Our Clergy & Staff
The Right Reverend Bruce Edward Caldwell
The Right Rev. Bruce Edward Caldwell, retired bishop of Wyoming, is our Transitional Spiritual Leader. Bishop Caldwell was born on July 8, 1947 in Painesville, Ohio, the son of the Rev. Robert M. and Lois Caldwell. Bishop Caldwell moved a lot while growing up, living in Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Florida. He entered the General Theological Seminary, New York City in 1975 and received his M.Div. in 1978. He was ordained to the Diaconate in June of 1978 and to the Priesthood in March of 1979. Bishop Caldwell has served churches in Harlem, New York; as Associate Rector of St. John’s in Tampa, Florida; Rector of House of Prayer, Tampa, Florida; and Director of the Yukon Valley Training Center, where he worked to develop indigenous ministry among Native Alaskans. He and his wife founded Cornerstone Ministries, an inner-city outreach ministry in Tampa. Prior to his consecration, he was serving as Rector of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Bismarck, North Dakota. Contact
The Reverend Canon Richard H. Norman, Jr.
The Reverend Canon Richard H. Norman, Jr. was called to serve as Canon at Saint Mark’s Cathedral in August 2005. His passion for liturgy, pastoral care, and desire to be a part of a large church team drew him to Saint Mark’s. Known for his deep knowledge of church history and liturgy, Canon Richard teaches our newcomer’s class and leads the development of our rich diversity of liturgies from our family service on Maundy Thursday to our solemn choral masses that occur throughout the year. In addition to mentoring our Shared Ministry Team and shepherding those discerning a call to ordination, he also has responsibilities in the areas of pastoral care and outreach. Born in Alexandria, Louisiana in 1958, Canon Richard comes from the Deep South. He met his wife Adrienne (a New Zealander) at an Episcopal summer camp in Connecticut in 1991 and they married in 1993; they have two young children, Hudson and Olivia. Canon Richard was educated at Louisiana State University (B.S. in General Studies; M.A. in European History) and the General Theological Seminary (M.Div. and S.T.M.). He has served in a diversity of parishes in the Episcopal Church (the American Cathedral in Paris, a small Cajun parish in Louisiana, parishes in New York City, Washington, DC and South Carolina) and in the Church of England (he was a Vicar in London for five years). Contact.
The Reverend Doctor Mildred Cox
We, at St. Mark’s, are proud to announce The Rev. Dr. Mildred Cox has joined our staff as an Assistant Priest part-time. Mildred will be helping us on Sundays and with Pastoral care as well as with our on-call schedule. Mildred discerned a call and was ordained a priest in 1999 and received her Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from Seabury in Evanston, Ill, after serving for many years as a nurse, an assistant professor of nursing at St. Kate’s and a clinic manager to name a few. At the National level, she was both a chairperson of the Cultural Diversity Council and member of the Ethics Committee for the American Nurse’s Association. She was a nurse initiator for the Health Clinic for the Homeless and she was a coordinator for Health Advocacy Services for AARP. She received her Masters in Public Health from the U of M and holds an MSN and BSN in Nursing as well. She wrote and published “The Jewels of Rondo: Profiles of Older Adults in 1993 and did her doctoral thesis on “Story Telling: An instrument for Assessment and Planning for Spiritual and Healthy Well-Being” in 2007. Mildred spent 5 years at Epiphany in St. Paul where the congregation participated in her doctoral studies development. During this time she also chaired the Diocesan Aids Ministry. Mildred is currently a volunteer chaplain for the Minneapolis Police Dept as well as working as Priest Associate, since 2008, at St. George’s Episcopal Church in St. Louis Park where she coordinates the Alzheimer’s/Memory Loss ministry. Contact.
Deacon Patrick Markie
In 2004, after retiring from teaching, Pat went directly to a Diocesan Discernment Retreat and began a journey that now brings him to Saint Mark’s. Prior to joining us, he has assisted Holy Apostles’ Church Sunday School program and a confirmation program for 200 students in this predominantly Hmong congregation, helping to create a stable program for their ministry leaders. Pat then assisted with numerous ministries at St. Anne’s Parish in Sunfish Lake, including adult formation, outreach, and social justice. Deacon Pat is looking forward to beginning a his journey with us. Contact.
Raymond Johnston, Canon Musician
Raymond Johnston began his ministry as Canon Musician in 2000. He was drawn to Saint Mark’s because of its rich history of a strong music program. “The Music Program exists to enhance worship at the Cathedral,” he says, “To enable people to offer themselves in service to God and to speak to those in the wider community who are not necessarily part of our congregation, young and old alike.” In his position, he chooses the music for all liturgies and leads the Cathedral Choir that sings on Sunday mornings and the Choral Society that performs twice a year. He also coordinates the Music Series program that hosts a musical offering to the community on Sunday afternoons once a month. Raymond received his musical training at Peterhouse in Cambridge, England (awarded a Master of Arts in 1984). He worked primarily under Dr. Donald Hunt at Worcester Cathedral as Deputy Chorus Master of a 200 voice choir, but has also experienced the varied approaches of Sir David Willcocks, Dr. George Guest, Simon Preston and Joshua Rifkin. A composer and arranger of both sacred and secular choral music, Raymond’s own works have been performed in Worcester Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. Before coming to Saint Mark’s, Raymond served as Director of Music for Kent College in England, Assistant Organist at Worcester Cathedral, and Music Master at The King’s School, Worcester. Contact.
