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6400 Stonebrook Pkwy, Frisco, TX 75034 – 214-619-5806

2019 Vestry Nominee Bios

The Vestry is the governing body of our church. This group of elected members helps define and support our mission, organize and plan for St. Philip’s and manage its resources. Each year three Vestry Members rotate off of the Vestry. Elections will take place January 26 and 27 during all worship services. Voting is open to members of St. Philip’s. Get to know this year’s nominees below!
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Thomas (Tom) Henderson

Tom Henderson

  • Member since 2017
  • Spouse: Marilyn
  • Serves in the choir, SERT Team and flower guild. Was Senior Warden of the vestry at previous church in Lakewood, WA
  • Occupation: Retired from a 37 year career in Information Technology

St. Philip’s is called to grow faith that impacts the world for Christ. What does this mission statement mean to you personally? Like many people I strive to lead a meaningful and rewarding life. Also like many people I have times that are less than ideal. My faith in a loving God and in salvation though Jesus Christ help me to get through those times. The inspiration I receive through sermons at St. Philip’s helps to strengthen my faith and, I pray, helps me to make that faith-based life inspirational to others.

In what way have you most impacted the world for Christ since becoming a member of St. Philip’s? I believe the greatest impact I have had since joining St. Philip’s is through singing in the choir. The second greatest impact has been as the semi-official engineer/mechanic of the flower guild.

As a congregation in a growing community, we are called to grow as a church. In what ways do you see St. Philip’s growing over the next few years? Most people attend church regularly when it is within about 15 minutes from home. I believe our programs that are open to the community at large should be publicized in a way to reach the largest possible audience and that many of them should be aimed at the younger adults who can be welcomed to St. Philip’s and choose to become part of our church family. This would be especially effective if they are married couples with children who can be with us for many years to come.

As a member of the Vestry, what would you consider your top strategic priority for St. Philip’s and why? The work of the many ministries at St. Philip’s requires significant volunteer hours. Some of those ministries have insufficient membership to remain effective long term. We need to find ways to inspire more of our members to become active participants.

Sarah McKee

Sarah McKee

  • Member since 2015
  • Spouse: Evan
  • Children: Ian (8), Luke (5)
  • Leader of Mom Connect, served as VBS Preschool Director and Missions Leader, CFM Action Team, St. Philip’s Episcopal Convention Delegate
  • Occupation: Part-time Project Development, The Nancy Seaberry Frost Arts Endowment 501(c)(3)

St. Philip’s is called to grow faith that impacts the world for Christ. What does this mission statement mean to you personally? The mission statement “to grow faith that impacts the world for Christ” means to me personally that we are called not only to seek a personal relationship with God, but to also seek ways to be His hands and feet to those around us. I believe God places people in our lives to love, encourage, and build one another up for His kingdom. I strongly believe that our actions in the lives of others allow us to share His love with them. What a privilege!

In what way have you most impacted the world for Christ since becoming a member of St. Philip’s? Since becoming a member of St. Philip’s in 2015, I have probably impacted the world for Christ most by starting the Mom Connect small group, and serving in Children and Family Ministries on the CFM Action Team, and as the Preschool Director for VBS. I felt called by God to begin the Mom Connect ministry at St. Philip’s, and I believe there is a great need for mothers to make time to deepen their faith, have community with other moms, and walk with God through the season of motherhood. Mothers today are under immense pressure to be what society considers a “perfect mom,” and this group keeps our focus instead on walking in God’s calling for our families. We study the Bible together, pray for one another, form deep friendships, and serve others through service projects.

As a congregation in a growing community, we are called to grow as a church. In what ways do you see St. Philip’s growing over the next few years? I think of St. Philip’s as a “city on a hill” both literally and figuratively. Every time I drive up to our beautiful church, I see God’s hand in placing St. Philip’s on this hill, in the heart of this rapidly growing community. So many families are moving here and making Frisco home, and many are seeking a faith community. As Frisco and the surrounding areas continue to grow, I believe we will have the opportunity to become the church home of many more families, and we will continue to see our membership grow as we bring others closer to God.

As a member of the Vestry, what would you consider your top strategic priority for St. Philip’s and why? As a member of the Vestry, my top strategic priority for St. Philip’s would be reaching new families, welcoming them to St. Philip’s, and finding ways to serve them through our ministries. I believe that ministries like CFM, Mom Connect, other small groups, and our Youth programs will all be instrumental in growing our church. I believe God has placed St. Philip’s right where He has “for such a time as this,” and I would consider it a privilege to be part of our Vestry in helping us continue to grow and serve God in our community!

Dudley Murrey

Dudley Murrey

  • Member since 2017
  • Spouse: Christine (Cris)
  • Serves as Lay Eucharistic Visitor, Lay Reader, Usher, Community of Hope
  • Occupation: Attorney; partner in the firm of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP; member of the adjunct faculty of the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

St. Philip’s is called to grow faith that impacts the world for Christ. What does this mission statement mean to you personally? Shortly after the Resurrection, Christ commissioned his disciples, saying “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” Matthew 8: 19-20. To me, St. Philip’s mission statement is an embodiment of that Great Commission of Christ, calling each of us, as members of the community of St. Philip’s, to strengthen our faith, to take a closer walk with God each day, and to grow in courage for Christ so we may take Christ to the people of Frisco and the wider world. As the Great Commission gave those first disciples an urgent mission, so the St. Philip’s mission statement gives each of us the mission of growing our own faith so we may help make disciples of those who do not now know Christ and reminds us, modern day disciples of the risen Lord, that the Great Commission applies to us as surely as it applied to Philip, Peter, Andrew and the other early disciples of Christ.

