The Rev. Ray Waldon, Rector
The Rev. Raymond J. Waldon graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity in 1995 and was a classmate of the IX Bishop of Texas, The Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle. Fr. Ray holds Bachelors degrees in both English and Journalism from Louisiana Tech University with focuses on classical literature and broadcast media. He attended the Paul M. Hebert School of Law at LSU in Baton Rouge and has continuing education hours in marriage counseling, stewardship, and church growth. Fr. Ray envisions a parish where all who wish may see and experience Jesus in a nonjudgmental environment.
Prior to serving as Rector of St. Paul’s, he was the Dean of the Cathedral Church of St. Mark in Salt Lake City. He is a recipient of two Governor’s awards and a Presidential Citation for leading emergency responses during National emergencies. His extensive resume includes serving the broader church in various callings, working with abused children and serving as a pastoral resource for juvenile offenders. He has been a Deputy to General Convention, a Province Clergy Representative, President of the Standing Committee, Vice President of the Diocesan Council, member of the Commission on Ministry, and he served on the faculty of a Diocesan seminary in Anglicanism and Liturgy. Fr. Ray also served as a Diocesan Examining Chaplain and has served on many blue ribbon panels for envisioning the health of dioceses. Fr. Ray has led numerous spiritual retreats and has been a conflict management resource and a stewardship consultant. He is also a former headmaster of schools and co-founded VOCARE in Louisiana, chaired college ministry, and has been the Dean of summer camps, Trustee of Diocesan Camp and conference center, and chaplain for Cursillo, Jump Start, and many other youth events.
He is also a leader within the greater Episcopal Church and ecumenical communities. Recently he was Vice President of the Diocesan Council Executive Committee in Utah and an elected member of their Ecclesiastical Court. During the Triennial General Convention of 2015, he provided critical leadership as the Cathedral hosted thousands of Episcopalians from across the globe, including the House of Bishops election of Michael Curry, the 27th Presiding Bishop, from the Nave of the Cathedral. Fr. Ray has also preached on several homilies on the world-wide webcast carried through the Episcopal Church’s portal. He was a finalist for election as Bishop to Northern Indiana in 2016.
Before ordination, Fr. Ray was an award-winning broadcaster and journalist with several credits on the Louisiana Network, ABC, and ESPN. He won several awards with the Associated Press and United Press international as one of their play by play sports announcers of the year. He studied Latin for six years and was the Junior and Senior Classical President. Fr. Ray enjoys golfing, is working on completing a book on prayers, and enjoys studying biographies, philosophy, and history. He will celebrate 39 years of marriage to Lisa, this year. They have two adult sons and bonus daughters, and three toddler grandchildren, ages one, two and three!
Fr. Ray feels blessed to be in Waco at one of the most historic parishes in the South.
WE ARE MEMBERS OF THE JESUS MOVEMENT! LET’S KEEP WALKING!
The Rev. Sharron Cox, Assistant Rector
The Reverend Sharron Cox is a fifth-generation Texan, born and raised in Texas City. A cradle Episcopalian, she was baptized and confirmed at St. George’s Episcopal Church. She received her Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Business from Texas A&M University and was later awarded a Master in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. Sharron spent twenty-two years in healthcare administration, primarily in health policy, before leaving Texas to attend seminary at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee from which she was awarded a Master in Divinity with honors in May 2014.
Prior to seminary, Sharron was active in youth ministry in the Diocese of Texas. She was trained and served as a spiritual director for 11 years, leading workshops and teaching classes in Christian contemplative spirituality. Sharron is keenly interested in both local outreach and global mission, supporting international missions in Bolivia, Kenya, and El Salvador, while praying daily for the peace of Jerusalem. One of her life’s goals is to eat at each of the Texas Monthly’s 50 Best BBQ Joints in Texas.
Lisa St. Romain, Director of Children and Family Ministries
Lisa’s roles as Director of Children’s Ministries includes all Christian education and formation for St. Paul’s Church, as well as St. Paul’s School for ages infant through fifth grade.
Lisa came to St. Paul’s in June of 2005 from the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Austin. Her duties include overseeing the nursery/childcare, children’s christian formation (recruiting and training adult leaders and planning the curriculum), the Wednesday evening children’s program, communion instruction and the summer disciple camp.
Each Sunday, Lisa shares the Word of God with the participants in Children’s Chapel. She is trained in Godly Play and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and enjoys designing transgenerational activities that bring all ages of St. Paul’s community together.
Will Scheel, Director of Youth and Outreach Ministries
Will is excited to be returning to St. Paul’s after a twenty year sojourn. In this ministry, he directs youth programming for 7th through 12th grade members of the parish, as well as coordinating the various outreach ministries at St. Paul’s.
As someone whose life was transformed by youth ministers, Will is passionate about integrating the church into the life of our youth and the youth into the life of our parish. Meaningful connections are at the heart of his approach to ministry, and Will is interested in exploring how the development of intentional communities may lead to deeper connections with one another in Christ.
Will is married to Courtni and has two young children. He is thrilled to be back in Waco and St. Paul’s.
Andy Eaton, Choirmaster
Jared Cook, Organist
Jeffrey Peterson, Organist
Dorothy Fisher, Parish Administrator
Dorothy manages the day-to-day operations of the office staff, personnel records, and directs the financial operations of the church. Her responsibilities demand that she works closely with the rector, the vestry, and members of the congregation.
Norma Anderson, Program Staff Assistant
Norma coordinates scheduling and reserving rooms for church and school events. She attends to the Altar Flower ministry, maintains the HVAC system, prepares funeral bulletins, and pitches in with other responsibilities as needed.
Jill Hively, Membership Secretary
Jill keeps the records on all members in the church software program. She prints the annual Membership Directory and processes church records for baptisms, weddings, confirmations, and transfers; she also keeps the records of all services at St. Paul’s.
Greeting people as they enter the church office is one of her favorite tasks, as well as being the primary person to answer incoming calls. Her Pastoral Care duties include scheduling home communions for the clergy, keeping track of members in the hospital and dealing with the needy who come to the church office for assistance.
Paula Wells, Parish Secretary
As a native central Texan, Paula has lived in Waco off and on for the past 20 years. Since 1998, she has worked primarily in the printing and graphics industry, working for the Waco Tribune-Herald as a graphic artist for over 10 years. Paula went to Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas for business courses and then to TSTC where she received her Associate of Applied Arts in Commercial Art and Advertising. Paula has many diversified interests, but she enjoys art and the thought process that it involves. She is delighted to be working at St. Paul’s to help with publications.