Director of Youth Choir
Mary Ashton joined the St. David’s Family in 2010 after living on the East Coast for most of her life. Mary received a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Music Education at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. She taught high school choir in Virginia for a couple of years before moving to Austin to spend more time pursuing her own music career. Mary sings with the Parish and Compline Choirs at St. David’s. She has performed at Carnegie Hall with conductor Robert Spano and has toured Europe with several different choirs. Mary is currently discovering her new love for musical theater after being cast in the ensemble of the Sound of Music with Zilker Theater Productions.
Volunteer Accounting Assistant
Frank was born in Houston and spent most of his life there. After graduating from college he was involved in education as a teacher, counselor and administrator. Along the way, he became a CPA and worked as the controller for an oil-field equipment company. What that venture was sold, he went back to teaching and taught computer programming until he retired.
In 1994 he moved to Johnson City and became a St. David’s parishioner. Since 2000, he has volunteered doing accounting work at St. David’s, doing accounting for the Holy Grounds, the garage, hospitality, and the Foundation. You will see him most Sunday’s singing in the choir.
He enjoys travel, working in the yard, and has a rather extensive model railroad.
Director of Youth Ministries
Jenny Campbell, Director of Youth Ministries, moved to Austin from Virginia in August 2016. Born and raised all over Virginia, she got her first taste of Texan life when her family moved to Waco in 2008. There, she attended Midway High School and spent much of her time working with kids at after school day care and being a mentor through the PALS program at her school. She moved back to Virginia for college in Charlottesville where she received majors in Studio Art and Spanish from the University of Virginia. A long time camper at St. George’s Camp in the Diocese of Virginia, she returned to Shrine Mont for two summers during her college years to serve as a camp counselor. While at UVA, Jenny was also an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal.
While new to the working world, Jenny brings with her a love of youth and the Episcopal Church and a readiness to get to work. She wholeheartedly believes she has the coolest job in the greatest city. When she’s not hanging with the youth, she can be found drawing, printmaking, going to concerts, watching movies, or dreaming of dogs and bagels.
Interim Director of Community Engagement
Anthony Chapple is familiar to many at St. David’s, having served on the vestry, several committees, and as an usher team captain over the past 10 years. He opted for early retirement from a career that spanned work in both the private and public sectors. Upon graduating from UT Austin, Anthony began working in the Socioeconomics Division of the Texas Medical Association. He later joined the Government Relations Department of the Texas Hospital Association and was recruited from there three years later by the Texas Department of Human Services. For five years of his tenure with that agency, Anthony was assigned to the Texas Office of State and Federal Relations in Washington, D.C. and represented the state’s interests before both the Executive and Legislative Branches of the federal government. He retired as the Director of the Quality Monitoring Program at the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services in May 2013.
Thomas has lived in Austin all his life. He began working at St. David’s in 2007. Prior to this, he worked in food service at the Hilton and Ramada hotels, as well as several others. Having been a track and field athlete at Anderson High school and district champions during his entire four years, Thomas keeps up with track and field as well as his favorite teams: the Longhorns and Dallas Cowboys!
Fernando has been a Sexton at St. David’s for almost four years. He particularly helps in the kitchen as we seek to maintain clean and beautiful facilities. Prior to working at St. David’s, Fernando worked as a Sexton at the Headliners Club in downtown Austin for five years. Fernando is from Tampico, Mexico where his two grown sons now live. When not at work, Fernando enjoys watching action movies and cooking Mexican food.
Josh was raised in Austin and graduated from the American Youthworks’ Charter School. Prior to coming to St. David’s, Josh worked for his mother’s company, Bea’s Cleaning Service. Josh came to St. David’s by way of his long-time friend, St. David’s own Richie Martinez. Josh enjoys St. David’s welcoming environment and the friendly people who frequent the church. When he’s not working, you can usually find him either working out at the gym or listening to music. Josh also enjoys watching sports. His favorite professional teams are the Dallas Cowboys and the San Antonio Spurs.
