Bishop's Office, Houston

  • The Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle / IX Bishop of Texasemail

    • 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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      office: 713.520.6444 ext. 1024

  • Stephanie Taylor / Assistant to Bishop of Texasemail

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      Stephanie serves the Office of the Bishop by maintaining Bishop Doyle’s calendar, correspondence, and schedule.  She also handles remarriage petitions. 

      office: 713.520.6444 ext. 1024

  • Rebecca Nelson-Gomez / Special Events & Confirmation Visitation Coord.email

    • 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.

      office: 713.520.6444 ext. 1011

  • Laura Krustchinsky / Receptionistemail

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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.

      office: 713.520.6444

Bishop Suffragan's Office, Austin

  • The Rt. Rev. Dena Harrison / Bishop Suffraganemail

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      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.

      office: 512.478.0580

  • Alicia Alcantara / Assistant to Bishop Harrisonemail

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      Alicia manages Bishop Harrison’s calendar, correspondence, and schedule.

      office: 512.478.0580

  • Ana Gonzales May / Assistant to Commission on Ministryemail

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      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.

      office: 512.478.0580

 

Bishop Suffragan's Office, Tyler

  • The Rt. Rev. Jeff W. Fisher / Bishop Suffragan email

    • 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.  

      office: 888.579.6012

  • Martha Harvey / Assistant to Bishop Fisheremail

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      Martha 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 Diocese.

      office: 888.579.6012

 

Archdeacon

  • The Ven. Russ Oechsel, Jr. / Archdeaconemail

    • 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. 

      office: 713.520.6444

 

Benefit's Administration

  • Debra M. Klinger / Human Resources Administratoremail

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      Debra 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.

      office: 713.520.6444 ext. 1012

  • Cornelio Adams, Jr. / Benefits Associate email

    • Cornelio is responsible for benefits enrollments/changes and managing the Health Savings Account (HSA) records.  He is also available to help members with benefits questions or problems.

      office: 713.520.6444 ext. 1038

 

Camp Allen

  • George Dehan / President of Camp Allenemail

    • 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 Conference and Retreat Center. 

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      office: 936.825.7175

 

Canon to the Ordinary

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    • Canon Kai serves as Diocesan Transition Minister, overseeing clergy transition, congregations involved in a search process, placement for seminary-track curates and bi-vocational pastoral leaders, and clergy licensing work.  She is involved with canonical Revised Title IV work, assisting the Bishop’s work with clergy discipline and other discipline matters.  She coordinates orientations for curates and vocational deacons.  She also mentors rectors, clergy new to the Diocese, bi-vocational priests, transitional deacons, pastoral leaders, pastoral leader interns, and interim clergy.

      facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000267872243

      office: 713.520.6444

  • Alice Kerr / Recorder of Ordinations & Archivist email

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      Alice serves the Office of the Bishop as the Recorder of Ordinations and serves as the diocesan Archivist.  She assists with clergy licensing, deacons’ ordination, chaplains’ ecclesiastical endorsement, and she offers other support as needed.

      office: 713.520.6444 ext. 1013

  • Sara Myers / Assistant to Canon to the Ordinary email

    • Sara assists the Canon to the Ordinary 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.  Sara also manages Canon Ryan’s calendar.

      office: 713.520.6444 ext. 1036

 

Congregational Development

  • Mary M. MacGregor / Canon for Evangelism and Congr. Development email

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      Canon Mary heads the staff team that works closely with congregations in assessing and supporting many aspects of their vitality.  Part of this work includes leading or overseeing strategic groups such as the Clergy Redevelopers, First Time in Charge, Curate Camp, Greenfield Commission, the diocesan Stewardship Committee, and facilitated Clericus Groups.  In addition, she trains rector search committees for congregations preparing to call new rectors.  She oversees the Newcomer Ministry Project and the training of persons involved in those important congregational ministries.  She also trains and deploys congregational coaches to do specific work with congregations.  In addition, she serves as Director of the Iona School for Ministry, which is an internal school for the formation of bi-vocational priests and vocational deacons.  She also has direct responsibility for the annual Clergy Conference and is on the team that develops The Conference.

