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Rector

The Rev'd J. Wesley Evans, OPA

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Fr. Evans was born in North Carolina and was very involved in the Church throughout his life. However, this involvement was eclectic as he experienced God in Presbyterian, Methodist, and Baptist churches. After feeling called to be a missionary as a Baptist he moved to Texas to attend Dallas Theological Seminary in 2004. While there he read more deeply of the Church Fathers, and eventually found his way into the Anglican tradition due to its emphasis on Sacraments, Tradition, and Apostolic Succession of Bishops. It was also at DTS where he met his wife, Alicia, another ThM major with an interest in the cultural backgrounds of the New Testament. Together they both joined the Episcopal Church and were married by the then Dean of the Cathedral in Dallas.

After graduating with a Masters in Theology, he was sent by the Bishop to Nashotah House, an Episcopal seminary in Wisconsin, to obtain a degree in Anglican Studies. Nashotah was a formative period for him, and he became enchanted by the worship of God found in the traditional Anglo-Catholic liturgy of the House. He deeply appreciates the Baptist preaching tradition and what he learned at DTS in terms of emphasis on the Bible, as well as the Anglian tradition of the Episcopal Church in terms of liturgy, spirituality, and sacraments.

After his return, and serving as a Deacon at Good Shepherd in Terrell, he completed his Ordination Process and served as an Assistant Priest while at Holy Nativity in Plano. The Bishop assigned him as a supply to St. Stephen's and he started full time as our Priest in Charge in until becoming Rector in December 2016.

As part of his continuing spiritual discipline, growth, and ministry formation he is life professed in the Anglican Order of Preachers (Dominicans), and holds memberships in the Evangelical Theological Society, the Guild of All Souls, and the Order of St. Luke the Physician. On the side, his research interests include medieval theology, liturgics, and spiritual warfare. When not engaged in teaching or study he enjoys hiking, board games (including D&D), and recently has taken up Taekwondo.




Vestry 2020

The Vestry is a group of lay leaders elected by the Parish that presided by the Rector. They are tasked with managing the finances and facilities of the Church, and ensure they're kept in good condition to be used for our mission of the Gospel.

Current Vestry for 2020:

  • Mike Mitchusson (Sr. Warden)
  • Mark Rominger (Jr. Warden)
  • Judy Sloan
  • Patty Schrock
  • Helen Perkins
  • Charley Stringer

 




Parish Administrator

Michelle Mitchell

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Organist

Linda Pease

Linda is the daughter of Presbyterian minister, and became a confirmed Episcopalian in 2001. She graduated from Oklahoma University where she studied organ and church music with the great organ teacher Mildred Andrews. After graduation, she worked for over 40 years as an organist and sometime choir director. Later she pursued also a degree in music therapy from Texas Woman's University. She then had a opportunity to help others through music as a rehabilitation specialist at the Napa State Psychiatric Hospital in California.

"My faith in Jesus Christ, my savior, is the mainstay of my life and I have found the 1928 and the Rite 1 mass the form of worship that is the most inspirational expression for me. Consequently, I find playing services at St. Stephen's an honor and a very meaningful challenge."       




Preschool Chapel Teacher

Amy Frachiseur

Amy leads our Preschool Children's Chapel during Sunday worship. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Texas A&M Commerce, and is currently a Read to Win specialist at the Denison Public Library.




Elementary Chapel Teacher

Paige Welsh

Paige leads our Elementary Children's Chapel during Sunday worship. She has a Masters in Elementary Education from the University of Arkansas, and teaches first grade at Neblett Elementary.




Verger

Craig Summer

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The Verger is an old English tradition that was primarily responsible for protecting processions. As such they carry a "verge" which was at the time a mace or small spear. Today Vergers are generally responsible for making sure worship goes smoothly and oversees the Acolytes, Servers, and Readers.

Craig was born in Dallas, Texas just prior to Americas’ entry into WWII. His family began attending St. Matthew’s Cathedral and it served as his family church home.  After serving in the U.S. Air Force during the Viet-Nam era he returned to Texas & completed college earning  B.A. degrees in History & Geography. He & wife Helen raised their large family within the extended parish family of St. Stephen’s, Sherman. Now retired from his career in the management of multi-plex theatres, he donates his time and talent to a variety of tasks around the parish.

As a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church I treasure the liturgy and traditions that are the hallmark of our worship. Serving as an Acolyte, Server & Master of Ceremonies for almost seventy years has in many ways defined my life.




Sexton

Ed Colvin




 
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