Nominations 2020

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Secretary of the Diocese – Elect 1 

John A. Logan, Jr.  |  Diocese of Texas  |  Christ Church, Houston
I have served as Diocesan Secretary with four of the nine bishops of Texas.  It's the kind of experience that is helped if you have a lot of resilience and a good sense of humor.  I think I still have both and would enjoy the opportunity to continue serving in this capacity.

Treasurer Of The Diocese – Elect 1 

 Linda Riley Mitchell  |  Diocese of Texas  |  Trinity, Houston
I am blessed with the rich diverse experience of working for corporations, government and other entities in educational, housing and employment programs across Illinois. I am enjoying applying that knowledge to the Episcopal Diocese of Texas and their outreach mission to its 152 churches and surrounding communities. I look forward to the opportunity to continue serving.

Standing Committee, Lay – Elect 1 

Bill Carberry  |  Christ Church, Temple
I have been blessed to serve the diocese for two terms on the Executive Board, 16 years on the Commission on Ministry, and 14 years on the Finance Committee. I have learned to listen respectfully to the many voices of this diverse diocese. It has been my privilege to serve with and learn from many great leaders. If elected, I look forward to the opportunity of working with Bishop Doyle and the Standing Committee to carry out the vision and mission of this great diocese. 

Ellen Eby  |  Holy Comforter, Angleton
I believe my strengths are grounded in a servant’s heart. My abilities in the areas of discernment, troubleshooting, and bridge-building are skills that will help me be a competent and contributing member of the Standing Committee. I am a mother of three children, a retired public high school teacher, and an active church member and leader. I have a background in psychology and English. I delight in the possibility of working on the diocesan level again. 

Randall Redd  |  Trinity, The Woodlands
Beverly and I moved to the Houston area in 2007 and immediately found a diocese that offered multiple ways to serve. Since then, I have been blessed to have helped with a variety of parish and diocesan roles that has given me a broad understanding of how the diocese operates as well as the discernment process for prospective clergy. My goal is to continue to facilitate the growth of the diocese and the people within it. 

John Williams  |  St. John’s, Austin
I am a life-long Episcopalian who comes from a family of Episcopal priests. Over 35 years as a member and lay leader of a small Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas, I have seen and participated in all manner of challenges and triumphs. In recent years, my church has been home to a bilingual and bicultural congregation in which I have actively participated. I believe I can bring a unique perspective regarding Latino ministry to the deliberations of the Standing Committee. My experience as an attorney makes me a good communicator and a clear thinker. I look forward to using those skills in the work of the diocese. 

KT Zaharia   |  Good Shepherd Episcopal Indian Church, Stafford
I migrated to the United States in 1973 after graduating from the University of Kerala with a degree in languages. In 1988, my wife and two daughters moved to Houston from Denver where we had lived for 15 years. By profession, I am a Nuclear Medicine Technologist. In Houston, I helped establish the Church of South India parish, and over 25 years, I have served the church as the Vice President, Secretary, Senior Warden, and as a Sunday School teacher. I have served in the Indian ecumenical community as a member of the Executive Council. Currently, I am a member of the Bishop’s Committee in Good Shepherd Episcopal Indian Church.

 

Standing Committee, Presbyter – Elect 1

The Rev. Jimmy Abbott  |  Holy Comforter, Spring
I believe my experience in ministry within the diocese, in particular as Rector of Holy Comforter, Spring, has prepared me for a wider role of service. As the Historian of the Diocese, I believe that I can offer a different perspective to the Standing Committee as they continue their work of counsel, advice, and consent. I would be honored to serve on the Standing Committee as part of my continued service to God and the Church. 

The Rev. Michele Bonner  |  SoCo Episcopal Community, Austin
As the Church grows and changes to meet its members’ needs, I believe our strength lies in our ability to provide leadership and support to all who seek to fulfill its mission. One of my greatest pleasures has been helping people examine their call to ministry by serving on Regional Discernment Committees. I would like to continue this work by giving guidance to those seeking to serve God and the Church through candidacy and ordination. My background as a bi-vocational priest, as well as in leadership and consulting positions in my secular career, will help me to serve in this ministry.