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      office: 713.520.6444 ext. 1028

  • Julie Heath / Asst. to Canon MacGregor & Admin. of Iona School email 

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      Julie supports the Canon for Evangelism and Congregational Development by serving as coordinator for events and conferences, such as Clergy Conference, THE Conference, Warden’s and Vestry Conferences, Curate Camp, First Time in Charge, new clergy orientation, and more.  In addition, Julie serves as administrator for the Iona School for Ministry managing all aspects of student and faculty communication, registrations, and all other business for the school.

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      office: 713.520.6444 ext. 1017

  • Bob Schorr / Manager of Church Plants & Strategic Development email

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      Bob focuses on church planting, including supporting, coaching, and resourcing the planters as well as land and buildings, e.g. site selection and acquisition, site master planning, permitting, and construction project management.  In this capacity, he works closely with the other members of the Congregational Development Team.  In addition, Bob is the primary liaison between the diocesan staff and the Commission on Hispanic Ministry.  Bob has expertise in governance, organizational clarity, and facility planning and operations.  Bob is a resource to churches with facility maintenance and repair challenges, and those needing guidance and referrals in master planning, design, construction, and capital campaigns.

      office: 800.318.4452
            or 713.520.6444 ext. 1004

      fax: 713.520.5723
  • Dania Lainez / Asst. to Church Plants & Strategic Development email

    • Dania is responsible for scheduling meetings and retreats for the Congregational Development Team, Church Planters Team, Strategic Development Group and several other key teams that operate under Congregational Development.  She also assists with building facilities and coordinating organization-wide electronic usage.

      office: 713.520.6444 ext. 1004

 

Communication

  • Carol E. Barnwell / Director of Communicationsemail

      • 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.

        office: 713.353.2140

        cell:713.703.6385

         

  • LaShane Eaglin / Graphic Designer and Web Administrator email

    • LaShane is the web admin for epicenter.org, she produces graphics for special projects, and she designs and lays out the quarterly magazine: Diolog: The Texas Episcopalian.

      office: 713.353.2133

  • Kevin Thompson / Staff Writer, Communication Specialist email

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      Kevin writes articles for EDOT’s online and print publications.  He coordinates the Diocese’s social media, edits the e-newsletters, and assists in maintaining the website.  He also helps to produce audio, video, and photographic content. 

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      office: 713.353.2126

      cell: 713.206.1950

 

Database Services

  • Shirley Platt / Database & Records Managementemail

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      Shirley 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 works as consultant with contract IT personnel for all database related issues.  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 and for maintaining addresses for the Diolog: The Texas Episcopalian.

      office: 713.520.6444 ext. 1033

  • Sue Edmonson / Associate for Database Services email

    • 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.

      office: 713.520.6444 ext. 1021

  • Gail McGuire / Asst. for Database Services email

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      Gail is a part-time employee responsible for registration of all clergy and lay for Annual Council.  She is the liaison between churches’ dinner coordinators and the Diocese for issues related to annual Sharing Faith dinners.  She also serves as a floater to help with diocesan administrative and reception work.

      office: 713.520.6444 ext. 1006

       

 

Financial Services

  • Bob Biehl / Treasurer & Chief Financial Officeremail

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      Bob coordinates the Financial Services area and oversees the finances of the Diocese.  He supervises the accounting function through his work with the controller and the management of the diocesan foundations through the director of foundations.  He 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.  He also consults with diocesan institutions and congregations regarding their financial concerns, banking issues, accounting systems and investment options.  He functions as the finance resource to the Bishop’s staff.

      office: 713.520.6444 ext. 1008

  • Rochelle Childers / Assistant to Treasureremail

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      Rochelle’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.

      office: 713.520.6444 ext .1008

  • David N. Fisher / Director of Foundations email

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      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.

      office: 713.520.6444 ext. 1052

  • Angela Smith / Assistant to Director of Foundations email

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      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.

      office: 713.520.6444 ext. 1052

  • Nancy Lennard / Financial Assistant for Foundationsemail

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      Nancy is responsible for recording all loans and grants made by the foundations (Church Corporation, Episcopal Foundation of Texas, The Bishop Quin Foundation), following up on grant requirements, and posting all payments made on Quin, clergy housing, and diocesan properties fund loans.

