Casey became the fourth rector of Transfiguration in October 2014 after having served churches in Rhode Island and Houston. He is married to Melody Shobe, also an Episcopal priest, and they have two daughters, Isabelle and Adelaide. Casey grew up in Temple, Texas, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. His Master of Divinity was earned at Virginia Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry at the School of Theology at the University of the South (Sewanee). He loves playing golf, road cycling, hiking, brewing beer, and working in his yard.
Erin Jean Warde is the Associate Rector for Christian Formation. Erin is a native Alabamian, who loves Texas. She graduated from Seminary of the Southwest in Austin in 2012. Prior to SSW, Erin attended Troy University in Troy, AL, where she received her bachelors in English and Creative Writing. She previously served as assistant rector at St. Paul’s and Campus Missioner at the Episcopal Student Center, both in Waco. She enjoys writing, reading, taking long walks, and learning how to cook.
Shea Gilliland joined Church of the Transfiguration as Curate in June of 2017. He grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, before moving to Dallas for college, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies with an award for Distinguished Philosophy Student from Criswell College in 2012. After completing a year of post-graduate Christian leadership development as an Uptown Fellow at Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, he studied at Duke Divinity School in North Carolina, where he earned a Master of Divinity with a Certificate in Anglican Studies in 2017. With his wife of six years, Summer, and one year old daughter, Olive, Shea is excited to be back in Dallas and blessed to be a new part of the Transfiguration family.
Ginny’s journey to the diaconate began at Transfiguration, where she was a member for nearly 10 years before ordination. Ginny was a full-time elementary teacher until three years ago when she received her diploma in ministry from the Stanton Center for Ministry Formation in the Diocese of Dallas. She is assigned by the Bishop to both Transfiguration and Church of the Holy Faith, a congregation comprised of Bhutanese refugees that worships in the Niles Building on Sundays. She received a degree in Technical Journalism from Colorado State University with a minor in Philosophy (Comparative Religion). She earned her Masters in education at the University of Northern Colorado. Currently she tutors adult Koreans in ESL and is waiting to begin a ministry with hospice. Ginny and her husband Marc have four children and 10 grandchildren.
Terry Roper started off in the UK, hence the accent, and at age 28 escaped to the USA in 1963. He came to Transfiguration in 1976, and after serving for 23 years as Rector, went to serve as Rector of Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia for 5 years followed by 10 more years in retirement. He returned to Dallas in 2013 and was invited by the Rector to assist at Transfiguration as Rector Emeritus where his principal task is to tell the Rector, “We never did it that way.” He does it very well.
Sophie Lowrance joins the staff as the new Parish Administrator at Transfiguration. She grew up in Dallas, but was born overseas and just recently became a U.S. citizen. Sophie graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN with a degree in History and French and worked for several years in Dallas for a family foundation managing their assets. Most recently she worked on the Investor Relations team for a private Fund of Funds in New York City, but returned to Texas to start a family. She and her husband Nash have three daughters who attend Parish Episcopal School. She spends her free time at museums, reading, or riding her bike around White Rock Lake.
Mary Hall joined the staff team as our new part-time Bookkeeper in June 2017. Mary has held bookkeeping/accounting positions within the banking, wholesale distribution, and securities industries. For the last 10 years she has been self-employed helping small businesses and individuals manage their day-to-day finances. Mary was born near Rochester, NY and moved to Dallas in 1987. She and her husband and have been married almost eight years. They have no children but enjoy spending time with their eight nieces and nephews between them, and spoiling their grandniece. They live in Wylie, TX next to Mary’s mother so they are close at hand to help her in her later years.
Meghan joined the Transfiguration staff full-time in June of 2015, and has been a Section Leader in the Transfiguration Choir since 2008. She holds Bachelors degrees in French and Vocal Performance from Oberlin College and Conservatory, as well as a Masters in Library Science from UNT, and a Masters in Voice from SMU. Meghan is married to Brian Mazur, with whom she has four children, Zach, James, Paul, and Miriam. Her hobbies include reading, bowling, and playing games as a family.
Joel Martinson is a native of Oregon who has lived in the North Texas area since 1981. He has served as Director of Music & Organist at Transfiguration since June of 2004. An active composer and performer, Martinson holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Organ Performance with secondary areas of Church Music and Composition from The University of North Texas.
Nicholas is a native of San Diego, CA, and completed his Bachelor of Music Degree in Organ Performance at the Eastman School of Music in May. He moved to Dallas last week and has begun work on his master’s degree in organ at SMU as a student of Stefan Engels. Nicholas brings to us a rich background in Episcopal church music, growing up as a boy chorister at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in San Diego, then transitioning to a young adult singer and organ scholar there. His position at Transfiguration will involve serving as assistant organist for services as well as receiving hands-on experience in all aspects of our music program.
Christopher Ahrens has served as the Youth Choir Director and tenor section leader at Transfiguration since the summer of 2010. He is also the Director of Choral Activities for Vines High School in Plano. Mr. Ahrens received both his Bachelors in Music Education and Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Texas Christian University. As a tenor soloist and choral performer, Christopher has performed across the nation, including many engagements with the New York Pops Orchestra at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall under the direction of the late “Skitch” Henderson.
Kimberley Ahrens has been Director of Children’s Choirs at Transfiguration since June 2008. She serves children in grades 1-7 in two different children’s choirs. In addition to her duties at the Fig, Kimberley is also the choral director at Robinson Middle School in Plano, and conducts the Apprentice Chorus with the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Texas Christian University.
Rebecca’s specializes in the areas of communications strategy, advertising, and print and digital publishing and has worked for The Writer’s Garrett, Patheos.com, Texas Lawyer, and First Presbyterian Church of Dallas. With nearly a decade of experience in religious communications, she strives to help Transfiguration improve its branding consistency and storytelling across multiple channels. Rebecca grew up in Pennsylvania and has a B.A. in creative writing from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Theological Studies from Perkins School of Theology. Rebecca is married to Dr. Dallas Gingles, and they have a young son, Graham, with whom they frequent the library.
Cindy Hauser has been The Director of Children’s Ministries at Transfiguration since August 2016 after serving as Interim for five months. She is a native Texan raised in Dallas and comes from a family of nine children. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Religious Studies from Edgewood College in Madison Wisconsin, has certificates in computer graphics and illustration from Collin College and is a certified Godly Play teacher. She previously served five years as a Director of Religious Education and Youth Ministry in the Roman Catholic Church. She became an Episcopalian in 2009. Movies, mystery novels, gardening, creating art and playing with her grandchildren are some of her greatest joys.
We are pleased to announce that the Revs. Alina and Jared Williams have agreed to serve as our Interim Directors of the Youth Ministries. Alina, a priest in the Diocese of Dallas, currently serves as the Parish Episcopal School Upper School Chaplain, where she also teaches sophomores a Religious Studies course. Prior to her work at Parish, Alina stayed home with her two daughters, while Jared was serving as the Associate Pastor at Pineville First United Methodist Church in Central Louisiana. Alina began full time ministry work as the Youth Minister at St. James Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge, LA, home of the LSU Fighting Tigers! Jared is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. He currently works at Metrocare Services, an adult outpatient mental health facility, while working on his Masters degree in counseling. Prior to that he was the Youth Director at FUMC Celina. While living in Louisiana, he served as a pastor in the United Methodist Church, with a focus on guiding youth through the confirmation process. His hobbies are playing video games, watching sports, and spending time with his family. The Williams family has been attending Transfiguration regularly for the past 18 months. Both Alina and Jared are excited about serving alongside all the staff and volunteers at the Fig!