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The Rev. Thomas P. Murray, Rector

The Rev. Thomas P. Murray

Rector

Tom accepted the call to St. Mark’s in the summer of 2015. Previously he served as Director of Youth Ministry, Associate Rector and Rector at churches in North Carolina and South Carolina. He received his BA in Psychology from North Carolina State in 1992, and his Master of Divinity from Sewanee in 1999. He was ordained into the priesthood in the Diocese of South Carolina on December 4, 1999. Tom believes that the purpose of the Church is to first bear witness to the grace of God in Jesus Christ and then equip parishioners for the work of ministry. He is married to Perrin Steele, also a native of Winston-Salem NC, and they have four children between the ages of 17 and 23.

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Phone: (904) 388-2681 X206


The Rev. Canon Nancy Suellau, Associate Rector

The Rev. Canon Nancy Suellau

Associate Rector

A native Floridian, Nancy joined St. Mark's in the fall of 2015. She is responsible for activities surrounding pastoral care and parish life. In addition to St. Mark's, she serves as the Bishop’s Canon for the First Coast West area, which includes St. Mark's. She is also the Chair of Commission on Ministry. Prior to St. Mark’s, Nancy served as Rector at St. Catherine’s. Before becoming a priest, Nancy worked in radio, advertising and nursing. She is the proud mother of two adult children and two grandchildren.

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Phone: (904) 388-2681 X204


The Rev. William Stokes

The Rev. William Stokes

Assistant Rector

William grew up in Orange Park and was an active member at Grace Episcopal Church throughout his childhood and high school years. In 2016, he graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South where he studied both history and organ performance. After serving for a year as the assistant organist at Sewanee, he discerned a call into ordained ministry and attended seminary at Sewanee as well. As part of his seminary education, William had the opportunity to study at the University of Cambridge in England and participate in field education at the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, Alabama. William, recently ordained as a transitional deacon, begins his ministry in the Diocese of Florida by serving as the Assistant Rector at St. Mark's where he will oversee the youth and children's ministries as well as assisting in coordinating the parish's Christian formation opportunities.

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Phone: (904) 388-2681 X211


The Rev. Lila Byrd Brown

The Rev. Lila Byrd Brown

Assisting Priest

A Jacksonville native, Lila was baptized and confirmed at St. Mark’s. After graduating from Virginia Theological Seminary with support from St. Mark’s, she was ordained into the priesthood in 1996 and served at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tallahassee, Fla. Following her time in Tallahassee, Lila worked as Interim Associate for St. Mark’s and was later called to become Canon for Ministry Development for the Episcopal Diocese of Florida. She has served under several different Rectors at St. Mark’s, and now assists part-time with pastoral care and worship. In her spare time, she loves photography, travel and trying to outsmart her Cat, Sneakers.

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The Rev. Canon Dr. Douglas Dupree

The Rev. Canon Dr. Douglas Dupree

Theologian in Residence

After completing his Doctor of Philosophy at Oxford University in 1987, Douglas worked as Chaplain and then as Dean of Balliol College in Oxford for approximately 30 years. In 2015, he joined the Episcopal Diocese of Florida as Rector of the Bishop’s Institute for Ministry and Leadership, Canon Theologian, and as a member of the Bishop’s staff. Douglas assists St. Mark’s in adult Christian Formation and Sunday worship. He is impressed by the number of people who contribute actively to the work of St. Mark’s and by the vitality and warmth of the church fellowship as a whole.

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Phone: (904) 356-1328 X13


The Rev. Barnum McCarty

Rector Emeritus

Barnum McCarty served as Rector of St. Mark's for twenty-three years until his retirement in 1995. It was during this period that St. Mark's Episcopal Day School was reorganized and began growing into the quality educational institution it is today. Also, during this period Leatherbury Hall was rebuilt, the Church building was remodeled and several additional properties were acquired. Throughout his service Barnum has remained active in Diocesan and National Church affairs. He is presently on the Standing Committee and the Executive Committee of the National Episcopal Church.