Rev. James Erwin West became Interim Pastor of St.
Mark’s on January 29, 2017. He came to Williamsport from
Pastor West was born and baptized in North Dakota (First Lutheran,
Bismarck), raised in Michigan (Trinity, Kalamazoo). He attended Northwestern
University and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy in 1978. He
attended seminary at Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Paul,
Minnesota, graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in 1982.
His first call to ministry was at Augsburg, Detroit and then First English,
Toledo. He then entered a twenty year career as a Navy Chaplain, with the
first duty station in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, and then on ships in San Diego,
with Marines at Camp Pendleton and Marine Boot Camp back in San Diego, then
helicopters at North Island (Coronado, California) , then on a carrier out
of North Island and finally submarines based at Point Loma, California.
After leaving the Chaplaincy, Pastor West began a career as an intentional
interim pastor. He previously served as interim pastor at Atonement, San
Diego and Bethel, Windsor, Colorado.
Pastor West is married to the former Mary Beth Quanbeck of Burnsville,
Minnesota. They have five children, Greg is in San Diego, Brad in Denver,
and Holly in New Haven. Anthony is a Sophomore studying marine engineering
at California Maritime Academy in Vallejo. Carly is a Freshman at Windsor