About Us

Our mission is to help you grow in fervent love for God, for one another, and for those without Christ, both locally and globally.

Saint Mark Coptic Orthodox Church of Washington DC (StMarkDC) was originally established in 1976. Back then we were a small congregation but the first members were dedicated to the mission of bringing the rich history and beliefs of the Coptic Orthodox faith to the nation’s capital. As the congregation grew, both by first generation Egyptian-American children being born, and by Washingtonians adopting the Coptic faith, the StMarkDC facilities and services grew as well. 

Over 2000 years ago Saint Mark the Evangelist preached Christianity to the people of Egypt and today StMarkDC aims to maintain the same spirit and tradition in the DC Metro area. We are a vibrant local church, with deep ancient roots, and influential global reach!

Everyone is welcome to join us in worship, for weekly Bible Study, or plug into any of the dedicated services available for every age group and life phase from K2 through High School, from college to graduate, and for singles, couples, married couples, young families and beyond! 

Our doors are open. Welcome!

Meet our Priests

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

Fr. Paul Girguis

Fr. Paul was born and raised in Southern California.  He was an active youth servant and deacon at St. John Church in Covina, California for many years. In 2008, he and his family moved to serve in the Coptic Mission in Nairobi, Kenya.  On March 3, 2009, Fr. Paul was ordained as a priest for St. Mark’s Church of Washington D.C. where he currently presides.  Fr. Paul and his wife Sherry have four children- Daniel, Timothy, Joshua, and Ava.

Fr. Mark Aziz

Fr. Mark was born and raised in Egypt.  On July 18, 1996, Fr. Mark was ordained as a priest for St. Mark Church of Scotland.  He was elevated to the rank of hegomen (protopriest) on February 16, 2008.  After serving his congregation in Scotland for twenty-one years, Fr. Mark moved to the United States in August of 2017 where he currently presides as a priest at St. Mark’s Church of Washington D.C.  He and his wife Sanaa have two married daughters- Veronia (John) and Makrina (Joshua), as well as one granddaughter, Emmelia. 

Fr. Elisha Rezk

Fr. Elisha was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt. His family immigrated to South Africa in 1993 where Fr. Elisha was heavily involved in the Coptic Church mission as a layman for many years.  On September 11, 2002, he was ordained as a priest for the Bishopric of Mission Affairs in Kenya to serve in the tribal villages.  In 2018, he and his family moved to Virginia where Fr. Elisha supports and assists the ministry at St. Mark’s.  Fr. Elisha and his wife Manal have two children- Joshua and Anastasia.  


His Holiness Pope Tawadros II

His Holiness Pope Tawadros II is the 118th and current Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark. He was enthroned on November 18, 2012 as the successor of the late Pope Shenouda III. The Coptic Orthodox Church operates under the guidance of the Holy Synod which is lead by HH Pope Tawadros III. May the Lord keep him and confirm him on his throne.

Location & Contact

We strive to create a space that’s relaxing and welcoming, where you can easily connect and encounter God.

Location
11911 Braddock Rd. Fairfax, Va. 22030

Phone Number
(703) 591-4444 ext. 210
Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday 8:30am-1:30pm

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