The Reverend John Balicki, Rector
St. Mark’s welcomed the Reverend John A. Balicki as our new rector in the fall of 2011. He came to us from St. Alban’s in Cape Elizabeth, Maine where he served as associate rector and then priest-in-charge. The Rev. Balicki was received as an Episcopal priest on April 10, 2005. Initially ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1983, he has served as an associate in churches in Sanford and Portland Maine, as well as a pastoral counselor.
Prior to serving at St. Alban’s, John was the bicycle/pedestrian coordinator for the Maine Department of Transportation. He teaches online courses at St. Joseph’s College and Kaplan University and is active in the Waterville Clergy Association and several committees of the Diocese of Maine.
Rev. Balicki resides in Brunswick, Maine, with his wife Karen. They have two children. John has returned last fall from a time of travel and study during his summer away from the parish, which included his sabbatical and vacation time. He has posted a blog about his experiences and shared his stories with the parish.
Don Kerr, Organist and Choir Director
Don Kerr received his early musical training from Edward B. Gammons of the Groton School and later became an organ pupil of Jack Fisher of Emmanuel Church, Boston. A graduate fellow at the University of Vermont and at Harvard University, he subsequently studied organ and harpsichord with Bernard Legacé of Montreal and with Dom André Laberge, O.S.B., Abbot of Saint Benoît-du-lac in Québec. Also a poet and writer, Don was librettist for three extended music dramas by British composer Alan Ridout and was Poet-in-Residence for the Montréal Boy’s Choir School in Québec.
Past positions include: St. Peter’s Church, Albany NY, Assistant Organist and Choirmaster, and Summer Music Program Director; Holy Trinity Church, Southbridge MA, Organist and Choirmaster; The Rectory School, Pomfret CT, Organist and Choirmaster, and Latin Master; Hope Congregational Church, Springfield MA, Director of Music; St. Paul’s Cathedral, Burlington VT, Director of Music and Director of the Ministry of the Arts; St. Mary’s Church, Ponca City OK, Director of Music; Church of the Messiah, Glens Falls NY, Organist and Choirmaster; Chairperson, English Department, St. Mary’s Academy, Glens Falls NY; St. Paul’s Church, Salem NY, Organist, Schola Cantorum Founder and Director, and Curator of the historic E & GG Hook Organ; and Emmanuel-Friedens Church, Schenectady NY, Director of Music. He retired from the New York State Department of Corrections in 1993.
For the past thirty years, he has been a resident of Washington County in New York. He has three brothers and seven sisters, most of whom live in Vermont. Don joined the staff at Saint Mark’s in May of 2015. He now lives in Winslow with his Collie, Anna.
Tim McFadden, Senior Warden
Tim has been a regular at St. Mark’s for almost 10 years, serving as a lector and on the vestry. Pleased to be a member of this caring and engaging parish community, he lives in Skowhegan with his wife Marti.
While our priest, the Rev. John Balicki, was away on sabbatical last year, Tim was in charge of the parish as our Senior Warden.
Cathie Kimball, Coordinator of Pastoral Care
Dr. Kimball has been an active member of St. Mark’s for many years, serving as a Senior Warden, a member of the choir, and in various leadership roles. In her position as Coordinator of Pastoral Care, she will find the appropriate priest, deacon, lay Eucharistic minister or other parishioner to visit the sick at home or in the hospital. She will also coordinate funeral services and other pastoral needs, based on the nature of the request.
Jonathan Knock and Melinda Corey, Coordinators of Children and Youth
Jonathan Knock is originally from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. He received a degree in Biblical Studies and Youth Leadership from Atlantic Baptist University (now Crandall University) in 2000. He has held positions in youth ministry at several summer camps and churches in both Maine and Canada, as well as working in outdoor adventure, and currently is employed as a respite care provider for Spurwink Services in Chelsea. He is a volunteer youth rock climbing instructor at the Alfond Youth Center in Waterville and together with Melinda, helps lead the Cub Scout pack in their town. Jonathan enjoys making rustic furniture and toys from local and salvaged woods and any outdoor activities, especially rock/ice climbing, mountain biking, and camping.
Melinda Corey is originally from Littleton, Maine. She received a degree in Spanish and Youth Ministry from Gordon College in 2002, and completed her master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education at UMaine (Orono) in 2014. She has worked with young children in many capacities, and currently serves as the Early Intervention Program Manager for Child Development Services’ regional offices in Waterville and Farmington. She is an instructor for Maine Roads to Quality and information specialist with the Autism Society of Maine. In her free time, she enjoys reading and exploring new places with friends and family.
Jonathan and Melinda were married in 2003. They live in Albion with their son Caleb, whom they homeschool, and their cat Lily Belle. St. Mark’s is delighted that they are part of our parish with a focus on our children and youth.