Leadership & Staff
Meet our dedicated team of clergy, parish leaders, and staff that keep Epiphany running.
The Rev. Terry Reisner
Father Terry Reisner is a passionate follower of Jesus, renowned for his exceptional skills as a preacher and teacher of God's Word and Love. Born to immigrant parents from Austria and Switzerland, Fr. Terry's life journey began in Toronto, Canada, before relocating in his early childhood to the Chicagoland area where he was raised. He attended Arizona State University, where he not only earned his undergraduate degree but also met his beloved wife, Glenna, who is an Arizona native. In response to a divine calling, he embarked on a remarkable fifteen-year vocation in Youth Ministry. During this period, he served Episcopal churches in East Texas, Florida, and Plano, Texas. He also contributed as a faculty member at Youth Ministry Institute, mentoring youth pastors from all corners of the nation. He has participated in and led mission trips around the globe. For two transformative years, Terry and Glenna answered a unique call to live and minister in Kiev, Ukraine. They directed evangelism events and discipleship programs throughout the city of Kiev and coordinated ministry and outreach teams throughout the country. Terry holds a Master of Divinity degree from Regent Seminary in Vancouver, Canada, and an Advanced Pastoral Leadership degree from Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA. Following his ordination, Fr. Terry's service continued as he began his ministry at St. Philip's in Frisco, Texas. He later assumed the role of Vicar at St. Paul Ellis County in Waxahachie, Texas, a position he successfully led since 2007, guiding the spiritual growth of the congregation. He has served the Diocese of Dallas on the Executive Council, Standing Committee, and as Canon Missioner for Youth Ministry. Beyond his ministry duties, Fr. Terry is an enthusiastic gardener, skilled golfer, avid hiker, voracious reader, and even a talented pizza chef. His life’s journey is enriched by his marriage to Glenna, a partnership of 34 years, and the blessings of three adult children: Alex, Alyssa, and Kyle.
Priest Assistant (Retired)
The Rev. Canon Dr. David Petrash
Canon David Petrash, who also serves the Episcopal 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. Before an eight-year ministry as Vicar of Our Merciful Saviour Episcopal Church in 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 on the Lake (Kemp, TX), St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (Dallas), and Interim Dean of St. Matthew’s Cathedral. His primary emphasis at Epiphany is leading the church's Pastoral Care programs and ministries.
The Rev. Christopher Stephen
Father Chris and his wife Mahvish were born and raised in Pakistan. They have two boys, Ethan and Eliah. Father Chris achieved his first theological degree from Gujranwala Theological Seminary in Pakistan. He was ordained in the Church of Pakistan, Diocese of Karachi, and served at St. Thomas Theological College as well as several churches in the Diocese of Karachi. He has a Master of Sacred Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary and is currently working on his Ph.D. dissertation in their Department of Theological Studies. In his role at Epiphany, Father Chris conducts the weekly Hindi-Urdu Worship Service and teaches discipleship classes. His ministry also includes outreach to international students at the nearby University of Texas at Dallas.
The vestry is the legal representative of the parish with regard to all matters pertaining to its corporate property. Epiphany's vestry is comprised of 12 representatives elected by members of the parish with the rector serving as the presiding officer.
The senior warden leads the parish between rectors and is a support person for the rector. The junior warden has responsibility for church property and buildings. There is also a treasurer and a clerk.
The basic responsibilities of the vestry are to help define and articulate the mission of the congregation, support the church's mission by word and deed, select the rector, ensure effective organization and planning, and to manage resources and finances.
Term Ending 2023
Kevin McCoy, Sam Mettauer, Vicki Stevens, Tara Thornberry
Term Ending 2024
Emily Broad, Jeff Jones, Meaghan Roche, Brian Terrell
Term Ending 2025
Chris Bailey, Bob McLendon, Margie Roche, Becky Umstead
Lisa Farrell joined Epiphany in 1986 when her first son was born. Over the years she has served as the Altar Guild Directress and a Sunday School Teacher. Before joining the Epiphany staff, Lisa retired from Plano Independent School District as an Early Childhood Teacher and Administrator.
