The Leadership & staff of St. Marks

Fr. Mike Tess


 Fr. Mike Tess and I am the Rector at St.  Mark's.  I have been the priest at st. Mark's since Aug 2021.  I love being the priest at St.  Mark because I love the vibrant Christ filled community I get the privilege to work with and serve. I have been an Episcopal priest for 21 years and a priest for 31 years.  I love helping people build stronger and deeper relationships with God.  I enjoy the outdoors, hiking, camping, all sports, music and spending time with my family and friends. love the Episcopal church because of its sacraments and liturgy and it openness to help people explore and deepen their faith IN God.  I have been married to my wife Heidi for 25 years and have 4 children Isaac, Adam, Ann and Emily. I hope you visit us soon.  God bless,  Fr.  Mike

Jody Langfeldt

Senior Warden

I'm Jody Langfeldt, Sr. Warden here at St. Mark's. I began serving in this role in January 2022. As a member of St. Marks for approximately 46 years, I have served as a member  of the Vestry, Sr. Warden and lay minister in the past. I have been an Episcopalian all of my life and of course am comfortable with service and rituals. I am proud to be an Episcopalian because of the history of Scripture, reason and tradition. Scripture as the Word of God, reason how we see the Word in our lives and tradition being the rituals of the Sacraments supporting how we live our lives.
I have been a registered nurse for 48 years. I retired in 2018 after 33 years of service at Dodge County in public health. I enjoy watching baseball, football and doing craft projects.

fred ellis


I'm Fred Ellis, Treasurer here at St. Mark's. I began serving in my role 13 years ago because it was a way of giving back to the church while I was working, and I had experience at two of my previous churches.  I continue to do it because there is a need and I am following in my father's footsteps.  I enjoy serving my church, as an Acolyte, Chalice Bearer and Lay Eucharistic Minister. I am a "Cradle Episcopalian" and welcome all people to join me in the Episcopal worship. St. Mark's is a warm and welcoming church family.   I am proud to be Episcopalian because of our Faith, Family and Scripture Values. My wife, Joann and I have 3 children between us, 8 grandchildren and 4 great granddaughters, and one dog, Lilly, who really doesn't know she is a dog and has become a regular attendee of Fr. Mike's Wednesday evening services. I look forward to seeing you at worship!

Mark brehmer

Assistant Treasurer

Carolyn vonruden

Jr. Warden

Christine merril

Vestry Member

Hi, I’m Chris Merrill, a Vestry Member here at St Mark’s. I began serving in my role 5 years ago. I love it here because of all the friendships I’ve made. I love being an Episcopalian, because I like the open minded attitude of the church.  My husband Jim and I live in Randolph in a renovated Catholic Church building with two cats and a standard poodle.

Jake Cramer

Vestry Member 

Nyx Berkevich

Vestry Member

Rod Day

Vestry Member

Maison yaroch

Administrative Assistant 

I'm Maison Yaroch, the administrative assistant for St. Mark's as of early 2022. St. Mark's has been my church for the last four years and it's been great - a real blessing. Where a lot of churches say "all are welcome" this place has shown that it really means it. The biggest things I do are create the bulletin each week, the newsletter each month, and help handle the various social media accounts as well as this website. There's a lot of random other stuff, for office and vestry, but that's for me to know and you to find out. Outside of work I spend my time on art projects, reading, tumblring, and co-parenting my cats with my darling boyfriend.

What is a vestry?

The vestry is the legal representative of the parish with regard to all matters pertaining to its corporate property. The number of vestry members and the term of office varies from parish to parish. Vestry members are usually elected at the annual parish meeting.

The presiding officer of the vestry is the rector. There are usually two wardens. The senior warden leads the parish between rectors and is a support person for the rector. The junior warden often has responsibility for church property and buildings. A treasurer and a secretary or clerk may be chosen. These officers may or may not be vestry members.

The basic responsibilities of the vestry are to help define and articulate the mission of the congregation; to support the church’s mission by word and deed, to select the rector, to ensure effective organization and planning, and to manage resources and finances. (From The Episcopal Church)