Meet Our Staff

Reverend David Taylor

Rector
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Reverend David Taylor joined us as Rector of St Mark Ocean Park in September 2023. We are truly blessed to have David and his family as members of our parish family at St Marks.

David has grown in the Anglican tradition having a background in the pentecostal church.

He has degrees from Summit Pacific Bible College in Abbotsford, Regent College in Vancouver and the Vancouver School of Theology.

He is married with two adopted children.

David’s passion is to re-connect people to the Scripture and the depth of the spiritual history of Christianity.

David is both Spiritual and Religious. He delights in the personal spiritual journey of the heart and he works to ensure the marginalised are cared for.

He is also a composer of worship music and liturgy. His work can be found by clicking HERE.

Email address: dmatthew.taylor@gmail.com

Elaine Govett

Administrative Assistant
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Our Administrative Assistant Elaine Govett, was raised in Richmond, BC. She took dance lessons from the age of 5 to 18, which led her to pursue a ballet teaching certificate from the Royal Academy of Dance. She provided dance administration for her childhood dance studio until 2020 when her daughter was born.

After working various administrative and account positions for corporate businesses, Elaine is looking forward to working with the St. Mark community.

Elaine lives in South Surrey with her husband, daughter and two cats.

Elizabeth Gilchrist

Music Director
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Elizabeth has played, taught music, and directed community and church choirs, since she was a teenager.

She earned her Bachelor’s of Music degree from UBC and now, as a Registered Music Teacher, Elizabeth inspires her students to develop a lifelong passion for music as they prepare for exams, festivals and recitals. Discipline, coordination, the joy of striving for perfection, and the ability to perform and express oneself, are all life skills that Elizabeth teaches. In festivals, recitals and concerts, Elizabeth has been a performer, teacher, accompanist, conductor and director.

Specializing in Classical and Christian music, Elizabeth was previously choir director at the Church of Epiphany in North Surrey, and has been Music Director at St Mark since August 2019.

Sarah Autio

Youth and Family Ministries Coordinator
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As a cradle Anglican, Sarah grew up in the Anglican Church, and has many fond memories and cherished experiences from her time in youth groups in various parishes in the diocese.  Now as the Youth Leader at St Mark Ocean Park Anglican Church, Sarah’s goal is to facilitate opportunities for youth to connect and grow in their faith, in our church and out in our community.

Heather Higginson

St Mark Custodian
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Heather was born in Morris Minnesota, attended North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota and in 1993 graduated with a Bachelor of Science in veterinary technology. She worked in this field for over 13 years before pursuing massage therapy training.

Heather is currently the custodian at St Mark’s and is self-employed as a house cleaner. Heather moved to BC and married her husband Geoff in 2006. They have 2 children.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church and joined St Mark’s Ocean Park in 2013. Heather is also active in St Mark’s Childrens’ Ministry.