St. Mark's Lutheran Church

2840 Cold Springs Rd,
Baldwinsville, NY

Summer Sunday Service:
9:30 AM

St. Mark's Staff

Pastor - Hannah Benedict

Pastor Hannah BenedictPrior to her Upstate NY adventure, Hannah Benedict and her family lived in the Midwest.There, Hannah previously worked as an actor, director, and teacher of theater arts. After meeting and subsequently marrying her husband Josiah, they began their married life in Minnesota. Along came their little girl Eve, who has kept them on their feet and joyful ever since. In her free time, which means in between chasing after her toddler, she enjoys running, hiking, baking, writing, and going to concerts.




Youth Director/Office Manager - Megan Wolling

Megan Wolling

I'm -
A middle child - I have an older sister and younger brother
An aunt - my nephew Carter is a little over a year old and super cute!
A pastor's kid or PK - my mom is a Lutheran minister
Certified in radio broadcasting and have a degree in business

Lived in 10 different cities in 4 different states throughout my life.
Traveled for a year around the south east region of the US as a music ministry team member with 5 strangers
Eaten alligator and it tastes just like chicken!

My favorite -
Food is fajitas - but not too spicy
Band is a tie between Dave Matthews Band and OAR
Music to listen to is COUNTRY!! YeeHaw!!
Sport to watch is Professional Bull Riding!!
Cookie is my Peanut Butter Cup Surprise Cookie! Yum!!
Season of the year is fall! I love the color of the leaves, the chill in the air, and pumpkins and apples galore!

I love to -
Crochet and sew
Take photos! Love black and white photography



Music Director - Julie Grindle

Julie GrindleJulie Grindle, B.M., M.M., is a lifelong church musician, working as an organist, choir director, and music clinician. She studied organ and church music at both Valparaiso University (Bachelor of Music with Martin Jean) and Indiana University (Master of Music with Marilyn Keiser.) She has served parishes in Virginia Beach, VA, Atlanta, GA and Bloomington, IN, as well as being the Chapel organist and Instructor at Valparaiso University (1997-98) before coming to Baldwinsville in 2010; there, she served as organist at First Presbyterian before moving to St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran (ELCA) in January of 2012, where she currently serves as the Director of Music Ministries. She regularly volunteers for the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, currently serving as the Conference Chair for the 2013 ALCM Biennial National Conference, "God Is Here: Worship in a Wireless World." She has also presented at ALCM conferences, and is on the Advisory Board for the Institute of Liturgical Studies, based at Valparaiso University. She is an active vocalist in the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble, and occasionally writes for the blog "Prelude Music Planner". She lives in Baldwinsville with her husband, David, and children Will and Tom.



St. Mark's Deacon - Sue Sterner

Sue Sterner pictureSue and her family have been members of St. Mark's since 1988. She is retired from the Baldwinsville school district, having worked as a 1:1 teaching assistant with special needs children. A licensed RN, Sue has worked as a camp nurse at our church camps. Commissioned as a congregation deacon in 2006, with an emphasis on new members, Sue also sits on the Worship & Music committee, Church Council, and the church choir. She is a past member of the Synod Council and Synod Council Executive Committee of the Upstate NY Synod of the ELCA. In addition, Sue is a member of the conference committee, Learning at the Crossroads.



St. Mark's Deacon - Tom Henry

Tom Henry picture Tom Henry has been a member of St. Mark's since 1986. He has served as one of our Teen Advisors and Sunday School teachers for many years and is a former Council President and Church Treasurer. Tom has been involved in Stewardship, Personnel, Mutual Ministry, and Youth Committees, and currently serves as St. Mark's representative to both the Central Crossroads Conference and the Upstate NY Synod Assembly. Tom has been a faculty member at both the Silver Bay Lutheran Conference and the Hartwick Seminary Summer Institute. He will be one of our Synod delegates to the Churchwide Assembly in 2016. Tom is married and has two adult daughters. He retired from high school and college teaching in 2009.



St. Mark's Deacon - David Grindle

David Grindle picture David Grindle serves as a deacon, assisting minister, teacher, musician, and just about any other thing he is called upon to do. He has taught Junior High Sunday School, Confirmation, and Adult Education for congregations in Indiana, New York, and Georgia. He enjoys the work at St Marks because it is focused on loving your neighbor.

When he's not working for St Marks, he is the Executive Director of a national non-profit focused on education and training for people who work behind the scenes in live entertainment.