The Reverend Daniel Bell, Priest-in-Charge
The Reverend Daniel Bell became Priest-in-Charge of St. Mark's in August of 2020. Prior to joining us, Reverend Dan was the Assistant Rector at the Parish of the Good Shepherd in Newton, where he oversaw Christian education programs for children and youth. Since 2016, he has also served as the Protestant Chaplain at Tufts University.
Dan moved to Boston in 2013 to serve in Life Together, an Episcopal Service Corps program. During his two years as a fellow, Dan was the diocesan intern at St. Stephen’s in Lynn. While there, he helped to establish BE YOU, a youth group for LGBTQ+ high school students and peer allies.
Before coming to Boston, Dan lived in New Haven, Connecticut, for five years, and attended Yale Divinity School. Dan earned a Master of Arts in Religion in 2010 and studied the history of Christianity. He earned a Master of Divinity in 2013, when he also received a Diploma in Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School, the Episcopal seminary at Yale. Dan is passionate about pastoral care and has served as a chaplain at Bridgeport Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. He was ordained a deacon on his birthday in June of 2017 and became a priest in February of 2018.
Dan has family in New York, Florida, and Japan, where his brother, sister-in-law, and nephews live. A native of Long Island, New York, Dan and his partner currently live in Malden, where they enjoy long walks, trying out new recipes, and staying in touch with friends near and far.
Susan Dearborn, Organist and Choir Director
Susan Dearborn began at St. Mark’s as Organist and Choir Director in 1992 and has found it very rewarding to work with the many St. Mark’s parishioners who share their time and talent with the congregation. She began her career when she was appointed the organist for her hometown church at the age of 12, and since then has played for hundreds of services in churches of all denominations. Susan earned her undergraduate degree in musical theatre at the University of New Hampshire, and her master’s degree in music librarianship from the Simmons College Graduate School of Information Science. Outside of St. Mark’s, she directs an agency that represents classical music conductors and instrumentalists to orchestras and chamber music ensembles around the world. Susan welcomes any parishioners who love to sing in an enjoyable, collegial, low-pressure environment to join the Adult Choir!