BISHOP'S OFFICE, HOUSTON
Bishop Andy oversees and is the chief pastor for more than 78,000 Episcopalians in the Diocese of Texas and for 400 clergy working in 153 congregations, schools, chaplaincies, and institutions.
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Sara serves the Office of the Bishop by maintaining Bishop Doyle’s calendar, correspondence, and schedule. She also handles remarriage petitions.
Bishop Hector was born in Guatemala and was Bishop of Costa Rica for 14 years before he came to the Diocese of Texas to help Bishop Andy Doyle. Bishop Hector will visit 45 congregations during the year; primarily in the southern region of the Diocese of Texas. He will also work to grow a multicultural presence in our congregations and help to find people in our Hispanic congregations who may want to become a deacon or priest.
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Millie offers administrative support to Bishop Assistant Hector Monterroso. She also serves the Office of the Bishop as the Recorder of Ordinations, assists with clergy licensing, chaplains’ ecclesiastical endorsement, and she offers other support as needed.
John prepares Volume I of the Annual Diocesan Council Journal, attends and records minutes of the Diocesan Council meeting and prepares Volume II of the Journal of that Council. He also attends and records minutes of the Executive Board and assists the Bishop of Texas.
Rebecca coordinates the confirmation visitation schedule for the Bishop Diocesan and for visiting bishops. She also coordinates special events and travel arrangements for the Office of the Bishop, and is the diocesan/group administrator for housing, travel, and special events for General Convention.
Mary manages Bishop Doyle’s social media accounts, documenting his visitations and various presentations throughout the Diocese. She also works to amplify the diocesan vision through management of Amplified Church, a project of Bishop Doyle’s.
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Laura is responsible for directing all incoming calls to the appropriate staff members. She also manages room reservations for all meetings held at the Diocesan Center; reservations can be made three years in advance.
Julie serves as the Administrator for the Iona School for Ministry. Julie also offers support to a variety of diocesan ministries such as Clergy Conference, Council Management, and worship at the Diaconate ordination.
BISHOP SUFFRAGAN'S OFFICE, AUSTIN
Bishop Dena serves as Regional Bishop in the West Region of the Diocese, overseeing pastoral and administrative needs in the region. She is the Executive for Ministry, overseeing the Commission on Ministry and the ordination process. She is also the Executive for World Mission and chairs the boards of the following diocesan institutions: El Buen Samaritano, St. Stephen's School, and Seminary of the Southwest. Nationally, she serves on the board of Episcopal Relief & Development and on the Disciplinary Board for Bishops.
Alicia manages Bishop Harrison’s calendar, correspondence, and schedule.
Ana provides administrative support to the executive for ministry for the Commission on Ministry activities. She maintains application files for all nominees for ordination as well as manages the application process for nominees to seminary, bi-vocational, and deacon ordination tracks.
BISHOP SUFFRAGAN'S OFFICE, TYLER
Bishop Jeff serves as the Regional Bishop of the East Region of the Diocese. He is the Executive for Pastoral Ministry and is responsible throughout the diocese for pastoral care to clergy and their families, including retired clergy and surviving spouses. He oversees congregational and administrative needs in the East Region. He serves as chair of the boards of St. James House in Baytown and St. Vincent’s House in Galveston and works with several diocesan ministries such as the Episcopal Church Women (ECW), Altar Guild, and Daughters of the King. He also serves on the board of All Saints’ Episcopal School in Tyler, oversees Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, and approves grants under the Clergy Sabbatical Program.
Kathy schedules Bishop Fisher’s visitations, meetings and other appointments and makes his travel arrangements. She assists with physician referrals for clergy, parishioners, and their family members. She plans and coordinates attendance at Little Church Club meetings, annual retreats for Retired Clergy, Spouses and Surviving Spouses of Clergy, and Planning for Tomorrow Conferences. She also communicates information for the Bishop to the East Region for the Dioces
Camp Allen Conference and Retreat Center
George leads in fulfilling the mission of offering quality programs and Christian hospitality to the thousands of guests and campers who come to the facility annually. The job of fulfilling that mission is to work within a $5 million budget while creating a strategy to increase awareness of the summer camp program, adult education programs, ecological programs, and giving opportunities available at Camp Allen.
