The Rev. Debra Bullock will be installed as the 18th rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1509 Ridge Ave. in Evanston, on Thursday, June 9.
Bullock, 41, a native of Wausau, Wisc., comes to St. Mark’s from two parishes she served simultaneously in New Jersey, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Stone Harbor, where she was assistant to the rector, and St. Barnabas-by-the-Bay, Villas, where she was senior pastor.
“Pastor Debra,” as she likes to be called, was ordained a priest in 2006. She earned a master of divinity degree, summa cum laude, from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, and a master of theological studies, magna cum laude, from the Boston University School of Theology. Upon ordination, Pastor Debra served at Church of the Transfiguration in Palos Park.
The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey Lee, Episcopal bishop of Chicago, will preside at the at 7 p.m. celebration. The Rev. John Sosnowski, Rector, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Stone Harbor, New Jersey will be the guest preacher. The community is invited to attend the ceremony and the reception that follows.
Founded in 1854, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is one of the oldest congregations in Evanston. Its original wood structure was on the site now occupied by the Post Office building. In 1890, construction began on the present stone building at the corner of Ridge and Grove, which opened on Easter Sunday, 1891.
Beginning in 2001, the parishioners, in their “Second Century Campaign” raised more than $2 million to restore the building to its original splendor, bring it up to current building standards and make it fully accessible for persons with disabilities, and make it ready for its next century of service to its faith and the community.