Clergy and Staff
The Reverend Sean E. Mullen, Rector
Father Sean Mullen came to Saint Mark's in August of 2002 to serve as Curate, and in November 2006 was elected 14th Rector of the parish. Before coming to Philadelphia, Father Mullen was the Chaplain to the Most Rev. Dr. Peter Carnley, Archbishop of Perth and Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia (1998-2002). Prior to that he was Assistant Rector of All Saints Church in Richmond, Va (1996-1998).
Father Mullen is a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. (1989) and of the General Theological Seminary in New York (1996). He serves as President of the Board of St. James School, of which he is also a co-founder. He also serves on the Board of the Society for the Advancement of the Episcopal Church in Pennsylvania, and he is Assistant Chaplain to the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry.
The Reverend Dr. Kyle J. Babin, Assistant Rector
Father Kyle Babin came to Saint Mark’s in November of 2018 after serving as Assistant Rector of St. Peter’s Church in the Great Valley in Malvern, Pennsylvania. A native of Texas, Father Babin served as director of music and organist in a number of parishes before discerning a call to ordained ministry. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree (summa cum laude) from Rice University, a Master of Music degree from Yale University, with a certificate from the Institute of Sacred Music, a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Manhattan School of Music, and a Master in Divinity degree (cum laude) from Virginia Theological Seminary, where he was co-recipient of the Charles and Janet Harris award for demonstrated academic excellence and leadership ability. For two years, Father Babin served as Director of Choral Music at St. James School. He currently assists occasionally as a priest for school Masses and regularly for the Sunday evening Mass at St. James. At Saint Mark’s, Father Babin oversees Children’s and Family Ministries, the 20s/30s group, and RISE, Saint Mark’s budding ministry affiliated with Princeton Theological Seminary’s Zoe Project. Father Babin is also a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians. In his spare time, he loves reading, traveling, learning about historic buildings, cooking, and photography.
The Reverend Dr. Nora Johnson, Priest Associate for Adult Formation
Mother Nora Johnson has served at Saint Mark's since her ordination to the priesthood in 2013; as Priest Associate, she oversees ministries of Adult Education and Formation. She earned her master of divinity degree from the General Theological Seminary in New York, having begun those studies at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Mother Johnson has served at Trinity Church, Swarthmore, and as a seminarian and lay associate at the Church of the Crucifixion, Philadelphia.
Mother Johnson is Professor of English at Swarthmore College, a position she held throughout her theological studies and continues to hold while serving in ordained ministry. She holds a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a scholar of English Renaissance drama. With her wife Leslie, Mother Johnson lives in Philadelphia and presides over a herd of cats, goldfish, and a little terrier named Tipper who is sometimes seen around the church grounds.
The Reverend Stephen Moore, Priest Associate for Pastoral Care
Father Stephen Moore has served at Saint Mark’s since 2017, where he is responsible for ministries of pastoral care, including the Neighbor Care program. Ordained in the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia, Fr. Moore trained at Saint John’s Anglican Seminary after gaining earlier degrees from the University of New South Wales, where he majored in English literature. He is licensed as a chaplain to the Australian Defense Force.
Fr. Moore was co-founder and assistant rector of the Newcastle chapter of the Australian province of the Society of Catholic Priests, is a professed tertiary of the Third Order of Saint Francis, and initiated in 2005 the Australian Bonhoeffer Conference and co-founded the Australian Journal of Bonhoeffer Studies in 2013.
Fr. Moore also serves part-time as priest-in-charge of Trinity Church, Gulph Mills, in King of Prussia, Penn.
The Reverend Nicholas B. Phelps, Assisting Priest
Father Nicholas Phelps, a priest of the Diocese of Pennsylvania, has been an Assisting Priest at Saint Mark's since 1999.
Before coming to Saint Mark's Church, Father Phelps served as Rector of Saint James Episcopal Church, Bristol, Penn. (1981-1998); Rector of Trinity Church, Buckingham, Penn. (1970-1980); Episcopal Chaplain, University of California, Los Angeles (1964-1970); Assistant Chaplain, University of California, Los Angeles (1962-1963); Vicar, Saint Andrews Church, Blackinton, Mass. (1961-1962); and Assistant Rector, Saint John's Church, Williamstown, Mass (1959-1962).