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CANON TO THE ORDINARY
Kai serves as COO, leading the ministry staff of the Diocese to support and implement the vision of the Diocese. She is involved with canonical Revised Title IV work, assisting the Bishop’s work with clergy discipline and other
disciplinematters. She also mentors rectors, clergy new to the Diocese, bi-vocational priests, transitional deacons, pastoral leaders, pastoral leader interns, and interim clergy.
Kathryn assists Canon Ryan in her work as COO and in the various areas of transition ministry including clergy transition, congregations involved in a search process, placement for seminary-track curates and bi-vocational pastoral leaders, discipline issues, and orientation for new clergy. She is responsible for maintaining the Clergy Supply List and the Clergy Manual and informing the Diocese of significant changes therein. Kathryn also manages Canon Ryan’s calendar.
Carol oversees all communications for the Diocese of Texas. She writes for and edits the quarterly magazine, Diolog: The Texas Episcopalian, produces audio and video content, assists diocesan staff in strategic planning for communicating their work to the Diocese, and provides training for churches in effective communications and website development. The Office of Communication produces weekly e-news for the Diocese as well as a weekly clergy e-newsletter. Carol serves as the diocesan media liaison and consults congregations on crisis communications. She is a member of the Episcopal Relief and Development Inspiration Fund Advisory Committee and a board member of Episcopal Church Visual Arts (ECVA). She also curates EDOT Gallery at the Diocesan Center in Houston.
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LaShane is the web administrator for epicenter.org. She produces graphics for special projects.
Paulette serves as the communication liaison between the Diocese and the Hispanic congregations in the Diocese of Texas. She scouts and covers stories that are relevant within the Hispanic communities. She contributes to the website by writing articles and assists in updating the Diocese’s social media. She also helps to produce audio and video.
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Russ is responsible for convening the community of deacons biannually. He is responsible for placing deacons in congregations following their graduation from the Iona School for Ministry. He is also responsible for deacons’ pastoral care and assists with their continuing education. He teaches several times per year at the Iona School and oversees chapel services at The Diocesan Center in Houston.
Episcopal Health Foundation
Elena leads the Episcopal Health Foundation, which was established through the 2013 transfer of the St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System by the Episcopal Diocese of Texas to Catholic Health Initiatives. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation that operates as a supporting organization of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas pursuant to Section 509(a)(3)(B)(i) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation works to improve the health and well-being of the 10 million people in the 57 counties of the Diocese.
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Linda coordinates the Financial Services team and oversees the finances of the Diocese. She supervises the accounting function through his work with the controller and the management of the diocesan foundations through the Director of Foundations. She reports to the Finance Committee of the Executive Board in managing the finances of the Diocese including developing the budgets, managing cash flow, and reporting results. She also consults with diocesan institutions and congregations regarding their financial concerns, banking issues, accounting systems and investment options. She functions as the finance resource to the Bishop’s staff.
Ashley’s responsibilities include assisting congregations in their responsibility and accountability for the stewardship of their finances and property, assisting churches, schools, and institutions in obtaining religious property tax exemptions, providing 501(c)(3) letters, and assisting in the processing of articles of incorporation and bylaws.
David directs the administration, accounting, and asset management activities of the foundations of the Diocese that includes investments, mineral interests, and real estate holdings. He also provides consulting services and support to the Office of the Treasurer, the Office of the Bishop and churches throughout the Diocese. Mr. Fisher acts as liaison to the Episcopal Foundation of Texas, the Bishop Quin Foundation, the Great Commission Foundation, the Episcopal Health Foundation, and the Church Corporation (which holds title to all real estate property in the Diocese) regarding all property acquisitions, building projects, and the sale of property.
