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The Rev. Michael Hiller, Interim Rector
The Rev. Michael Hiller has been our Interim Rector since November 2010. He received his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, and was a Lutheran pastor until he was received in the Episcopal Diocese of California in 2008. He came to St. Mark's after serving on a four-member transitional clergy team at Trinity Episcopal Church in San Francisco. His secular career was as a human resources executive.

George Anton Emblom, Director of Music
George Emblom has been at St. Mark's since 1992. In addition, he is Organist and Choir Director at Temple Sinai, Oakland, serves on the faculty of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific as Director of Chapel Music and Lecturer in Church Music, and teaches organ at the University of California, Berkeley. He has a Master in Music from the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory of Music.

The Rev. Beth Ann Maier, Deacon
The Rev. Beth Ann Maier is new to St. Mark's, joining us in summer 2011. She was ordained in 2009 in the Diocese of Vermont and remains canonically resident there. She is a pediatrician, having graduated from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, with resident training at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She had a private practice for 32 years in Vermont and is active with Camp Agape, a residential summer camp there serving children who have experienced a parent's incarceration. At St. Mark's, she assists the Lay Pastoral Ministry and the Suitcase Clinic for street youth. She also sings in the choir.

Nancy Ross, Field Education Seminarian
Nancy Ross is a student at Church Divinity School of the Pacific. She is also Director of Communications at The Pacific Institute, Oakland, a leading research organization on water, environmental justice, and sustainability. She has degrees in journalism and music, and is active in two organizations that provide support for families that have suffered the death of a child. She is studying for a Master of Divinity.

Vanessa Rusca, Office Coordinator

Joel Contreras, Sexton

Courtney Storm, Property Manager


The Rev. Arthur R. Boone
The Rev. Arthur R. Boone is a retired priest of The Episcopal Church, canonically resident in the Diocese of Vermont. He has lived in California since 1975 and, apart from three terms as Interim Pastor of St. Augustine's Church, Oakland, has assisted at St. Mark's. At St. Mark's, he is active in the Social Issues Committee and the Hot Meals program. His academic degrees are from Princeton University, Brown University, and Union Theological Seminary, New York City.

The Rev. Dr. Lizette Larson-Miller
The Rev. Dr. Lizette Larson-Miller has a Ph.D. in Liturgical Theology and History from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley (1993), in addition to degrees in liturgical studies and music from St. John's, Collegeville, Minnesota, and the University of Southern California. She is currently the Nancy and Michael Kaehr Professor of Liturgy at Church Divinity School of the Pacific and Adjunct Instructor at Santa Clara University. Her academic interests include, in particular, the early history of the liturgy and rites for the sick, dying, and dead.

The Rev. Joseph Pummill
The Rev. Joseph Pummill graduated from Berkeley Divinity School, New Haven, Connecticut, with a Master of Divinity in 1958. He has been a priest since 1959 and has served as a curate and a rector. He started an inner city American Youth Hostel in San Francisco in 1980 and served for several years as manager of The Bishops' Ranch, Healdsburg, CA.

The Rev. Dr. Scott Sinclair
The Rev. Dr. Scott Sinclair earned the Master of Divinity at Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and his Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. He is on the faculties of Dominican University, San Rafael, and the School for Deacons in Berkeley. He is the author of several biblical studies books, most recently, An Introduction to Christianity for a New Millennium.

The Rev. Dr. Louis Weil
The Rev. Dr. Louis Weil is the James F. Hodges and Harold and Rita Haynes Professor Emeritus of Liturgics at Church Divinity School of the Pacific. His academic degrees are a B.Mus. from Southern Methodist University; an A.M. from Harvard University, the
S.T.B. from The General Theological Seminary, and Peritus Sacrae Liturgiae, Magister Sacrae
Liturgiae, S.T.D. from Institut Catholique de Paris. He is widely published, and his current project is on the history of the papacy.