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 reverend canon victor lee austin, pH.d.
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Father Austin came to Dallas in 2016 to be our diocese’s Theologian-in-residence. He had been Theologian-in-residence at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City, and before that he served smaller congregations in New York’s Hudson Valley. He loves teaching, particularly at the places where theology intersects with everyday life. His most recent book, Losing Susan, is a theological memoir of his wife Susan’s struggle with brain disease. He also has written Up with Authority, which tries to identify the human good that authority gives us, and Christian Ethics: A Guide for the Perplexed (among other books).
Follow Father Austin’s blog, Diary of a Theologian
The Rev. Canon George Luck
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. RYAN POLLOCK
Curate for Young Adult Ministry
Father Ryan was recently ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at St. Matthew’s Cathedral. He completed his MDiv at Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Wisconsin last year and was ordained to the diaconate on June 24, 2017 at St. Matthew’s Cathedral. He grew up in Austin but has called Dallas home since 2009 where he majored in Biblical Studies at Criswell College, met his wife Jess, and was confirmed in the Episcopal Church. Jess is from Portland, OR and is a photographer and artist, specializing in landscapes and abstract impressionism, respectively. They look forward to returning to Dallas for many reasons, among them reconnecting with friends and family, proper Tex-Mex, and being able to play tennis year round. Ryan fancies himself a connoisseur (with only slight irony) of heavy metal, culinary alchemy, and science fiction lit. He is eager to join the work of Christ’s body at the Cathedral, where he will be the Curate for Young Adult and Youth Ministry, and an Associate for Evangelism at the Diocese.
The rev. Canon Diana LucK
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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.
The rev. Mark Hall
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.
THE REV. CANON PAM DUNBAR
Deacon for Christian Education
Known throughout the Diocese of Dallas as “Deacon Pam,” The Rev’d Canon Pam Dunbar was named an Honorary Canon in November 2016 in honor of her 17 years of service in the Diocese for her work with the youth and Christian Formation. She doesn’t really “come” to the Cathedral in this new position since she has been assisting at the Cathedral for lo these many years. She will serve as Canon for Family Ministries and will work with our Children’s and Youth Ministries in a guidance capacity. We all know her husband David (the source of dad jokes on a par with the Dean’s) and daughters Jennie and Elizabeth, longtime members of the Cathedral.
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 Family Ministries
Jeanne has served as Director of Christian Education at Church of the Incarnation from 1992 to 2005 and at St. John’s Episcopal Church from 2005 to 2017. Jeanne is well-known in Christian Ed circles in the Diocese of Dallas and brings a wealth of experience to St. Matthew’s. She has a bachelor’s degree in Speech and Communications from Lamar University and done post-graduate work at Lamar University, UT Dallas, and SMU. Jeanne is married to Duane and they have two grown children, Veronika and Sergei.
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.
Dara Bickham, BA
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, with a degree in Computer Science. She worked as a Computer Systems consultant for Arthur Andersen from 1987 thru 1996. She stayed home raising her three children until 2004 when she started working at St. Matthew’s.
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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.