In what way have you most impacted the world for Christ since becoming a member of St. Philip’s? As have many at St. Philip’s, I have served the St. Philip’s community as a lay Eucharistic visitor, a lay reader and usher since becoming a member of St. Philip’s. In the hope of helping impact the world for Christ in more direct way, I am now training to become commissioned, through Community of Hope International, as one of a growing number of lay pastoral caregivers at St Philip’s. But an event more personal to me has been the focus of what I believe has been the greatest impact I may have had on the world for Christ since becoming a member of St. Philip’s. In 2018, God answered the prayers of the St. Philip’s community and numerous others, as well as my own prayers, by interceding in my wife’s health in a direct, forceful and wonderful way. That answer to prayer has allowed me to give witness to the efficacy of intercessory prayer and the God’s healing power in the lives of those who trust in Him and to encourage others to trust in intercessory prayer, in the faithfulness of God to hear and answer prayer according to His will and in the power of God to heal.

As a congregation in a growing community, we are called to grow as a church. In what ways do you see St. Philip’s growing over the next few years? I see St. Philip’s growing in a number of ways over the next few years: St. Philip’s will grow in faith. St. Philip’s is blessed to have a deep spirituality among its people, and many of those people are willing to share, and feel comfortable sharing, their faith. We have a clergy and a staff who are deeply committed to serving God and who are creating new ways to help the members of St. Philip’s grow their faith, to learn more about their faith, and to build their ties within the community of believers at St. Philip’s. The efforts of the people of St. Philip’s, whether they be lay people, clergy or staff, should, with God’s help, pay dividends of strengthened faith and deepened commitment to the cause of Christ in the next few years.
St. Philip’s will grow in outreach. Located as we are in a quickly growing area of a growing state, St. Philip’s will be presented with an increasing number of opportunities for evangelical outreach over the next few years. So long as the St. Philip’s community of the faithful maintains a commitment to a vibrant outreach program and faithfully executes that program, St. Philip’s will grow in outreach and have an impact for Christ in Frisco and the wider world. St. Philip’s will grow in membership: As we advertise, St. Philip’s is a dynamic and thriving church. St. Philip’s is also a community of believers who are welcoming to newcomers and who show those newcomers the church’s focus on Christ and His Gospel. For those in the growing population of Frisco and surrounding communities who are seeking a church home, those and other facets of St. Philip’s will be an attractive force that will allow the membership of St. Philip’s to continue grow in the next few years. Moreover, as our membership and our faith grow, the outreach of St. Philip’s will grow even more.

As a member of the Vestry, what would you consider your top strategic priority for St. Philip’s and why? My top strategic priority for St. Philip’s as a vestry member would be ensuring that St. Philip’s has and maintains a sound financial foundation. From the experience I have gleaned from spending years managing the day-to-day operations of a medium-sized business, including its finances, and decades advising businesses regarding financing, my sense is that ensuring that St. Philip’s is on a sound financial foundation should be my top strategic priority for two primary reasons.

First, that sound financial foundation is necessary if St. Philip’s is to continue to be a dynamic and thriving church. As a community of faith, St. Philip’s is like most churches: the clergy and the laity both dislike the subject of money. But as a community, we still must pay the bills and must continue to repay the loans that St. Philip’s obtained in the past to finance its facilities and operations. I have seen a church with a long history of faithful service to God falter and ultimately die, in part, because it lacked adequate financial resources. We must be vigilant in ensuring that such an end does not close the story of St. Philip’s that each of us is now helping to write. The vestry must work with the Rector to ensure St. Philip’s executes a sound financial plan that will address (1) reducing the burden of our loans on St. Philip’s operations, and (2) providing St. Philip’s with the necessary financial resources to continue to pay its bills, to fairly compensate our clergy and staff, and to continue the on-going work of St. Philip’s.

Second, with a strong financial foundation, St. Philip’s can build a stronger framework of people and programs with which to achieve the growth in faith, the growth in outreach and the growth in membership that I see in the future of St. Philip’s. By doing those things, St. Philip’s can continue to achieve its mission of growing faith that impacts the world for Christ.

Ray Singleton

Ray Singleton

  • Member: 16 yrs
  • Spouse: Julie Ann Dearman
  • Serves as Vestry Clerk, Prison Ministry, Chalice Bearer, SERT Team, Usher, Greeter, Boomers, Supports Missions and Outreach
  • Occupation: Program/Project Manager at U.S. Bank

St. Philip’s is called to grow faith that impacts the world for Christ. What does this mission statement mean to you personally? St. Philip’s is a church that is mission focused. As members we are encouraged to continually grow our faith and to then go out into the world to spread the Word. I am but one member of the body of St. Philip’s, sharing my love for Christ and his love for me. Collectively our membership can impact thousands of people every day. We need to take every opportunity to share Christ’s message, to grow faith that impacts the world for Christ.