The Rev. Meredith Crigler  |  Trinity, Baytown
Ordained through the diocese in 2010, I have served in a variety of communities and capacities, ranging from assisting in the search for a Bishop Suffragan to chairing the board that oversees our diocesan world mission. I have also served on the finance committee of the Episcopal Foundation and mentored clergy through Backstory Preaching. My advice on changing organizational systems and difficult pastoral matters is frequently sought by colleagues within this diocese and beyond. Grounded in prayer and soaked in scripture, I am well-versed in the mission of our diocese, and I am no stranger to tough decisions within complicated systems. I would bring thoughtful insight, radical candor, joyful energy, and a record of reliably excellent work to the Standing Committee. After prayer and in conversation with colleagues of both orders across our diocese, I once submit, again, my name for your prayerful consideration. 

Executive Board, Lay – Elect 3

Anthony Chapple  |  St. David’s, Austin
I was the Volunteer Coordinator for the 79th General Convention in 2018.  A former Vestryman and Junior Warden at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin, I have served on the Finance Committee, Rector Search Committee, and as a Youth Sponsor. I currently serve as a lector, intercessor, and usher, and I co-lead on the church’s Border Mission Team. I retired from state government in 2013, and have private sector work experience with the Texas Medical Association and the Texas Hospital Association. I am a 1982 graduate of UT Austin.

Mark Duncan  |  Calvary, Richmond
I was baptized at St. Stephen's, Houston, and raised at Christ Church Cathedral. My family and I have served Calvary, Richmond, for almost 39 years. Over the last 29 years, my company has worked with over 5,300 congregations in 33 denominations on the implementation of state-of-the-art communication resources and stewardship consulting. I am a former Executive Board member and now, after prayerful reflection, I feel God's call to serve our diocese again. 

Diana Hineman  |  St. Cyprian’s, Lufkin
I have been a member of St. Cyprian’s Church for 30 years. I am a cradle Episcopalian and have served as Lay Reader, Lay Eucharistic Minister, Vestry, Senior Warden, Sunday School Teacher, Altar Guild, and Youth Volunteer. I spent many summers as a camper at Camp Allen, and also worked as a camp counselor. I have been happily married to my husband, Mike, for 24 years. We have two children, Matthew and Nicholas. For me, volunteering through the diocesan Executive Board as a lay member means an opportunity to have a voice for rural East Texas.

James McCulloch  |  St. Martin’s, Houston
My wife (Susie) and I have two adult children and a granddaughter.  We moved to Houston in 1983 and helped start Church of the Holy Apostles in Katy. I served on the vestry twice, having chaired the Building Committee and a rector search committee.  We began attending St. Martin’s five years ago, and I am a lay reader and chalice bearer. I joined Global Marine, Inc. in 1983 and was Executive Vice President and General Counsel for several years before joining Forum Energy Technologies, Inc., where I held the same positon. I am now semi-retired.   

Bob Richter  |  Christ Church Cathedral, Houston
On becoming an Episcopalian in 1987 after attending Christ Church Cathedral for two years previously, Dean Pittman McGeehee told me, “We love to get you Baptist boys; you come pre-trained”.  I have had the experiences of serving in AIDS ministry, as Usher, Lay Episcopal Minister, Altar Guild Director, Lay Eucharistic Visitor, and was on a Vestry for four years. I was also a  Delegate to 148th and 150th Diocesan Councils.  As Treasurer of the Texas Municipal Courts Association for 40 years, and as a Municipal Court Judge for 31 years, I feel qualified to offer my service to this position. 

Gary Underwood  |  The Woodlands
I am a native Texan, born and raised in El Paso, Texas. I attended the University of Texas at Austin where I received both my BBA and MBA. I have been married to my wife Anne for 43 years, and we have been blessed with three children and six grandchildren. When I became an Episcopalian 38 years ago, I made a commitment to serve my parish in whichever capacity my talents might be needed. Utilizing my background in financial matters, I have served on vestries at parishes in three different dioceses, and I have been Senior Warden at two parishes. I would strive to use my background and experience in finance and parish leadership to be an effective Executive Board member. 

