Our History

St. Mark has been part of the Newport Beach community since 1962, when the Presbytery of Los Angeles purchased property for a new church to be located at the corner of Jamboree and Eastbluff-Ford Roads.

Our founders chose the name of St. Mark because the Gospel of Mark has always been a radical call to discipleship–how you grow in Christ, how Christ is formed in you and in all aspects of your life. The Gospel of Mark gives a new vision of the present, limitless, redeeming power of Christ.

In 1978, our St. Mark Community Preschool welcomed its first students, and we also broke ground for a new sanctuary that we shared for 19 years with Temple Shir Ha-M’alot, a Jewish congregation. The cooperation and respect lived daily on our growing campus was a witness to our common humanity and the reality of interfaith relationships.

As St. Mark moved into the new century, we had outgrown our original campus. We completed a successful capital campaign, “A Proud Past, A Fantastic Future,” and held our first worship service at our current location on November 4, 2007.

St. Mark has always placed a high priority on mission. Members have worked locally and globally to share the love of Christ and to help their fellow human beings. We strive to increase our financial commitment to ministries that help people help themselves, alleviate suffering, and promote peace and justice. We have for many years been among the highest per capita contributors in our Los Ranchos Presbytery to the mission of the wider Presbyterian Church.

“Sixty years ago, our congregation’s founders carefully considered the kind of community they intended to become.  Studying the Gospel of Mark, they found a Jesus who didn’t live in a bubble of religiosity.  Determined to follow his example, they chose to make mission their organizing principle.”

Reverend Dr. Gary Collins
Pastor Emeritus, St. Mark

As St. Mark moved into the new century, we had outgrown our original campus at Eastbluff/Ford Road. Our neighbor of 40 years, Our Lady Queen of Angels (OLQA) Catholic Church, approached us with a plan that would enable their congregation to expand its facilities. We worked together on an arrangement that provided OLQA with the land they needed and the resources for St. Mark to build and move to our current San Joaquin Hills Road location. We completed a successful capital campaign, “A Proud Past, A Fantastic Future,” and on April 23, 2006, a Ground Blessing Ceremony was held at the new site. The first worship service was held November 4, 2007, and nearly 1,000 people attended our Open House on November 17.

On December 2, 2012, the first Sunday in Advent, we celebrated our 50th anniversary (St. Mark became an official church on the first Sunday of Advent, December 2, 1962). A standing room only crowd attended a joyous worship and reception, welcoming former pastors and associate pastors and special friends of St. Mark.

As St. Mark moves into the future, we look forward to continuing our tradition of lively worship of our gracious God, learning how to be all that God calls us to be, and serving together Christ’s kingdom of peace and justice.