Saint Mark Coptic Orthodox Church of Washington DC (St. Mark DC) was originally established in 1976. Our then small congregation of committed servants were dedicated to bringing the rich faith and history of the Orthodox Church to our nation’s capital. As the congregation grew, so did our church facilities and services.
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!
Continually love God, enjoy Him, and glorify Him by connecting with Him corporately and personally, and offering oneself as a living sacrifice to God in all places and at all times.
Pursue a life of transformation into the character of our Lord Jesus Christ through relationships, and through the receiving and handing down of Orthodox teachings and practices.
Show others the love of God through preaching the gospel of the Kingdom, teaching the Word of God, healing the broken-hearted, and comforting the weary.
“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.
Fr. Elijah Estafanous
Fr. Elijah was born and raised in New York City. He was an active youth servant at Archangel Michael and St Mena in Staten Island, NY. In 2012, he moved to the DC area to help serve in the area. On July 30, 2022 Fr. Elijah was ordained as a priest for St. Mark’s Church of Washington D.C. where he currently presides. Fr. Elijah and his wife Heba have boy/girl twins Micah and Cecilia.
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.
We strive to create a space that’s relaxing and welcoming, where you can easily connect and encounter God.
11911 Braddock Rd. Fairfax, Va. 22030
(703) 591-4444 ext. 210
Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm