The Rev. Dr. Paul St. Germain
Paul became the sixth rector of Saint Mark’s, Columbus, in 2007. A native of New England, he has served parishes in Vermont, Connecticut, West Virginia, and Southern Ohio. He holds a B.A. from The University of Vermont, a Master of Divinity from Yale University, a Diploma of Anglican Studies from The Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, and has received Yale’s “Willcott Caulkins Award” for outstanding public speaking. He went on to earn a Doctor of Ministry from The Virginia Theological Seminary.
Paul believes worship is at the heart of our corporate life, empowering us to move beyond the walls of the parish into the world and extend our hearts and hands to become a prophetic presence wherever we may be. He uplifts the Lord’s Table as a sacred model for the “Beloved Community” of God’s Kingdom, and believes there is a place at that table for every human being.
Travel serves as a great inspiration, and Paul views such adventures as “spiritual pilgrimage”. Over the years he has been enriched by spending time in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Greece, Italy, and Turkey – (often through St. George’s College in Jerusalem). He regularly “crosses the herring pond” to Great Britain and is a member of the American Friends of Canterbury. Other journeys have included leadership of over twenty service trips to Russia and Guatemala – involving hundreds of adults and teens over the last few decades. His most recent sabbatical in 2015 has taken him to Japan, India, Nepal, China, Cambodia, and Tibet. A favorite quote is: “We go on pilgrimage to learn to become pilgrims in our own lives. Too many people are merely tourists” (Sister Therese Ellias).
On a professional basis, Paul is serving in his second term as a member of The State of Ohio’s Council on the Humanities – a gubernatorial appointment. Denominationally, he serves on the Diocesan Council of Southern Ohio.
Upper Arlington is currently Paul’s home, which he shares with Tavish, a particularly vocal Scottish terrier. He enjoys motoring in his Mini Cooper Countryman (he recently visited all presidential libraries in America). He is single, a life-long C.S. “Jack” Lewis devotee, fan of the “Roller Coaster Enthusiasts of America”, passionate supporter of the “Star Trek Continues” web-series, an avid foodie and cook (often to his waist’s detriment), as well as a digital photographer and sometimes artistic contributor to the Episcopal Church’s “Ministry of Visual Arts”.
Please call him Paul!
The Rev. Christopher C. Richardson
Associate Rector (AssociateRector@nullSaintMarksColumbus.org)
Christopher Richardson grew up in Westerville and was active in the church both there and in New Albany prior to heading out to Virginia Theological Seminary, where he graduated in 2009. Since then, he has served at churches in Cincinnati and Dayton.
Christopher is glad to, once again, call Columbus his home. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and finds this time as spiritually uplifting. “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” – Jesus
With a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering Technology, Christopher loves opportunities to connect theology and technology, including writing an Android application for Mission St. Clare, allowing people on the go to do the Daily Office from their mobile devices. He serves as a full-time member of the Saint Mark’s staff with special responsibilities for youth and young adult formation. Please call him Christopher!
The Rev. Dr. Mary Lynn Dell, MD
Priest Associate (priestassociate@nullSaintMarksColumbus.org)
Mary Lynn Dell moved to the Columbus area in September 2012 with her husband, David Vandermeulen, and their children, Laura and John. A graduate of Milligan College and Indiana University, Mary Lynn was ordained to Christian ministry by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1993, and then as an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Virginia in 2003. She received her seminary education at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, completed the Anglican Studies program at Virginia Theological Seminary, and earned a Doctor of Ministry degree (D.Min.) in gospel and culture from Columbia Theological Seminary.
She has served churches in northern Virginia, taught and worked with pastoral care and clergy wellness programs at several training sites and seminaries, and done pulpit supply in Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Her current “day job” is as a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Ohio State University. Mary Lynn enjoys time with her family, music, walking, and trying always to stay ahead of her children! Dr. Dell serves as a volunteer member of the Saint Mark’s staff. Please call her Mary Lynn!
Dr. Matthew Bester
Director of Music (directorofmusic@nullSaintMarksColumbus.org)
Matthew Bester hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He holds both a PhD and a Master’s Degree in Musicology from The Ohio State University as well as a Graduate Certificate as a Specialist in Medieval and Renaissance Studies from Ohio State’s Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree cum laude in Music from Harvard University.
While living in Boston, he founded and directed the Holden Consort, an amateur orchestra and chorus with a diverse repertoire of choral and orchestral works, and was music director of the Lowell House Opera for a fully staged production of Gaetano Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. From 2002 to 2004 he was Assistant Conductor of the Ohio State Men’s Glee Club. In 2006, he founded Fior Angelico, a local chamber chorus dedicated to summertime performances of early music. He remains active as a singer, performing regularly with the all-professional Lancaster Chorale, for which he also serves as Associate Conductor. From 2000 to 2011 he was a soloist and bass section leader at Saint Mark’s.
