God's work. Our hands.
The. Rev. Bryan Penman – Pastor

Bryan is a graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, where he graduated in  2012 with his Master’s of Divinity Degree with a concentration in Metro Urban ministry. Bryan completed his undergraduate studies at a Lutheran school Lenoir-Rhyne University Additionally Bryan holds a certification in youth and family ministry from The Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg. Bryan is a life long Lutheran and grew up at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Stafford, VA which is part of the Virginia Synod. After graduating from college he spent several years as a retail manager before going to work with his mother in her real estate business. It was from there that Bryan sensed a call to ministry and decided to enter seminary in 2008.  Bryan is passionate about ministry and teaching a new generation of church into what it means to be disciples of Jesus Christ. Bryan and his partner Matt live in Conshohocken with their adopted child.

 Pastor Bryan Penman
(540) 287-3663

Mary Konopka – Office Administrator

Mary joined the staff in 2018 as our office administrator. She brings a wealth of experience to the position of helping to manage the day to day office work. Mary is a retired pastor having served churches in Philadelphia, Detroit, and Ohio. She is a graduate of Christ Lutheran Seminary – Seminex. Mary has been involved in Diakonia™, an ELCA lay education program for spiritual formation and study. She is also one of the co-founders of Rhawnhurst Turning Point, an outreach center for young people in northeast Philadelphia.  

Mary Konopka



Emily Ballentine Erb – Director of Music Ministries

Emily has been leading and participating in church music for most of her life, most recently as Co-Director of Music at Advent Lutheran Church in Manhattan. She is a life-long Lutheran, and grew up in several churches on the east coast with her father as pastor. Emily holds a masters degree in music education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a bachelor of music in piano performance from James Madison University.  Emily and her husband, Sheldon, live in Mt. Airy with their dog, Leti.

At St. Mark’s, Emily leads all aspects of our diverse music programs – from Sunday Morning worship, Dinner Church, Bell Choir, Faith Formation, Adult Choir and working with our many talented musician members.

Emily Ballentine Erb

Dolores Lush – Bookkeeper

Our bookkeeper is Dolores Lush – as bookkeeper she is responsible for  paying the bills, balancing the check book, and payroll.

Dolores and her husband, Dave, have two daughters, a granddaughter and a cocker spaniel. She has a banking background which, along with her love of numbers, makes this job fun for her. She enjoys the people here at St. Mark’s and while not a member has participated in the “inbeTweeners” Bible study for the past 10 years and her and her husband Dave are faithful participants making the Easter Egg Candy each spring.

 Dolores Lush

(610) 828-0581


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