The Rev. David Luckenbach, Rector
David and his wife, Silvia, who both grew up in South Texas, moved with their young children William, Jonathan, and Katherine to Tyler in 2009. David has a great passion for Christian discipleship, mission, preaching and teaching, pastoral care, and outreach. He enjoys sports, the great outdoors, reading, and spending time with his family. All of the Luckenbachs possess a great love for the Lord and a passion for adventure. A graduate of Texas A&M and the School of Theology at the University of the South, David was ordained in the Diocese of West Texas in 1998 and has ministered in Episcopal churches in Texas and New Mexico.
Website: tyleranglican blog
The Rev. Matthew Boulter, Assistant Rector for Evangelism
Fr Matt and Bouquet moved to Tyler with daughters Bella, and Eleanor, from beautiful Austin, where Matt and Bouquet met and graduated from the University of Texas. An avid gardener, Bouquet has planted over 25 varieties of rose bushes in her backyard!
A former Presbyterian minister and church planter, Matt was ordained priest in the Diocese of Texas in May of 2010. In addition to playing with his girls on his days off, Matt enjoys good books, fresh pipe tobacco, substantial beverages, and long runs in solitude (not necessarily in that order!).
As a priest, Matt is especially interested in the connection between liturgical, sacramental worship and Christian contemplation, the nature and character of Holy Scripture, the role of community in the Christian life, and reaching a "post-everything" generation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Website: epiphany community of young adults
The Rev. Ted Welty, Associate Rector for Christian Formation
The Rev. Ted Welty returned to Christ Church on May 1, 2018. He is the past Rector of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Palestine, where he had been since August of 2009. Prior to that he served as Interim Rector at Christ Episcopal Church in Tyler after serving as Associate Dean at Nashotah House, an Episcopal theological seminary located in Wisconsin. Before moving to Wisconsin, he was Associate Dean at the Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, also an Episcopal theological seminary, in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. Ted was educated at Texas Lutheran University (BA in English) and Central Michigan University (MA in Management). He received his theological training (MLitt in Divinity) at St. Mary’s College, the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. In previous careers, Ted was Chairman and CEO of the Royal National Bank of Palestine and before that spent 20 years in the United States Air Force as a pilot.
The Rev. Kevin Wittmayer, Assisting Priest
After twenty-six years of ministry in parish settings I am excited to be at All Saints Episcopal School and Christ Episcopal Church.
I grew up in Iowa and went to college in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After an eight year career in banking I went to seminary in Alexandria, Virginia and was ordained in 1991. After a three year curacy my wife and I started a church with ten people in our living room. The church was located in a bedroom community of Oklahoma City. I have served as the rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Longview for the past fourteen years. My wife is the Chief Financial Officer for Trinity School of Texas in Longview. I have two daughters and three grandchildren.
In the summer of 2012, while on sabbatical, I walked 500 miles across northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago Compostela. Pilgrimage is a significant part of my spiritual life and this trip was one of the top highlights of my life. I have made Christian pilgrimages to the following destinations; Jerusalem, Rome, Canterbury and Mt. Athos (the spiritual center of Eastern Orthodoxy). I hope to walk a path of Celtic Christian pilgrimage in the near future walking from Iona, Scotland to Holy Isle in Lindisfarne, England.
The Rev. Stephen Stine, Deacon
Born in Midland, Texas, Deacon Stine graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree (with Honors) in Economics from Texas Tech University in 1972, and a Master of Arts degree in History from The University of Memphis in 1996. He received the Graduate Diploma from The Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University in 1980. He completed all of the requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy degree in History from The University of Memphis, except for the dissertation.
Deacon Stine worked as a bank regulator for the federal government in Texas, New York, and Puerto Rico for seven years, and as a bank holding company executive for sixteen years in Texas and Tennessee. From 1995 to 1998, he was an instructor in history at The University of Memphis. Since 1998, he has served as a professor of history, economics, and government at Tyler Junior College. In 1999, Deacon Stine married Laurie Dowell, Choir School of East Texas Verger and owner/practitioner of Arise Prosthetics in Tyler. His son, Daniel G. Stine, graduated in 2004 from The University of Texas at Austin, and is an environmental engineer with TRC Solutions, Inc. in Austin.
Ordained as a permanent deacon in 1986, Deacon Stine joined the clerical staff of Christ Church in 1998, after service in the Dioceses of the Rio Grande, Northern Mexico, and West Tennessee. In addition to his liturgical and preaching duties, he coordinates pastoral and lay liturgical ministries for the parish. He teaches the adult inquirers classes and leads regular adult Sunday School classes. In 2007, Deacon Stine was named an Honorary Chaplain of the Texas House of Representatives by Speaker Tom Craddick.
