Fr. Mark McKone-Sweet came to St. Bartholomew’s in 2014. He was born, educated, worked in Massachusetts, then entered into full-time ministry in Diocese of Massachusetts. Mark’s life has been a journey of participating in and leading communities through change, rebirth,
Mark graduated from Wheaton College (Massachusetts), earned an MBA at Northeastern University all the while working full-time at worker-owned, Equal Exchange, Inc. (fair trade pioneer in the USA). After a 13-year career in business, Mark entered the ordination process and was ordained a priest in January 2008. Mark’s progression in faith communities includes, growing up in a parish of 450 families, worshiping in a college chapel with five people, being sponsored by a parish of 50 families, spending his curacy growing a parish of 275 families then serving as rector of a parish that grew from 50 families to 98 families in four years. Since joining St Bartholomew’s, his shared leadership model has led to significant transformation and renewed energy for the future.
Mark thought his calling was through sharing the love of God through children and youth ministry, which included mission work, youth ministry, children’s education,
The Rev. Canon Allisyn Thomas, Associate Rector, has been at St. Bart’s since December 2018 and has responsibility for adult spiritual formation, liturgy, member welcome and incorporation, pastoral care, as well as participating in the preaching, presiding, and “other” parish duties that tend to arise in a place as busy and vibrant as St. Bart’s. Immediately prior to coming to St. Bart’s, Allisyn served in the bishop’s office as Canon for Spiritual Formation, diocesan liturgical officer, and Dean of the Diocesan School for Ministry, as well as an instructor in preaching and liturgics. She served as Subdean and Canon for Spiritual Formation at St. Paul’s Cathedral in San Diego for 13 years before working in the bishop’s office, and Associate Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Chula Vista prior to that.
Allisyn is a certified Spiritual Director having received her certification from the Haden Institute, a contemplative Jungian based program in North Carolina. One of her great loves is walking alongside people in their spiritual journeys and continues her practice as a Spiritual Director as time allows.
Other duties and responsibilities Allisyn has had since being ordained include serving as chair of the diocese’s General Convention deputation 3 times; chair of the Standing Committee, and Commission on Ordained Ministry; member of the bishop’s Holiness in Relationships Task Force; member of the Bishop Nominating Committee (when Bishop Mathes was elected); member of the Clergy Wellness Committee; and vice-chair of the diocesan Executive Committee.
Before ordination Allisyn practiced law, working primarily with the San Diego City Attorney’s office specializing in land use, redevelopment, historic preservation, and general municipal law.
Allisyn is married to Skip Thomas, a happily retired deputy public defender. They make their home in Point Loma.
Bill was ordained to the Diaconate by San Diego Bishop James Mathes in June 2007. He is a fourth generation Episcopalian who was born in Brooklyn, NY. Before ordained ministry, he worked in the aerospace and communications industry as an electronics engineer, program manager
Bill's ministry calls him to teach and to preach. He facilitates St. Bartholomew's Christian Education programs, coordinates the Worship Ministries and provides pastoral care for the congregation and community. Bill has been married to his wife Nina for 39 years and in his spare time builds model railroads, plays a little golf and travels when time permits.