The Rev. F. Stuart Shelby

rector

Stuart became our Rector in February of 2011. Stuart is from Mobile, Alabama. Stuart asked Crissy to marry him almost fifteen years ago. She said yes in the top of a pine tree overlooking Weeks Bay at Camp Beckwith. Now, they have been married for fourteen years, and they are the parents of four children: Lucy, Samuel, Mac, and Jane Ellen. Before our Lord called Stuart to be Saint Richard's fourth Rector, he served as the Associate Rector for Family Ministry at Saint Martin's, Houston. 


Suart is a graduate from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia and Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. His devotion to the SEC is highlighted anytime every year; other interests include hiking, swimming, playing a lil' soccer and telling tall tales with their children. Stuart and Crissy cook supper listening to Midlake or St. Paul & the Broken Bones more often than not. Before Seminary, Stuart planted Church of the Apostles, Daphne, Alabama with his Vicar on behalf of the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast. After Seminary, Stuart served Saint James’ Church, Fairhope, Alabama as Curate. 


Here are some ways to connect with Fr. Stuart:

email: stuart@saintrichards.org

twitter: @stushelby

instagram: @stushelby

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The Rev. Zac Koons

Curate

Zac joined the St. Richard's team in October 2014. He is married to Anna, whom he met while they both attended Wheaton College, graduating in 2009. Zac grew up in Indiana and Arkansas, and after college outside Chicago, moved to North Carolina to attend Duke Divinity School for his seminary education. Zac loves to go hiking and exploring with their dog, Watson; he enjoys playing (and watching!) soccer, and listening to Ryan Adams.


Here are some ways to connect with Zac:

email: zac.koons@saintrichards.org

twitter: @TheZacKoons

instagram: @zackoons

Korey Wright

Seminarian

In August 2016, Korey Wright begins a 2-year program at Seminary of the Southwest, where he will be working towards his Diploma of Anglican Studies. 


Korey is married to Lisa, who is a Clinical Social Worker, mother, outdoor-lover, and enneagram-enthusiast. They have 2 children, Grayson (3) and Kylah (6 months). They hail from Waco, where they recently moved from in order for Korey to attend Seminary of the Southwest. 


Korey completed his Masters of Divinity from George W. Truett Seminary at Baylor University in 2013. He completed his undergraduate studies at Baylor in 2004, where he majored in Religion, and was a member of the track and field team. Korey enjoys music, running, spending time with his family, and has a personal goal which entails visiting as many different Chipotle’s as possible in his lifetime. 



Here are some ways to connect with Korey:

email: korey_wright@alumni.baylor.edu


Elizabeth Gibson

Family Minister

Elizabeth and her husband, Michael Hill, are native Texans, and Elizabeth is a cradle Episcopalian. Having served the church for years in family ministries across the country, she was called to explore her faith and calling further at the Seminary of the Southwest, where she received her M.Div. in 2013. She continues to serve as a chaplain for St David's Hospital.

Sophia, her wonder woofer, is in training to become a therapy dog and join Elizabeth in her ministry.

Before her call to work for the church, she directed children's theater and loves working with children and teens. 


Here are some ways to connect with Elizabeth:

email: elizabeth.gibson@saintrichards.org

Liza Moore

Parish Administrator

We are excited to welcome Liza Moore to St. Richard's  as our  new Parish Administrator.  Liza has been a member of Saint Richard's since December 2014.  She and her husband William have been married for ten years and live in Round Rock with their three dogs.  She is a graduate of Dallas Baptist University with a degree in Fine Arts and Psychology and enjoys staying active in the arts through painting and ceramics.  Some of her work has been exhibited at various events in the Round Rock area.

Liza's background is in education as an AMI-certified Montessori teacher and former Assistant Director.  In addition to her love of the arts, she enjoys gardening, hiking, college football and reading, particularly anything by Frederick Buechner.


