Canon David Petrash, who also serves the Diocese of Dallas as Canon Pastor, answered the call to ordained ministry after a career in teaching and administration at Grayson County College in Denison, Texas. He holds a Doctor of Music Arts Degree in organ performance from the University of North Texas. Prior to an eight-year ministry as Vicar of Our Merciful Saviour, Kaufman, Texas, he was a full-time hospice chaplain at Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke, and Fannin Counties, headquartered in Sherman, Texas. Canon David has recently served as Interim Rector of St. James, Kemp, St. Luke’s, Dallas, and as Interim Dean of St. Matthew’s Cathedral. His primary emphasis at Epiphany is Pastoral Care.
Lisa Farrell serves as the Parish Administrator and is also a past member of Epiphany. She joined Epiphany in 1986 when her first son was born and was an active member for twenty years serving as the Altar Guild Directress and Sunday School Teacher. Lisa retired from the Plano Independent School District as an Early Childhood Teacher and Administrator prior to accepting the position of Parish Administrator.
Director of Discipleship & Family Ministry
Sarah Jo Skinner loves Jesus and sharing God’s unending gifts with children and families. With a BA in Theology from St. Edwards’s University and a Masters in Theology from Perkins at SMU, she has spent her career in Christian education, both in Episcopal parishes and schools. Sarah Jo and her husband Steve have three crazy kiddos and spend most of their time either at church or on a sports field watching youth sports.
Director of Youth
Stuart Cook is the Youth Minister here at Epiphany and is a graduating senior in engineering at UT Dallas. He has been working in student ministry since he himself was a youth, and enjoys hammocking, long walks on the beach, and hanging out with students who remind him how old he’s getting.
Director of Music
Corey Candlerearned a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance with concentration in Sacred Music from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA. He went on to attend graduate school at the University of Texas, Austin, earning a Master of Music in Organ Performance. There, he studied with Dr. Frank Speller and Dr. Gerre Hancock. His past positions include Assistant Director of Music/Organist at Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, Austin, TX, Assistant Director of the Austin Children’s Choir, and Cathedral Organist at The Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Dallas, TX. Mr. Candler began as Director of Music at Epiphany in December 2013, and oversees a music program consisting of a handbell choir, two children’s choirs, and an adult choir.
He has performed recitals in North Carolina, Texas and Louisiana, and has performed on numerous programs in the metroplex with the Arts District Chorale, the Texas Camerata, and the University of Dallas Chorale. Mr. Candler served the Austin chapter of the American Guild of Organists as Secretary of the Executive Committee and created and maintained their first website. In the past, he assisted the Dallas chapter with the newsletter and most recently with sthe regional convention in 2018. In the fall of 2018, Mr. Candler was hired as adjunct faculty at the University of Dallas in Irving, TX, to teach organ. A native of Shreveport, LA, Mr. Candler also plays flute, sings and composes. In 2016, he composed a mass setting for the dedication of Epiphany’s newly-constructed Servants Hall.
Newcomers & Children’s Choirs
Temple Taylor is the Epiphany Newcomer Coordinator and Children’s Music Director. She has a degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas and received her Orff Certification from Southern Methodist University. She is also a certified Kindermusik instructor. Temple taught music in Richardson ISD for ten years prior to her work at Epiphany. When she isn’t teaching music or welcoming visitors, she’s spending time with her husband Dustin and three young children.
Kathi has been a member of Epiphany for about 26 years. She has been a preschool teacher for children with special needs in the Richardson Independent School District for the past 37 years and has been part of the Epiphany nursery staff for about 9 years. She lives in Richardson and have 3 children and 3 grandchildren.
Kay has been a member of the Epiphany family for about 19 years and has been a part of the nursery staff for about 10 years. She retired from RISD after teaching pre-school special education for 30 years and is presently employed part-time at H.E.R.O.E.S. Academy working with adults with disabilities. She has 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.f