In what way have you most impacted the world for Christ since becoming a member of St. Philip’s? I pray my greatest impact has been through the Bill Glass Prison Ministry program. I learned of this program after joining St. Philip’s and have visited various prison facilities throughout the Metroplex. Spending time with men and boys who are incarcerated has given me the opportunity to talk to them about Christ and what Christ can do in their lives.

As a congregation in a growing community, we are called to grow as a church. In what ways do you see St. Philip’s growing over the next few years? As the population of Frisco and surrounding communities grow so will St. Philip’s membership. We need to ensure that we continue our strong mission focus, serving locally as well as in other countries, making sure that St. Philip’s is well known in the communities that it serves.

As a member of the Vestry, what would you consider your top strategic priority for St. Philip’s and why? My top strategic priority would be to ensure that St. Philip’s continues to be financially sound. Without financial fiscal responsibility St. Philip’s cannot continue to grow the Church, the Preschool and serve it members. I also want to ensure that St. Philip’s continues to pursue and develop Policies, Procedures, and actions regarding the physical safety of its staff, students and church members. I strongly support the actions that the SERT Team and its leaders are taking.

Lance Taylor

Lance Taylor

  • Member: Since 2004
  • Spouse: Dawn
  • Children: Gracelyn (15), Gwyneth (12)
  • Served on many Mission teams, Vestry (Sr. Warden and Treasurer), Finance Committee, Rector Search Committee, Saturday Night Service Launch Team, Capital Campaigns & Ad Hoc Committees
  • Occupation: Petroleum Engineer, Founded Steward Energy in 2012 and currently serve as CEO & President

St. Philip’s is called to grow faith that impacts the world for Christ. What does this mission statement mean to you personally? This short statement includes two powerful action verbs; grow and impact. Our congregation is expected to build up the kind of Christians who can change the world in preparation for Jesus’ return. That’s an awesome responsibility and opportunity that we should not take lightly.

In what way have you most impacted the world for Christ since becoming a member of St. Philip’s? This church has quite literally changed the way I view and serve the world around me. I’ve always been ambitious with my career goals, but now that ambition is focused on being the kind of generous servant leader that lets his faith direct him. This isn’t always easy in the corporate or secular world, but with God’s help I get better every day.

As a congregation in a growing community, we are called to grow as a church. In what ways do you see St. Philip’s growing over the next few years? We’ve seen our average attendance largely flat for the last 4-5 years despite continued growth in the community around us. Strategically this should show us that we need to meet the community where they are, and have offerings that meet their needs. Fortunately, we’ve also seen the spiritual maturity of our congregation grow tremendously in that time. As such, we are now better equipped to do the work we are called to.

As a member of the Vestry, what would you consider your top strategic priority for St. Philip’s and why? Two existing offerings have the potential to draw more of our community to our campus; Saturday service and the Preschool. In both cases, the quality and value are strong, yet they remain underutilized. I’d like to see the vestry and staff dedicate resources to improving and marketing these two ministries as a natural starting point for new connections to those in the greater Frisco area.

Harry E. Winters III

Harry Winters

  • Member: 10+ yrs
  • Spouse: Jill
  • Children: Ava (12), Noah (6)
  • Serves as Usher, Lay Reader, Life Group Leader, Pastoral Care
  • Occupation: Transportation Compliance and Fleet Management

St. Philip’s is called to grow faith that impacts the world for Christ. What does this mission statement mean to you personally? To me, the St. Philip’s mission statement, to grow faith that impacts the world for Christ, means that as both members of St. Philip’s, and as a church, we must work to serve as disciples of Christ. To our families, those in our community and the world, we must grow faith in our actions and our words that center on service, faith, hope and love.

In what way have you most impacted the world for Christ since becoming a member of St. Philip’s? I feel I have most impacted the world for Christ in growing my relationship with God, and working on my behavior and relationship to others. The XP class and silent retreat with Father Greg was a transforming event in my life. God called me to listen and serve. With God supporting me, I let go of a lot of anger I had, which (I hope) made room for me to be a more patient, faithful and loving person for my family, St. Philip’s and the world around us.

As a congregation in a growing community, we are called to grow as a church. In what ways do you see St. Philip’s growing over the next few years? I see St. Philip’s growing as a church in being of more service in our local community. We do mission trips to Nocona and other areas outside of Frisco, but I would love to see us become more involved with foster children in Frisco and Collin County. I would really like to develop a mentoring program for our members to serve foster children aging out of the foster care. We need to help these kids get a decent start in life on their own. What kind of job, or higher education would they like to pursue? What is their plan to achieve their goals? Do they have goals? How do they write a resume and present themselves as a viable applicant to a prospective employer?

As a member of the Vestry, what would you consider your top strategic priority for St. Philip’s and why? I think the strategic priority for St. Philip’s is making sure our giving is strong and we are operating with a budget that funds the ministries of St. Philip’s to impact the world for Christ in the strongest possible way.