As a diverse and inclusive Episcopal Church on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery is committed to expressing God’s love through worship and music, social justice activism, service, education, and celebration of the arts. The congregation practices radical welcome, accepting all who wish to experience God as part of a loving and active community. Wherever anyone may be in their religious or spiritual journey, of whatever faith or background, everyone is invited to join us as we work to live out God’s love in the world.
Whether you are a longtime member or just visiting St. Mark’s for the first time, we welcome your support of any amount. Unlike some churches in Manhattan, we have no endowment to fund the upkeep of our landmarked building or to support our ministries. We depend on our arts partners and the generosity of our congregation and visitors to do our important work in the world.
Donations can be given as a one time or recurring gift. This can be done at Sunday service or by mailing a check to our office.
Formal membership in the congregation is symbolized by pledging.
A pledge is your yearly promise to support St. Mark’s with money, a lot or a little. Pledging money is one part of stewardship — how individuals and the church use the gifts God has given to make a difference for good in the world. It is your sign that you intend to be involved in the governance of St. Mark’s, and helps the church to plan financially. You become eligible to vote in the Annual Meeting, which includes the budgeting and planning for the coming year.
Please prayerfully consider this form of support.
REV. ANNE SAWYER
The Rev. Anne Sawyer was called by the Vestry to serve as the 14th Rector of St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery in June 2017.
Before coming to St. Mark's, Rev. Sawyer and her wife, the Rev. Susan Anderson-Smith, lived in Tucson, Arizona. There, they co-founded Imago Dei Middle School, a tuition-free Episcopal school for children of economically disadvantaged families. Rev. Sawyer served as Head of School and Rev. Anderson-Smith served as Chaplain. Rev. Sawyer has spent most of her professional career and ministry engaged in fund development, program development and research, developing and launching new programs and organizations for the health and well-being of children and families. She currently serves on the Diocesan Council of the Episcopal Diocese of New York and has held numerous positions of leadership in nonprofit organizations.
Rev. Sawyer holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, a Master of Arts in Social Service Administration from The University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona. Her free time is perhaps most occupied by two large and loving Labrador Retrievers, Belle and Cooper.
REV. PAUL FEUERSTEIN
In addition to his work at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery, Rev. Feuerstein is the founder and President/CEO of Barrier Free Living (BFL) in New York City. He has developed the largest domestic violence program for people with disabilities in the country. He has served in many capacities as an advocate in the City of New York: Chair of the Federation of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities; Co-chair of the Mental Health Committee of the New York City Domestic Violence Task Force; co-chair of the Best Practices Committee and member of the Steering committee of the New York City Domestic Violence Residence Coalition, co-founder and former board member of Homeless Services United and co-founder and board member of the Disability Network of New York City. He serves on the Mayor’s Nonprofit Resiliency Committee. He is also actively collaborating with the Institute for the Healing of Memories in Cape Town, South Africa and is the founding chair and member of the board of the Institute for Healing of Memories-North America. He is the co-chair of the Domestic Violence Task Force for the Episcopal Diocese of New York.
He holds a an MSW in Administration and Group Work, a Master’s in Education and a Master’s in Sacred Theology.
Jeannine Otis has served as Music Director at St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery for over 28 years. She has also served on the Standing Commission for Music and Liturgy for the national church, on the Board of Church Publishing, and worked on many projects directed at exploring new ways to approach liturgy. Her work in topical theater has spanned several decades in the USA, UK and Japan, leading to collaborations with Elizabeth Swados, Eve Ensler, Theatreworks USA, the American Repertory Theater, the Kennedy Center Theater Lab with the Creative Arts Team of NYU, and the New York City Department of Education with at-risk students.
Recently, she directed A New York Lamentation, a play by the Rev. Chuck Kramer that explores the history of slavery within the Episcopal Church. She has also recorded dance, classical, and jazz music, and rap and R&B music as “Jahneen.” One recent album is Jeannine Otis and the Strings of the Helsinki Philharmonic, released by Warner Music. She holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.A. from Emerson College, in Sociology/Musicology and Theater Education respectively.
Christine Breiner first found home at an Episcopal Church while in Boston, then began to attend St. Mark’s in 2011, upon moving to New York City. She came to New York as a postdoc at Columbia University and now is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Fordham University. Christine was elected to serve on the Vestry in December 2014 and has served as Senior Warden since December 2016.
Francisco Gonzalez is a native to New York City, born and raised here in the East Village/Lower East Side since the 1970s. He is the founder of Loisaida Realty, a boutique real estate company named after the neighborhood he is so proud to be a part of. He is passionate about serving the community, especially the elderly, disabled, and the children. Francisco has been a part of the St. Mark’s community for two years.
Partners in Residence
Danspace holds performances in the Sanctuary Thursday through Saturday evenings during their season (from September through May). Danspace Project’s Commissioning Initiative has commissioned over 540 new works since 1994. Print catalogs, e-books, a discussion series and other projects offer a responsive framework for artists’ works. Danspace has an office on the second floor of the Sanctuary.
The Poetry Project
The Poetry Project holds readings in the Parish Hall Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and workshops Tuesdays and Thursdays. The annual New Year’s Day Marathon fills the Sanctuary to capacity, and symposiums and panels are usually sold out. The Poetry Project has an office on the second floor of the Sanctuary, storage space in the basement and extensive archives of the Poetry Project were acquired by The Library of Congress in 2007.
The New York Theatre Ballet
The New York Theatre Ballet offers classes throughout the year at pre-ballet through advanced levels for children and adults during the day in the former theater space on the second floor of the Parish Hall. Today, an active and inclusive Episcopal congregation makes St. Mark’s one of the oldest sites of continuous worship in the country, and the church remains one of New York City’s most important centers for art and performance.