Welcome Deacon Mark

Hello! I’m Deacon Mark Purdome, and I’m excited to join the St. Andrew community.

After raising our two daughters in Gurnee, my wife Bridget and I, along with our dog Shadow, recently moved to Chicago as empty-nesters. We’re looking forward to living the city lifestyle, enjoying the restaurants and entertainment just outside our door.


I was ordained in 2007, and for the last 10 years I was assigned to St. Paul the Apostle, Gurnee. I would say that my spirituality tends to lean toward joy and awe at the opportunity to come together as a community to serve the Lord. I find myself frequently repeating the opening of Psalm 100: “Shout joyfully to the Lord, all you lands; serve the Lord with gladness”.

For both work and hobbies, I am a bit of a geek. I’ve done things ranging from Unix operating system development to telephony call processing. For the last 14 years, I’ve been the IT manager for a small non-profit foundation in the northern suburbs. Bridget is a spiritual director and is responsible for spiritual care at three transitional living facilities for people with HIV/AIDS in the Chicago area. Shadow (the dog) is responsible for greeting everyone with an enthusiastic tail-wag and defending our city against rabbits.

It is a great time to be together as a community, and I’m excited and thankful to call St. Andrew “home”. I hope to get to know all of you in the coming months.

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