Mary Lusk, Children’s Minister
Mary Lusk began her ministry at Saint Mark’s in August of 2005. Mary has been a member of the Cathedral since 1997 and was drawn to joining the staff because of her love of the Saint Mark’s family. As Children’s Minister, Mary plans and coordinates Sunday morning activities for children, from nursery age through 5th grade. In addition to Sunday school, she is involved in special Children’s liturgies and family events. These include the Ash Wednesday service, the Advent Event, Vacation Bible Camp and our annual “pool party”, to name a few. She was born in Sedalia, Missouri, is married to Robert Brown, and has two children: Maddie and Matthew. Contact.
Lindsey Mattila, Nursery Supervisor
As the oldest of 13 cousins, Lindsey has been providing child care since she earned her American Red Cross Babysitting Safety certificate at the age of 12. Over the past 19 years Lindsey has gained extensive experience working with children of all ages, including work as Curriculum Coordinator, developing age-appropriate activities for young children. Lindsey has a BA in Biology from the University of St. Thomas; she currently works in the field of environmental science. She enjoys taking a break from all the math and science her day job requires by babysitting and caring for children at Saint Mark’s nursery. She is the proud aunt of an 18 month old nephew.
Our Youth Minister, Stacey Olson has been a member of St. Mark’s Cathedral since 2000 and teaching youth here since 2006. In the summer of 2009, Stacey was asked to take over the Youth Ministry position here at St. Marks – she happily accepted! Since then she has completely restructured our youth program; splitting the Jr. and Sr. High, starting a peer confirmation class with multi-generational sponsors, and developing many new programs and events to enable the youth to walk their own journey in Christ. She has actively worked with other MN youth ministers and Bishop Prior to start the Youth Leadership Peer Ministry program and the ECMN Youth Blasts to name a few. Stacey has a BS in Biotechnology and Microbiology and a Minor in Chemistry; she worked as a Molecular Biologist in both academia and corporate research and development for over 10 years as a bench scientist, project leader, patent scientist, and lab manager – until her daughter was born. Stacey lives in St. Bonifacius with her husband David, her daughter Lilliana, and with two dogs, two cats, and eight chickens.Contact.
Pat Betsinger, Canon Administrator
Pat Betsinger was named Administration Supervisor for the Cathedral in June 1993, and is thus the longest serving member of the present Cathedral’s staff. Pat has seen a lot of changes and activities over the years and is well-respected for her calm and steady presence. Her responsibilities include cathedral administration, bookkeeping, reception and hospitality, and preserving the historic memory of all things administrative. If you have questions regarding your giving history, Pat is the person to contact. She is married to Richard Betsinger, and they have 3 adult children and 3 grand children. Contact.
Kim Dussault, Director of Communications
Kim Dussault began as our communications director in August of 2007 after previously serving at the Basilica of St. Mary. As communications director, Kim handles the production of the Cathedral’s Outlook magazine, weekly Wrapper news, the Cathedral web site, the Cathedral Facebook page, marketing, and many of the other communications needs that arise in our Cathedral life. She has 3 adult children, and when she is not at work she is busy fixing up her ‘new’ old-house, riding her bicycle, writing, and spending time with her ‘kids’. Contact.
Amanda, our Administrative Support Specialist, will be helping with weddings, funerals, calendaring, bookkeeping, and other administrative duties. Contact
Charley Harris, Canon Sexton
Charley Harris began work at Saint Mark’s in 1993. He has since become an intrinsic part of life here; Cathedral members often wonder what we would do without Charley who knows the ins and outs of all the quirks of our building. He approaches his work with humor and commitment. He mostly works during the week but can be seen here on the weekends when big events are happening.
& Cathedral Chapter
Executive Committee (Vestry)
The Executive Committee [also called the Vestry] is composed of elected members of Saint Mark’s who serve three year terms as part of this decision-making body. They are led by a junior and senior warden who are also elected by the congregation and serve one year terms. The junior warden typically becomes the senior warden the next year. Executive Committee meetings are typically held on the third Thursday of the month and are open to congregants.
Members of the Congregation are invited to nominate candidates for election to the Vestry of Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral. All nominations must be delivered to the Cathedral office, or e-mailed to Pat Betsinger, no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19, 2012. (Download our Nomination Information and Form: Word | PDF.)
Our current Executive Committee is:
Paul Schelin and Dennis Christian
[Outreach, Youth Formation]
[Pastoral Care, Adult Formation]
Mary Beth Farrell
[Liturgy, Cathedral Life]
[Personnel, Pastoral Care]
[Cathedral Life, Youth Formation]
[Liturgy, Cathedral Life]
[Governance, Adult Formation]
Executive Committee Meeting Notes
Meeting notes from Executive Committe can be requested by contacting the cathedral office (612-870-7800).
Because we are a cathedral, we also have an additional group of representatives from other churches who serve along with the Executive Committee as the Chapter. These representatives provide valuable input to our Cathedral leadership in how we can better serve in our role as a Cathedral for the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. The Chapter meets four times a year during the normal Executive Committee meeting time.