Jeffrey Ford, Organist & Choirmaster
Jeffrey Ford serves as Organist and Choirmaster at Christ Church. Before coming to Christ Church, Jeffrey served as Organist-Choirmaster at St. John Lutheran Church, Athens. He holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in organ performance and sacred music. At Christ Church he is responsible for leading and accompanying the Chancel and Canterbury Choirs, and the administration of the music department.
Jeffrey is also currently serving as Artistic Director of the Choir School of East Texas.
Christina Harmon, Assistant Organist
Christina is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Southern Methodist University. She has done doctoral study at Union Theological Seminary and the University of North Texas. Christina has just recently retired as organist at Park Cities Baptist Church, Dallas, where she served for 37 years as Organist. She has held positions at Brookhaven Community College, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Dallas and Dallas Baptist University.
Many of her former students who have attended her teaching studio are now professional organists and prize winners.
Christina is a concert artist and has given concerts in churches and festivals in the United States and in Europe, including the Pine Mountain Music Festival in Upper Michigan; in London at Westminster Abbey, St. Stephen Walbrook, St. Margaret Lothbury, and Westminster Cathedral; and in France at Notre Dame and Chartres. She is one of the few organists invited to play two years in a row at the Westminster Abbey Sunday afternoon concerts. Her concerts at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and at the Cathedral of Chartres were given outstanding reviews:
"The public was caught up in the very brilliant and precise playing of this concert artist of great talent...L'Echo Republicain, Chartres, France.
"We were able to appreciate the sensitivity, precision and virtuosity of the performance of Christina Harmon at Notre Dame Cathedral. Thanks to the high quality of her execution, this concert was marvelous and exciting, and a very great success"...Inter-Orgue, Paris, France.
As founder and director of the French and British Organ Music Seminars, she has built them into events of international status where organists from all over the world convene in France and England to study French and British organ music. She has produced and directed six videos of Paris organs and organists.
Christina's prize-winning compositions have received outstanding reviews from individuals and publications. In addition, she is featured on several CD's, including "Summershimmer," "The Organs of Keweenaw," and "Christmas in Dallas." Her works have been performed in the U.S. and Europe by Marie-Bernadette Dufourcet, Barbara Harbach, and others.
David Beadle, Director of Student Ministries.
Cajun by birth, David moved to Texas in 2004 but didn’t make it to Tyler until 2013. Having served the church throughout the majority of his life, David brings several years of various Student Ministry experience and leadership to Christ Church as our Director of Student Ministries.
As a college minister, David led a thriving campus ministry and focused on leadership development as well as teaching, worship training, and evangelism. As a professional youth minister, David was tasked with rebirthing a youth ministry from scratch and forming it into a thriving community. Though becoming a confirmed Episcopalian was quite the ‘twist’ in David and Brittany’s story, David holds a firm conviction that, in our current cultural moment, the worship of the historic and Catholic Church is what the world needs most.
David insists that the best thing about him is his wonderful wife, Brittany. Married since 2015, Brittany is a lover of coffee, plants, cute animals, over-seas missions, world traveling, and hiking through national forests. David’s interests are theology and philosophy books, playing music, and pick-up-basketball.
David is currently pursuing a B. A. in English and a minor in Philosophy and Religious Studies as a student at the University of Texas at Tyler. When not at work or home, he can be found at the Foundry Coffee Shop sipping a cappuccino and reading a good book.
Melanie Edwards, Assistant Director of Student Minstries
Melanie and her husband Trey have lived in Tyler for many years and through their different work organizations and commitments, they have also been heavily involved in events throughout the Tyler community. They have a son, Carter, who was the original reason for their first step into Christ Church. Looking for Godly ministered programs and a supportive community, they quickly fell in love with the openness of the people, the devotion to God’s word and love, and the commitment to ministry at Christ Church.
Since 2007, Melanie has been a trainer, life coach, and as of December 2014, the owner of East Texas Adventure Boot Camp. Melanie holds certifications in Personal Training, Group Instruction, and Sports Nutrition and Coaching. Her personal strategy in her business comes from a background education in Psychology and she likes to give a unique spin on approaching fitness and health goals from the inside out. She believes her purpose and passion is driven from her own personal trials at a young age in life and says that there has always been a part of her heart saved for the youth of our community. Because of the struggles at a young age and her openness in sharing her testimony, she creates an ability to understand and relate to the pain that is experienced in overcoming obstacles. She has been successful in using her experience to help others overcome the obstacles in their lives and feels blessed to be able to know that God is using her story to make light out of darkness!
