The Rev. Gerardo Brambila, Vicar
Fr. Gerardo brings to St. Mark’s more than 24 years of experience in ministry: 10 years as a lay minister and 14 as an ordained priest. He has served in different capacities and churches in two Dioceses in Los Angeles and Colorado, before accepting the call to St. Mark’s in Mesa, Arizona. He is fully bilingual in English, Spanish, and also speaks Italian, and has served in several multicultural congregations. He has years of experience in peace and social justice ministries, immigration advocacy, and 501c3 non-profit organizations. Fr. Gerardo loves Arizona, and returns to this part of our country to have the opportunity to “give back” to this land that opened its arms for the first time to him in our great nation.
Fr. Gerardo and his wife Viviana were both born and raised in Mexico. They have two children, Bruno and Viviana Geraldyne.
Chris Perry, Music Director
Chris Perry has been the Praise Ensemble Director at St. Mark’s since 2004. In 2012, he became the Choir Director and organist for the St. Mark’s chancel choir, and in 2015, began leading music for the Spanish Service. Chris now directs the music for all services, as well as leading the children in singing during Children’s Chapel. Chris says, “I love working at St. Mark’s for its loving (and music-loving!) congregation and for the glorious sanctuary in which we worship. I am inspired weekly by the beauty of our worship space as well as the enthusiasm of the congregation.”
Additionally, Chris is the Assistant Director of the Mesa City Band and the Associate Conductor of the East Valley Pops Orchestra, which has a rehearsal home at St. Mark’s. Chris also plays piano with the Swing Memories Big Band at various Mesa venues.
Chris and his wife Anali have two sons – Elmer and Arthur. Chris can be reached at email@example.com
Gloria McManus, Parish Administrator
Gloria was born in Ontario, Canada, moved to Austin, Texas as a young teenager and has lived in Arizona for 20 years. She became a member of St. Mark’s in 2011, when she was baptized. She participated as an Office Angel immediately, later becoming the official Parish Administrator in January, 2014. She is also the Ministry Leader for the Office Angels, Co-Ministry Leader for Sunday Lay Ministers, Clerk of the Bishop’s Committee and performs in the Chancel Choir.
As Parish Administrator, Gloria is responsible for: preparing all service bulletins and special service booklets; managing the church calendar and events; disseminating vital information to parishioners; maintaining church records; servicing the outside community through financial and emergency food assistance; planning, organizing and answering questions regarding funerals, baptisms and weddings; maintaining Sunday lay ministries and other schedules; and many other needs as they arise to ensure the smooth operation of St. Mark’s. Gloria’s love for St. Mark’s inspired her to apply her gifts at a time when they were greatly needed.