Church Child Care
Laura Lancaster Faulk came to Austin during her college years and stayed. She has been a parishioner at St. David’s for more than 25 years. During that time she has volunteered with the church in many ways, including Chair of the Children’s Ministry Vestry. In 1998 she began with the St. David’s Day School. In 2016 she retired as Head of School for St. David’s Day School but has continued to work part-time as Child Care Coordinator. Currently her job includes child care oversight of Sunday and weekday child care, Parent’s Night Out, and Camp St. David’s. She also leads training classes for Safeguarding God’s Children for the Episcopal Diocese. Laura has two, now grown, children who grew up at St. David’s.
Charlotte joined St. David’s staff part-time in March 2015 after semi-retirement from a career in commercial property management in Austin. Originally from Houston, she attended Texas Tech University and graduated with a B.S. in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Houston Downtown. She and her husband, Phil DeFalco, have one young adult son, Nick DeFalco, the pride and joy of their lives.
She is an active member of All Saints’ Episcopal Church as a Grace Minister and Woman-to-Woman Mentor. She and her husband are also actively involved with the production of Unplugged on The Front Porch, a mission of All Saints’ that provides a unique listening experience of local musicians to the public. She enjoys music , reading, walking, travel of all types, and being with friends, family and the family dog, Chisos.
Director of Communications
Jeanie Garrett became a member of St. David’s in 1996. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Journalism, she moved to Sherman, Texas to begin her television reporting career. In 2000, she came home to Austin to continue her career at KVUE News.
Once back home, Jeanie began teaching Sunday school at St. David’s, where she learned the younger faces of the church long before the adult ones! Jeanie joined the staff at St. David’s in 2008 as the Director of Communications. She brings with her 10 years experience as a television news reporter and three years as Sr. Vice President of Communications at the Austin Chamber of Commerce.
A recent newlywed, Jeanie and her husband, Greg, have four children: Jake (29) Chandler (17) Lily (8) and Sophie (6).
Barbara Grove first became a member of St. David’s in the early 1960s, but moved to Dallas in 1963. Barbara spent the next 22 years as a professional orchestral musician, and she returned to Austin and St. David’s in 1985. She joined the staff of the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau in 1988, ultimately serving as Director of Visitor Services for nine years. After retirement in 2003, she began volunteering for Chef Ray in Café Divine. Barbara joined the Hospitality Ministry staff in October 2008. Barbara has a long involvement with the Downtown Austin Alliance and local arts groups, and she champions environmental causes in her spare time. She has three grown children – Mark, Kevin and Claudia – and three beautiful grandchildren!
Receptionist and Schedule Administrator
Peter Hahn joined the St. David’s parish family in 2001 after moving to Austin from a teaching assignment in Taiwan. Prior to that time he had a 24 year career as a boarding school master in New Jersey. Peter became the St. David’s Administrative Assistant at Christmas 2008 and may be seen greeting parishioners and visitors at the Reception Desk. Along with other responsibilities, he coordinates the schedules of the receptionists, orders supplies and schedules venues for many of the events that occur at the church. He loves the constant interaction with staff, visitors, and parishioners as well as the highly energetic atmosphere that comes with the serious spiritual and social commitment of this church family. Simply stated, Peter is having a great time.
Director of Adult Education and Spiritual Formation
Rebecca Hall joined the St. David’s staff in April 2007. She has a degree in International Studies/Romance Languages from the University of Missouri, and a Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation from Seminary of the Southwest. Particular areas of interest are in vocation and discernment, Benedictine and Ignatian spiritualties and practices, Christian discipleship, and contemplative practices. Rebecca practices spiritual direction with groups and individuals and leads retreats. She also periodically consults with other churches on how to integrate small group ministry and other adult formation programs into the life of Episcopal parishes. In addition to St. David’s, Rebecca also works for St. Benedict’s Workshop as a theological reflection group leader.
