Marilyn Karl, Onboarding/Communications
Our family joined St. Mark’s in 1994, not long after moving to Upper Arlington from Clintonville, where we had attended Indian Springs Church of Christ, the church in which I had been raised. Bill and I and our four school-aged children found St. Mark’s to be a welcoming, inclusive, active congregation with a variety of opportunities for all of us to participate in worship, service, and fellowship.
Over the years, I have been involved primarily in the ministries of formation and outreach. I have taught Sunday school, children’s chapel, and VBS, and continue to volunteer in the nursery. Outreach is my primary focus at this time, helping with meals at St. John’s, volunteering with NNEMAP and CATCH Court when I can, and organizing lunches for the Habitat volunteers. I am a member of Altar Guild. Bill and I serve together on the 3rd Sunday coffee hour team and also enjoy being part of Supper Club.
In my professional life, I have taught Special Education for over 30 years, with some time off to be a stay-at-home mom and to teach preschool. I retired from Columbus City Schools briefly a few years ago, but returned as a part time intervention specialist at Colerain Elementary School, where I continue to enjoy seeing children learn and grow.
I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on St. Mark’s vestry and pray that as a church we may help one another grow spiritually and truly represent Christ in our world.