Category: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Kyle Babin

Father Kyle Babin came to Saint Mark’s in November of 2018 after serving as Assistant Rector of St. Peter’s Church in the Great Valley in Malvern, Pennsylvania. A native of Texas, Father Babin served as director of music and organist in a number of parishes before discerning a call to ordained ministry. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree (summa cum laude) from Rice University, a Master of Music degree from Yale University, with a certificate from the Institute of Sacred Music, a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Manhattan School of Music, and a Master in Divinity degree (cum laude) from Virginia Theological Seminary, where he was co-recipient of the Charles and Janet Harris award for demonstrated academic excellence and leadership ability. For two years, Father Babin served as Director of Choral Music at St. James School. He currently assists occasionally as a priest for school Masses and regularly for the Sunday evening Mass at St. James. At Saint Mark’s, Father Babin oversees Children’s and Family Ministries, the 20s/30s group, and RISE, Saint Mark’s budding ministry affiliated with Princeton Theological Seminary’s Zoe Project. Father Babin is also a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians. In his spare time, he loves reading, traveling, learning about historic buildings, cooking, and photography.

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Lisa Britton

A native of Philadelphia and a member of Saint Mark’s Church, I am a Lecturer of Foreign Languages at the University of Pennsylvania where I teach French language and Francophone culture through the art of storytelling. People are often surprised to find out that I was a gold-medalist in tap dancing. I’m excited about The Zoe Project because as a Generation X teacher of Generation Y students, I am eager to flip the classroom, so to speak, and have these sometimes mysterious young adults become my teacher!

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Solade Thorpe

I’m a drop in the everlasting cup: Jesus Christ is zōḗ, in all worlds and inside me. People are often surprised to find out how many sports I avidly follow. I’m excited about The Zoe Project because as little fish “born of water and the Spirit”, in the image of our ICHTHYS, and as “fishers of men”, we must also angle for, and in, those gluey social domains where fingerling congregate—in the rich alluvium of youth culture and sentiment, layered like sediment; in the swirls and eddies of Zeitgeist; in (sand)bars, near soundbars and other inlets or creative outlets; in their loci (locales) of ultimate concern.

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Kyle Chvasta

Kyle is a social worker, activist and fervent art lover, he currently works at a community health center, and spends his free time reading with his cats. People are often surprised to find out that I am a Christian, and queer. I’m excited about The Zoe Project because I get the chance to expand people’s perception of what it is to be young, Christian and fully affirmed in one’s relationship with God.

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Ellen Doster

I was born and raised in Georgia, I majored in Books Mostly By Dead White Guys, and I love to knit! People are often surprised to find out that I am a beekeeper! I’m excited about The Zoe Project because…I think young adults create perspective and meaning that the Church needs to learn about, and I can’t wait to get started!

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Erika Takacs

I am an Episcopal priest serving a vibrant and historic Anglo-Catholic parish in the heart of Center City Philadelphia; I am also a wife, a beagle owner, a Phillies phan, and an unapologetic bookworm. People are often surprised to find out that I have recently falling in love with kayaking. I’m excited about The Zoe Project because I believe that God is making something new in the Church, and I hope that this project will position us to support and assist that new growth.

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The Zoe Project was funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc, and is headquartered at Princeton Theological Seminary.