The clergy of St. Matthew’s Cathedral consists of ordained priests and deacons, each of whom serves a staff function in addition to the role as pastor to our congregation.
The Very Rev. Dr. Neal Michell, MA, MDiv., JD, DMin
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Dean Michell has been Dean of St. Matthew’s Cathedral since March 2013. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in History; JD from the University of Houston Law Center; MDiv from The School of Theology; University of the South (Sewanee); and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. Dean Michell has written two books on congregational development, numerous articles, and led workshops and conferences in over 30 dioceses as well as overseas.
Canon for Hispanic Ministries
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Fr. Tony serves as the Senior Pastor of the 12:30 p.m. service. He received his MA from Universidad Autonoma de Baja California in 1985, a Certificate from el Seminario San Andres in 1990, and has served churches in North Carolina and Northern California, as well as the Dicoese of Western Mexico.
Canon for Young Adults Ministry and Christian Formation
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Fr. David is priest in charge of Young Adult Ministry and oversees our Marriage Preparation and Marriage Enrichment programs. He also provides pastoral oversight for our Missions and Outreach ministries. He received his BAS in Philosophy from Dallas Baptist University (2004) and his MDiv from Perkins School of Theology (2010). His Curacy (first two years of ordained ministry) was done at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in DeSoto, TX. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2011.
Fr. Luck serves on Sundays and Wednesdays. After serving at eight churches in the DFW area, he was made an Honorary Canon by Bishop Stanton in 1997. Fr. Luck has taught Old Testament and Spiritual Theology at what is now the Stanton Center for Ministry Formation for over forty years. He grew up in Fort Worth and received a BA in History from the University of North Texas and his M.Div. from The Philadelphia Divinity School. He was ordained deacon and priest in Dallas in 1958. Fr. Luck was named an honorary Canon of St. Matthew’s Cathedral by Bishop Stanton, but everyone knows him as Fr. Luck. He came to St. Matthew’s at the time of his retirement as Rector of Holy Trinity Heath-Rockwall in 1999 and served as Acting Dean after the departure of Dean Duncan.
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Deacon Diana coordinates the liturgical assistants and is involved in various outreach ministries. She attended the University of Texas at Arlington and is a graduate of the Anglican School of Theology. She was ordained as a Deacon of the Church in 1987. She served for many years as the Archdeacon of the Diocese of Dallas, coordinating the ministry of the deacons of the Diocese of Dallas. She has been on staff at the Cathedral since 1996.
Deacon for Hispanic Ministry
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Deacon Betty coordinates the Christian Education ministry for the 12:30 p.m. service and is involved in various outreach ministries and pastoral care. She is a graduate of the Instituto Teologico de San Mateo and is currently a student at the University of Dallas School of Ministry. She was ordained as a Deacon of the Church in 2007, has attended the Cathedral since, and has served as a Deacon at the Cathedral since 2008.
Program and Administrative Staff
In addition to the many, many volunteers on whom we depend, St. Matthew’s Cathedral employs a paid staff of seven full-time and part-time non-ordained professionals — each bringing to their job a commitment to our mission and
a steadfast love of the Lord.
Director of Youth and Family Ministries
Logan comes to the Cathedral from Trinity Episcopal Church in Columbus, Georgia where he was Director of Youth Ministry. He grew up in Murfreesboro, Tennessee where he attended Middle Tennessee State University, and met his wife Liz. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Basic and Applied Science in 2005. Logan has been ministering with youth for over thirteen years and is still having fun. Liz just earned her Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Management. They have a son named Michael and love living in Dallas.
Director of Summer in the City
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Varita Michell graduated from Texas Women’s University with a degree in Physical Therapy and has done graduate work at Regent University and Dallas Baptist University. She works extensively with the Summer in the City program.
Nina Sanders, BBA
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Nina Sanders is our business manager and oversees the accounting of the Cat
hedral. She is a 1982 graduate of Baylor University. She worked as an accounting manager in Commercial Real Estate from 1982 to 1991 and the FDIC until 1993, assisting with the Savings and loan crisis. She stayed home raising her two daughters until 2002 when she started working at St. Matthew’s. She is married to Jeff, her daughter, Lizzie, is a sophomore at OU, and Michelle is a senior at Ursuline Academy. Her hobbies include walking her dogs, working out, and spending time with friends and family.
Assistant Business Manager
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Dara Bickham is our Assistant Business Manager and oversees the data entry and management of the Cathedral. She is a 1982 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.
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Eileen has been Administrative Assistant to the Dean since May 2015 after initially serving as interim. She has been a parishioner of St. Matthew’s since 1990, serving in various ministries, including acolyte, lector, member Altar Guild, leader of Evening Prayer, and vestry clerk. In August 2010, Eileen retired after 34 years as a paralegal at the Locke Lord law firm in Dallas. In May 2015, she accepted the Dean’s invitation to serve as administrative assistant.
Stanton Center Director
Janet has been the director of the Stanton Center for Ministry Formation since June of 2013, when she retired from her 25 year career as a teacher and administrator in the Texas Public School System. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas with a BA in History and has earned her MS in Educational Administration from Texas A&M, Commerce, and her Diploma in Ministry from the Stanton Center. Janet would love to talk with you about classes at the Stanton Center that could enrich your spiritual life, your Biblical and theological knowledge, and your commitment to a robustly Christian way of life.
Larry was born August 17, 1952, the oldest of four siblings: one sister and two brothers. They are still living in Baton Rouge. He moved to Dallas in 1975 and married in 1982. He is currently single and has one daughter living in Duncanville with his two grandchildren. He is semi-retired from commercial construction and attends church in Duncanville. According to Larry, “I consider myself to be a missionary wherever I go and would dearly love to do some mission work overseas. I am really happy to be able to serve God at St. Matthew’s Cathedral.”
In the Episcopal Church, our ministry is a shared ministry between clergy and laity, each working according to his or her own gifts and callings to further the ministry of the Body of Christ. The governance of our church is also a shared governance.
This shared governance is fully present at the Parish or local church level. The Rector (Dean) of a Parish (Cathedral) has oversight of the spiritual life of the parish, leading in areas of worship, teaching, faith formation, and other program areas. He also is charged with administering the business of the parish. The Vestry of a parish shares in that spiritual oversight and are sewards of the finances and facilities of the parish. They set and monitor the budget, approve significant expenditures, administer funds, and maintain buildings. The Vestry also works with the Rector on discerning the long-term mission of Christ in their community, communicating regularly about their shared ministry to ensure that it is healthy and faithful.
At St. Matthew’s, our Vestry is comprised of twelve members, four of whom are elected each year for three-year terms. Thus, the membership is constantly rotating, ensuring that all those called to leadership in the parish serve, and that our vision is always as clear as possible and not just the province of a small cadre of people. The Senior Warden chairs Vestry meetings at the invitation of the Dean, and the Vestry is led by an Executive Committee made up of the Dean, Senior Warden, and Junior Warden. They are assisted by the various officers of the Vestry. The Junior Warden oversees property concerns, the Treasurer manages finances, and the Clerk ensures faithful and accurate record keeping. The Treasurer may or may not be an elected member of the Vestry..
Officers for 2015
The Very Rev. Dr. Neal Michell | Dean and Rector
Brent Rosenthal | Senior Warden 2017
David Pinson | Junior Warden, 2015
Eileen Smith | Clerk
Bob Jones | Treasurer
Tim Mack, Esq. | Chancellor
Our current Vestry at St. Matthew’s is listed below. The year after their name is the year during which they will retire from Vestry at the January Annual Meeting.
Christopher (Chris) Hodge