Andre is responsible for the diocesan budget, as well as annual assessments. He is also responsible for financial reporting to the Executive Board and Finance Committees for the Diocese and foundations, establishment and monitoring of internal controls, oversight of accounts receivable, accounts payable and staff payroll. He coordinates the annual external audit, is a resource for tax-related questions (charitable contributions, clergy compensation, etc.) and for guidance in congregational financial matters.
Tony processes accounts receivable, assists the Office of the Treasurer with tracking insurance and assessment receipts, and maintains banking transactions. He provides administrative assistance, maintains supplies for the Houston Diocesan Center, and coordinates seminarian and clergy relocations.
Debbie assists in the accounting for the investments of the Diocesan Foundations. She also assists with standard monthly general ledger entries and reconciliation of both the Diocese and its Foundations.
Angela assists the Director of Foundations to manage the business flow of the Church Corporation, the Bishop Quin Foundation, the Episcopal Foundation of Texas, and The Great Commission Foundation. This involves working closely with foundation board members, congregations in the Diocese, Diocesan staff, and outside professionals that provide ongoing services to the foundations (investments, real estate, oil and gas, insurance, and banking.) Angela coordinates all regular meetings of the foundations and is involved in the processing of grants made by the foundations.
Catherine oversees disbursements for the Diocese and for Diocesan Foundations. She reconciles and maintains company credit card receipts, posts assigned journal entries, and completes A/P related reconciliations and audit work papers.
Zee handles all human resources, clergy compensation and payroll questions and issues. She also provides guidance regarding all clergy compensation matters, clergy and lay pension problems, clergy retirements, and short and long-term disability for clergy and lay employees.
Sashaiis responsible for benefits enrollments/changes and managing the Health Savings Account (HSA) records. She is also available to help members with benefits questions or problems.
Joann leads the Mission Amplification Team’s five missioners who support assist leaders and congregations in planting new communities of faith, both church plants and missional communities, and in nurturing existing congregations and their leaders. The team provides coaching and consulting, as well as assessments and programs like cultural competency training and formation events. Additionally, the diocesan team helps congregations strategize and engage in effective action in response to opportunities and challenges.
Heriberto offers administrative support to the Rev. Canon Joann Saylors. He also works with other team members to enhance the ministry of the Mission Amplification team. He maintains the team’s calendars, meetings, and offers other support as needed.
Jamie oversees the diocesan support in areas of formation for our congregations and communities. She oversees the diocesan youth ministries, assesses ministries, and develops new children, youth, and family ministers. Jamie serves as a curricula consultant, presents workshops at parishes throughout the Diocese and assists the Church at the provincial and national levels. Jamie also coordinates the Diocesan Youth Council Delegates.
Jason serves as the Missioner for Missional Communities, supporting congregations in starting sacramental and relational outposts for those that cannot, or will not, visit an established church environment. He regularly works with clergy and lay leaders in congregations at establishing the evangelistic skill and missional strategy for reaching out beyond our parochial campuses.
Stephanie supports diocesan youth events by coordinating Happening, YES, Midwinter Retreat, Junior High Retreat, Intermediate Retreat, Intermediate Mission Experience, and Missionpalooza. She also supports the Mission Amplification team administratively.
Bob’s ministry is focused in three areas: 1) land acquisition and master planning for new churches including site selection and acquisition, site master planning, permitting, and construction project management; 2) supporting clergy and vestries in congregational governance and facility planning and operations, including facility challenges, major maintenance and repair issues, and guidance and direction for congregations as they begin and work through the process of master planning, design, construction, and capital campaigns for
major renovationand/or new construction. Specificallyhe maintains a network of architects, engineers, contractors and capital campaign consultants with experience and good track records in working with churches in the diocese; and, 3) financial stewardship resources for annual giving and year-round stewardship. Bob also serves as a liaison to the Commission on Hispanic Ministry.
