This, coupled with a long and respected history of innovation and invention, leads many national organizations to choose Dayton as a test-bed for new products and services.
They offer various programs to connect the community including an Annual Yard Sale, a Christmas project and the use of the building for programs including Adult Children of Alcoholics, Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill Johnson Guitar Lessons, Miami Valley Coin Club, Narcotics Anonymous, Sex Addicts Anonymous, and Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (meeting there over 50 years).
When it comes to the future of St. Mark’s and what challenges lie in their path, they listen to our parishioners. As they navigate this period of transition amidst the pandemic, they are constantly looking for new ways to keep everyone connected. They especially want to remain enthusiastic about returning to in-person worship together, with restrictions.
Many parishioners have mentioned they would like to see their worship service revitalized so that it is diverse and inclusive, while engaging all people. All the parish agrees that they would love to see more young families join the congregation as well and join in all aspects of parish life. A more diverse congregation is also sought, with specific interest in building ties with non-Caucasian groups, the LGBTQ community, and strengthening our long-held ties with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. They want everyone to understand that they all have a place at St. Mark’s, regardless of who they are as individuals or how long they have been or will be members here.
Given the current number of active families, the parish also seeks new revenue streams to complement the annual giving of these faithful, generous pledging parishioners.
No matter the pandemic, St. Mark’s is still a parish dedicated to outreach. Remaining faithful to our baptismal promise to strive for justice and peace for all people is a priority for the parish, and we continue to find ways to engage the whole parish family so our outreach efforts remain strong.
St. Mark's initially started as a full-time rector search. However, because of the current situation with COVID, they have decided to proceed with a Priest-in-Charge.
Sherri Martin, Assistant Transitions Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 513.421.0311