Webmaster and Graphic Designer
Katie Keenan joined the St. David’s staff in May 2008. She has a degree in Sociology with a minor in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and over 15 years experience in graphic design and marketing. Before joining the St. David’s staff, Katie designed and produced websites as an independent contractor. She also gained print and web design experience working for Sage Nonprofit Solutions.
Katie enjoys the welcoming and engaging spiritual atmosphere at St. David’s Church. She also enjoys yoga, swimming and the Town Lake Trail. Katie is married to Nick Mehl and they have two children.
Director of Stewardship and Planned Giving
April came to St. David’s in 2014 with 20 years’ experience in the non-profit and public sector in Central Texas including the Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center, Austin Children’s Shelter and Mental Health America of Texas.
She began her career as a social worker in child welfare and gravitated toward resource development as she witnessed first-hand the positive effects of needed human service programs on children and families. She has been licensed as a clinical social worker (LCSW) since 1999 and certified as a Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) since 2014.
April is active with her church, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, the Association of Fundraising Professionals and other non-profit organizations.
April and her husband Ron live in Central Austin with their son Rex. The Kerwin Family is happiest when walking their golden retriever, building sand castles on Padre Island and skiing downhill.
Prep Cook and Dishwasher
Edmundo is from Toluca, Mexico. His wife and two sons live in Mexico. He moved to Austin 19 years ago, and has worked at St. David’s in Cafe Divine since 2011. Chef Ray says of Edmundo, “He is one of the hardest working assistants I have had in all my 35 years of kitchen work.” Edmundo also works at Chez Zee Bistro.
Joy is a native Austinite. After graduating from the University of Texas, she became a St. David’s parishioner. She has worked for area nonprofits for several years, focusing her work in domestic violence prevention and affordable housing. Joy is currently a student at the Seminary of the Southwest working toward a Masters of Arts in Religion.
Minister for Young Adults and Pastoral Care
Amy Moehnke joined the St. David’s team in May 2008 as Director of Young Adult Ministries. Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Amy moved to Austin in August 2005 to pursue a Master of Divinity degree at The Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, and graduated in May 2008. Amy received her undergraduate degree in Religion and Psychology from Austin College in Sherman, Texas in May 1995. Amy has worked in various churches all her adult life doing youth, college and young adult ministry. She is passionate about her red-haired daughter, Hannah, studying and teaching the Bible, designing liturgy, running, reading, eating good food, and drinking good coffee.
Organist & Associate Music Director
Eric joined the St David’s staff in 2015, having served the Church of the Good Shepherd, Austin, since 2000 as Organist and since 2007 as Director of Music. Eric is also an organ recitalist, the founding director and organist of Organ Vespers with Schola Aliquando, and a typographic designer for the Concordia University Press and other clients, and he recently held a temporary appointment as Adjunct Lecturer in Organ at the University of Texas. He earned degrees in church music and organ performance at Baylor University; an internship in music and liturgy at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest brought him to Austin.
Bio to come.
Terry is a long-time member of St. David’s, having joined when he moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas. Prior to joining the staff in the summer of 2007, he had a career in IT, having worked for the public and private sector, and starting 3 successful companies. Since 1999, he worked as a management consultant, helping small businesses plan and deploy IT and telecommunications networks.
Terry has served on many charity and non-profit boards, including St. David’s Vestry. His primary focus as a volunteer at St. David’s has been the integration of the church into the downtown neighborhood. With the growth in the number of residences in the center city, the role of the church is changing from that of an historic church to that of a neighborhood parish. Terry has spent the last few years working both inside the church and inside the various downtown organizations to make that transition successful. As Parish Administrator, he is working to restructure the church’s business model to meet the challenges the growing downtown community will present.
Database Administrator and Communications Assistant
Marty was born in Illinois and moved to Texas in 1977. She joined the staff at St. David’s in 2012. She worked in the retail book industry for many years, the last 12 of which were at Hasting Entertainment. She also worked at a television station in master control and sales. Marty likes reading, listening to audio books, jigsaw puzzles, playing hidden object and match 3 games. She has two cats.