Executive Board, Clergy – Elect 2

The Rev. George McGavern  |  Good Shepherd, Tomball
In the midst of a career in the oil and gas industry, as an engineer and business owner, I answered the call to ordained ministry, and I am grateful to have the privilege to serve as rector at Good Shepherd in Tomball–sharing in the lives of faithful Christians, seekers, and doubters–all walking together in the way of Jesus Christ. I am excited about this opportunity, and if elected, my executive experience in business and my passion for mission, evangelism, and outreach will be brought to service on the board. 

The Rev. Scott Painter  |  Grace, Houston
It would be an honor to serve on the Executive Board. As I complete my second year as Vicar of Grace, Houston, I have had the privilege of leading the growth and renewal efforts for a multicultural and diverse congregation. My work at Grace involves managing a staff of nearly 30 employees in a matrix organizational model, visioning, strategic planning for both church and school, budgeting, campus improvement, and the development of creative revenue streams. As a member of the Executive Board, I would seek to contribute to our work by drawing from my growing experience in congregational development, commitment to collaboration, and creative approach to problem-solving. 

The Rev. Rhonda Rogers  |  St. Francis of Assisi, Prairie View
I am currently the Vicar at St. Francis of Assisi, Prairie View, as well as chaplain for the Union of Black Episcopalians, the Rev. John D. Epps Chapter. I am also a member of the Commission on Black Ministry, and on the Province VII Anti-Racism Committee. I also serve as an associate with the Order of St. Helena, an Episcopal order of nuns, and I am a Daughter of the King. My professional career was in technology. I held various positions at Mobil Chemical and Exxon Mobil Chemical for over 38 years. My family includes three adult children and two grandchildren. I would be honored to serve the Diocese of Texas as a member of the Executive Board. 

The Rev. Mitch Tollett  |  St. Francis, Tyler
The Executive Board is an excellent place to serve the Diocese of Texas. There, the executive leadership of the diocese meet with elected lay and clergy members to direct the administration of the diocesan vision and mission. I believe I am a good fit for this position. I have diocesan experience in serving on the Executive Board, the Finance Committee, the Insurance Task Force, the Standing Committee, the Camp Allen Board, as Dean of the Northeast Convocation, and as a Province VII Synod Delegate. I currently serve as Rector at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Tyler, Texas.

The Rev. Roy Varghese  |  Good Shepherd Episcopal Indian Church, Stafford
I was born and educated in Kerala, India. After earning a master’s degree in Theology from Union Biblical Seminary Pune, India, was ordained in 1995 in the Church of South India (CSI), I served as the Bishop's Chaplain, a prison chaplain, as well as a member of the Executive Board and the Pastoral Council of the diocese. I also served as a parish priest in the Church of North India.  In 2006, we were transferred to Houston to serve in a CSI parish. While serving in Houston, I completed a CPE residency and served the CSI in the United States and Canada.  In 2017, I joined the Episcopal Diocese of Texas as a Church planter. I am married to Princess, and we have two sons.  

The Rev. Justin Yawn  |  St. Luke’s on the Lake, Austin
In the past, I’ve participated actively on Diocesan Council in the Diocese of Florida. I believe I have a broad range of experience in the life and ministry of the Church that I can use as a member of the Executive Board to support the wonderful work we are doing together in the Diocese of Texas. I believe in the vision of the diocese and want to collaborate with other leaders to achieve that vision.

Trustee Of The Church Corporation – Elect 1

The Rev. Sharron Cox  |  St. Mary’s, West Columbia
Prior to entering seminary at the Sewanee School of Theology at the University of the South in 2011, I was a financial planner in banking and real estate before spending the next twenty-two years in the healthcare industry, primarily in health policy, finance, and administration. I hope to offer financial, strategic planning, and other skills, honed during my secular career, in service to the larger church through trusteeship on the Protestant Episcopal Church Council of the Diocese of Texas. My first service to the diocese was at age seventeen when I assisted a priest in planning the second Mid-Winter Youth Conference.

Jolynn Free   |  St. Mark’s, Richmond
It has been my great honor to serve the Diocese of Texas in a variety of capacities over the last 30 years. I have chaired both the Bishop Quin Foundation and, currently, the Church Corporation. Most recently, I was privileged to serve on the committee to honor Bishop Harrison’s tenure in the diocese and the Joint Foundation Task Force on Investments. At All Saints’, where my husband Gregg and I are active members, I have been a Stephen Minister, Senior Warden, and Middle School Sunday School teacher, among many other responsibilities. I have been in the investment business for 40 years, and I am a partner in the newly-formed CFM Wealth Partners. It would be my pleasure to continue to serve the diocese on the board of the Church Corporation.

