Lead Pastor Lori Cornell

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Pastor Lori grew up in Kent, Washington, and was baptized and confirmed at Kent Lutheran Church. She graduated from Kentridge High School and did her undergraduate studies at Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in English, an emphasis in Publishing and Printing Arts, and a minor in Psychology. Lori did a post-baccalaureate year at the University of Washington in English, before moving to Chicago to be a typesetter, writer, and sometimes-editor at Christian Century Magazine. Lori earned her Master of Divinity degree from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago after serving at a rural internship site in west central Minnesota. She served in congregations in the Puget Sound area before being called to be the Lead Pastor at St. Mark’s.


When Lori is not preaching, leading worship or Bible study, or otherwise engaged in the work of God’s people, she likes to hike, kayak, swim, bike, and read in-between. Lori is the mother of two fabulous human beings, Elizabeth and Anna, who are full grown adults who seem to need her much less than they used to. She enjoys eating sushi and tapas with them or, from across the mountains now, visiting with them on FaceTime until she can fly them over for a visit.

Lori recently moved to Spokane from Federal Way, Washington, and is excited to make the South Hill her home.

Pastor Edwin Weber

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Edwin was born and raised in South Carolina before heading to Lenior-Rhyne University of Hickory, NC where he studied sacred music. Afterwards, Edwin started his seminary studies at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC where he received his Master of Divinity (2013) and his Master of Sacred Theology (2014). His first call was to Amazing Grace Lutheran Church in Anchorage, AK where he served until his call to St. Mark’s in 2018. He has a passion for preaching, worship leadership, and teaching.



Outside of his ministry, Edwin enjoys cooking and sharing good food with friends. He also takes pleasure in hiking, backpacking, and just generally exploring God’s wondrous creation. Edwin and his husband, Freddie, married in June of 2018 and look forward to a long life together traveling, eating good food, and exploring the great outdoors.

Care Pastor Paul E Hoffman

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Paul E. Hoffman is a retired ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament from Mukilteo, WA who is currently serving on the pastoral staff at
St. Mark’s during Pastor Lori’s leave.

 

During his time at St. Mark’s, Pastor Hoffman will be fully engaged as a member of the pastoral staff, preaching, presiding, teaching, and providing pastoral care. Members and friends of St. Mark’s should feel free to reach out to him for any pastoral need,
just as one would with a regularly-called pastor.

 

Prior to this work at St. Mark’s, Paul has served at

four ELCA congregations in NE, TX, and WA.
In addition, since retirement in 2013, he has served more briefly at four different congregations as an interim or sabbatical replacement pastor.

 

Paul is the author of four books (including Faith Forming Faith), and feels truly blessed to have three of his many hymn texts in publication. Dazzling Presence on the Mountain appears in the ELCA’s newest worship resource, All Creation Sings.

 

Paul and his wife, Donna, a public school reading specialist in the Shoreline School District, are the parents of two adult children –
Jacob (Laurie) and Lauren – who both live in Seattle and fill their days as a musician and pre-school teacher, respectively.

St. Mark's Staff and Leadership

The staff and leadership at St. Mark's Lutheran Church is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for all in the church and community. If you have questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them by clicking on the link, using email or call our church office at 509.747.6677 to speak with them.