Nancy came to St. David’s in the fall of 2003 as a temporary accountant and ended up becoming a permanent employee. The church was so welcoming that she also became a member. Nancy comes to us from northern California, and she’s pleased to be able to continue her California hobbies of camping and horseback riding in the Austin area.
Currently living in Elgin with her two horses and two dogs she rescued from various sources. She has shown horses since she was nine years old and competes now as often as possible. The outdoors is where she’s most comfortable, even in the summer heat. She is on the board of Warm Heart International, Inc., an organization that raises money to build wells, send medical supplies, books and money for micro loans to Southern Malawi.
Barrista, Holy Grounds
Brenda is originally from Freeport, Texas and has been a barista at St. David’s Holy Grounds since November 2014. Before joining the St. David’s team, she served in the the U.S. Navy from 2005 to 2014 as an aviation electronics technician. Brenda currently attends school full time to pursue a degree in social work. She also likes to volunteer with the organization Art From The Streets, helping disadvantaged artists earn a living.
Lisa Kay Pfannenstiel
Director of Special Events
Lisa Kay Pfannenstiel came to St. David’s in January 2008. Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Lisa has a family history of catering and food management. Her parents owned a small restaurant and ran a wedding catering business on the side.
After living in Cheyenne, Wyoming for 8 years, Lisa and her husband, Paul, moved to Austin in 1997. Lisa graduated from Texas State University in San Marcos with a B.B.A. in Finance. Prior to joining the St. David’s staff, Lisa was the Development Director of Literacy Austin, where she oversaw all aspects of fundraising, including donor relations and solicitations, grant writing, and event planning.
Lisa has been a volunteer with the American Cancer Society, the Texas Book Festival and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Her primary responsibilities at St. David’s are to bring outside business and non-profit events into our facility.
Lisa enjoys live music, traveling and all kinds of animals.
Barrista, Holy Grounds
Vi came to Austin to attend the University of Texas in 2008, graduating with a B.S. in Human Biology. After a year working and volunteering at home in Houston, she came back to Austin to attain a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. While not studying or working, she enjoys exploring Austin, playing flag-football, bouldering, and catching up on TV shows.
Virginia arrived in Austin in December 1975 and has been attending St. David’s ever since. She was asked to serve as the church archivist when the church started to plan for its 150th anniversary celebration in 1998. She has learned much about the church’s history since it was founded in the 1840’s; the early settlers and history of Austin. Virginia enjoys travel and reading.
Manager of Holy Grounds
Anna joined the St. David’s staff in August 2012. A native of Fort Worth, Anna has lived in Austin since 1985. She graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in journalism and worked for 10 years in the graphic design field. She became a member of St. David’s in 2000 and began volunteering in the kitchen shortly after that. Her volunteer work at St. David’s prompted her to enroll in culinary school and become a professional chef. She has cooked for catering companies and private schools, in addition to operating her own small catering business. Anna has a son and a daughter, Sinclair and Fiona. She enjoys spending time with her children, live music, the outdoors, and traveling.
Executive Assistant to the Rector
Catherine Roberts is originally from Orlando, Florida and made her way to Austin via Alabama. Catherine is married to Paul Brownell, and they have a son – Nathan Hugh Brownell. Catherine graduated from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama with a degree in Computer Science and Marketing. She has worked primarily in customer service in the computer industry, holding jobs with Intergraph Corporation, BMC Software and the City of Austin.
Catherine previously served St. David’s as Stewardship Director and Wedding Coordinator before becoming Executive Assistant to the Rector.
Jimmy was born and raised in Austin. He attended Lanier High School. Jimmy learned about St. David’s through a friend who worked with Chef Ray. Jimmy began his St. David’s career in 2008, first working for Chef Ray in Cafe Divine, then in the St. David’s garage, and is now a sexton for the church. He and his wife, Marie, have three children: Ann-Marie (14), Jaylin (6), and Dominic (3 months). In his free time, Jimmy loves watching sports, especially the Dallas Cowboys!