Lee Leaman  |  St. Mark’s, Richmond
I have been a member at St. Mark’s, Richmond, for many years and have served in various leadership roles. When the time was right for us to build an education building, I led the presentation team before the Church Corp trustees. It was a wonderful exchange and I gained tremendous respect for the work they do for the diocese.  I feel that my business skills in running a $250M, 500-employee business–serving the building construction industry–will bring value to the Church Corp., and it would be my pleasure to serve. I currently sit on the Camp Allen Board. 

Trustee Of The University Of The South, Lay (1year term ) – Elect 1 

Dan Bradley  |  Trinity, The Woodlands
I graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1980 with a BS in Petroleum Engineering.  I started my career with Phillips Petroleum in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, retiring in 2015.  I was confirmed in the Episcopal Church at St. Luke’s, Bartlesville, completed four years of Education for Ministry at Emmanuel, Houston, and served as EfM mentor for six years at Calvary, Richmond, where I have been a member for the last 12 years. I have served as a LEM, choir member, vestry member and convention delegate. I served as Senior Warden for Fr. Lee Stephens at St. Luke’s, and for the Rev. Paul Wehner at Calvary. My passions include EfM, gardening, tutoring, and Habitat for Humanity.

Kristine Devine  |  St. David’s, Austin
I graduated with a BA in Religion and Theatre from the University of the South in 1999, where I was a member of the University Choir.  I now live in Austin where I practice corporate and regulatory law with the Washington, D.C.-based law firm of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP.  I am an active member of St. David’s, Austin, where my husband Brian and I live with our two children. I have a deep appreciation and gratitude for my time at Sewanee, and I am active with several alumni groups. I  return to the Mountain regularly for reunions and other events.

Trustee Of The University Of The South, Clergy – Elect 1 

The Rev. Michael Caldwell   | Christ Church, Nacogdoches
I would be honored to serve the Diocese of Texas as a clergy representative on the Board of Trustees of the University of the South. I spent three “wonder-full” years on Sewanee’s mountain, as a student, husband, friend, mentee, and mentor. I have returned as an alumnus of the School of Theology and as a Trustee for the Diocese of Fort Worth (after the unfortunate split). If elected, I hope to again help shape the future of the university, the seminary, and their students. I am husband to Dawn for 17 years, and father to Grayson for almost five years. 

The Rev. David Goldberg  |  Iglesia San Pedro, Pasadena
I am an enthusiastic advocate of theological education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. I am especially excited at the prospect of deepening Sewanee’s historic connections to institutions in the U.K., including the University of Oxford, where I bring seven-years’ experience as alumni board representative for my college. Furthermore, my present ministry at Iglesia San Pedro has deepened my appreciation for increasing access and opportunity for applicants of all backgrounds. 

The Rev. Stephen Spicer  |  Christ Church, Eagle Lake
Graduating from the School of Theology in 2014, I found Sewanee a place of both academic rigor and where God’s creation is profoundly thought-provoking. When my family and I moved to the mountain, we found an embracing community–committed and deeply rooted in Christ. This year one of my daughters is a freshman at Sewanee, and I feel called to contribute to the future of this amazing school. As a trustee, I would be honored to represent this great diocese and support the University of the South. 

Deputy to General Convention, Lay - Elect 4    

Katie Balke  |  St. Stephen’s, Beaumont
I believe strongly in the work of General Convention and feel called to participate more actively after having served as a volunteer in Austin in 2018. I believe that by serving as a deputy is a way of living more fully into my baptismal covenant to, seek and serve Christ in all persons; to respect the dignity of every human being, and to strive for justice and peace among all people. I feel strongly that the Episcopal Church has an important role to play in demonstrating what Christianity looks like in our country and in our world.

