Staff at St. Mark’s
Choirmaster & Organist
Before moving to Florida, Madpak was the Minister of Music at St. John’s United Methodist Church, Hazlet, NJ for twelve years. There he directed a large music department including ten ensembles from adult and youth choirs, bell choirs, and a contemporary Praise Team and band.
Madpak began his musical training in the Men and Boys’ Choir of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Morristown, NJ at the tender age of seven. As a member of that ensemble for over 12 years he has joined in performance with the Vienna Boys’ Choir and worked with such well-known British conductors/composers as Malcolm Archer, Richard Seal, and Barry Rose. Madpak toured twice internationally with that group giving concerts in England and Ireland. During his undergraduate studies at Rowan University, he studied organ with Dennis Elwell and voice with Dr. Lourin Plant.
Madpak is the Artistic Director/Conductor of The Venice Chorale. www.venicechorale.org
Madpak is also on the faculty and staff at Venice Theatre. He is a recitalist, accompanist, conductor and teacher.
Director of Formation & Engagement
Prior to moving to Venice, she was the Senior Program Director for Leadership, Partnerships and New Initiatives with the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) and managed the Forma network and then became Chief of Staff at Bexley Seabury Seminary. She has been a consultant with Ministry Architects — the nation’s leading provider of strategic planning for children’s, youth, and church-wide ministries — since 2012. Melissa also serves as the host of For People with Bishop Rob Wright, a weekly podcast produced by the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta.
Rau is working her way toward an MDiv and is in a perpetual state of discernment. She and her husband, Mike, were married in 1999, and they have three wonderful children: Natalie (Talie), Kiersten, and Peyton, and two incredibly adorable Australian Labradoodles: Francis and Philly. Melissa loves to read and is passionate about giraffes and the color orange.
Dr. Andrew Coutras
Associate Director of Discipleship and Youth Ministries
Andrew is married to Eileen. Together they have three children, Zoe, Ethan, and Phoebe. They have attended St. Mark’s since 2016. Andrew enjoys the Florida wildlife, playing video games and non-conventional board games, and cooking barbeque.
Ernie and his wife, Cassie, live two miles from Siesta Key Beach. Ernie has two adult children: daughter Bianca and son Taylor. He enjoys being “Poppy” to three grandchildren who all live in Florida. He loves his family, and though both of Ernie’s and Cassie’s extended families live in Long Island, they do get to visit about once a year.
Ernie’s hours are typically Monday thru Friday from 6:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
She’d love to meet you, so stop by the church office to say, “Hi!”
Vestry at St. Mark’s