Clergy, Staff and Vestry


Fr. David Houk

Fr. David grew up in western Michigan. He graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois and received his M.Div from Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. Fr. David was called to be the rector of St. John’s in 2006. He is fond of leading trips to the Holy Land, along with leading the liturgy, preaching, cooking, reading, working the New York Times crossword puzzle, and practicing Arabic.

Fr. Oliver Butler
Assisting Priest

Fr. Oliver is a Texas native. He graduated from Baylor University with a B.A. in Philosophy, earned his M.Div at Virginia Theological Seminary, and works as a realtor in East Dallas. An evangelist at heart, Fr. Oliver serves part time at St. John’s and can otherwise  be found around White Rock Lake on his bike or playing various guitars next to the smoker in his backyard.

Fr. Herb DeWees
Assisting Priest Emeritus

A cradle Episcopalian and third generation Dallasite, Fr. Herb answered the call to ordination after many years of rewarding lay ministry in the Diocese of Dallas. He is a graduate of Austin College and received his M.Div. from Trinity School for Ministry. Fr. Herb is retired from regular duties at St. John’s, but he is always around when we need him.


Laura Warner Gilmer
Parish Administrator

Laura has been a very active member for more than 20 years at Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Dallas, where she serves as a Vestry Member, Stephen Ministry Leader, Lay Eucharistic Minister, Lector and Minister of Ceremonies and formerly served as Executive Director at Cathedral Gardens Senior Living, a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas.

Strengthened by the support of three grown daughters, three wonderful sons-in-law and the best grandchildren in the whole world, Laura is delighted to be the newest member of the St. John’s family.

Benjamin Kolodziej

Benjamin is from Texas and holds degrees in organ performance, sacred music, and theology from SMU. He has performed as an organist throughout the US and Europe and serves as organist at Perkins Chapel, SMU. As a choir director, he has inspired children and adults in developing their vocal abilities, to their joy and to the glory of God in worship. He has published music through Concordia press and many articles relative to theology, music, and history.

Liz Tindall
Communications Coordinator 

Liz and her family have been attending St. John’s Episcopal Church since 2001. Their daughter, Walker, graduated from St. John’s Episcopal School in 2016. Liz is a graphic designer and art director in Dallas. She started volunteering at St. John’s by helping design the church newsletters.

David Porcheddu
Worship Leader for ELEVATE

David is a gifted singer and guitarist with a heart for leading people into an encounter with Christ through music. He is also a talented songwriter with two albums, Almost Home and Starlights Fade.


Lon Williams
Senior Warden and Co-Chair of Stewardship

Bill Kiraly
Junior Warden and Chair of Building and Grounds

Jane Atchley
Worship Chair

Brita Bishop
Outreach Chair

Charity Cornelius
Co-Chair of Fellowship and Events

Laura Eyre
Co-Chair of Fellowship and Events

Mike Judd

Co-Chair of Fellowship and Events, Finance Committee

Jay Patterson
Co-Chair of Stewardship

Matthew Reinhart
Evangelism Committee and Stewardship Council

Jennifer Lee Schamberger

Vestry-School Board Liaison

Jim Stacy
Chair of Pastoral Care

David Todora
Building and Grounds Committee, Finance Committee

Ex Officio:
Jamie Jacobs
Chair of the Finance Committee

Ex Officio:
John Bovard

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