Clergy, Staff, & Vestry

Clergy

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

Dean and Rector

214-823-8134, ext. 225
thedean@episcopalcathedral.org

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.

The Rev. Canon George Luck

Assisting Priest
214-823-8134

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.

The rev. Canon Diana Luck

Deacon, Outreach
214-823-8134, ext. 241
dluck@episcopalcathedral.org

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.

The rev. Mark Hall

Deacon, Pastoral Care
214-823-8134

Deacon Mark coordinates the Cathedral’s pastoral care ministries and serves as Chaplain for Cathedral Gardens, the senior living community adjacent to the Cathedral.  He received a BA in Political Science from Drake University, a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center, and a Diploma in Ministry from the Stanton Center for Ministry Formation.  He was ordained as a Deacon of the Church and came on staff at the Cathedral in June 2014.

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.

Logan HurstLogan

Director of Youth and Family Ministries
lhurst@episcopalcathedral.org

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.

varita_michellVarita Michell, BSc

Director of Summer in the City
214-823-8134, ext. 227

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.
EMAIL:  vmichell@episcopalcathedral.org

Keith FranksKeith

Interim Director of Music and Organist
214-823-8134
kfranks@episcopalcathedral.org
Keith Franks received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music and his Master’s Degree in Music at the University of North Texas in Denton.  He sang in the St. Matthew’s Cathedral Choir from 1975 to 1976 and again in 1985.  As a young adult he sang alto in the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys in San Francisco. Upon returning to Texas he sang in the St. Mark’s School of Texas Evensong Choir and participated in two residency tours with the St. Mark’s Choir in 1988 and 1990 to Westminster Abbey, Magdalen College, St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh, and York Minster. He served as Assistant Organist at the Church of the Incarnation from 1996 to 2012 and accompanied the Incarnation Choir as organist on six residency tours in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2007, 2009, and 2011 at Westminster Abbey, Chichester Cathedral, Wells Cathedral, Lincoln Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral, St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral (Edinburgh), Lichfield Cathedral, Canterbury Cathedral, and St. George’s Chapel (Windsor) and for several CDs. Keith has served as Assistant Organist at St. Matthew’s since January 2014 and now serves as the Interim Director of Music and Organist of St. Matthew’s.  He has previously taught class piano and choir in the Dallas Independent School District and currently enjoys teaching World History and Advanced Placement Macroeconomics at North Dallas High School.

Nina Sanders, BBAnina_sanders

Business Manager
214-823-8134, ext. 242
nina@episcopalcathedral.org

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.
EMAIL:

Dara Bickham, BAIMG_1810

Assistant Business Manager
214-823-8134, ext. 224
dara@episcopalcathedral.org

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.

Eileen SmithEileen

Administrative Assistant
214-823-8134 ext. 224
esmith@episcopalcathedral.org

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.

Janet Page

Stanton Center Director
214-823-8134 ext.229
jpage@episcopalcathedral.org

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.

The Vestry

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
Jerry Tuhy | Junior Warden, 2018
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.

2017

Roger Allspaugh
Christopher (Chris) Hodge
Valerie Kaiser
Brent Rosenthal

2018

Jerry Tuhy
Adele Ichilian
Charles Belcher
Angela Hodges

2019

Phil Dunnet
David Pinson
Michael Bradley
Janet Page