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Leadership & Staff

Meet our dedicated team of clergy, parish leaders, and staff that keep Epiphany running.

Clergy

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Rector

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.

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    Assisting Priest

    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.

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    Priest Associate

    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.

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    Vestry

    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.

    Officers

    Senior Warden

    Margie Roche

    Treasurer

    Curtis Bowden

    Junior Warden

    Jeff Jones

    Clerk

    Denise Lindgren

    Members

    Term Ending 2024

    Emily Broad, Jeff Jones, Meaghan Roche, Brian Terrell

    Term Ending 2025

    Chris Bailey, Bob McLendon, Margie Roche, Becky Umstead

    Term Ending 2025

    John Brandt, Cara Brown, Sandy Cook, Becky Lanman

    Staff

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