Here are some ways to connect with Liza:

email: liza.moore@saintrichards.org

phone: (512) 255-5436

Brad hester

organist & choirmaster

Brad has been the Organist and Choirmaster at Saint Richard's since October 2010. In addition to serving at Saint Richard's, Brad is the Director of Choirs at McNeil High School in Round Rock Independent School District. He has directed the music programs at St. Stephen's, Beaumont and Emmanuel Episcopal, Houston and served as the organist of St. Francis, Houston. Brad has been married to Linda Hester for eighteen years. Linda also teaches choir in RRISD and they have 3 sons, Michael, Kris and Brendan and one grand-daughter, Kendall.


Here are some ways to connect with Brad:

email: brad@strichardsmusic.org

phone: (512) 969-1181

website: www.strichardsmusic.org


Christy Dietz,

preschool, head of school

Christy and her family joined St. Richard’s in 2006 after relocating to Round Rock from Orlando, Florida. Christy and Eric have been married for 18 years, and now have 6 children: Alexis, Spencer, Joey, Hailey, Aiden, and Blake. Christy has worked the past 6 years as a Kindergarten and PreK teacher for RRISD. In Florida, she was a Preschool Director, starting a preschool from ground zero, at Church of the Messiah in Winter Garden. She was also an Assistant preschool Director and worked for the Orange County Public Schools as a Kindergarten teacher. She comes to us with 17 years of professional experience in Preschool and Kindergarten. 


Christy became a Christian when she was nine and felt the call to Ministry soon after. She became an Episcopalian in college, and has been active in the Church in youth, music ministry, vestry leadership, children’s ministry, and a variety of committees. Her highest callings are to teach children the love that Jesus has for them and to share God’s grace and peace through music and worship. She loves to spend time with her family and friend, reading and playing the guitar. 


She is so excited to be a part of St. Richard’s staff and to lead the Preschool into the next phase of ministry and academic excellence.


Here are some ways to connect with Christy:

email: christy@saintrichards.org

phone: (512) 248-1789

website: strichardspreschool.org

Ron Johnson

bookkeeper

Ron is an Air Force brat who was born in England when his dad was stationed there. His dad retired to Austin and Ron moved to Round Rock as soon as he graduated from UT. He has been coming to Saint Richard's since 1988 (23 years) and has held just about every job the church offers - Eucharistic Minister, lay reader, vestry, receipts treasurer, finance committee and usher. His current designation is church bookkeeper, so if you have any financial questions, let him know.


Here are some ways to connect with Ron:

email: ronjohnson@austin.rr.com

ROB MACFARLAND

treasurer

Rob has been an Episcopalian since he can remember, and has been a member of St. Richards since 2012. Prior to St. Richards, Rob was a member of Good Shepherd Episcopal in Dallas. He was Youth minister in grad school, attended 5-8th grade, was married, and had both kids baptized all at Good Shepherd. Rob is an Episcopalian through and through. St. Richards is the first church he says he felt the Love and Spirit enough to transfer membership.
 
Rob is married to Martha, and they have two kids Robbie (8) and John (5). The boys help him serve on the usher committee on the first Sunday of the month. Rob has two masters degrees, and is currently pursuing a CPA. He coaches his kids soccer, and works at TxDOT as Director of IT Finance and Sourcing. Rob is excited, now that school is complete, to give back and make a positive difference. He enjoys leading by example, and showing his boys the joy that comes from serving God, and giving back. 

Here are some ways to connect with Rob:
 



WARREN GILLESPIE

SENIOR WARDEN

My wife, Sherry, and I have been in the St. Richard’s family for four years after transferring from a parish with a great lakeside view. My Irish Anglican heritage extends back to the late 1700’s and I am a 2nd generation cradle Episcopalian. Sherry and I met in high school and attended Church of the Good Shepherd in Friendswood, TX. We started long distance dating in college and have been married 44 years this May.

During these past 44 years, we raised and married off two daughters (Julie our oldest is a member here). We’ve been active in our previous Episcopal parishes serving on several Vestries, teaching children’s Sunday school, sponsoring EYC, serving as a Daughter of the King and Lay Eucharistic Minister. Together, we have joyfully pledged a portion of our treasures, time & talents to extend His kingdom wherever my careers took our family.


