Clergy and Staff

Clergy

The Rev. Mike Stone


Mike Stone, Rector (rector@sttaec.org)

Mike found and was found in the Episcopal Church after being nourished by myriad stops along the way: ordained Southern Baptist ministry, participation in almost every mainline Christian denomination and study in five differently confessional seminaries, teaching high school math, coaching wrestling, fishing for salmon in Alaska, and being built up by love after having puffed himself up with knowledge. He is the grateful spouse of Rebecca and the proud father of two children, Daniel and Emory, and caretaker of his canine associate, Maggie the goldendoodle.  He eccentrically makes soap, mills grain, produces stained glass windows and custom cabinetry, plays the guitar, shops at livestock auctions, and wants to know more about, well everything, especially you!

Staff

Josh
Joshua Orsak, Pastoral Associate   (joshua@sttaec.org)   (Blog)

When not fighting crime in his hero persona of ‘Josh-man’, Joshua plans fellowship and Bible study events for youth and young adults here at St. Thomas. He is a licensed youth minister with a bible college degree in Christian Education and a certificate of theology from IONA School For Ministry, an Episcopal institution. Joshua has worked with youth and young adults at St. Thomas for more than ten years and has been the head youth minister here for seven. He lives with his wife and dogs in the boondocks of Santa Fe, Texas.

Courtney
Courtney McAlister, Parish Administrator   (courtney@sttaec.org)
Courtney joined us at St. Thomas in 2012 all the way from California. She graduated from Stanford University and brings a wide variety of skills to the job of Parish Administrator. Courtney is primarily responsible for accounting, contributions, benefits administration, technology, as well as overseeing the maintenance of the parish facility. She’s always happy to answer your questions, so please just let her know if there’s anything you need. Stop by and say hello!

Garmon
Garmon Ashby, Music Director   (garmon@sttaec.org)
Garmon grew up in South Africa, the son of Anglican missionary parents. After serving as Director of Music at the Diocesan College, Cape Town, and Director of the Cape Town Symphony Chorus for a number of years, he accepted a scholarship to study a Masters in Choral Conducting at Yale. After his studies there he was called to be Music Director at a large Episcopal parish in Tucson, Arizona, before moving to Houston, where he is Chair of the Performing Arts Department at the Episcopal High School. He was appointed Director of Music at St. Thomas in 2011.

Miriam
Miriam Griffis, Organist

Miriam Griffis has over 60 years of experience as a church organist, and has been the organist here at St. Thomas for over 10 years. In that time she has become a well-beloved part of our community. Everyone knows and loves Miriam. Miriam has a Bachelor of Music from Baylor University and a  Masters of Sacred Music from Union Theological Seminary, where she was acquainted with both Paul Tillich and Reinhold Niebuhr.