Originally from St Louis, Mark is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago and The California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, CA. Chef Mark joined St David’s in May 2015 with experience as Sous chef at Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg, CA and Ristorante Cibreo in Tuscany, Italy. In 2010, Chef Mark moved to Austin and cooked at the W hotel until he found a home at St. David’s. He enjoys working with students from Project Go and the comradery of invaluable kitchen volunteers.
Director of Music
David Stevens has served St. David’s Parish as Director of Music since August 1990. Dr. Stevens hails from Palestine, Texas and received degrees from Hardin-Simmons University and the University of Texas, Austin. Along with his responsibilities at St. David’s, he sings in the Oregon Bach Festival’s professional chorus, enjoys a solo conducting and singing career, teaches voice, and serves on the Diocese of Texas’ Commission on Music. David and his wife have made their home in Austin for 21 years and have three children: Andrew, Alex, and Alyssa.
Director of Retail Services
Heidi Trevithick graduated with a degree in History from the University of Texas. After graduating college, she decided there was no place better to start a life with her husband, Sean, than Austin, Texas. Heidi joined the St. David’s staff in January 2007 and currently oversees the St. David’s Parking Garage and Holy Grounds as the Director of Retail Services. Heidi has two young children, Dahlia and Oliver.
Director of Hospitality Ministry and Cafe Divine
Chef Ray comes to St. David’s with years of culinary experience. Working in the foodservice trade since he was 15 years old, Chef Ray has cut a lot of chicken and made gallons and gallons of soup. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, he understands the finer points of the culinary arts. Prior to coming to Saint David’s, he spent 2 years selling groceries for US Foodservice in Austin. There, he gained much experience in disposable goods, heat and serve foods and getting the most out of a dollar’s worth of food. If you have a troubling culinary question or need some advice, give him a call at 472-1196.
Photo to come.
Maril June White
Gardening and Maintenance
Meril was born in Waco, Texas in 1955. He was in the US army from 1974 to 1977. He moved to Austin in 1988. Meril worked for several organizations in Austin, including the Salvation Army. He began working at St. David’s in 2012. He was homeless but now he has his own place. Meril loves playing ping pong.
Director of Children’s Formation
Amanda Wischkaemper joined the staff of St. David’s as Director of Children’s Formation in April 2013. Prior to being called to Austin, she served as Pastor for Children’s Ministries at St. James by-the-Sea in La Jolla, California for six years. A lifelong Episcopalian, Amanda was mentored by the late Rev. Lawrence Waddy, whose Bible Drama ministry led her to a career as a professional actor and theatre educator. Years later, Father Waddy inspired her to pursue work in children’s ministry. Amanda is grateful for the opportunity to teach our youngest parishioners the value and beauty of our liturgy, nurture and develop their innate spirituality and creativity, and incorporate drama, imagination, and play into our programs.
Amanda also loves weddings, and happily served as Wedding Coordinator at St. James by-the-Sea. She’s delighted to work with couples here at St. David’s!
Amanda received her MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College, AB in Theatre from Davidson College, and completed coursework for an MA in Theatre Arts from San Diego State University. Amanda and her husband Mark (Director of Music for Bethell) live in South Austin with their three rescue doggies, Louie, Nate, and Luna.
Director of Music for Bethell Hall
Mark Wischkaemper was already involved in church music when he graduated from Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University with a degree in Music Theory. After serving as baritone section leader at St. Michael’s All Angels in Dallas, he moved back to his native California and helped lead the choir at a small Lutheran church on the giant Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles. His next opportunity came at St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in La Jolla, where he served, sang, and worshipped for six years (and where he met and married Amanda!). Mark brings a passion for new ways of looking at worship and using music to deepen our spiritual experiences.
In addition to serving St. David’s, Mark is an ACE-Certified Personal Trainer, plays mandolin in Songfest, and sings basically any chance he gets. He fell in love with Austin very quickly and enjoys exploring it with Amanda and their three dogs Nate, Louie, and Luna.