Mark Lingle

The Rev. Mark Lingle began his ministry at St. Francis in July, 2002. He was born in Park Rapids, MN, and raised on a farm. He studied at West Point Military Academy and completed his undergraduate work at Concordia College, MN. A Lutheran Bible Backpacking Camp was a key experience that led him to the ministry. He achieved his Masters of Divinity degree at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, in 1992. Mark has served parishes in MT, and CT. Also, he is actively involved in interfaith and non-profit initiatives in Stamford.

Mark is married to Marnie Sadlowsky, and they enjoy life together with their dogs. Mark's interests include running, biking, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, reading and movies.

Debra Slade

The Rev. Debra Slade, M.Div., BCC, was ordained to the priesthood on January 2, 2010 at St. Francis. In 2008, she graduated with a Master of Divinity from Yale. She grew up in Canada, obtained a master’s degree in English Lit from the University of Manitoba, studied law as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, taught law at 2 Universities, and worked for 15 years as a non-profit executive in the health field.

Debra is the director of spiritual care and clinical pastoral education at Nuvance Health, and is a board-certified chaplain. At St. Francis, she assists in liturgy, and coordinates its Lay Eucharistic Visitor (LEV) program and prison ministry.

Debra's family includes her husband Peter Kent, daughters Laura and Emma, and their pets.


The vestry is the leadership board of the parish, with representation of the church community. Meetings are monthly, beginning with a reflective prayer service, and focus on committee reports, projects and budget.

Current Vestry members are: Eileen Hynes & Suzanne Stevens, Wardens; John Coff, Treasurer; Audrey Roco, Clerk; Nancy Bisset, Tim Butler, Michael Carroll, Joan Carty, Emily Goff Decker, Anne Leonhardt, Andrea Martinez, Deborah Meyers, Aleta Shipley, and Dawn Valenti.