Fr. Mark and his family have long considered Scottsbluff/Gering home. Before responding to a call to the priesthood, Fr. Mark worked in the healthcare industry. In 2003 he moved to Denver to attend Iliff School of Theology, graduating with his MDiv in Anglican Studies. Since being ordained a priest in 2007 he has served as Curate at St. Martha's Papillion and then Rector at St. Augustine's in Elkhorn. When not at church, Fr. Mark enjoys fishing and spending time with family. He and Jill have five children and one grandchild.
Robert ManasekAssociate Rector
Father Robert Manasek was born and raised in Omaha. He attended public schools and also the University of Nebraska, Omaha, earning his BA and MA in general biology. He has worked as a lab technician in a dairy and the Eppley Cancer Institute. He has also worked as a humane officer for the Nebraska Humane Society, a zoo keeper at the Henry Doorly Zoo and for over thirty years with the national park service, which has taken he and his wife Barbara to California, Illinois, Kentucky and finally back to Nebraska. He and Barbara have two adult children. Bob currently is employed by the National Park Service and is a ranger at the Scottsbluff National Monument west of Gering, NE. As a child he attended a Lutheran and a Methodist church before settling into the Episcopal Church. He was confirmed on May 28, 1967 at Trinity Cathedral, Omaha, and ordained to the deaconate as a transitional deacon on April 18, 2006 at St. Timothy’s in Gering. Currently he serves as a priest to St. Francis, Scottsbluff.
Karen AndersonAssociate Rector
Karen Anderson was born and raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She graduated from Watertown Business University in Watertown, SD. She has four grown children and ten grandchildren. Gering became her home in 1997. Karen has twenty-four years experience in the Chamber of Commerce industry and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Scottsbluff/Gering United Chamber. She was baptized April 17, 1965 and confirmed June 29, 1965 at Christ Church in Lead, SD. She worked at Thunderhead Episcopal Church Camp during high school. Currently she serves as a Priest at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. She has served on the Diocese Standing Committee for the past six years.