Denise coordinates and executes a diocesan-wide series of programs specifically designed to increase understanding and appreciation of diversity and inclusion. She works with various diocesan entities on community building, leadership development, intercultural youth events, building multicultural communities, and other areas of our church life.
Nick oversees Texas Episcopal Service Corps. He coordinates formation and development as well as provides resources for the corps members living and serving in Houston and Galveston County. Nick connects and maintains relationships with Texas ESC Host Site partners and their corps members. He also coordinates formational retreats and walks with each corps member through their year of service, discernment, and growth.
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Wellness and Care Ministries / Safeguarding
Carol develops and oversees the Ministries of Wellness and Care for the diocese, which include clergy wellness and family support, recovery ministries, congregational wellness, and Safe Church. As Safe Church Minister, Carol develops and interprets Safeguarding Policies and serves as Diocesan Intake Officer, receiving and responding to reports of Safeguarding issues and concerns.
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Danielle supports the Canon for Wellness and Pastoral Care and the Safe Church office. She assists with wellness ministry development, Wellness and Care communications, and also provides procedural and training support for all the Safeguarding programs. In addition, Danielle is the Safeguarding Records Administrator for EDOT clergy.
Marty oversees and directs the Safe Church Safeguarding Certification process for the Diocese. She supports the processes and infrastructure for Safe Church risk management through the use of the Safeguarding Records System (SRS). She provides training, support and policy navigation to those who manage the processes each year in our churches, schools, and institutions. She manages Safe Church assistants in Houston and NE Texas.
Tracy provides bilingual (Spanish-English) Safe Church “help desk” assistance for Safeguarding certification processes to Safeguarding Records Administrators (SRAs), and other staff in congregations, schools, and EDOT organizations. He assists with keeping SRS up to date; provides other bilingual Safe Church services (e.g., conduct needs assessments, train SRAs, etc.) to largely Spanish speaking congregations and translates Safe Church web pages, documents, and written communications. He also provides training and assistance with the online option for SGC recertification, and serves as SRA for small churches as needed.
Katherine supports SRAs in all EDOT organizations in their effort to create and maintain an accurate accounting of members who have or need to have Safeguarding Certification. She trains volunteers to be the Safeguarding Records Administrator (SRA) for their parish/school/organization and offers ongoing support and trouble-shooting. She serves as SRA for small churches as needed. She trains volunteer SGP and SGC trainers to serve in churches and EDOT organizations. She also provides ongoing professional development of trainers and Master Trainers (those who train trainers).
Nina manages Doris, the Diocesan Online Records and Information Software, a centralized, consolidated database that includes contact and other information for diocesan churches, clergy, vestry, and other lay leaders. Directories of churches and clergy are produced from this database, as are lists, reports, and labels. She manages all Technology related areas at the Diocese. She keeps the website updated with contact information on the diocesan churches, and she produces and uploads the monthly diocesan cycle of prayer. She oversees the registration of clergy and lay - and receipt of data reports due before - Annual Council. She also oversees personnel responsible for lay licenses.
Sue is responsible for processing lay licenses for eucharistic ministers, eucharistic visitors, worship leaders, evangelists, and catechists. She updates the database with information received before Annual Council concerning lay officers and vestry. She is responsible for the Bishop’s personnel filing and she receives and inputs information from Bishops’ Visitations. She also maintains names and addresses for the mailing of the Diolog: The Texas Episcopalian, and assists the manager of database services as required.
Gail is responsible for the entering of invoices for the Episcopal Health Foundation. She assists the accounts payable bookkeeper as needed with sending remittance advices, filing invoices, mailing checks and reviewing credit card statements. Gail also assists in the preparation of materials for the annual audit.
Francene oversees clergy transition, congregations involved in a search process, placement for seminary-track curates and bi-vocational pastoral leaders, and clergy licensing work. Trains rector search committees for congregations preparing to call new rectors. Coordinates orientation for all clergy new to the Diocese.
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