I have been an Episcopalian for as long as I can remember. I was confirmed in my early teens. Depending on where my family lived at the time, we attended Episcopal or Anglican churches. When the Anglicans were too hell-fire-and-brimstone for my father’s taste, we went to services in a Catholic monastery. So, I have been breathing incense and listening to chanted liturgies (in various languages) for long a time. Beginning in my twenties, I took a two decade hiatus from church life. About ten years ago, Donna and I started to attend church at St. Marks. I can’t say that I am totally on board with all of the 39 Articles, but I do think that that the Episcopal Church is a force for good and I would be honored to serve on the vestry at St. Marks.
My name is Jordan McBride. I am 26 years old and about to graduate from ASU in May with a BSE is Middle School Education. I have been attending Episcopal churches since 2011 while living in Colorado and then again since moving back to Arkansas in 2013. My fiancé and I were confirmed here at St. Mark’s this past April and we have a four year old named Aiden. We love this church and how accepting and affirming it has been for our family. I would love to see our church continue to thrive and welcome in all of those who like me, just needed a safe place to worship.
Carol Neves attends the 8:00 service. She is an Instructional Technology Facilitator with Jonesboro Public Schools and has taught for 20 years. She and her husband, Tracy, have four children, Caitlin, Zachary, Colby, and Zane Ryne. Carol has served as a Stephen’s Minister, she creates the online bulletins each week, and will be installed as a Daughter of the King on January 24th.
Phillip is a lifelong member of St. Mark’s. He has served on the Vestry and was the chairman of the entry way / narthex remodel building project. He is married to Lori and has a 15 year old son, Cameron. He has served as St. Mark’s been EYC Director on two different occasions. He is also a Eucharistic Minister and Usher.
Phillip works at Hytrol as the Director of Communications and also shoots photography on the side as Photos by PTP. He and Lori are very passionate about Cameron and his sports, especially baseball.
I was born and raised in Jonesboro, and was baptized at age five after responding to an altar call at the conservative church I attended. I continued to attend that church through my junior year in college, when I began to question things about myself and about what I had always accepted as truth. Seeing no way to reconcile the faith I grew up embracing with the realities I saw around me, that year I abandoned that faith and my relationship with the God who created me. That changed a year ago. My friend, Jon Pucik, invited me to a Christmas Eve service at St. Mark’s and, on a whim, I decided to attend. What I found was an open and loving congregation who welcomed and embraced me the moment I darkened those red doors. Since that time, I have come to love this church and the people I’ve met within its walls. Every week I am challenged to live my life in a way that both mirrors and glorifies Jesus Christ, to see the power of His resurrection in even life’s smallest elements, and to extend His love to every person I encounter.
I am a graduate student in history at Arkansas State and a graduate assistant in the history department. I also work part-time as an appliance specialist at The Home Depot. St. Mark’s has drawn me into service, and I want to continue that desire as a member of St. Mark’s vestry. This August I founded our college ministry at A-State–St. Mark’s On Campus–because I recognize there are students who are searching for answers to the same questions I grappled with in college. We have already donated hundreds of canned goods to the campus food pantry and are working on other service projects for this spring. With the help of friends, I started a book club here that assesses the history and development of Christian theology beginning with the Gospels. When I’m not working or studying, you can usually find me jogging around A-State campus, reading a book with a cup of coffee, playing old hymns on piano, or trying to learn guitar (it’s a slow and painful process).
My name is Amanda Wheeler. I am a 2003 graduate of Arkansas State University (BS), a 2006 graduate of Marshall University (MS), and a 2011 graduate of Oklahoma State University (PhD). I came back to Jonesboro in 2010 to take a position at Arkansas State University where I oversee the operations of the Athletic Training Program. I came to St. Mark’s in July 2014 when I felt a need for community I could not find elsewhere. Since attending that first Sunday, I have found a home unlike any I’ve ever known, and I joined St. Mark’s in the spring of 2015. I am running for vestry because I felt a call to serve and give back to St. Mark’s. After much prayer and reflection, I feel this is the place for my service.