The Rev. Canon Mark K. J. Robinson, Rector
Our sixth Rector, The Rev Canon Mark K.J. Robinson, was raised in the Diocese of Ohio. He came east to High School before returning to Ohio to attend Kenyon College after which he worked in independent schools as a history teacher and assistant to the School Minister. It was after teaching Mark felt the call to the ordained ministry and became a catechist with the Anglican Church in Canada serving on the northern tip of Newfoundland-Labrador in the Parish of St. Anthony in 1984. After a year on the ‘rock’, Mark attended The Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. While in seminary Mark met Eleanor who was working as Public relations director for the Massachusetts Audubon Society. They were married in 1987. The Robinson’s have three daughters, Sewell, Kenyon ’12, Frances, St. Lawrence ’13, and Ren, Colby College ’17.
Mark was ordained in 1988 in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine. He began his ordained life at St. John’s, Lafayette Square “Church of the Presidents”, Washington, D.C. before moving to school ministry as school minister for St. Andrew’s School in Bethesda, Maryland. While serving at St. Andrews Episcopal School, Mark developed a relationships with a school in the Episcopal Diocese of Honduras , and then developed an exchange with Bishop’s School, the Diocese of Cape Town where his family lived in 1993. He served concurrently as Assistant Rector at St. Francis Parish in Potomac, Maryland. Mark was called to serve as Rector at Calvary Church in Stonington, Connecticut where he assisted in the rebuilding of the physical plant, started Calvary Nursery School and Calvary Music School and served for 16 years as Rector. Mark served as Dean of the Seabury Deanery, served on Committee One, and four years on the standing committee before becoming its President. Mark was called to serve as Canon for Mission, the Diocese of Ohio in 2009 before coming to Old Lyme as Rector in 2011.
Since coming to Old Lyme, Mark has been an avid supporter in working together with the other churches in our region to create constructive responses to regional challenges. He is serving on Project Hope’s Board of directors, supporting affordable housing for our region, is a founder of (MCCD), and is active on his bike, on courts, and seen walking his dogs about town.
In summary, over the years Mark has served as a school Chaplain, assistant rector, pastoral care associate, rector and Canon for Mission on a Diocesan Bishop’s staff. He is thankful for all the opportunities God has provided.
Kathy Rowe, Parish Administrator
Kathy is a cradle Episcopalian and has been employed at Saint Ann’s since 1996. Prior to Saint Ann’s, Kathy attended Bryant University in Rhode Island and worked at Turbo Products in Ivoryton, CT as Secretary to the Sales Department until the birth of her first child. While the children were growing up, Kathy worked with Scholes Insurance Agency on a part-time basis.
A passion for Kathy is dancing. Although her husband doesn’t share an interest in this sport, she and Jeff enjoy an active lifestyle. Fitness, prayer and good nutrition are major components in leading a healthy, balanced life.
Page Rogers joined the staff of Saint Ann’s in February 2014. She has served four other parishes in the Diocese of Connecticut, most recently as Rector of neighboring St. John’s in Niantic. She retired from full-time active ministry in April 2012. She has worked extensively with a variety of Diocesan committees over the years serving on the Executive Council, the Insurance Board, the Committee on Constitution and Canons, the Commission on Ministry (Chair) and the Social Concerns Committee. She makes her home in Niantic, with her old chihuahua mutt Bits. She is an internationally-known designer of saltwater flies for saltwater fly fishing, and enjoys demonstrating her skills at fly fishing trade shows and teaching fly tying to young and old alike. In addition to fly fishing she enjoys the opera, kayaking, photography, Bible study and art history. She brings almost 35 years of experience in parish ministry to Saint Ann’s, and is very happy and thankful to be here!
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