The Very Rev. Alston B. Johnson was called as the third Dean of St. Mark’s Cathedral beginning on November 1, 2012. He is a native of Mississippi, a graduate of the University of Vermont and the School of Theology at Sewanee. He served several congregations in Mississippi, including St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Jackson, before becoming Rector at the Chapel of the Cross in Madison, Mississippi where he was serving prior to coming to St. Mark’s . Fr. Johnson has been a Captain/Chaplain in the U.S. Air Force, Mississippi National Guard and the Air Force Reserve Command. He also served as a volunteer chaplain at Parchman Prison in Mississippi. He loves to run, read, and spend time with friends and family. He and his wife Liza have four children.
The Rev. Thomas Nsubuga
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The Reverend Thomas Timothy Nsubuga is a native of Uganda, East Africa. Thomas was ordained a priest in Namirembe Diocese, Uganda. Since then, he has served in various places and capacities in Namirembe Diocese, in the Diocese of California and in the Diocese of Western Louisiana. Thomas comes to us from St. Luke’s Episcopal Chapel, Grambling where he served as vicar.
Thomas is married to Erinah and God has blessed them with two daughters: Joanitah and Leah.
Born in California, Rowena was raised in Arkansas and Mississippi. As a child and teen, she often interpreted for her deaf mother. She attended medical school in Jackson, married and began her residency in psychiatry in Florida. After two years, she interrupted her residency to begin her family and enjoyed being a "stay at home mother" for several years. She finished her psychiatry residency in Little Rock and did a fellowship in Child Psychiatry while continuing to raise her two children as a single mom.
Participating in a Spiritual Direction group at the Episcopal cathedral in Little Rock was a life changing experience of learning to praise God while listening for God's voice. Experiencing a call to ordained ministry a few years later, Rowena attended the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Austin, TX and was ordained Deacon, and later Priest in 1995. She worked for eight years as a hospital chaplain at Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge; the last six years there she was a chaplain in their Addiction Recovery 12 Step Program. She continues to be an advocate for 12 step groups.
Before coming full time on staff at St. Mark's in 2011, she was the Director of Student Mental Health at LSUHSC, and did supply preaching around the Diocese. Having been trained in Spiritual Direction, she continues to enjoy this aspect of ministry, along with the teaching and supervision in Stephen Ministry.
On a personal level, she enjoys her two granddaughters, ages 6 and 11, who live nearby. Her daughter is a teacher at the Montessori School here; her son is a hospitalist in Camden, Arkansas. Rowena is an outdoor and Nature enthusiast. She loves walking, canoeing and traveling, or road trips, to see more of God's amazing creation!
Fr. Carter retired from St. John’s Episcopal Church in Minden, Louisiana after 30 years of ordained ministry. He served as the Interim Dean of St. Mark’s from July 1 until October 31, 2012. Following his time as the interim dean, Fr. Carter taught seventh and eighth grade mathematics for the remainder of the 2012-2013 academic year.
In June 2013, Dean Johnson invited Fr. Carter to join the staff at St. Mark’s to assist in the pastoral care of the parish by visiting parishioners in homes, hospitals , and rehabilitation and nursing centers.
Fr. Carter serves as the Ecumenical and Interreligious Officer for the Diocese of Western Louisiana and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Interchurch Conference.
Fr. Carter enjoys preaching, leading worship, singing and reading.
Drew joined St. Mark's Cathedral as both curate and youth minister in 2017. He is a native of Saginaw, MI. Drew holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saginaw Valley State University, a Master of Divinity from Bexley-Seabury Seminary, and is currently studying church history on a part time basis online through the Institute of Lutheran Theology. During his time in seminary, he served as a youth counselor for the Summer Seminary Sampler, a program for young people to think theologically and vocationally about their faith and how they encounter God in their lives. Drew served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 2007-2015 and is currently endorsed by the Episcopal Church Office of Armed Forces Ministry. For fun, Drew enjoys traveling, learning about local history, and live music. Drew thanks the people of St. Mark's for their welcome and is looking forward to the many opportunities to work with St. Mark's families.