Father Phelps attended the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Mass., receiving his master of divinity degree in 1959. He received his bachelor's degree from Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. in 1956.
Robert McCormick, Organist and Choirmaster
Robert McCormick, described by Choir and Organ as “indomitable and immensely gifted” and as “an artist of rare sensitivity and passion” by the Macon (GA) Telegraph, has served as Organist and Choirmaster of Saint Mark's Church since 2016. From 2008 to 2016, he served as Director of Music at St. Paul’s Parish, K Street, Washington, D.C. At St. Paul’s he conducted the various choirs of adults, boys, and girls in approximately 175 choral services yearly (including weekly Evensong, year-round). From 2001 to 2008 he served as Organist and Music Director at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, New York City.
Mr. McCormick holds the Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance, summa cum laude, from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, N.J. Concurrently, he was Assistant Organist at Trinity Church, Princeton. His teachers have included McNeil Robinson and Robert Carwithen.
Known for his ability in organ improvisation, Mr. McCormick was named a semi-finalist in the 2005 St. Albans International Organ Festival Improvisation Competition. Concert appearances across the United States include the Summer Organ Festival at The Riverside Church (New York City), the Jongen Symphonie Concertante and Barber Toccata Festiva with the Macon (GA) Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Organ Artists Series, the East Texas Organ Festival, Basically Bach Festival at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church (New York City), the Great Organists series at St. John’s Cathedral in Albuquerque, a New York City Pipe Organ Encounters, the Atlanta Summer Organ Festival, and recitals and workshops for local American Guild of Organists chapters nationwide. He has been a featured artist and clinician at numerous conventions and conferences of the AGO, the Association of Anglican Musicians, and the Royal School of Church Music in America, playing recitals and services, and leading workshops in choir training, service playing, and organ improvisation. As a composer, his choral works are published by Encore (UK) and Selah, and have been performed on both sides of the Atlantic.
He served for two years as sub-dean of the New York City chapter of the AGO, is a former member of the Alumni Council of Westminster Choir College, and is presently a Trustee of the Westminster Foundation. He was co-chairperson of the 2014 National Conference of the Association of Anglican Musicians. His recording from St. Paul’s, K Street, We Sing of God, was released in June 2010 on the Pro Organo label. Choir and Organ’s review of the album describes the choir as “one of the most responsive and adaptable choirs on the Eastern seaboard” and further states that “[McCormick] also shines at the organ.” Choirs under his direction have sung at conventions of the AGO, the Organ Historical Society, and the Association of Anglican Musicians, and have been heard nationally on the radio programs Pipedreams and With Heart and Voice.
Bryan Dunnewald, Interim Assistant Organist and Choirmaster
Conductor and Organist Bryan Dunnewald, of Arvada, Colorado, has performed in numerous prominent venues across the country from the Washington National Cathedral to Carnegie Hall. He is the Interim Assistant Organist and Choirmaster at Saint Mark’s Church, Philadelphia, home to one of the foremost music programs in the Anglo-Catholic tradition. In 2019, Bryan was named one of The Diapason’s “20 under 30” most talented young artists.
Bryan enjoys collaborating with ensembles large and small, and has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, and numerous chamber ensembles as an organist and harpsichordist. As a conductor, Bryan has led a variety of ensembles, from orchestras in New York City to choirs in Denver.
An active composer, Bryan recently conducted the premiere of his Missa Brevis: Saint Mark with the Saint Mark’s Parish Choir. In the summer of 2018, he worked at Schoenstein and Co., developing his love of organ building as an apprentice to Jack Bethards.
Bryan is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and Interlochen Arts Academy, earning over the course of his studies the highest honors in music, academics, citizenship, and character. He currently lives in New York City where he pursues a master’s degree in orchestral conducting with David Hayes at the Mannes School of Music. Bryan’s teachers and mentors include Alan Morrison, Robert McCormick, Jonathan Coopersmith, Leon Schelhase, Thomas Bara, Steve Larson, Dr. Martha Sandford-Heyns, and Dr. Joseph Galema.
