Meet Our Clergy & Staff

Rev. Craig Tanksley

Rector
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Early Formation 

Craig is a man on a journey with God.  He was born into a loving family with four siblings and parents who raised them in the Christian faith.  At an early age, and inspired by the movie “The Sound Of Music,” the family formed a music ministry team called “The Gospel Singing Tanksleys.”  Over a period of ten years they sang all over the Pacific Northwest including  regular appearances on a live Christian television program called “Door To Life.”  They took one cross-country tour and cut a record album.

Ordination And Mission 

At age 18 Craig received a clear call into ordained ministry and began his preparation at Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington.  He then was ordained in the Assemblies of God and served churches in Tacoma, WA and Los Angeles, CA.  In 1988 Craig was led by the Holy Spirit to offer a year in itinerate ministry to SE Asia.  He was …

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… sent out by special appointment to the Philippine Islands where he helped to plant a new church in Manilla.  He then traveled through seven other SE Asian countries preaching and teaching.

A Turn In The Road

In 1989 his pathway turned north to Canada where he continued his post-graduate work at Regent College.  Upon finishing his MTS he went on staff serving in the Admissions department with international students.  In 1993 a door opened to join the ministry staff of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in south Vancouver.  Over the next seven years Craig fell in love, married Holly, became a Canadian citizen and an Anglican.  He began preparation for ordination doing his Anglican Studies at VST and his internship at St. Pauls, West End.  In 2000 he was appointed to a curacy at St. Lawrence, Coquitlam.  Upon completion he served for five years as the Rector of St. Albans, Burnaby.  In 2008 He became the Rector of St. Marks.  He has also served as a Regional Dean in Burnaby for four years and for seven years in the Peace Arch Deanery.

Adventure

Craig has always had a passion for adventure.  He loves being outdoors – hiking and backpacking in the mountains.  The list of his exploits is long and include some spectacular journeys the High Sierra Nevada Mountains, two ascents of Mt. Rainier, the Chilcoltin Mountains, the North Shore Mountains, Manning Park, Cathedral Lakes, the Rocky Mountains, Waterton Lakes National Park, the Na Pali coast of Kauai, the West Coast and Strathcona Park on Vancouver Island.

Travel

Craig along with his wife Holly have made a hobby out of world travel.  He has visited more than seventy-five different countries, many of them with a backpack, and Holly has more countries than him!  A favourite was his three-month sabbatical journey in 2014 following the footstep of Jesus in Israel and of the Apostle Paul in the Mediterranean.

He has many other passions including walking, cycling, motorcycling, skiing, kayaking and philately.  Mostly he is passionate about his journey with God.  The journey continues as serves the wonderful parish of St. Marks.  Together they move toward the future that God has purposed.

Rev. John Mash

Assistant Priest
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The Rev. John Mash retired from active ordained ministry in 2006 after 36 years. At the time of his retirement John had been Rector of St. Catherine’s Capilano for 13 years. John came to the Diocese of New Westminster following a five year posting as Executive Director of Sorrento Centre in 1993. He was ordained in 1970 by The Rt. Rev. Morse L. Goodman,  5th Bishop of Calgary. John has served St. Mark’s previously as interim Assistant Priest, and is especially happy to be on staff again, if only temporarily.

Annabelle Ip

Music Director
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Annabelle Ip feels very fortunate to be the Music Director at St. Mark’s Anglican since early 2012. She is a music teacher for the Vancouver School Board teaching beginner band, senior band, jazz band, choir, two guitar courses, and piano. Aside from these, she teaches privately at her studio, as well as performing professionally with the Vancouver Symphony, Kamloops Symphony, and Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, just to name a few.

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Annabelle started her musical studies at age 3 – her mother is also a piano instructor. Later on she further studied music at UBC, majoring in orchestral percussion performance for her Masters, and finished her Bachelors of Education focusing in secondary music in August 2012. On August 2013, Annabelle married Michael Dirk, Music Director at St. John’s Shaughnessy Vancouver, former Holy Trinity organist, and at one time St. Mark’s relief organist.

Emily Worden-Kwok

Choir Director
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Emily Worden-Kwok became St Marks choir director in 2016. She was born an Anglican and her father was an Anglican minister in Ontario. She was fortunate to grow up attending many churches that had junior choirs and talented musicians. She comes from a musical family and brings her depth of experience and joy for Christian music to St Marks. Emily is a Professional Engineer by training, a homeless development coordinator by choice and for every occasion she has a song.  She learned to play guitar from an early age and has been providing music for services, retreats and special occasions for more than 15 years.

Josh Brown

Youth Coordinator
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Josh is a graduate of Trinity Western University and began serving at St. Mark’s in June 2012. His prayer is to see young people pursue God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength so they can effectively reach their friends and family with the Gospel. Josh has worked with children and youth in various ministry organizations including Child Evangelism Fellowship and Green Bay Bible Camp, and has also worked with Power to Change Ministries. Alongside serving the youth at St. Mark’s, Josh is an Admissions Counsellor at TWU.

Sheila Johnston

Office Administrator
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Sheila Johnston lives in Richmond with her husband Simon. They moved from London, Ontario to B.C. in 2000, and joined the parish of St. Mary’s Kerrisdale. Sheila is a “cradle” Anglican, and is delighted to be working as a member of the ministry team at St. Mark’s Parish. She was raised in Stratford, Ontario, home of the famous Shakespearean Festival Theatre. After earning a B.A. in English from the University of Western Ontario Sheila pursued a career in communications and worked in promotional capacities at a number of professional Canadian theatres…

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In 1997 her first book was published: ‘Buckskin & Broadcloth: A Celebration of E. Pauline Johnson-Tekahionwake” the first pictorial biography of Canada’s celebrated Mohawk poet/performer. And in 2001 Sheila’s second book was published: ‘Let’s Go To The Grand!’ – 100 Years of Entertainment at London, Ontario’s Grand Theatre’. In Richmond she worked at Richmond City Hall. In 2010, after a visit to Kolkata, India, Sheila felt called to create a Canadian non-profit organization to raise and send money to “Cathedral Relief Service”, an NGO that provides development aid to the most disadvantaged families living in the City of Kolkata and villages in West Bengal.