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 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.
The Reverend Terry Michael Erickson
On Sunday, June 23, 2013, after five years of formation, St. Mark’s first Shared Ministry team was commissioned and ordained; Terry was ordained a deacon that day. During his fifteen years as a member of St. Mark’s, Terry has been involved in various ministries such as Sunday Night Supper, Altar Guild, Eucharistic Ministry, and Pastoral Care. He works at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota as registrar for Lifelong Learning. In the past Terry worked for Target Corp. in sales support and marketing in what was the department store Marshall Field’s. In 1979 Terry graduated from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting. In 1977 Terry graduated from Moorhead State University, Moorhead, Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Painting and Drawing and a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education. Terry grew up and attended public schools in Cass Lake, Minnesota and now he and his partner Jerry live in Minneapolis along with their dog Kenji. Contact.
The Reverend Roger L. Franzen
Roger was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and attended private grade school and public middle and high school. After graduating from South High in Denver he began theological instruction at St. John’s College in Winfield, Kansas. He continued these studies at Concordia College in Ft.Wayne and Concordia University in Seward Nebraska. He completed a degree in Social Psychology while at Seward. He attended four years of theological studies at Concordia Seminary in Springfield, Illinois with a study focus in Historic and Applied Theology. After graduation from seminary he began a teaching career in Minneapolis at Lutheran Academy. He also served in three parish ministries, Kearney, Nebraska, Peoria, Illinois and Minneapolis, Minnesota before returning to the classroom full-time. Roger also completed work in Pastoral Studies at the School of Divinity at St. Thomas University with a focus in worship. In 2000 Roger left full-time public ministry to work in patient services at a cancer center in Roseville and at specialty clinic in St. Louis Park. Roger served in youth ministries at St. John’s in Linden Hills and at St. Mark’s Cathedral. He is currently on the Shared Ministry Team as ordained priest. Contact.
Helen Hansen, PhD, RN is a retired nursing faculty member from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. Her professional background includes advanced clinical nursing practice, health care and academic administration, leadership, teaching, and research. She is a member of the Shared Ministry Team at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Minneapolis. Her ministry as a Pastoral Care Minister is healing, pastoral support, and coordination of Eucharistic Visiting. Helen is a member of the Commission on Ministry of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. She facilitates discernment and formation for ministry and supports total/shared ministry team development in the ECMN. Helen is married to Dr. Robert Collier, a retired emergency medicine physician, has four children and six grandchildren. She lives in St. Paul.
The Reverend Siri Hauge Hustad
Siri Hauge Hustad was born and raise Episcopalian in Minneapolis. A life long member of Saint Mark’s, Siri has grown up in a church that has grown with her; learning and changing over the years. Influences in her life include the many adults and children in this crazy loving family called Saint Mark’s, the nuns of St. Scholastica College, the writings and words of St. Athanasius,Teihard da Chardin, Thich Nhat Hanh, Leo Buscalia, John O’Donohue and Nadia Bolz-Weber to name a few. Siri is a Public Health Nurse, loves winter more than summer, Lake Superior over any big city and is amazed that her husband has not moved her and the dogs to Montana yet. The proud mother of 2 amazing girls (young women!) who can be found just about anywhere there is a mountain to climb up or ski down. They too were brought up at Saint Mark’s, making this Cathedral church home to 3 generations.
A member of the Shared Ministry Team, she was ordained deacon in January of 2013 and priest in June of 2013. She is active in ministry for all ages and can’t wait to spend her vacations at Episcopal Youth Music Camp every August, loves to attend Agape dinners at TEC and is in awe of seeing hundreds of Episcopal youth at EYE every 3 years no matter where it is. Liturgy as the work of the people, is where you will also see Siri; assisting with youth acolytes and others; celebrating Christs presence here on earth. Contact.
Deacon Lowell Johnson
Deacon Lowell Johnson has been a member of St. Mark’s since 1974. He and his wife, Colleen, married 26 years, have a daughter, Rona, son in law, John, and grandson, Keegan. Lowell has graduate degrees in History from the University of Minnesota and Teaching from the University of St. Thomas, and a certificate in EFM (Education for Ministry). He is a facilitator for the Downtown Churches Grief Coalition, involved with Native American ministry, and in connecting persons in need with the resources to assist them. Lowell is looking forward to pastoral care ministry, training of people in using their gifts in ministry, and being a Deacon to bring the Gospel to the world and the needs of the world into the church. 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 Mallon Dussault, Director of Communications
Kim 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. 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.
The Nominations Committee is pleased to open the nominations process for 2014. One of the most important roles of your leadership is to welcome others into ministry. We ask that you prayerfully consider who might be best equipped for nomination, be it you or a fellow parishioner. We consider all roles to be sacred, including whether you are assisting with Sunday night supper, greeting those who enter our space with passionate welcome or serving in leadership. We are committed to openness throughout this process and welcome questions and comments. Nominations Due December 1, 2013, click materials link for copy. If you have any questions, please contact a nomination committee member (Warren Maas, Tony Winer, Kate Cravens, Mary Beth Farrell, or Matt Meyers) or Wardens (Rich Simons or Sally Cuningham).
& 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.
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.