Mission Statement

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Our guiding vision is:

To glorify God;

To call and nurture disciples of Jesus Christ; and

To meet human needs in our church,

our community,

and our world.

 

Pastor and Teaching Elder

David Judd Pastor and Teaching Elder of St. Mark's Presbyterian Church

David Judd is a proud and fortunate husband.  With C. A. his wife, they are parents to three fantastic grown, out of the nest children who live in Little Rock, Dallas, and Memphis.  David loves to travel, enjoys most styles of music, football, night skies, and sunsets.  Energized by nature, it helps keep him calm on golf courses as he tries to play.  He plays guitar, runs to stay in shape, and enjoys his Sabbath.

He graduated with a degree in Accounting from the University of Texas in Austin, and with a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey.  He has studied Spiritual Direction and Family Systems Theory in San Francisco Theological Seminary.



I hope in my ministry at St. Mark’s to learn of God’s continuing revelation and guidance.  I endeavor to learn from those who have not experienced “church” and work with those who are veterans of organized religion.  As such in our prayers, play, work, and rest we give glory to God and learn how to be a community of Jesus Christ.    

I enjoy airports, new places, driving cars, flying, and exploring cities by foot.  I value life-long learning for all.  It keeps us young in body, mind and healthy in spirit! I follow world events, politics, history, and read both books and internet.  

I enjoy people and being in worship, fellowship, and service to God and our local and global community.  I hope to learn more about people through conversation, listening, and sharing work and rest; praying and playing.  These practices build communities and strengthen families.

God has nurtured, guided, and blessed me through a committed church upbringing.  I know I am fortunate in this.  My family and friends have helped form and nurture my faith and help me to learn more of God’s mystery and plan for my life, our lives.  I am a lifelong Christian first, Presbyterian second. 

All this is a joy and blessing, but not without trial and prayer.  My life experience and history may also hinder my ministry to those from a very different faith journey.  Even those who not lived the church experience or known about the Christian life or a faith community can still teach me about God and faith.

 
 

Parish Associate

An image of Sara Varnado in front of the stain glass windows in St Mark's Sanctuary

Sara was born in Louisiana, but grew up in North Carolina where much of her family still lives. She is a lifelong Presbyterian who spent time as a member of youth groups, choirs, and mission teams. She worked for six years as a college career counselor until she heard God calling her in a different direction. She attended Columbia Theological Seminary and graduated in 2007 with her Master of Divinity degree. Sara spent much of her ministry serving nonprofit agencies in Nashville, TN and Asheville, NC before moving to Florida. She is excited to be serving God and St. Mark’s as Parish Associate.  

 

Director of Music

Ken Stoops at the pipe organ in St. Mark's Presbyterian Church

Ken Stoops, MM

Ken was born and raised in Tipton, Indiana. After his freshman year at Hanover College (Hanover, IN), he transferred to Indiana University, Bloomington, where he received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Organ Performance. He also studied Choral Conducting, Console Conducting, Piano and German at Indiana University. During his college years he placed First in the "Contest for Young Organists" sponsored by the Indianapolis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Ken has worked professionally at Baldwin Music Centers and Wilking Music in Indianapolis, and Streep Music in Orlando. More recently he has held full-time professional positions as Church Musician in Deltona, FL, Port Charlotte, FL and Hagerstown, MD. He also has completed 6 post-graduate level Theology courses at several United Methodist Schools; Garrett Evangelical in Chicago, United Seminary in Dayton, OH, and Methesco in Delaware, OH.

He has traveled to Europe four times, always striving to improve his German and learning about European customs and culture. He is Past Dean of the SW FL Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and active in the Central FL Chapter of the AGO. He is a widower and has three sons. Two of his sons live in the Central Florida area - Troy in Deltona and David in Orlando. His son, Thomas, is in the military.

 

Administration

Cindy Johnson is a native Floridian.  She and her husband, Jerry Johnson (also a native Floridian), have three daughters between them, and ten (yes - 10) grandchildren, all in the Central Florida area.  They are avid photographers and enjoy birding and trying new recipes.  

Although Cindy has been the part-time Administrator at St. Mark's for many years, she has many other careers.  Beginning began her working career in restaurant support, she ran a local franchisee office and then worked at Darden Restaurants for over 13 years with her last position as a Senior Compensation Analyst.  She also was a licensed massage therapist and she currently has a software development business.  

St. Mark's School - Director

Carol Czwornog is a founding member of St. Mark's Presbyterian Church and the Director of St. Mark's School.  Carol's mother, Ann Vanderwerken (also a founding member of St. Mark's), began the school in 1974????.  Carol earned her Master's Degree in Education from UCF and began teaching at St. Mark's.  At her mother's retirement in 199???, Carol added those responsibilities.  

Carol and her husband, Greg, have raised two sons - Matt and Jeff - both living in the area.  Matt and Jeff are very active in the school while balancing careers of their own; Matt is an Insurance Accountant?, and Jeff is a police officer.