At the start of the year, we welcomed the Rev. Chas Marks to the Diocesan staff. Fr. Chas is joining us in the part-time role of Transition Missioner.
Speaking about his new role, Fr. Chas said, “I am excited to work with Bishop Bruce, the clergy, and churches of our diocese in this new role. My priority is to be of speedy assistance to our churches in transition so that they may find the right pastoral leader for their community.” he added, “I believe firmly that transition work must be first rooted in prayer and hope that others will join me in daily lifting up before the Lord those churches and clergy in our diocese who are in the midst of transitions.”
Fr. Chas has served as the rector of St. Augustine’s for five years and continues in that role. Previously he was the Associate Rector at St. Mary’s. Fr. Chas has just finished two two-year terms as Dean of the Northwest-Metro Deanery. He served as both a priest and a layperson on Diocesan Council and will represent the diocese and serve the wider church as a first clergy alternate for General Convention this year.
Fr. Chas previously worked in Church Relations for Saint Francis Ministries. Before ordination, he managed programs for a local non-profit agency working with homeless and runaway youth. A graduate of Wichita State University, Saint Meinrad School of Theology, and The Bishop Kemper School for Ministry, he now teaches two classes in Social Ministry at BKSM.
My priority is to be of speedy assistance to our churches in transition so that they may find the right pastoral leader for their community.
Fr. Chas lives with his husband Barry and their three cats in the Historic Northeast area of Kansas City. They love all things New Orleans (music, cuisine, culture) and are looking forward to visiting again soon. He loves reading history, historical fiction, and food writing, and collects Southern and soul food cookbooks. There should be no surprise that he confirmed that “Barry and I love testing out the recipes.”
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- 02-04-2022. Bishop’s staff in the first paragraph updated to Diocesan staff.