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. When 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 having a rather extensive model railroad.
Oscar was born in Guadalajara, Mexico where he completed two years of college. He also worked for an airline. In 1988 Oscar moved to the US and became a citizen in 1991. Prior to St. David’s, Oscar worked for Walmart as an overnight stocker in California, Tennessee, and Texas. He is married and has three children. In his spare time, he enjoys walking, fishing, and listening to folk and classic rock music.
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 Texas 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.
Manager of Holy Grounds
Taylor is from Austin and has been an employee of St. David’s Holy Grounds since September 2016. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a BA in Integrative Studies. When she’s not working, Taylor loves to make jewelry, drink large amounts of coffee, and cuddle with her animals.
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.
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.
Bio to come.
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.
Bio to come.
Webmaster and Graphic Designer
Katie Keenan joined the St. David’s staff in May 2008. She has a degree in Sociology and 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 a local software company.
Katie enjoys the welcoming and engaging 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.
Photo to come.
Originally from the Gulf Coast of Texas, Lisa Machac moved to Austin in 1999. As Event Coordinator at St. David’s, Lisa is able to fulfill a passion first discovered as a student of Texas A&M University’s Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Sciences department. Since graduating with an emphasis in event planning, Lisa has organized a wide variety of events, including Austin’s Earth Day Festival, weddings, conferences, and yoga retreats. When she’s not at St. David’s, Lisa enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, and playing music in her country music trio, Guy Town.
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.
Minister for Young Adults and Newcomers
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.
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.
Maureen Broy Papovich
Children’s Choir Coordinator/Cherub Choir Director
Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Maureen moved with her son and husband to Texas (College Station) in 2008. In 2011, the family relocated to Austin and joined St. David’s Church and its choirs. Maureen took over the direction of the Cherub Choir (K-2nd grades) in 2012 and has now added Children’s Choir Coordinator to her title. Maureen has been a church musician since 1992. She holds a Masters Degree in vocal performance and sings as a professional soloist and ensemble musician throughout the country. Currently, in addition to her work at St. David’s, Maureen performs locally with the One Ounce Opera and Austin Opera companies. Since 2000, Maureen has found immense joy in producing and performing in benefit recitals with other local musicians to benefit a variety of local and national charities. She enjoys Austin and St. David’s very much!
Director of Special Events
Jennifer is a native Texan hailing from El Paso. She and her husband, Jeremy, met in central Texas and were married at St. David’s in 2004. After spending their first years of marriage in San Francisco, they returned to Austin and their St. David’s family in 2011. Jen was a middle school math teacher for 21 years before deciding that God was calling her to do something else. She spent a year trying to figure out what that was while volunteering in Chef Ray’s kitchen and helping with the occasional hospitality event. When the position of Event Coordinator became available, she knew God was telling her this was to be her new thing.
Jennifer’s other interests include reading, camping, running, cycling, and discovering new pizza restaurants. She has also been a Non-Skating Official for the Texas Rollergirls for the last 5 seasons and led a bible study group with BSF International.
Barista, 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.
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.
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.
Jim Sargent is a graduate of Holderness, an Episcopal school in New Hampshire. He earned business degrees at Boston University and Harvard. A corporate job as a Business Unit Manager led him to Chicago and an opportunity to eventually buy and run C.E. Niehoff & Co. Jim and his wife, Leslie, married in 1987 and moved to Austin where, among many other things, he worked for UT System in Finance. During this time, he and Leslie had two boys, Jim served as a volunteer firefighter with the Travis County Fire Control, and he became the first CFO of NetSpend Corp. In 2002, he and Leslie moved to Maui where Hawaii’s largest aircraft operator needed a CFO. A planned two-year stint turned into 15 years and a number of occupations, with much volunteer work at St. John’s Episcopal Church, including some time on the vestry. Upon returning to Austin in 2016, Jim worked as a contractor to Apple. Jim joined the St. David’s staff and parish in May 2017.
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.
A 1960’ish native Austinite, David grew up in the Cedar Park- Leander area. He graduated from Leander High School in 1984 and enlisted and served on board the USS Roanoke – A 7 of the US Navy from 1984-1987 and the USN Reserve from 1987-1990. David has three children, Crystal, Russell, and Sarah. He also has two grandsons, Van and Aidan. He volunteers with Trinity Center and participates in Art from the Streets. David is an avid Texas A&M fan!
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 has three children: Andrew, Alex, and Alyssa.
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.
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 in 2013. She previously served as Pastor for Children’s Ministries for six years at St. James by-the-Sea in La Jolla, California. Amanda is a lifelong Episcopalian who came to church work after a career as a professional actor. Childhood participation in the late Rev. Lawrence Waddy’s “Bible Drama” ministry led to a life in both the church and performing arts! Amanda is grateful for the opportunity to teach our youngest parishioners the value and beauty of our liturgy, and nurture and develop their innate spirituality and creativity. Amanda also loves weddings, and is delighted to work with couples here at St. David’s, as she did at St. James by-the-Sea.
Amanda holds an 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 Hall) live in South Austin with a menagerie of rescue dogs. They joyfully welcomed daughter Abby in 2017.
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.