      office: 713.520.6444 ext. 1016

  • Allison McCloskey / Controlleremail

    • Allison is responsible for the diocesan budget, as well as annual assessments.  She 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.  She coordinates the annual external audit, is a resource for tax-related questions (charitable contributions, clergy compensation, etc.) and for guidance in congregational financial matters.

      office: 713.520.6444 ext. 1018

  • Andre Kierkiewicz / Senior Accountantemail

    • Andre is responsible for the investment accounting of the Diocesan Foundations.  He also assists with cash flow management and with standard monthly general ledger entries and reconciliation of both the Diocese and its Foundations.  In addition, he assists in the preparation related to the annual audit.

      office: 713.520.6444 ext. 1031

  • Tony Norris / Accounts Receivable Bookkeeperemail

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      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.

      office: 713.520.6444 ext. 1020

  • Alice Farrell-DeVore / Accounts Payable Bookkeeperemail

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      Alice 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.

      office: 713.520.6444 ext. 1029

 

Lifelong Formation

  • John Newton / Canon for Lifelong Christian Formationemail

    • Canon John provides vision, leadership, and oversight to all diocesan formation ministries.  He also supervises the diocesan formation team, which hosts a wide variety of continuing education opportunities.  He is a resource to parishes looking to identify “best practices” in Christian formation and has a ministry of presence throughout the Diocese as a teacher and a preacher.  As the Bishop’s Canon, he works closely with other diocesan ministry staff team-members and takes on special assignments as given by the Bishop.

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      office: 713.520.6444 ext. 1009

  • Denise Trevino / Missioner for Intercultural Ministryemail

    • Denise coordinates and executes a Diocese-wide series of programs specifically designed to increase understanding and appreciation of diversity and inclusive communities.  She works directly with various diocesan entities on community building through workshops and training events.  She also works with various groups on exploring new Hispanic ministry, intercultural youth events, inter-generational events, and more.

      office: 713.520.6444

  • Matt Blank / Missioner for Youth and Young Adultsemail

    • Matt trains youth workers, provides a clearinghouse for youth event information (diocesan, provincial and national), plans and implements diocesan youth events, administers any available scholarship assistance for youth to participate in youth activities, serves as a speaker for youth and church-wide events, and assists with development of congregational EYC programs.  He is also the director for Bayou City Service Corps, which is the Episcopal Service Corps site in Houston.

      office: 713.520.6444 ext. 1030

  • Andrea LaMore / Assistant for Youth and Young Adultsemail

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      Andrea is responsible for managing online registration for Division of Youth events and is the initial contact for registration questions and concerns, working with registrants and parents to gather necessary documents.

       

  • Jamie Martin-Currie / Missioner for Christian Educationemail

    • Jamie oversees the Children and Family Commission, assesses children’s ministries, and develops new children and family ministers.  She serves as a curricula consultant, maintains the resource library, and coordinates the Forming Disciples on the Road conferences as well as Diocese-wide formation trainings.  Jamie presents workshops at parishes throughout the Diocese and assists the Church at the provincial and national levels. 

       

      office: 713.520.6444 ext. 1027

 

Safe Church

  • Carol Petty / Safe Church Minister email

    • Carol oversees the Safeguarding Training Process for Safeguarding God’s Children (SGC) and Safeguarding God’s People (SGP), as well as the development and implementation of Safeguarding Policies.  She serves as Diocesan Intake Officer and she receives and responds to reports of Safeguarding issues and concerns.

      office: 800.947.0580 or 512.478.0580

  • Marty Romero Brickley / Director of Safe Church Certificationemail

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      Marty oversees the Safeguarding Certification Process for Safeguarding God’s Children (SGC) and Safeguarding God’s People (SGP).  She also manages the Safeguarding Records System (SRS), providing training and support for Safeguarding Records Administrators (SRAs) in all parishes, schools, and other Diocesan entities.

      office: 512.478.0580

  • Danielle Tatro / Assistant to Safe Church Ministriesemail

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      Danielle provides administrative support to the Safe Church Minister. She assists in preparing for, processing, and recording participation in Safeguarding Training Classes (for SGC, SGP, SRA, and Web-Based Training).

       office: 512.478.0580

 

Secretary of the Diocese

  • John A. Logan, Jr. / Secretary of the Dioceseemail

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        Canon 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.

        office: 713.520.6444 ext. 1005