St. Marks Episcopal Church
111 West Shore Road ~ Warwick, RI ~ 401.737.3127


The Rev'd Susan Wrathall, Rector

Mother Wrathall is a native Rhode Islander who spent much of her adult life as a special education and first grade teacher in the Westerly School Department. She received her BS in Elementary Education in 1974 and Masters in Education in 1977 from Rhode Island College. After a full career in education she answered God's call to ordained ministry, earning a Master of Divinity in 2006 from the General Theological Seminary in New York City. Mother Susan was ordained to the diaconate on Ascension Day 2006 by The Rt. Rev. David Joslin, assisting bishop in Rhode Island. On December 16, 2006 she was ordained priest by The Rt. Rev. Geralyn Wolf, 12th Bishop of Rhode Island. Mother Susan served as Assistant to the Rector at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Pawtucket for almost three and one-half years before being called as the fourth rector of St. Mark's in September 2009. Mother Susan is the proud grandmother of four and is only to happy to show pictures.
 

The Rev. Joyce Terrill Thorne, Deacon


Deacon Joyce is a cradle Episcopalian and has held many different jobs in the church. She has worked on the Altar Guild, as a lay reader, SubDeacon, been in charge of schedule of ushers, lay readers, Eucharistic ministers and the Altar Guild all before being ordained as a deacon in May of 2010. Her first assignment was at Christ Church, Lincoln with the Rev. Scott Gunn and the Rev. Melody Shobe until March of 2011. She then served as a deacon at St. Luke's Church in Pawtucket until the spring of 2014. Deacon Joyce's secular work has been in the accounting field, working for various bank and mortgage companies and in the finance department of Rhode Island Housing. Because of her secular work Deacon Joyce is able to share job postings to those who are unemployed. If you know someone in need of a job, email her. Deacon Joyce's outside ministry is visiting with residents of various assisted living and nursing homes.


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Linda Wiles, Director of Music

Linda Wiles is new to Rhode Island. Her native tongue is "Oklahoman" but she has also lived in Kansas, Texas, Arizona, and most recently, Nebraska. Linda holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Oklahoma Baptist University, a Master of Arts from Texas Woman's University, is a K-12 Certified Music Teacher in Rhode Island, and is Nationally Certified in Early Adolescent Mathematics by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. Her past work experiences include her private piano studio in 4 states, directing children's and adult choirs in many churches, teaching a variety of music classes at Mid-Plains Community College in Nebraska, and teaching Middle School math for 16 years. She has performed as soloist with 3 symphonies and in many duo-piano concerts throughout the United States. Linda is married to Reverend Tom Wiles who is the Executive Minister for Rhode Island American Baptists. They have 3 children and 3 grandchildren in Oklahoma, Iowa, and Arizona.

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Diana Grimes, Parish Administrator

Diana is responsible for all of the office and clerical activities that support the community of St. Mark's. She is a great resource for the general activities of the church and current schedules. Diana updates our membership database and maintains information on the many services and programs offered at St. Mark's. She is the keeper of all parish records. She compiles and publishes the weekly bulletins, schedules events and gathers information and prepares the monthly newsletter, The Light. She also maintains all of the supplies and office equipment. Diana comes to us after working as the executive administrator at Temple Emanu-El for 16 years.

 

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Henry Champoux, Sexton

 

Henry Champoux has been working as St. Mark's sexton for many years. His responsibilities include cleaning and oversight of building maintenance, setting up for and breaking down after events held on the church grounds. In addition to his work as sexton Henry serves on the Buildings and Grounds committee and is a member of the St. Mark Choir. he and his wife Mary enjoy traveling and have made numerous trips across country.

Dawn Anderson, Social Work Intern

Dawn is a junior at Rhode Island College and is joining St. Mark's as an intern. She will be assisting with community outreach as well as other social work functions. Originally from Massachusetts, Dawn moved to Rhode Island several years ago and resides in Cranston with her husband and daughter. She will be in the office Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9-1 and at the Community Lunch the last Saturday of every month.