In 1996, there was a great deal of renewed activity at St. Mark as Pastor Chris began to lead us. The Outreach Group was formed. This ministry focused on feeding the homeless, holding blood drives and tutoring at Westbrook Park School. While this group no longer exists, we now have two ministries (weekly and monthly) which feed the homeless. During this year, plans were being made to begin a children’s clothing ministry. This ministry evolved to our present Thrift Shop which houses KidsCloset, Annie’s Attic and Ladies’ Boutique.
From 1998 to 2001 our building underwent several renovations, including expanding the Nathex, installing stained glass, creating the "Coffee Stop" in the Narthex, and renovating the Christian Education wing.
In 2001, St. Mark was blessed to have Cheryl Hensil join us as our intern and in 2003 she became St. Mark’s Vicar as she continued her progress toward becoming an ordained Pastor. Our evening contemporary Worship and Praise service was begun. Our newly created scattering garden received national press and our Tree of Life provided a way to remember loved ones.
At the end of 2003, Resurrection Lutheran Church in Havertown closed; some of its members joined St. Mark. As a result of the closing, we received Resurrection’s baptismal font; many of the children of families newly joining St. Mark were baptized at that font.
In 2004, there were many changes to our nursery school which became St. Mark’s Christian School with Kathy Cosentino as Director. Despite losing many students when our former staff left, we quickly had an enrollment of 71 by September and began full academic day programs for 3's and 4's. Our outreach programs were organized under the Faith in Action (later named Sharing God’s Love) umbrella. We converted our rarely used stage to new space for our Thrift Shop. We also began our campaign to raise funds for a new roof for the church.
In 2005 we acquired our new pipe organ which we received as a gift from the Nativity Lutheran Church Congregation in Chester, PA following their closing in June. During the year, major renovations were made to our chancel to accommodate the pipe organ and provide better viewing of our PowerPoint presentations. We acquired the property next door and we also introduced our newly-created web site which helps us Make Christ Known to all who view it. Many of our visitors “find” us through our web site. At the end of the year, we celebrated our tenth year of partnership with Pastor Chris and the tenth anniversary of his ordination. Bishop Almquist led our anniversary service and presented Pastor Chris with a plaque for his office.
In 2007, we installed a new, brightly lit message sign on the Crestwood Avenue side of our church, contributions in memory of Nicky Lentz helped to fund this new addition.
In the spring of 2009 we put a plan into action to develop our own Summer Camp which has become increasingly successful.
In 2010, a fountain was installed in the Scattering Garden in memory of Jack Ippoliti. Anne Smith’s family purchased a beautiful angel to be placed in our Scattering Garden as a memorial to her. While we had held several carnivals in the past few years, we held our first Kiddie Karnival during this year; it was a smashing success.
In 2011, the renovations to our restrooms were completed. As a result, we have beautiful new facilities and a handicapped stall in both the women’s and men’s rooms. Our Christian School was voted “Best in Delco” in the Daily Times contest.