Two years ago, I entered Life, Part III after careers as a USAF Officer (20 yrs. Life, Part I) and as an airline Captain (21 yrs. Life, Part II). So, it’s 6 Saturday’s and a Sunday every week! My available time to do our Lord’s work has greatly increased and been directed toward our Community of Hope pastoral care lay ministry focusing on Episcopal Veteran Fellowship outreach. Two years ago, Sherry and I co-chaired our Growing with Grace Campaign with another couple. I presently serve on our Parish Hall Building Committee and on our Vestry. My parish fellowships are greatly valued while I’m known to also enjoy the therapy and camaraderie of my Harley Owners Group.


I relish the excitement of 2016 as St. Richard’s Parish Hall takes form and furthers our vision of spiritual fellowship and missional outreach in this place.


Here are some ways to connect with Warren:

email: texgill@sbcglobal.net

jeff krech

junior WARDEN

Jeff and his outstanding partner for life Nancy have lived in Austin/RR since 1981. Son Ben is attending the McCombs School of Business at UT Austin.

 

We began our life at St Richard’s in 1998. We serve together as the Gardening Team and help in the Pumpkin Patch. Jeff continues in his role as “Chief Weed Whacker, Hedge Hacker and Limb Lopper.”

 

Jeff’s background in engineering, building maintenance, and project management provides a basis for serving as Junior Warden and Building Committee member.


Here are some ways to connect with Jeff:

email: jnbkrech@austin.rr.com

phone: (512) 369-2562



dR. jAMES d. jONES

Vestry member for worship

Born and raised in Kalamazoo, MI as a Lutheran. I was active in various Lutheran churches until the 1990s when I became an Episcopalian. I served two terms on the Vestry at the Church of the Resurrection in Starkville, MS. I received my BS, MS, and PhD sociology degrees from Western Michigan University. I studied at Oxford University England 1969-70. I have held teaching, research and administrative positions at the State University of New York College at Brockport, East Texas State University, and Mississippi State University. Married to Alice Jones and we have three children and three grandchildren.


Here are some ways to connect with Jim:

email:  jamesjones1580@bellsouth.net


BARBARA GEITER

VESTRY MEMBER for pastoral care

I have been an Episcopalian since being confirmed at St. James, Texarkana, in March, 1993.  Soon after moving to Round Rock from Scotts Valley, CA, in March, 2007, I became a member of St. Richard’s. I am grateful to God for leading me to St. Richard's.  On my first Sunday I was greeted warmly by Jim Mulford.  I knew at once this would be my new church home.


While at St. Richard's I have been active in the following ministries:  Choir, DOK, ECW, Cursillo, Cursillo group reunion, Pumpkin Patch, and Vestry.


In August, 2009, I graduated from the ACC nursing program, fulfilling a long awaited goal of becoming a registered nurse.  Currently, I am employed as a registered nurse/Utilization Review nurse for LogistiCare Solutions.


My immediate family consists of Angie (Mike), who live in Austin, and Kim (Matt), and granddaughter, Anna, who live in Dallas.  


It is a privilege and responsibility for me to serve on the Vestry again in 2016.  This year promises to be exciting as our parish continues to grow and we break ground on the new parish hall.


Here are some ways to connect with Barbara:

email: bgeiter143@yahoo.com


bECCA JOHNSON

VESTRY MEMBER for Parish Life

I have been a member of St. Richard’s since 2009 when we moved to Round Rock.  I was confirmed in the Episcopal church in 1978 at St. Luke’s in Mountain Brook, Alabama.  I was brought up as a Methodist, but became an Episcopalian as soon as possible after I married one!  I am a native Texan – born in Dallas and raised in Arlington.


We have also lived in Alabama, Illinois, California, and North Carolina and I served on vestries in California and North Carolina.


In 2012 I retired from Texas State University to concentrate on completing my undergraduate degree.  In August 2014, I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Texas State University, Summa Cum Laude!  It only took me 49 years to achieve this goal! Subsequently, I returned to my position at the university on a part time basis.  


I have been married for 38 years to Dick Johnson.  We have 4 adult children and 7 grandchildren who are our pride and joy.


