The Rev. Katie Wright
Associate Rector, Locum Tenens, Holding the place while we search for our new rector.
The Rev. Catherine L. Wright (Katie) was born in Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a BA in Psychology in 1989. In 2005, she graduated with a Masters in Divinity, Anglican Track, from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. She was ordained deacon and priest in the Diocese of Chicago.
Katie was hired as the Associate Rector at St. David’s in August 2012. Prior to being called to Austin, Katie served as Director of Children’s Ministries at Transfiguration in Dallas, Texas; as Youth Minister at Ascension in Dallas, Texas; as Associate Rector in charge of youth and family ministries at St. Mark’s in Glen Ellyn, Illinois; and finally as Rector of St. Andrew’s in Elyria, Ohio. Katie has served on the Diocese of Ohio’s Commission on Ministry.
Katie is married to James (Jimmy) Wright, who is working towards a degree in Christian Formation. Katie and Jimmy have three children. Luke (1997), Rachel (1999) and Sarah (2011…yes 2011).
The Rev. Bob Gribble
Bob Gribble is a native of Houston, but he and his wife, Gretchen, got to Austin as fast as they could. Bob got his BBA from the University of Texas in 1976 and his Master of Divinity from Virginia Seminary in 1979. He has served five Episcopal parishes in and around the Houston area for more than 30 Years. Bob retired in 2009 but is out of retirement now assisting at St. David’s where he works part-time overseeing the pastoral care needs of the parish.
The Rev. Dr. Peter Casparian
In 2014, Peter retired as the Rector of Christ Church, Oyster Bay on Long Island. Prior to that, he was a Rector at St. James Church in Florence, Italy, and at St. Michael the Archangel, in Lexington, Kentucky. We welcome him to St. David’s where he will typically serve two weekends a month in our Bethell Hall services and once a month in the Historic Church. He will also be in the office Tuesdays through Thursdays. Peter and his wife, Marguerite, live in San Marcos. They have two daughters, Rachel and Hannah.
The Rev. Judith Jones
Judith (Judy) Jones is a native Austinite who grew up in a family that was very active in the First Baptist Church of Austin. Upon her marriage to Lewis Jones in 1985, Judy moved down the street to St. David’s. She was confirmed in the Episcopal Church at Easter Vigil, 1986, along with the baptism of her son, John. Judith was a member of the choir, the stewardship committee, was an officer and then twice president of St. David’s Episcopal Church Women. She led Sunday adult classes, and was on the vestry. After discernment of a call to the ordained ministry, she entered the Iona School for Ministry. She was ordained at St. David’s and was sent to be vicar of St. Paul’s in Pflugerville for 7 years. Due to health issues, Judith left St. Paul’s in the fall of 2013, and came home to St. David’s. She is co-chair of the board of Warm Heart International, our outreach to the Diocese of Southern Malawi. As she is able, Judith continues in her calling by being a pastoral presence to our neighbors at Trinity Center, pastoral care to our older members and occasional worship services.
The Rev. Dr. Carol Petty
Carol serves the Episcopal Diocese of Texas (EDOT) as Safe Church Minister and also leads its Ministry of Wellness and Care. She works in EDOT’s Austin Diocesan Center, located on the campus of the Seminary of the Southwest. At St. David’s, Carol provides clergy support as needed. She also serves monthly as Sacramentalist for the SoCo Episcopal Community, a ministry of St. David’s.
Prior to moving to Austin, she served as Rector of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Angleton, Texas. Carol is married to George Zwicker (retired) and together they have six grown children and 13 (so far!) grandchildren. Carol and George are pleased to make St. David’s their home parish.
Middler – Diocese of Texas
Lecia Brannon is a second year seminarian at SSW and a Postulant in the Diocese of El Camino Real. She is a graduate of Western Governor’s University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration. Prior to starting seminary, she was the Parish Administrator of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Paso Robles, CA, her home parish. She moved to Austin with her husband, Matthew, who works in home health physical therapy. They have a son, Nicholas, a daughter and son-in-law, Haley and Jason, and two grandchildren, Ethan and Avery. They enjoy exploring Austin’s many attractions and music venues, attending UT basketball and baseball games, and eating at unique food trucks. Lecia also enjoys crocheting and collecting books. She looks forward to getting to know the St. David’s community.
Postulant – Diocese of California
Dan Joslyn-Siemiatkoski is an Associate Professor of Church History at SSW and a Postulant in the Diocese of California. After ordination, he intends to continue as a professor at SSW in pursuit of his vocation as a theological educator in the Episcopal Church. Dan covers the whole range of Christian history in his course, with special research interests in Jewish-Christian relation and Anglicanism. He is married to Jennifer Joslyn-Siemiatkoski, and they have two children, Greg (7) and Miriam (5).
The Rev. Joseph Farnes
Transitional Decon – Diocese of Idaho
Joseph Farnes has returned for his last year at SSW and is back at St David’s! He is from the Episcopal Diocese of Idaho. He is involved in different ministries, and you can see him as a Eucharistic Minister at the 9 and 11:15 a.m. services in the Historic Church.