Lee Crawford  |  St. Michael’s, Austin
I am a member of St. Michael’s, Austin, and have been a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas since 1989.  My current service is on the Finance Commission of St. Michael’s and as part of the church’s music ministry.  In the past, I have served as a vestry member and Senior Warden, both at St. Michael’s and at St. Cyprian’s, Lufkin.  I was elected as a Lay Delegate to Diocesan Council several times and have also served on two rector search committees. Currently, I am serving on the committee formed by the Seminary of the Southwest and St. James, Austin, to fund the Pauli Murray scholarship supporting African-American and other seminarians of color.  I currently work as an attorney for the City of Austin.

Scott Madison  |  St. James’, Austin
I have attended St. James’, Austin, since 2004, and have had the opportunity to deepen my connection to the Episcopal Church and the diocese. Through serving in various ministries both at the parish and diocesan level, I had the pleasure of getting to serve as the Vice Chair of the Diocesan Host Committee for General Convention in Austin. Seeing the inner workings of the Church, both in Salt Lake City in 2015, and in Austin in 2018, piqued my interest; thus, I feel called to faithfully represent the Diocese of Texas as a deputy at General Convention. 

Bruce McDonald  |  Christ Church Cathedral, Houston
Today, the community could not be more important. It has been a blessing to me to be part of Episcopal communities all of my life: parish, school, camp, and diocese. I would be grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the larger community of the Episcopal Church. The Diocese of Texas has been blessed with resources—spiritual, human, and material—which we are called to share, not just from each other, but from other dioceses as well. I would like to put to use my lifelong experience in the church community as a deputy to General Convention.

Darling Membreño  |  St. Mary Magdalene, Manor
I am a high school Spanish teacher and am currently working on my second master's degree at SSW, for Mental Health Counseling. I am originally from California and have been in Austin since 2013 and at St. Mary Magdalene since the spring of 2014. I have served on the Bishop's Committee and worked with seminarians at St. Mary Magdalene. It would be an honor to represent our diocese at General Convention.

Caleb Parker  |  Episcopal Student Center, Austin
I serve as Missioner Associate for the Episcopal Student Center of Austin, where I support our established mission at The University of Texas while working to plant new campus ministries around Austin. As the son of two Episcopal priests, my appreciation for the Episcopal Church and its work to become a loving, liberating, and life-giving body has been consistently renewed. Now that I've observed the 79th General Convention as part of the Young Adult Festival, I feel that I could be a capable and thoughtful deputy in our delegation.

Linda Patterson, Ph.D.  |  St. Andrew’s, Bryan
I love working with our Bishops! As a Lay Professional working here for 35 years, and the Chair of the Diocesan Music Commission for 15 years, I have learned by working with others. As my Church Service section details, I have collaborated with many clergy, lay professionals, and parishioners, and would use those skills to represent our diocese at General Convention. My skills and training would be useful in representing our diocese, and speaking on topics such as lay professionals, music, and liturgy.  I have the experience, time, and ability to serve you well in Baltimore. 

Hayden Paul  |  St. Andrew’s, Bryan
My evangelical upbringing gave me a foundation in faith, but the Episcopal Church that I discovered in adulthood gave me much more: people, liturgy, The Book of Common Prayer and an appreciation for church polity. As a described “governance geek,” I understand the democratic processes that shape the policy of the diocese and the wider Church. That’s why I serve on my parish vestry and as a Council delegate. As a former legislative staffer and policy consultant, I understand the nuance, responsibility and impact of votes. My generation inherits this amazing church, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to shape it in the 21st century. 

Frederick Roberts  |  St. Francis of Assisi, Prairie View
I am currently the Senior Warden, Vestry Clerk and Administrator for St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Prairie View. I began worshipping at St. Francis in 1973, and at the same time joined the Canterbury Association. I have been a delegate to numerous Diocesan Councils, the Little Church Club and served on the Commission on Black Ministry and College Ministries. At St. Francis, I coordinate the monthly Houston Food Bank distribution. I am also a member of the Committee for Troop 1906 of the Boy Scouts of America. I am a journalist and administrator, and hold BA and MBA degrees from Prairie View A&M University.

