With joyful thanksgiving, Saint Mark’s announces the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Kyle Babin to serve as Assistant Rector. Fr. Babin is well known to the parish, having served here many times as Deacon of the Mass while he was a student the Virginia Theological Seminary. He is married to Robert McCormick, the Organist & Choirmaster of the parish.
A graduate of VTS, Fr. Babin has earned degrees in organ performance from Rice University (BA), Yale University (MM), and the Manhattan School of Music (DMA). His entire adult life and career have been spent in service to the church either as a musician, and now as a priest of the church. Most recently, Fr. Babin has been serving as Assistant Rector at St. Peter’s in the Great Valley, and as Director of Choral Music at St. James School, which was founded by Saint Mark’s. This new appointment, allows for Fr. Babin to continue his work at St. James School, as an extension of his ministry at Saint Mark’s.
At Saint Mark’s, Fr. Babin will have primary responsibility for the leadership of ministries to and with families and children, ministry with young adults, and he will work with the Rector and Staff to develop more intentional programmatic ways of inviting, welcoming, and connecting newcomers to the life and ministry of the parish. He will, of course, share liturgical leadership and preaching responsibility with the Rector.
Although far from universal usage, the title “Assistant Rector” is generally given to a priest who is relatively new to ordained ministry, and whose tenure in a parish is expected to be somewhat shorter than a priest who might hold the title “Associate.” Fr. Babin will take up his duties on All Saints’ Day, November 1.