St. Markians are eagerly awaiting the arrival, on February 1, 2015, of Reverend Tara Thompson as our newly called pastor. Pastor Thompson was ordained as a teaching elder in 2005 and comes to us from St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville, Florida. Her preaching style illuminates God’s Word and enhances our understanding of the Scripture. Reverend Thompson brings with her, energetic exuberance and the ability to form relationships with all age groups. Her wish is to reach out to people and support them in being restored to God. “Unity in the body of Christ commonly requires a ministry of reconciliation among individuals.” Her ministry will facilitate St. Mark’s aspiration to become a “missional” church.
We invite you to celebrate Pastor Thompson’s first Sunday with us on February 1st at either the Contemporary service at 9:30 a.m. or the Traditional service at 11:00 a.m. Her formal Installation will be held on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. Dignitaries from Tampa Bay Presbytery will lead the service and guests will include members from her former church in Jacksonville. A reception will follow the ceremony and all are invited to share this momentous occasion in the life of St. Mark’s.