Matthew serves as a full-time member of the Saint Mark’s staff. In addition to his role as Director of Music at Saint Mark’s, Matthew sometimes teaches courses at The Ohio State University as an adjunct faculty member. He lives in Dublin with his wife and three children.
Dr. Tyler W. Robertson, A.A.G.O.
Organist and Assistant Director of Music (organist@nullSaintMarksColumbus.org)
Tyler moved to Columbus in 2012 and has been with St. Mark’s since 2014. His more than twenty years of professional church music experience include service in most mainline Christian denominations as a director of music, organist, pianist and bell choir director. He has completed extensive study in organ: at Texas State University and the University of Florida (while in high school), and continuing on to Baylor University in Waco, TX where he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Organ Performance. At Baylor, Tyler was a student of internationally acclaimed organists Joyce Jones and Bradley Welch. As a performer and collaborator, he appeared frequently with the Concert Choir, A Cappella Choir, Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band.
In 2020, Tyler completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting at the Ohio State University where he was a student of Robert J. Ward. As a Graduate Teaching Associate at Ohio State, Tyler served as the Conductor of University Chorus and Assistant Conductor of Symphonic Choir. He also served as Assistant Conductor of the renowned Men’s Glee Club. He is also a long-time member of the American Guild of Organists, and serves on the Executive Board of the Columbus chapter. In 2015, Tyler earned the Associate certification (AAGO) from the guild, one of only seven people nation-wide to do so that year. He is also a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians and the American Choral Directors Association.
In addition to his work at St. Mark’s and OSU, Tyler appears frequently at the organs of First Congregational Church in downtown Columbus where he accompanies their monthly services of Choral Evensong and other special events. In the summer of 2018, Tyler traveled with the FCC choir to Lincoln and Norwich Cathedrals in England to serve as the organist for their nine day choral residency.
Tyler has a profound love for the beautiful liturgy and music of the Anglican Church and is happy to be a part of the music ministry at St. Mark’s!
Gary L. Garber
Organist-Choirmaster Emeritus (emeritusmusic@nullSaintMarksColumbus.org)
Gary L. Garber studied with Mabel Zehner at Ashland University, with Ann Labounsky at Duquesne University, and with Karel Paukert and the late John Christian at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He attended the Royal School of Church Music in 1983, and from that year was Director of Music of Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church until his retirement in 2012.
Dr. Michael Murray
Organist Emeritus (organistemeritus@nullSaintMarksColumbus.org)
Michael Murray has recorded thirty discs for Telarc and is the author of five books, including a biography of his teacher, Marcel Dupré. He started playing organ at Saint Mark’s in 1983 and officially became Assistant Organist in 1991. He retired as Organist in 2014 after 31 years of serving the Saint Mark’s community. He continues to serve as Assistant Librarian for Collections and Public Services at the Ohio State University Music and Dance Library. He received an honorary doctorate from The Ohio State University in 2001.
Office Manager (officemanager@nullSaintMarksColumbus.org)
Originally from small town Lodi, Ohio, Melanie moved to Columbus in 2012. She graduated from Miami University in 2008 with a degree in Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs, and graduated in 2011 from the University of Denver with a degree in International Relations. She loves to travel and has visited Argentina and various European countries. Since returning to Ohio she has worked and volunteered as an administrative assistant in various settings, including the International Institute of Akron, Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland, and as an AmeriCorps Service Member with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio. In her spare time Melanie enjoys volunteering with Youth for Understanding, practicing yoga, and taking long walks in Griggs Reservoir Park. Melanie serves as a full time member of the Saint Mark’s staff.
Campus Manager (campusmanager@nullSaintMarksColumbus.org)
As our campus manager, Bill watches over special projects, advises repairs, and interfaces with technicians and outside contractors to keep the campus at Saint Mark’s a wonderful environment for worship, ministry, and the hosting of the numerous outside groups who call our church home.
Bill works closely with our volunteer Facilities Committee, which tirelessly engages the enormous number of building-related tasks that our campus demands. We are a church blessed with a beautiful campus, and it would be impossible for Saint Mark’s to manage as it does without the hard work of the Facilities Committee and the expert guidance of Bill. Here we charge our spiritual energy cells, and go forth “to do the good work God has given us to do.” Bill serves as a voluteer member of the parish staff.
Head Verger (headverger@nullSaintMarksColumbus.org)
Bill Silliman is a member of the Saint Mark’s Verger’s Guild and a member of the national Verger’s Guild of the Episcopal Church. He became head verger in 2016 when Don McConnell moved to All Saints Church in Pasadena, California.
Vergers are the “master of ceremony” in the church. Originally located in cathedrals, they become widely recognized in churches of all sizes in the 1990’s. A verger is expected to conduct liturgy with an expert knowledge of all lay ministries, from acolytes to ushers, altar guild to lectors and intercessors. In the absence of the clergy they are the “last word” in matters pertaining to worship.
Bill lives with his wife, Dianne, in the Columbus area and they are the proud grandparents of Cora, Cameron and Aubrey. He serves as a volunteer member of the parish staff.