Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church
An Evolving Community Of Faith
401 South Crockett
Sherman, Texas 75090
Office Hours: M.-F. 9 am-3 pm
Saint Stephen's Church, one of the oldest parishes in the Episcopal Diocese of
Dallas, was founded in 1872
We offer reverent worship in the Anglo-Catholic tradition, Christ-centered
preaching and teaching, and warm fellowship
Join us this Sunday at
8 am or 10 am!
I am honored to be called as your Priest-in-charge. I hope my time here will help to revitalize your life and guide us to a deeper calling of discipleship for Jesus Christ.
I am originally from North Carolina and have deep family roots in that state. My Christian life begins somewhat ecumenically. Though I grew up mostly Baptist, while living in South Carolina we attended the Presbyterian church, and it was there that I gave my life to Christ. We later moved to Mocksville, where I was baptized in the Methodist church, but we were not there long and soon I was mostly attending Baptist churches. I attended the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, to major in computer science. While an
undergraduate I was actively involved in the Baptist Student Union, which included serving on the state evangelism committee. I have always been interested in theology and apologetics, and it was as a Baptist that I decided to apply to Dallas Theological Seminary. After graduating from UNC I was accepted into the ThM program at Dallas Theological Seminary and moved to Texas.
While in Seminary I underwent two life changing events, first I met my wife Alicia, and second I became convinced of Anglican theology and joined the Episcopal Church. Alicia’s dad was in the Marines and they moved frequently, but lived most her life through high school and college in Fairfax, VA. She is majoring in New Testament studies and is finishing up the last year of her thesis which will be complete in December. The theological convictions that lead to my joining the Episcopal Church was my belief in the necessity of tradition in biblical interpretation, the power of the sacraments, and the importance of an episcopacy and apostolic succession. After confirmation I entered the ordination process is 2007.
After graduation from Dallas Theological Seminary, the Diocese sent me to Nashotah House in Wisconsin. While there I obtained a certificate in Anglican studies and took part in the life of spiritual formation the seminary offers. It was also while at Nashotah that I joined the Order of St. Luke the Physician along with deepening my high church piety.
As part of my continuing spiritual discipline, growth, and ministry formation I hold memberships in the Evangelical Theological Society, the Guild of All Souls, and the Order of St. Luke the Physician. On the side, my research interests include medieval theology, liturgics, and spiritual warfare. When not engaged in teaching or study I enjoy hiking, board games, and have recently taken up fencing in the Society for Creative Anachronism.
Fr. J. Wesley Evans