Rector - Fr. Gregory L. Crosthwait
Fr. Gregory Crosthwait is the 6th Rector of St. Mark’s Church. He grew up in Garland, Texas, graduated with a B.A. in Literary Studies from University of Texas at Dallas in 1994, and earned a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2002.
The strong musical and choral traditions of St. Mark’s are of particular interest for Fr. Crosthwait, who grew up as an active member of First Baptist Church, Garland, participating in children’s and youth choirs. After college he attended Grace Bible Church, Dallas. During this time he sensed a call to ministry. In response to this call he attended Dallas Theological Seminary where he focused his studies in Systematic Theology and Pastoral Ministries. During seminary, in a course on the history of Christian worship, Fr. Crosthwait discovered the liturgy, the sacraments, and the Book of Common Prayer. This began a process which culminated in his call to the sacred priesthood. He sees his chief gifts for ministry as preaching and teaching the Holy Scripture, helping people learn to pray, read the Bible, and be active students of Jesus in everyday life.
Fr. Crosthwait was ordained to the sacred priesthood in 2004 at St. Nicholas Church in the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. While in the Diocese of Dallas he led congregations in North Central and Northeast Texas. He also served on the Executive Council and was a faculty member of the Stanton Center, teaching Systematic Theology and Historical Theology.
He is a member of the Society of the Holy Cross, the Catholic Clerical Union, and Forward in Faith North America. He is also on the faculty of St. Michael's Conference Southwest.
He blogs at gregorianslant.blogspot.com and can be found on Twitter @Fr_Gregory.
Most importantly, Fr. Crosthwait is married to Emily Crosthwait, who grew up in the Lake Highlands area of Dallas. They were married in 1997 and have three children: Helen, Grace, and Thomas.
Organist - Dr. Linton Powell
Dr. Linton Powell is the Organist and is Professor
of Organ and Musicology at the University of Texas at
Arlington. Dr. Powell has given numerous concerts in
Europe and the USA and has been the recipient of a grant
from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is noted
for his research on Spanish music and was a Fulbright
Scholar to Argentina.
Choirmaster - Kathy Fox Powell
Kathy Fox Powell is the Choirmaster, who founded and
directed for 10 years the Renaissance Consort of Fort
Worth. Ms. Powell is a regular singer with Dallas Bach
Society and Orchestra of New Spain. She also serves on
the Worship Commission of the Diocese of Fort Worth and
in that capacity is involved in the planning of music
for Diocesan liturgies. Ms. Powell is also a practicing
real estate lawyer.