The Rt. Rev. Ray R. Sutton - Rector
The Right Reverend Ray R. Sutton, Ph.D., currently serves as Bishop Coadjutor in the Diocese of Mid America of the Reformed Episcopal Church and is Rector of the Church of the Holy Communion.
He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and moved to Dallas at age thirteen. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts [B.F.A.] from Southern Methodist University in 1972, a Master of Theology [Th.M.] from the Dallas Theological Seminary in 1976, and a Doctor of Philosophy [Ph.D.] from Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University, in association with Coventry University in 1998.
Bishop Sutton served in parish ministry from 1976 until 1991; Dean and Associate Professor of New Testament at the Reformed Episcopal Seminary in Philadelphia from 1991 until 1995; and Dean and Professor of Theology at Cranmer Theological House in Shreveport, Louisiana from 1995 until 2001. He was ordained a Bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church in 1999, and was called to the Church of the Holy Communion in 2001.
Bishop Sutton has authored four books on theology, his most recent being Signed, Sealed and Delivered: A Study of Holy Baptism. Bishop Sutton is married to Susan Jean Schaerdel of Dallas, also a Southern Methodist University graduate, presently a guidance counselor at the Shelton School in Dallas. They have seven children and three grandchildren. He is an avid reader, listener to classical music, a low handicap golfer and bird hunter.
The Rev. Kasey Gage - Curate & Youth Director
Father Kasey Gage was born and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He graduated high school in 1990 and attended Midwestern State University for two years and graduated with a Bachelors of Music from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1995. He attended graduate school at Stephen F. Austin State University for one year. After sensing God’s calling into the ministry, he left SFA to enroll at Dallas Theological Seminary. He graduated in May of 2002 earning a Master of Theology [Th.M.] with an emphasis in Church History.
Father Kasey began attending Church of the Holy Communion in September of 2004. He obtained his Episcopal training through Cranmer Theological Seminary over the 2004-05 year. Along with singing in the CHC Choir, he has been the Youth Director at CHC since August of 2005. He was ordained a Deacon in April of 2005 and a Priest in May of 2007 at CHC and hopes to be the Rector of his own church in the future. Father Kasey is married to Karla, who helps him with the youth group, and serves in the Altar Guild at CHC. They have one child, Calvin, who was born in the summer of 2008.
Father Kasey's youth blog can be read at http://bigfishyouth.blogspot.com.
The Rev. Christopher M. Woodall
Father Chris is originally from Alabama. At age sixteen he embraced the Lord at a small country Church. After moving to Texas in high school, he took a B.A. in Religion from East Texas Baptist University, preparing to be a clergyman. His minor was Christian Missions. Upon marriage, the Woodalls moved to Dallas so Chris could attend Dallas Theological Seminary, where he earned a Master of Theology [Th.M.] in 2002. While studying at DTS he served as a youth pastor and then a Bible teacher at a private school. For nearly 13 years he was employed in the DTS library. In 2009 Fr. Chris earned a second Master of Theology [Th.M.] in Anglican Studies from Cranmer Theological House.
While preparing for ordination in a Presbyterian Church, Father Chris decided to look more deeply into the Catholic faith of his many friends who attended CHC. He came to CHC from an RE mission that operated in Waxahachie for several years. He was ordained a Deacon at CHC in October of 2007, and to the priesthood in July of 2009. Fr. Chris began his full time curacy at CHC in August 2011. He is in charge of Pastoral Care and Web ministry, as well as coordinating Dallas area courses for our diocesan seminary-Cranmer Theological House.
The Rev. Thomas McGee
Father Thomas McGee was born in Denton, Texas and raised as the son of a Methodist pastor in North Texas. He graduated from Mesquite High School and then received his BA in English from Pan American University. He received his MDiv from Perkins School of Theology at SMU in Dallas. He is a doctoral candidate at Texas A&M- Commerce.
Father Thomas served as a United Methodist minister in the Rio Grande Valley and North Texas. He was ordained as an Anglican priest in 2009 and has served at Transformation Anglican in Rockwall and as a church planter. He is married to Kathy and they have five children, Carrie, Rebecca, Rachel, Fred and Mara.
The Rev. Deacon Chip Shattuck
Deacon Chip Shattuck is originally from East Texas, but has lived all over the United States. He started his Lord's service as an acolyte in Wyoming at age 8. He was licensed as a Lay -reader/Chalice-bearer in 1983. Chip was called to the Diaconate in January 2004, and continues his seminary studies at Cranmer Theological House.
Deacon Chip has taught Sunday School and conducted conformation classes. His current role at CHC includes altar service, acolyte training, and many other assorted duties as assigned by the Bishop.
He and his wife, Dr. Theresa Shattuck, live in Carrollton. They have two sons, the oldest of whom is married to the lovely daughter of Bishop Keith Ackerman.
Chip and Theresa have one beautiful grandchild, Natalia.
The Rev. Deacon Daryl Smith
Deacon Daryl is a native of Houston, Texas. After High School he served for four years in the US Army, where he served in the 3rd Infantry Regiment, also known as the Old Guard - the US Army’s official Presidential Honor Guard stationed at Ft. Myer, Virginia, adjacent to Arlington Cemetery.
After the Army Daryl returned to Texas and went to school. He earned a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Dallas Baptist University. He also went on to earn a Master of Humanities from the University of Dallas where he studied Medieval History and Philosophy. During this time he pursued additional graduate work at both Dallas Theological Seminary and Baylor University. He also taught for three years as an adjunct professor of religion at Dallas Baptist University. Currently Daryl is working on completing a Master of Theology [Th.M.] in Anglican Studies at Cranmer Theological House. He also serves as the Technology Committee Chair at Church of the Holy Communion.
Daryl and his wife Diane have been married for 25 years, and together they have two children.
Deaconess Mary Jane Mathieu
Deaconess Mary Jane was born in St. Paul Minnesota. She attended Catholic grade school and an all girls' Catholic High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science [B.S.] from the University of Texas at Dallas in Psychology and Special Education, with Teaching Certificates for all grades.
Mary Jane began attending CHC in 1972. She has been the Stewardship and Receiving Treasurer for CHC since 1978, along with service as Vestryman, Altar Guild member, HCCA School Board President and member of the HCCA School Board.
She was married to the late George Mathieu. Together they had three children, Mark, Monica, and Miles. Mark, a long time member of CHC, was called home to be with the Lord in May 2009. His warmth and infectious smile will be very much missed by both his immediate family and his church family. Monica, her husband James Dalton, and their three children also attend CHC. Miles serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force, stationed at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, where he lives with his wife Audrey and their three children.
After many years of parish service, Mary Jane was chosen to become CHC's first Deaconess. She was "set apart" in August 2008. She has many roles as Deaconess, including assisting the clergy, Altar Guild, Children's Chapel, Senior Singles Group, Order of St. Luke, and attending to the sick and shut-ins on a weekly basis. Her most challenging duty by far, however, is to keep Bishop Sutton in line.
For more information about the "The Order of Deaconesses" in the Reformed Episcopal Church, click here.