Pastor Kate LePard

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Pastor Kate graduated from Coeur d'Alene High School, Pacific Lutheran University, and Luther Seminary. For over 30 years she has been serving congregations in the Eastern Washington/Idaho Synod. She loves preaching and teaching and exploring the faith journey. Leading retreats and speaking at gatherings around the synod are enjoyable extensions of her ministry. 

Pastor Kate and her husband, Dale Schroeder, live in Post Falls with their two dogs. They raised a blended family of five children, most of whom are married now, and they have five grandchildren. When she is not at St. Mark's, Pastor Kate is usually making bright batik quilts, reading, or at the cabin with Dale and the dogs.

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.

Pastor Mark Nelson, Interim Pastor

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Pastor Mark Nelson was born in Spokane, WA and raised in Spokane and Seattle. He attended Pacific Lutheran University, graduating with double majors in Religion and Psychology. Mark attended Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, IA. Coursework at the Aquinas Institute (Dominican), Clinical Pastoral Education in New Jersey, Internship in Michigan, and an urban ministry specialty in Denver rounded out his seminary education. He was ordained in 1980 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Seattle, WA. Mark’s first call was to the congregations of the Goodstem Cluster in Lind, Sprague, and Ritzville, WA. After seven years there he accepted a call to Grace Lutheran Church in Cashmere, WA. He was called to serve as Assistant to Bishop Robert Keller in October, 1991 and as Assistant to Bishop Martin Wells in January, 2000. Near the end of 2012 Mark accepted the call from ELCA churchwide to serve as the Coordinator for Missional Leadership for Region 1 (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska). When this call was complete, Mark accepted the call from the ELCA to be Candidacy and Leadership Manager, deployed to 11 synods in the Western United States. In May 2020 Mark retired from his churchwide work in his 40th year of ordained service. He has agreed to a half time position at St. Mark's as of September 1, 2020, during our call process.

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.