The Rev. Mark McKone-Sweet, Rector, M.Div., MBA
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 and growth. He is a cradle Episcopalian and avid Red Sox fan, along with being entrepreneurial in mind and heart (Holy Spirit driven). Mark's personal journey with learning disabilities and ADHD have become gifts for ministry and listening to the voice of God. From his earliest memory, discovering a vision and finding creative ways around obstacles to live into the vision has driven him to follow God’s urgent cry to spread the Good News.
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 and camp leadership. During a 15-year chapter of lay leadership, God called him into priesthood, serving the dynamic and amazing people of God in parishes and beyond. Mark also trains and develops leaders for Mission Work, Stewardship Enhancement, Strategic Transformation and Youth Ministry. Mark enjoys music, often playing his trumpet in worship. Mark is married to Kate (Professor at Babson College, MA) and they have two amazing children Maya (12) and Marcos (9). In his free time Mark runs, coaches baseball, softball and soccer, cooks for his family and large groups, and takes long walks.
Mother Mary Lynn grew up in Kansas City (go Royals!), and is having fun exploring sunny San Diego. She studied French and environmental sustainability at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. After that, she worked at an environmental magazine, and spent some time working on an organic farm. She then began her studies at Virginia Theological Seminary. While in seminary, she served as a seminarian at St. Mary’s in Arlington, VA, and she also served as a hospital chaplain for a year. She graduated from VTS in May 2016. She is passionate about pastoral care, art, food, and community development.
At St. Bart’s, Mary Lynn is involved in pastoral care, the preschool, and religious formation of youth and kids. She also works with elders in the parish and in local retirement communities. In her spare time, she bakes bread, goes on walks, binge-watches Netflix, and works on craft projects.
Before entering the ordination process, Chris served as Canon for Congregational Development at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, where his responsibilities included evangelism, newcomer welcome, small group organization, ministry development, communications and stewardship. Chris continues that ministry at St. Bartholomew’s where he joined the staff as Congregational Development Minister in September of 2015. Prior to ordination, Chris defended people from the IRS as a tax attorney. He has served as Chairman of the Alpha Project for the Homeless, a San Diego-based multi-service homeless outreach agency recognized nationally by the President of the United States as the country’s 185th Point of Light. Chris currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Episcopal Network for Stewardship, the Steering Committee for Invite-Welcome-Connect, and is a facilitator for Gathering of Leaders, and is a national speaker on congregational development topics including evangelism and stewardship.
Chris grew up in Santa Cruz, California, considers himself a political junkie and something of a sci-fi geek. His passion is helping people integrate their faith and a sense of call into all aspects of their lives while designing a life of purpose and mission. He lives in the Bay Park area of San Diego with his husband Joseph Bruglio, their two daughters, Aleena and Gianna, and their two rescued Greyhounds, Marcello and Enzo
The Rev. Bill Zettinger, Deacon and Minister for Adult Education and Technology
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 and executive. Bill has a degree in electrical engineering from New York Institute of Technology and attended the Episcopal Theological School at Claremont for his ministry studies.
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.