Here are some ways to connect with Becca:

email: granbee@austin.rr.com

rickey walker

vestry member for parish life

Rickey D Walker was born February 27, 1955 in Shreveport, LA.  He moved to Dallas in 1963 and graduated from South Oak Cliff High School in 1973.  He enrolled in photo journalism studies at Mountain View Community College where he met his lovely wife Gloria.  They were married in 1976.

 

They have one son Justin Walker who is married to Kim in California, and one daughter Valencia married to Army Captain Glen Walker.  They have two grandsons Glen (Tre) and Jervaughn who reside in Killeen.   They also have five grand puppies

 

The family relocated from Dallas in June 1990 where they were members of the St. Paul Episcopal Church, here to Round Rock.  Since arriving here at St. Richards’, in the past they have participated in Sunday School, Choir, and Trunk and Treat.

 

Rickey is currently employed at Round Rock Nissan as a Senior Sales Consultant since November 1999, and has been there for nearly 17 years.  He previously worked at the Round Rock ISD as a teacher’s aide with the special education students,  and about two years at Intercraft in Taylor.


Here are some ways to connect with Rickey:

email: RWalker@gpiemail.com

dENISE GERACI

VESTRY MEMBER for discipleship

Denise and her husband, Rich Geraci have been deepening their faith at St. Richards since 2010, when they moved to the suburbs of Round Rock to start a family.  Denise Geraci grew up on a small farm in east Texas and later moved to Austin, where she obtained her business degree from St. Edwards University and spent almost a decade working in financial services.   After meeting her husband, Rich Geraci, they've spent the last 13 years owning and operating a small healthcare business together. Denise has recently stepped away from the family business to be a stay at home mom with their three young children, Lori, Jenna and Chris, and is excited to serve Christ's call in her life.


Here are some ways to connect with Denise:

email: denisegeraci@gmail.com

tonja eaton                                     vestry member for youth ministry

A native Texan and cradle Episcopalian, Tonja Eaton has been a member of St. Richard’s since 2012, serves as a lector and eucharistic minister, and is a member of the Order of the Daughters of the King. Tonja and her husband Chris stay active with their children Annabelle (13) and Parker (11) and their many activities, but enjoy slowing down to take in nature and the outdoors whenever possible. Tonja works at Dell as the director of Talent Management, where she and her team faciitate leadership development training and coaching. She is thrilled to join the Vestry and serve the community of St. Richard’s and Round Rock.


Here are some ways to connect with Tonja:

email: Tonja1013@gmail.com

bob pender

vestry member for Stewardship development

Bob was born and raised in Abilene, Texas. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1970, then served in the U.S. Army in Texas, Europe and Korea. He received his Honorable Discharge as a Captain in 1977. Bob then worked with his family owned office furniture business in Abilene from 1977 through 1991. While in Abilene, Bob served on the Vestry of the Church of the Heavenly Rest Episcopal. He moved to Austin in 1990 and started a chain of arts and crafts malls in Austin and Fredericksburg in 1991.


In February, 1996, Bob became an insurance and securities Registered Representative and an Investment Advisor Representative in 1998. Bob is the founder and President of Seniors Financial Solutions, Inc. and Estate Preservation Network, LLC.  

  

As a Registered Financial Consultant, Bob has specialized in and focused on Senior Estate Preservation and Wealth Transfer Planning solutions since 1998. Over the past eighteen years, Bob and his staff have worked with a network of attorneys to help over 7,000 Texas families protect significant portions of their loved ones estates, when faced with an extended nursing home stay, and assist their loved one in becoming eligible for Medicaid assistance without losing their life savings. 

When not working, Bob enjoys traveling, gardening, reading, scuba diving and a very occasional round of golf. Bob is married to Marsha True Womack.


Bob became a member of St. Richards in 2001. After serving on the Long Range Planning Committee and the Junior Vestry, Bob is honored to be asked to serve on the Vestry.


Here are some ways to connect with Bob:

email: rcpender@aol.com    


BOBBY SCHMIDT

VESTRY MEMBER for Evangelism & newcomer ministry

My name is Bobby Schmidt. My wife Kathy and I have been members of St. Richard’s since 1999. We have been married for 30 years and we have two married daughters and three grandsons. I have participated in the following ministries at St. Richard’s: Vestry member, Junior Warden, Representative for the Diocesan Council, Alternate Representative for the Diocesan Council, Lay Eucharistic Minister, Lay Reader, Usher, Brotherhood of St. Andrew – Director and Long Range Strategic Planning Committee.