Tina McGee, Director of Children's Ministries
Tina McGee moved to Tyler in 2001 and has been an active member of Christ Church ever since, teaching Sunday School, participating in Mom's Group and EFM. Tina was confirmed at Christ Church in 2006 and joined Christ Church staff May 2008. She hails from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Tina attended Penn State University and The University of Findlay, and graduated with a B.A. in Equine Management and a B.S. in Equine Studies. Tina completed her MBA in Hospital Administration from UTTyler in May 2017. She owns an equestrian boarding, breeding, and training facility. Her hobbies include cooking, sewing, hunting, fishing, and football. She has two daughters, Kali and Shelby.
See the Children's Ministry page for a description of the many ways children are involved in the life of the parish.
Diana Keesey, Parish Administrator
Diana joined the Christ Church staff as Parish Administrator in September 2001. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Diana moved to East Texas in 1996. Under the supervision of the Treasurer, Finance Committee, and Rector her responsibility is to maintain all financial records of the church including payroll, pledges and contributions, budgeted revenue and expenditures, and designated accounts. Diana is also responsible for personnel files, supervision of the Sexton/Housekeeping staff and overseeing day-to-day maintenance of the building.
Lee Hensarling, Publications & Membership
Lee Hensarling graduated from the The University of Texas at Austin and is a life-long Episcopalian. After 20 years in Austin, she and her husband, James, moved to Tyler. They became members at Christ Church in July, 2008 and Lee joined the church staff in June, 2010. They have two grown children.
Her main duties at Christ Church include publishing the Sunday service leaflets and The Crucifer, (the bi-monthly newsletter), transferring memberships and keeping the membership database current.
Melissa Phillips, Parish Secretary & Administrative Assistant
Melissa Phillips moved to Tyler in 2012. She is a Louisiana native, and has also lived in Tuscon, Arizona for many years. She has three adult children and 7 grandchildren (and counting). Melissa enjoys spending time with family and friends, meeting new people, reading, gardening, long walks, traveling, decorating, cooking and sewing.
Melissa's responsibliities are greeting and assisting guests and callers, supporting our clergy and parishioners, maintaining the parish calendar and performing other duties as needed.
Robert Finney, Worship Leader
Robert grew up in Seattle before moving down to East Texas in 1998 to join Youth With A Mission.
In YWAM, Robert worked in the areas of teaching, training, and mentoring missionaries, in the worship department. In YWAM, Robert traveled to and ministered in several countries including Haiti, India, Bangladesh, Greece, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, a country in central Asia, and many cities in the United States.
Robert joined the staff at Christ Church in January of 2012 working in the area of college ministry. He loves helping others understand the goodness of God in real life and that Jesus is who He says He is and can be trusted and loved.
Robert and his wife Cally have 2 sons; Sampson and Oliver. Cally works at Living Alternatives (a ministry to mothers in unplanned pregnancy situations) in the areas of communications and media as well as mentoring.
Robert is also a musician and songwriter in a local band.
Ledell Reed, Sexton
Ledell began working at Christ Church in November 1993. Ledell moved to Tyler from Texarkana, AR in September 1978. He graduated from Arkansas High School in 1977. Ledell has seven children and eleven grandchildren.
As Sexton, Ledell's responsibilities include purchasing maintenance and household supplies, general upkeep of building and grounds, set-up for receptions and special events, and minor repairs.
Kendric Milton, Assistant Sexton
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Anthony Moore, Christ Church South Sexton
Anthony began as sexton in October 2017.
All of our child care providers have a clean background check and have completed the Safeguarding God's Children program. Yessenia, Yazmin, Laurel, Tamarian, Dejja, Ieffie and Imelda rotate between both campuses taking care of the children during Sunday School, Worship and special events.
Jennifer Ducote, Office Assistant/Housekeeping
Jennifer came to work at Christ Church in October 1998. Born and raised in New Orleans , Louisiana , Jennifer and her three children moved to the Tyler area in September 1998.
As Office Assistant, Jennifer's duties include reception work and printing newsletters and bulletins. In the nursery Jennifer cares for children during weekday meetings and special events. She also substitutes in the nursery some Sunday mornings. Her housekeeping responsibilities include set-up for receptions and special occasions and general cleaning.