Mark Lingle


The Rev. Mark Lingle began ministry with St. Francis in the summer of 2002 and is currently the rector at St. Francis.  He was born in Park Rapids, MN, and raised on a farm in northern Minnesota.  He studied for a year at the Military Academy at West Point and then completed his undergraduate work at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.  Work at a Lutheran Bible Backpacking Camp in southern Montana was an important experience for Mark in considering ordained ministry.  Following college, he began work at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, on his Masters of Divinity degree, completing it in 1992.  Mark has served parishes in Columbus, MT, Danbury, CT, and now in Stamford.  He is married to Marnie Sadlowsky, and they enjoy life together with two golden retrievers. Mark's interests include running, biking, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, reading and movies.  He is actively involved in the inter-religious collaborations in Stamford and serves on the board of Building One Community.

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Debra Slade


The Rev. Slade, M.Div., BCC, is vicar of St. Francis Church. Debra was ordained to the priesthood on January 2, 2010 at St. Francis. In 2008, she graduated with a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School. She grew up in Winnipeg, Canada, and attended the University of Manitoba where she obtained a master’s degree in English Literature. She left Canada to attend Oxford University where she studied law as a Rhodes Scholar at Magdalen College. Following her education at Oxford, she taught law at the University of Chicago and Columbia University, and then worked for 15 years as a not-for-profit executive in the field of health, particularly urology.

Debra is the director of spiritual care and clinical pastoral education at Norwalk Hospital, and is a board-certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains.

At St. Francis, she assists in liturgy, and coordinates its Lay Eucharistic Visitor (LEV) program and prison ministry. Debra lives with her family (husband Peter Kent, daughters Laura and Emma, cat Binx and Westie Neville) in Ridgefield,CT

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