The Clergy & Staff
Father Todd Young
Fr. Todd Young, 28th Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church.
Fr. Todd’s journey to the priesthood and to St. John’s Episcopal Church in Hagerstown began in 1996 when he experienced a call from God to the ordained ministry. He enrolled as a non-traditional student at Whitworth College in Spokane, WA, as well as officially entering the discernment process. After earning a B.A. in Organizational Management, he and his family (wife, Joelene, and daughter, Cecellia) moved to Evanston, IL, in 2001. There he attended Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and graduated in June 2004. He was ordained to the transitional diaconate on June 12 at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Spokane, WA.
In July 2004, the family moved to Montana where he served the 2-point cure of Christ Church, Sheridan, and St. Paul’s Church, Virginia City. He was ordained to the priesthood on December 18, 2004, at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Helena, MT. While in Montana, he oversaw several building improvements at both parishes, made regular visits to neighborhood bars as a way to reach out to the people, was elected to the city council of Sheridan, and served as chaplain to the Sheridan Volunteer Fire Department, eventually being promoted to captain.
In November 2010, Fr. Todd accepted a call to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Grants Pass, OR. While there, he organized spiritual quiet days for the parish, led a monthly movie night discussion, taught the adult forum between services, served on Diocesan Council, and participated in an ecumenical clergy group.
Fr. Todd began his tenure at St. John’s on November 1, 2016. Although the East Coast is different from his Northwest roots, he is finding this area to be a loving, giving, supportive place to live. He sees himself as the Chief Spiritual Officer of the church and continues to be concerned about the well-being of all people. He offers spiritual quiet days at least twice a year, continues his practice of visiting a local bar once a week, and works to visit parishioners every Monday. He is committed to excellent liturgy, quality preaching, education for adults and youth, and the inclusion of all people equally as members in the household of God. His favorite hobby is officiating high school football, and he can be seen on autumn Friday nights working as a side judge for the Washington County Football Officials Association.
If you would like to know more about Fr. Todd or have questions about the Episcopal Church or St. John’s Parish, please call the church office (301-733-2560) and make an appointment to meet with him. If you have a pastoral emergency, please contact him at 541-659-8151.
Mark King - Minister of Music
In addition, to his work at the church, Mark is the Instructor of Organ at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV. He holds bachelor of music and master of music degrees and also studied at the Royal School of Church Music in England. He has performed internationally and brings his knowledge and experience to the music program at Saint John's. He conducts the adult, children and youth choristers; as well as coordinates a concert series that is a major outreach ministry of the parish. If you are looking for a place to use your musical gifts in a close-knit community, then you would enjoy participating in one of Saint John's choirs. All that is required is a love of music.