Welcome to St. Mark’s, Geneva! Whether you delight in the solitude and quiet dignity of our chapel (built in 1868) or find energy from the hundreds of children in our Sunday schools, I believe our inspirational worship and vibrant fellowship can impact your life.
St. Markers have grown up in Geneva, in the Fox Valley, across the country, and around the world. We come from non-church, Protestant, and Catholic backgrounds, and have been led to call this place our spiritual home. I hope you might find you “belong” here too!
I want to encourage you to join with us in discovering that God is closer than you think! Introduce yourself to me and know that this parish wants to warmly welcome you as a visitor and challenge you to grow as a member.
Mark Tusken is a “cradle Episcopalian” who grew up in Kansas City and then headed south to attend Vanderbilt University. During his four years in college, he was actively involved in ministry to teens through Young Life.
His first liturgical leadership took place in Grand Teton National Park with services for tourists. His seminary training was spent at Trinity School for Ministry. He assisted at churches in Casper, Wyoming and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania before becoming rector at Christ the Redeemer, Montgomery, Alabama in 1986. He was called as rector of St. Mark’s, Geneva in 1994.
Mark is proud of having served as a chaplain in the Air National Guard and earned his Doctor of Ministry through studies related to Chrysostom, an early preacher.
He has two sons who graduated from Geneva High School. The love of his life is Peggy. They enjoy working together on an old farmhouse in Galena, Illinois.
The Rector’s Study is a class held every Saturday morning from 8:00—9:00 am. We meet in the fellowship hall for a cup of coffee and a chance to grow deeply in God and together.
Usually our studies center around a book of the Bible. During summer 2013, we will be studying the various saints of the summer season.
The class follows a curriculum that allows you to come every Saturday or to “dip in” for a week here or there. This is an opportunity for you to know how the rector studies (and what he thinks)!