Oak Martin, Organ Scholar
Oak Martin is a student of Alan Morrison at the Curtis Institute of Music and Organ Scholar at Saint Mark’s Church. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Oak was Organ Scholar at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Decatur, and Acting Associate Organist at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. In 2019, he graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan, where he studied organ with Tom Bara and voice with John Bragle, and from where he received a fine arts award in organ. In 2016 and 2017 he received first prize in the Cumming First United Methodist Church Rising Stars Music Competition. In 2017 he was awarded the Best Bach Performance Prize at the Columbia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists Young Organists' Competition. As a recitalist, he has performed at St. Philip’s Cathedral and St. Bartholomew's Church in Atlanta, St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church in Marietta, Georgia, Cumming First United Methodist Church in Cumming, Georgia, Trinity Episcopal Church in Danville, Kentucky, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Additionally, Oak has accompanied numerous ensembles, instrumentalists, and choral festivals.
Daniel Russell, Verger
Daniel came to Saint Mark's in the summer of 2017, having completed a Master of Sacred Music degree in choral conducting from Boston University, School of Theology in Boston, MA. He additionally holds a Bachelor of Music in Sacred Music from East Carolina University, Greenville, NC and a Master of Music in organ performance from University of Houston, Houston, TX. His background in sacred music, theology, and liturgy serves as a solid foundation for him to explore a broader ministry in his role as Verger at Saint Mark's. He is responsible for organizing a great many aspects of the parish life of Saint Mark's. Primarily, he works with the clergy staff to plan liturgies and coordinates the many volunteers who serve at them. Additionally, he manages communications for parish and is building manager and liaison for the care of the buildings & grounds. Daniel continues to ensure a southern accent is heard around the parish.
Madeleine Harris, Servant Year Ministry Resident
Madeleine Harris, originally from North Carolina, graduated from Eastern University in 2017 with a BA in Philosophy. After graduating she spent a summer living in community with the Sisters of the Love of the God, an order of Anglican women religious in Oxford, England. While there, she found great freedom and opportunity in the structure of the Daily Office, including the daily celebration of the Eucharist, which created a thirst in her to find a way to incorporate monastic values into ordinary life. During her time as a Ministry Resident at Saint Mark’s, she is thrilled to live as a member of a community dedicated to and resting upon prayer. She considers herself immensely blessed to have been a part of the shared life of Saint Mark’s for the last three years, and is excited for the opportunities of the year ahead. In her spare time Madeleine enjoys shredding on the ukulele and reading medieval women mystics.
Gabi Machado, Servant Year Ministry Resident
Gabi was born and raised in London, U.K. to Brazilian parents. She studied Theology and Biblical Studies at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Her final year thesis was on mystical spiritual teachings, through the focus of the classical Catholic contemplative tradition of Saint John of the Cross, Thomas Merton and in first personal testimonials from a group of Carmelite Sisters in Scotland. She then went on to complete her Postgraduate Diploma in Education, specializing in Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies. Last year, she served with Newark Acts as a kitchen manager/chef at the Hoboken Shelter. She never thought she could say with confidence that she can cook a nutritious meal for over 100 grown adults in under 2 hours… Besides cooking, you will most likely find Gabi drinking tea and reading, taking photographs, singing, playing her guitar and enjoying the outdoors.
Eleanor Andersen, Ministry Resident
Eleanor grew up in the Stroudsburg area, but has since made Philadelphia her home. She received her BsEd in Education and History at Temple University, where she received a funding and UPenn fellowship to conduct research on gender and empire in the late eighteenth century with the University of Pennsylvania's McNeil Center for Early American Studies. While working on her degree, she worked in public history non profits such as The Library Company of Philadelphia, The National Museum of American Jewish History, and the Preservation Trust at Christ Church. She was first introduced to Anglicanism at Christ Church, but also feels just fine higher up the candle at Saint Mark's. She feels blessed to spend a year with the Servant Year program, and hopes to learn more about what it means to live a life defined by Christian service. In her spare time Eleanor enjoys non fiction, hiking, folk art, profoundly bad movies, and cooking