Clergy & Staff

Fr. John Love

Rev. John W. Love, D.Min., V.F.

Born in St. Louis, MO, and raised in Santa Barbara, Fr. John Love was ordained in 1990 for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. As of 2016, he is the Dean (Vicar Forane) of Deanery Two which includes the parishes of Santa Barbara, Goleta, Monetecito and Carpinteria.   His undergraduate education was at Westmont College in Santa Barbara (Class of ’84, Econ and Pol Sci), and he studied theology at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, CA graduating in 1990.  In 2005, Fr. John received a doctorate in spiritual and moral formation from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and has served in a number of parishes both as associate and pastor in all five regions of the Archdiocese.  Fr. Love’s academic interests center on the intersection between medicine, religion and philosophy. In addition to his pastoral duties at St. Mark’s, Fr. John is also Wing Chaplain in the Air National Guard, currently serving at the 146th AW in Channel Islands, CA.  Since 2006, he has also served as a chaplain for the Order of Malta, Western Region.  His hobbies are hiking, traveling, golf and woodworking.  Fr. John’s favorite food is Alaskan King Crab legs.  His favorite team is the STL Cardinals.

Deacon Chris Sandner

Deacon Chris Sandner, MA, RCIA Director

A native of the Bay Area, Deacon Chris is an important part of St. Mark’s, serving both as RCIA director, and as an important source for student activities and counseling. Educated at Santa Clara University, he is also active in the administration of the Santa Barbara Pastoral Region, serving as the pastoral secretary to Bishop Robert Barron, Regional Bishop for Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. In his former days, he was an air traffic controller both for the USAF and the civilian world. Later in life, he has become an expert in business formation and consulting. He and his wife Diane live in Montecito.  Deacon Chris has a recently earned MA in theology from Franciscan University at Stuebenville.  His favorite food is squid-ink calamari.

Christine Gerace Bookeeper and Office Manager

Christine Gerace (Bio forthcoming)


Iliana De Hoyos Front Office

Iliana De Hoyos is a third-year student at UCSB who grew up in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. On her free time, she likes to surf Campus Point and watch Netflix. She adores her two cats, Snuggles and Peeta, and has a younger sister named Abigail. Her favorite foods are Freebird’s chicken burritos and boba, along with various other junk foods. Iliana hopes to get her degree in the Social Sciences in 2018.

Maria Moreno Primary Grades RE Director

Maria Moreno is from Rancho Cucamonga, CA. She is a graduate from UCSB with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Spanish and education.  In her spare time Maria enjoys mystery movies and TV shows, and long walks on the beach to relax and meditate.