Pastor, Cambodian Anglican Congregation
Pastor Albert graduated from Phnom Penh college in 1972 and is a civil war survivor from his native country of Cambodia. Albert was a prisoner of war from 1975 to 1978 before escaping and finding refuge in a United Nations camp. In 1980 he immigrated to the United States and was baptized in the Presbyterian church, where he served as a deacon. He attended Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary as a lay pastor and was later ordained as an Elder at Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church in Richardson. He has also served as Vice President of Hands for Cambodia. In 2018 he was confirmed in the Anglican church and now serves as pastor of Epiphany's Cambodian Anglican Worship and continues to be a missionary to Cambodia. The journey of his life and faith has been recorded and shared by Del Hays in the book, “Grace Will Lead Me Home.”
Director of Music
Corey is an organist, vocalist, flutist, and composer from Shreveport, Louisiana, and earned his Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance and Sacred Music from nearby Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. He later earned a Master of Music in Organ Performance from the University of Texas at Austin where he studied under Dr. Frank Speller and Dr. Gerre Hancock. Before leading the music program at Epiphany, Corey was Assistant Director of Music & Organist at Northwest Hills United Methodist Church (Austin, Texas), Assistant Director of the Austin Children’s Choir, and Organist at The Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Dallas. In his role, Corey oversees the adult choir, three youth and children choirs, the handbell choir, cantors, and special music for major feasts and celebrations. In 2016, he composed a mass setting for the dedication of Epiphany’s newly-constructed Servants Hall; and in 2022, he composed three selections for Epiphany’s Jubilee celebration. He has performed recitals in North Carolina, Texas, and Louisiana; as well as numerous programs in the DFW Metroplex with the Arts District Chorale, the Texas Camerata, and the University of Dallas Chorale. Corey served as Secretary for the Austin chapter of the American Guild of Organists and has assisted the Dallas Chapter with their newsletter and regional convention in 2018. Corey also teaches organ and music theory at the University of Dallas in Irving.
Director of Discipleship & Family Ministry
Sarah Jo Skinner
Sarah Jo Skinner loves Jesus and sharing God’s gifts with children and families. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from St. Edward's Univesity and a Master of Theology from Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology. Sarah Jo has spent her career devoted to Christian education - both in Episcopal parishes and schools. Her husband Steve and she have three children and spend most of their time either at church or participating in youth sports.
Director of Youth, College, and Young Adult Ministry
Margaret is a lifelong Episcopalian whose faith led her to follow a calling into the role of youth, college, and young adult ministry. Her joy comes from encouraging others in their walk with Christ. She has been a member of Epiphany since 2010 and holds an Associate of Arts from Collin College. Before joining Epiphany's staff, Margaret actively volunteered in the church's youth and college ministries. She has taught competitive ice skating for the past 20 years and enjoys spending time with her family. Her Husband Randy and three kids Jude, Eden, and Luke spend lots of time camping, going to the beach, and participating in dance.
Children's Music Coordinator
Temple has a degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas and received her Orff Certification from Southern Methodist University. Before working at Epiphany, Temple taught music for Richardson Independent School District for ten years. In her role, she is responsible for welcoming newcomers as well as leading various music programs for children - including Kindermusik (for which she is a certified instructor). In her spare time, Temple likes to spend time with her husband Dustin and their three children.
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Originally born and raised in the Philippines, Fely has been with Epiphany since 2006. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance and oversees bookkeeping for the church. Fely has worked with the Philipines Foreign Mission Board and is an active member of her church's choir and orchestra - along with her husband Mark. They are proud of their three adult children: an academic advisor, an Army officer, and a Marine.
George Murphy is a retired construction contractor and long-time resident of Richardson. He brings years of experience and resources to the maintenance and upkeep of Epiphany's buildings and grounds. Originally hailing from Ireland, he moved to Texas when his wife Nuala was recruited as a nurse by Presbyterian Hospital. In addition to his role as Sexton, he is also involved in the Ugandan missions. He and his wife have two children, Sarah and Sean - who also live in Texas.
Kay has been a member of the Epiphany family since 2003 and has been a part of the nursery staff for over 10 years. She retired from Richardson Independent School District after teaching preschool special education for 30 years and is presently employed part-time at H.E.R.O.E.S. Academy where she works with adults with disabilities. She has four children, 12 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren.
Kathi has been a member of Epiphany since 1996 and has been a special needs preschool teacher in the Richardson Independent School District for the past 37 years. She joined the nursery staff in 2013 and has three children and three grandchildren.
Kennedy is a graduate of Sam Houston State University and an alumna of Chi Alpha ministries. She has over five years of childcare experience and loves to read, write, and dance. Her favorite children's book is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.