Deputy to General Convention, Clergy - Elect 4    

The Rev. Canon Christine Faulstich  |  Diocese of Texas  |  Palmer Memorial, Houston
I am running for General Convention deputy because I believe that I can bring to the wider church stories of how the Diocese of Texas has been effective in the work of evangelism, reconciliation, and service. I have been privileged to see firsthand the missional spirit of this diocese while serving as Canon to the Ordinary and previously as Rector of Epiphany, Houston. I also bring an understanding of how the behemoth that is General Convention works, having participated in three previous Conventions in the Secretariat. If elected, I hope to encourage leaner governance for a missional church. 

The Rev. Pedro López  |  San Pedro/St. Peter’s, Pasadena
I wish to serve as a deputy because I believe the Episcopal Church is called to a deeper engagement with mission. With God’s help and the assistance of my family and lay-leaders, I was able to grow St. Peter’s/San Pedro from a few families, to a dynamic multicultural congregation of nearly 300, on a Sunday. I have also grown our outreach ministry (NPCO) into a vibrant 501(c)3 that improves the quality of life of vulnerable persons by facilitating access to healthcare, food, education, and citizenship classes. If elected as deputy, I’ll focus on the Church’s mission by advocating practical strategies for growth, especially in multicultural contexts. Grounded by sacrament and common prayer, I believe the Episcopal Church is primed to be an agent of God’s grace to a world desperate for good news. 

The Rev. Bertie Pearson  |  Grace, Georgetown
Be it Catholic or Protestant, high or low church, progressive or traditionalist, the story of Anglicanism is the story of the love of Christ, transcending our divisions. This era seems to be as fractious as any other, and as a delegate to the General Convention, I would strive to share the spirit of fellowship and love which pervades the Diocese of Texas with the wider Episcopal Church. I currently serve as Rector of Grace, Georgetown, am the Dean of the Austin Convocation of Clergy, and lecturer in Church History at the Iona School for Ministry. 

The Rev. Samantha Smith  |  St. Mark’s, Houston
I attended General Convention in 2018 under media credentials, reporting for The Episcopal Herald. I covered both legislation and finance and explored their potential impacts on the future of The Episcopal Church. This experience strengthened my understanding of the connections between the local parish and the national church, and it ignited a passion to ensure our spiritual, relational, and institutional needs are represented and supported at the national level. I believe this experience, paired with my desire, makes me uniquely suited to serve as a Deputy to General Convention for in 2021.

The Rev. Sean Steele  |  St. Isidore, Spring
As an accomplished church planter with a deep appreciation for our tradition and sacraments, I believe my presence and voice could be helpful in conversations about, and governance of, our tradition.  I am excited about this opportunity and appreciate the opportunity to stand for your support. 

 

The Rev. Edward Thompson  |  Trinity, Galveston
I have served as a parish priest in Liberia, Wisconsin, the United States Virgin Islands, Louisiana, and currently in Texas, where I moved in 2017.  I’ve served as deputy and alternate deputy to General Conventions 2006, 2009, 2012, 2015, and 2018. I served on the legislative committees on World Mission (2006) and Church Pension Group (2009 and 2012). I  served as Secretary of Province II (2007-2011). I also volunteered at the General Convention held in Austin in 2018. I believe this experience will prove useful in helping to weather and navigate the rigors and complexities of our Church’s largest legislative body. 

The Rev. Chuck Treadwell  |  St. David’s, Austin
Serving the church as a Deputy to General Convention is a joyful and energizing experience, and it fills me with hope for the Episcopal Church. It would be an honor to return as a Deputy to General Convention in 2021.  Having served in the Diocese of Texas for 16 years in two different parishes, I believe I can faithfully represent the mission and core values of our diocese. I served as a Deputy in 2012, 2015, and 2018– a member of the Ministry Committee each time. From 2015-2018, I served on the Task Force for the Election of a Bishop. 

The Rev. Justin Yawn  |  St. Luke’s on the Lake, Austin
I graduated from the University of Georgia in 2007 with a BBA in Risk Management and Insurance.  After college, I began seminary at The Candler School of Theology at Emory and graduated with an MDiv in 2010.  Since graduation, I have served in the Diocese of Georgia on the Honey Creek Camp Commission, and on the Diocese of Florida’s Diocesan Council. I take, literally, my ordination vow to serve the councils of the church and I see General Convention as an opportunity to do that.  I will strive to represent the diversity of the Diocese of Texas in this position.