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 our new 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.
Michael Merriman has been a priest since 1966, serving in congregations, seminary education, and is published in the fields of liturgical and sacramental theology and adult Christian formation. Since retiring in 2004 he has assisted part-time at Transfiguration and leads The Way, our parish’s process of formation for adults new to the Episcopal Church and new to Christianity.
Liz’s academic background is in education with an undergraduate degree in Home Economics from Cornell University and a Master of Arts in Education degree from the University of Denver. She was formed for the Diaconate through the Deacon Formation Program in the Diocese of Maine and received her chaplain training at Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor, ME. In addition to leading book groups and women’s retreats, she enjoys the opportunities for pastoral care visitations and leading, recruiting and training parishioners for ministry as Eucharistic Visitors, Stephen Ministers and other pastoral care ministries.
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.
Christopher Thomas holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Business Administration from the University of Houston, as well as a Masters of Divinity from Brite Divinity School/TCU. With 20 years of experience as a church business administrator, Chris is a certified church administrator through the National Association of Church Business Administration. He has served Episcopal, Presbyterian, and United Church of Christ congregations across the country, most recently at Trinity Episcopal Church in Fort Worth.
John A. Moody holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi and two graduate seminary degrees in education. John’s early career was in corporate America with Sohio Petroleum Company. Since 1989, he has served churches and non-profit organizations in the area of administration. John’s wife Beckie serves on staff at FUMC, Richardson as Associate Director of Music.
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 newborn 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.
Wilhelm Sollie has served as Assistant Organist since the fall of 2015. A native of Larvik, Norway, Wilhelm completed his bachelor’s degree in church music and organ performance at The Norwegian Academy of Music in 2014. He received an Erasmus Fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year, enabling him to study at the University of Music in Leipzig, Germany. In the fall of 2015, Wilhelm moved to Dallas and has been enrolled in the Performer’s Diploma program at SMU, where he is an organ student of Stefan Engels. He will complete his work in May 2017 and return to Norway.
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.
Ellen Dingwall has been on the staff at Transfiguration since 2001. She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and studied music at Monticello College in Godfrey, Illinois. Ellen’s responsibilities include coordinating all Adult Ministries and incorporating newcomers into the life of the parish. Ellen also is the staff liaison to all outreach ministries in the parish and helped to establish the Transfiguration Food Distribution Ministry, which provides food each month for families at Spring Valley Elementary School.
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. She now works remotely, having relocated with her family to Evansville, IN last fall, where her husband, Dr. Dallas Gingles, serves as the John Wesley Scholar and Assistant Chaplain at the University Evansville. 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.
Colin is the Director of Youth Ministries at Transfiguration. Growing up, he played an active role in the Transfiguration Youth Ministries as a youth leader, and knows it as his church home. After earning a degree in Religion and Psychology from Birmingham-Southern College, Colin worked in Fire/EMS in Alabama. When he finally got sense and came home, Colin immediately began repaying Transfiguration for the love, care, and guidance it gave him growing up as a Youth Ministries Intern. A year later, Colin became the full-time Director of Youth Ministries, and now continues to return the favor to Transfiguration by recruiting and training volunteer youth ministers, teaching and guiding youth on their spiritual journey, and encouraging deep and open investigation of the faith through study, worship, and prayer.