The Rev. Raymond Joe Waldon, Rector
The Rev. Raymond Joe Waldon graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity in 1995. Fr. Ray holds Bachelors of Arts Degree in both English and Journalism from Louisiana Tech University (1978) with focuses on classical literature and broadcast media. Fr. Ray envisions a warm, welcoming parish where all who wish, may see and experience Jesus (“…we want to meet Jesus.” John 12.21).
Prior to serving as Rector of St. Paul’s, Fr. Ray was the Dean of the Cathedral Church of St. Mark in Salt Lake City. He is a recipient of two Governor’s awards, a Presidential Citation for leading emergency responses during National emergencies, and has received several honor in the religious field. His extensive resume includes serving the broader church in various callings including being 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, serving on the faculty of a Diocesan seminary in Anglicanism and Liturgy, and working with Military Chaplains from BYU. He also served as a Diocesan Examining Chaplain, been a member of 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 Head of Schools, co-founded VOCARE in Louisiana, chaired College Ministry, been a Dean of summer youth camps, served as a Trustee of a Diocesan Camp and Conference center, and been a 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 40 years of marriage to Lisa this year. They have two adult sons and bonus daughters, and they have three toddler grandchildren.
Fr. Ray feels blessed to be in Waco at one of the most historic parishes in the South.
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Sara Allison, Director of Youth and Outreach Ministries
Sara grew up in The Woodlands at Trinity Episcopal Church and graduated from Baylor in 2012. She has shown a deep commitment to St. Paul’s and to our youth by serving as a youth volunteer for the last two years. Sara most recently was the Marketing Director at AxisCare, a software firm that helps home care agencies manage their clients. In that role, she served in a Social Media capacity and has excellent computer skills. She will work with the youth the majority of her time and spend 10 hours a week, using her skill set in working with our parish communications. She also has a relationship with St. Paul’s School, bringing her ballet talents to our young students. She is the owner and director of the Waco School of Ballet, a recreational dance program focused on promoting confidence and creative thinking in Waco youth.
Her husband, Trevor, works at Baylor in student affairs. They have a daughter, Margaret, born in January who will be baptized soon. She loves visiting National Parks, spending time with family, and trying to figure out which type of dog would be the best fit for her family.
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.
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.
Heather Sandifer, Executive Assistant
Heather works part-time for the church and part-time for the school. She is highly trained in finance and as an executive assistant and serves as a link between both entities. Heather helps streamline the way you can reserve Church rooms! Simply call or email Heather at Heather@stpaulswaco.org with your meeting room request and she will confirm that within 24 hours.
Brandi Goddard, Administrative Assistant
Brandi e has seven years as an Administrative Assistant and has spent the last 8 years in a church setting. She has excellent interpersonal skills, maintained church membership records, did parish communications, and produced church bulletins for the last 4 years. Brandi will work with Fr. Ray as his lead secretary and keeper of his calendar. Her duties will be expanded over time. Brandi is the proud mom of a toddler.
Jared D. Cook, Organist, Accompanist
Jared is a native of Houston, Texas. He began his formal organ study at age seventeen with Stephen Morris, and is currently a sophomore Organ Performance major at Baylor University where he studies with Dr. Isabelle Demers.
During his first year at Baylor, Jared competed in the 2017 William C. Hall Pipe Organ Competition where he was awarded second place in the undergraduate division. He also competed in the American Guild of Organists’ Regional Competition for Young Organists, where he placed second in the chapter level.
In the past, Jared has worked as the organ scholar at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church in Houston, TX where his responsibilities included accompanying the Chancel Choir and service playing. He has also been organist for many congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Currently, he is serving as the principal organist at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Waco, Texas.
In addition to organ study, Jared is enthusiastic about meeting new people, learning languages, commercial aviation and traveling
Jeffrey Peterson, Organist
Andy Eaton, Choirmaster