Our Senior Pastor is Rev. Mark Mrini (‘Pastor Mark’). Our Associate Pastors are Rev. Drew VanDyke Colby (‘Pastor Drew’) who serves as the Associate Pastor for Youth, Young Adults, and Outreach and Rev. Jiyeon Kim (‘Pastor Jiyeon’) who serves as the Associate Pastor for Children and First Impressions
Rev. Mark Mrini, Senior Pastor
Pastor Mark was born and raised in the northernmost neighborhood of New York City. His childhood pastimes included playing in the woods (yes, there are woods there), basketball, stickball, and touch football on a dead-end street. He graduated from Binghamton University (Binghamton, N.Y.) in 1994 with a B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology, Columbia University (New York, N.Y.) in 1996 with an M.A. in Education, and Wesley Theological Seminary (Washington, D.C.) in 2003 with a Master of Divinity degree.
During his seminary years, Mark served as the Youth Minister for Trinity United Methodist in McLean and as the Seminarian for Cherrydale United Methodist in Arlington. From 2003-2007, he was appointed as the Associate Pastor of Washington Street United Methodist in Alexandria. In 2007, he was appointed as the Pastor of Del Ray United Methodist in Alexandria, where he served until coming to St. Stephen’s in 2015. Mark believes that we really start living when we really start living with God, and he has devoted his ministry to helping people (including himself) make this life-changing connection.
Mark and Audra have been married since 1996 and have two sons as well as two cats. Audra is a pastoral counselor with the Center for Pastoral Counseling of Virginia. Mark’s hobbies include reading, walking, and yes, he still plays basketball.
Phone: 703-978-8724 Ext: 104
Hometown: New York, NY
First Job: Usher for Symphony Space, a NYC theater.
Favorite Scripture: I Corinthians 13
Favorite Vacation Spot: Carolina Beach, NC
Favorite Food: Thai
Favorite Team: Binghamton Bearcats
Favorite Music: 70’s singer/songwriter
Favorite Movie/TV: A Beautiful Mind
Rev. Drew VanDyke Colby, Associate Pastor for Youth, Young Adults, and Outreach
At St. Stephen’s, Pastor Drew works with the youth ministry, young adult ministry, and the outreach ministries. He has a passion for preaching, teaching, music, and the practical implications for life as a disciple of Christ. Drew collects two things: vinyl records and musical instruments. He and his wife went to William and Mary together and have been married since May of 2012. They have two daughters, Hannah, born in 2014, and Miriam, born in 2018. Drew earned a Masters degree in Vocal Performance before earning a Masters of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.
Phone: 703-978-8724 Ext: 105
Hometown: Richmond, VA
First Job: Food Service: BBQ Slinger
Favorite Scripture: Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself. – Phillipians 2:5-7a
Favorite Vacation Spot: On a mountain with my wife in Autumn
Favorite Food: Sandwiches… all of them.
Favorite Team: Richmond Flying Squirrels
Favorite Music: Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
Favorite Movie/TV: Braveheart, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Mission
Rev. Jiyeon Kim, Associate Pastor for Children and First Impressions
Pastor Jiyeon was born in Incheon South Korea, and has travelled to the Philippines, Japan, Thailand, Turkey, and China. She graduated from Yonsei University in Seoul with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and Social Welfare in 2008, and from Wesley Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity in 2012. Jiyeon enjoys meeting new people because it involves “learning a new world where I have never been, and inviting them into my world,” and loves teaching children about God because of “their pure and joyful heart toward God — and the unexpected answers they give me.” In her spare time, Jiyeon enjoys music, drama, organizing, and learning new things.
Phone: 703-978-8724 Ext: 103
Hometown: Incheon, South Korea
First Job: Math Tutor
Favorite Scripture: “Rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn.” -Romans 12:15 (NIV)
Favorite Vacation Spot: Hawaii
Favorite Foods: Sushi, and whatever her mother makes.
Favorite Team: None
Favorite Music: Sam Smith
Favorite Movie/TV: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind