Our History

The journey of Saint Mark’s

1906 to today!


History of Saint Mark’s

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Stained glass window showing Jesus as shepherd hodling a lamb
Black and white photo of All Saints Pasadena Mission


Our parish had its beginning as All Saints North Pasadena Mission, an outreach of All Saints Church in Pasadena.

Black and white photo of clergy and acolytes standing outside circa 1914


On Easter Sunday, April 6, 1914, Saint Mark’s Parish was consecrated.

Black and white photo of Saint Mark's church circa 1915


First church on Washington Blvd.


Recovered from Depression-era challenges and growing strong.

Black and white photo of two robed clergy holding tools


On November 2, the parish broke ground for the Altadena property (donated by the Markhams).

Black and white photo of interior of Saint Mark's church


Dedication of the new sanctuary on June 16.


Meeting House built for youth activities.

Mosaic of Saint Mark's lion outside of administration building


Parish Administration Building completed.


Saint Mark’s Preschool opens.


Elementary school begins, decades of growth ahead!

Black and white photo of priest and woman holding plans for school


Dunlap Hall constructed to add classrooms for our
expanding school.


Chorister program begins.

Organ with music


Karl Wilhelm tracker organ installed.

Stained glass window of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and young people


Archbishop and Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu visits Saint Mark’s on May 16, 1990, to dedicate a stained glass window in his honor. View video here.

Lift Every Voice and Sing book


Gospel Choir begins singing monthly.

Saint Mark's new community hall


Saint Mark’s Church and School capital campaign funds expanding and upgrading church/school facilities with 4 new buildings.

Baptism service with family


Saint Mark’s adds a 9:00 service tailored to families with children.

Saint Mark's centennial seal


Saint Mark’s celebrates its Centennial.

Crowd in Haiti


Through the Episcopal Church’s Haiti Partnership Program, Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church and School joined with St. Mark’s Episcopal High School in Southborough, MA in a relationship with Sainte Marguerite Episcopal Church and School in Latournelle, Haiti.

Altadena Troop 1


Scout Troop 1 celebrates 100 years at Saint Mark’s (established in 1914).

Rector and school director holding plans for new capital campaign


"Light. Learning. Love." Master Plan and Capital Campaign initiated.

Digital recorder on stand


During the Pandemic, we developed innovative ways to worship including Saint Mark’s on Air podcasts, Zoom worship services, small backyard eucharists, and eventually one service on the basketball court.

Saint Mark's School 60th Anniversary


Saint Mark’s School celebrates 60 years.

Our Windows

Our stained glass windows tell a story of the love of God; they represent heartfelt gifts for our church community and are an immediate teaching tool and inspiration for all to see during our celebrations and prayers. Most of the stained glass work was executed by Judson Studio. The Anson windows in the entry were created by Stan Hanson, Inc., and the Good Shepherd window in the Community Hall was created by the Los Angeles Glass Company.

Stained glass windows showing four panes