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Introducing our New Rector!

12/17/2019

St. Mark’s Senior Warden and Vestry are pleased to announce that the Reverend Elizabeth Bonforte Gardner has accepted the call to become our new rector!

We thank the Search Committee for their hard work over the last 14 months. We also thank the parish for all of your prayers and support during this time of transition. We would not have been able to do this without your prayers and the Holy Spirit’s direction.

Reverend Elizabeth brings great preaching skills, outstanding pastoral care, excellent leadership skills, and has a strong commitment to community outreach. Her first Sunday at St. Mark’s will be January 19, 2020. Her bio appears below. We look forward with joy to welcoming her into our parish and our lives!  

 

Rev. Elizabeth Bonforte GardnerElizabeth Bonforte Gardner tells everyone she had the best of both worlds. Born in the same Colorado hospital as her mother and grandmother, Elizabeth learned to ski when she was three and grew up riding horses and swimming. In middle school, her family moved to San Diego, which was just fine since Torrey Pines High offered Surf PE. Elizabeth attended UCSB and graduated with a Political Science degree and an emphasis in Public Policy. She immediately moved to Washington and began the usual political career path: staffer on Capitol Hill, and campaign operative. During these years, Nordstrom was recruiting West Coasters to work in their new East Coast store. Elizabeth jumped off the political bandwagon for four years to be a buyer of ladies' career clothing. When she returned to politics, Elizabeth started a consulting firm working on issues, and political and corporate campaigns. In the middle of all this Elizabeth was encouraged by her rector to explore ordained ministry. "You're not going to save the world on Capitol Hill," he would tell her. Elizabeth graduated from VTS in 2013 and has been seeking a church that loves Jesus and loves like Jesus ever since. She's been an assistant, associate, interim, and on the diocesan staff but this is her first rector position - and she couldn't be more delighted.


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