Dear Members and Friends of St. Mark’s,

It gives me great pleasure, and it is a privilege, to introduce you to the Rev. Roy Tripp, the first full-time Rector of St. Mark’s Port Royal!

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Roy was elected unanimously by the Search Committee, after a time-consuming and rewarding national search. Ably led by Barney Forsythe, guided by our transitional consultants, Rev. Rick Lindsey (All Saints’ Hilton Head), and Andrea McKellar in the diocesan office, the committee worked diligently and faithfully for months.  Their first choice among the three finalists, Roy has enthusiastically accepted the call to lead us in this part of God’s kingdom.  All who were involved felt the clear presence of the Holy Spirit during this entire process.

In my phone conversations with Roy, as we discussed the details of his contract, I was impressed by his clear understanding of our mission as a parish, his obvious love of the church, and his wonderful sense of humor.  We will all enjoy getting to know Roy and his wife Liz in the months ahead. They have just informed their present parish--St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in Duxbury, Massachusetts--that they will be moving to South Carolina.  His last Sunday there will be February 26, and his first Sunday at St. Mark’s will be March 5th-Lent 1.  Thus begins the next exciting chapter in the evolution of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, in the Episcopal Church in South Carolina!

We all owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the entire Search Committee. When you see them, please thank them for their work: Westley Byrne, Barney Forsythe, Jane Frederick, Jefferson Gibson, Nicole Passeggio, Bob Pinkerton and George Utter.

It has been an honor to have served on the Vestry, and to have been the Senior Warden during the ministries of Jim Dannals and Jon Coffey. It has been exciting, educational, and gratifying.  I will always be grateful to them, and to you, my parish family, for allowing me to be on this journey.

Woody Rutter, Senior Warden


A native of Maine, the Rev. Roy Tripp has spent the past 20 years in parish ministry, most recently as Rector of St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in Duxbury, Massachusetts. He graduated from Seattle Pacific University before going on to the Church Divinity School of the Pacific where he graduated with a Master of Divinity degree in 1996.

Roy’s background is in marketing, sales and public relations. At age 15 he began a career in broadcasting as the youngest announcer hired at WABI Radio and TV in his hometown of Bangor. Roy has also worked in the airline and printing industries, as well as with a marketing agency in Seattle.

His ministry has taken him and his family to serve parishes in Washington State, Delaware, and Massachusetts. He has served at both the diocesan and national church levels.

While living in Seattle, Roy met his wife Liz Devoir. They have a son, Preston, who works in banking. Roy and Liz live with their dog, Page and their cat Ivy, who controls the entire house. They enjoy cooking, travel and entertaining, as well as movies and gardening.

Roy says, “I enjoy walking with people as they discover how their faith and life intersect.”


Search Committee Members

Westley Byrne

Westley is a member of the Vestry and serves as Vestry liaison to St. Mark's Outreach and Missions eam.  She also participates in Beaufort's Unified Interfaith Community Coalition, of which St. Mark's is a founding member.  Westley retired from a career in pediatrics and public health in 2015.

Barney Forysthe

Barney retired from the US Army in 2005 as a Brigadier General after 35 years of service.  During his Army career, he spent 24 years as a professor and senior administrator at West Point, where he was also senior warden of the local Episcopal congregation.  He then spent 10 years at Westminster College, Missouri, as dean of faculty and president.  He and his wife, Jane, retired and moved to Beaufort in 2015 and immediately joined St Mark’s, where they are active in lay ministry and community outreach.  Barney is chair of the search committee.

Jane Frederick

Jane and her husband, Michael, moved to Beaufort in 1989. They were active members of St. Helena’s until the formation of St. Mark’s which they joined soon after it started. Jane is a lay reader at St. Mark’s. Jane and Michael are both architects and have practiced together for 27 years. Jane is an at-large board member of the American Institute of Architects. 

Jefferson Gibson

Jefferson is a junior at Beaufort High School.

Nicole Passeggio

Nicole has been a member of St. Mark's since August of 2015, when her family relocated from Long Island to Beaufort. Before their move, Nicole worked at Grace Episcopal Day School, where she served as Lay Chaplain, and taught social studies and religion. Currently, she works in the library at Port Royal Elementary School, right in the St. Mark's neighborhood! In addition to serving on the search committee at St. Mark's, Nicole is a lay reader and LEM.  

Bob Pinkerton

Bob was born in Michigan and baptized at St. James’ Episcopal on Grosse Ile. He grew up in Southern California and was confirmed at St. James by-the-Sea in La Jolla. He and his wife Barbara were members of Presbyterian congregations in their wanderings through the upper Midwest, but Bob returned to TEC at St. Mark’s in 2004 shortly after it started. He has been its Treasurer since 2005 and has been a Sr. Warden and currently serves on the Vestry. He is also a Trustee of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina.

He owns Athena Corporation, a manufacturer of custom products for the construction industry. Prior to that, he was CEO of Blackstone Corporation, a multinational manufacturer of automotive engine cooling systems for the OEM automotive industry with plants on four continents. He holds a law degree and two engineering degrees. He and his wife Barbara, a writer, have a son and two grandsons living in McLean, Virginia.

George Utter

George was new to SC and St Mark's in Jan 2013 after 27 years US Army, 12 years with industry (BDM, TRW and Northrop Grumman) and couple of years with CIA (Iraq).  Now he is fully retired but still fully busy with St Mark's including the Worship Committee, Sacristan, Family Promise, Building and Grounds and Thumbs-Up as well as several other community projects.  George is married to Judy, who works Pastoral Care and Nursery, for 50 years in November.  They live on Lady's Island with one great rescue Pug dog and one hateful cat.