Clergy and Staff

St. Peter's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church enjoys the dedicated services of clergy, staff members and volunteers who help fulfill our mission. They include:

The Reverend Doyle Dietz Allen, Priest-in-Charge




A native of New Orleans, Mark Engelhardt has served in similar positions since 1973. He holds Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees from Louisiana State University and has studied organ and choral conducting in several venues in this country and in England. He returned to this position at St. Peter's, having served here from 1984 - 1989. Leaving St. Peter's at that time, he was Organist and Director of Music at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston, and Music Consultant for the Diocese of Massachusetts from 1989-2005. In that position, he was widely sought as conductor, conference music leader, and organist for many occasions at the local, regional, and national levels. Under his direction, the Cathedral Choir made a professional recording "Author of Light" and sang twice at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.


Leaving the Cathedral in 2005, he served as Lay Associate and Organist and Director of Music at Grace Episcopal Church in Salem, Massachusetts. His duties included Office Administration, some pastoral responsibilities and complete oversight of the music program. With the Rector, he founded the Choir School at Grace Church which seeks to educate young singers using the materials of the Royal School of Church Music.  

Answering the call to once again serve at St. Peter's Church, he brings years of experience working as a lay professional in the Episcopal Church, and a deep sense of the mission and ministry of St. Peter's parish. The musical history of the parish includes a long-held association with the Royal School of Church Music and developing the choristers' program is a primary goal, while continuing and building upon the recognized standing of the Parish Choir as a significant leader in liturgical choral arts.


As a concert organist, Mark Engelhardt has performed in some of the world's great venues, including the First Congregational Church in Los Angeles; Methuen Music Hall; Trinity Church, Wall Street; and in England, Tewkesbury Abbey, and Truro Cathedral. He also has performed and recorded two CDs with trumpeter Chris O'Hara: "Sound the Trumpet" and "johann sebastian BACH" which are available online at Mr. O'Hara and Mr. Engelhardt recently collaborated with stunning lyric soprano Sarah Moyer to form the trio "Illumine". Lux Aeterna is available at


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