Professionally, I have over 30 years in Regulatory Services with the Department of State Health Services, Department of Aging and Disability Services and the Texas Board of Dental Examiners. I am currently employed by the Department of Aging and Disability Services, Regulatory Services as the Manager of Provider Licensure and Certification.


Here are some ways to connect with Bobby Schmidt:

email: Bobby.Schmidt@dads.state.tx.us

elizabeth spivey

VESTRY MEMBER FOR EVANGELISM & NEWCOMER MINISTRY

My name is Elizabeth Spivey and I began attending the Episcopal Church after my youngest brother was baptized as a baby by an Episcopalian priest while my father was stationed in Germany.  I officially joined the church and was confirmed at St. Christopher’s in Killeen, Texas when I was 13.  I have always been an active member of the church and have been involved with Youth Group (as a member and a leader/volunteer), ECW (serving as President 3 different times at 2 different churches), lay reading and also as part of various committees, including Growing with Grace.  I am thrilled to call St. Richard’s my church home and love to worship with my husband, Toby, and my parents, Richard and Linda Russell.


Here are some ways to connect with Liz:

email: tandespivey@gmail.com

robin mueller

Vestry member for communications

I grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota before moving to Round Rock in 1985 and started attending St. Richard’s in 1987. In 2006 Stephen Mueller and I were married, raising 5 kids and we now have a grand baby! I have worked for Wilton Brands as an Educational Marketing Manager for 25 years. I love to watercolor paint, sew, exercise, cook and spend time with family!

I participated in program leadership at St. Richard’s throughout my 29 years including Sunday school teacher, Community of Hope Lay Chaplain and training facilitator. I organized dinner club groups, participating and meeting so many wonderful people! In 2003 I helped establish the Richard Mourer Memorial Garden and was the fund raising chair for the labyrinth. I served as Pumpkin Patch chairperson and also organized the Fall Festival. I currently serve as a lector and chalice bearer and served as the Episcopal Church Women’s (ECW) president for 5 years. 

Most recently I served as a co-chair for the Growing with Grace Capital Campaign helping St. Richard’s prepare for the future! I am also co-chair for the 2017 Faith Alive Weekend scheduled for the last weekend in February. St. Richard’s is an amazing place to serve, raise a family and make lifelong friends! God has blessed me beyond measure and I am thankful to serve on our vestry.


Here are some ways to connect with Robin:

email: robinr.mueller@hotmail.com

MARY ANN CONKEL

VESTRY MEMBER for mission

Mary Ann joined Saint Richards in June 1979 where she and her husband, Robert raised their three daughters. She is a cradle Episcopalian growing up in West Nebraska. Mary Ann has served in several facets within the church; from teaching Sunday school, sponsoring EYC functions, Altar Guild, currently is a member of the Diocesan Alter Guild and President of Saint Richards chapter of The Daughters of the King and chair of the Pumpkin Patch. Mary Ann's love and dedication to her church and family is absolute. She loves spending time with her grandchildren. There is not a thing that Mary Ann will not do for her church or family and she has enjoyed all aspects of her continuing adventure.


Here are some ways to connect with Mary Ann:

email: maconkel@gmail.com


wayne prentice

VESTRY MEMBER for Parish Hall Development

My wife Janice and I live in Georgetown and have been attending Saint Richards since April 2013. We have two daughters, Melissa and Jennifer.

  

We were both born and raised in southern Connecticut and relocated to Midlothian, Texas in August 1984. I retired from Northrop Grumman in May 2010 and occasionally provide executive consulting services to Aerospace and Defense Companies throughout the USA.

  

Our family of four was confirmed shortly after joining Good Shepherd Church in Cedar Hill, Texas in 1986. Janice and I lead the Ushers group, I am the Chairman of the Building Committee for our new Parish Hall, and have been on the Vestry since 2015.  


Here are some ways to connect with Wayne:

email: wrprent@hotmail.com