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8011 Douglas
Dallas, Texas 75225

Phone: 214-363-5471
Fax: 214-363-4388
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The Very Reverend Douglas Travis
INTERIM RECTOR

 Doug Travis                  

The Very Reverend Douglas Travis began his ministry as  Interim Rector at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church on September 28, 2015. He will serve until the church calls its new Rector. 

The Very Rev. Travis served for six years as Dean and President of the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, from 2007 to 2013. While there he led a $12 million capital campaign and built a nationally recognized faculty.  Dean Travis also served as Rector of Trinity Church in The Woodlands, near Houston, and St. James Church in Dallas.  Before coming to Saint Michael he was Canon Theologian for the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande.

Ordained in 1988 in the Diocese of Dallas, Dean Travis has earned four graduate degrees in theology including a Doctorate of Ministry from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity and a Master of Sacred Theology in Spiritual Direction from The General Theological Seminary in New York, and a Master of Arts degree from The Divinity School at the University of Chicago.

He and his wife, Pamela, an attorney with the Environmental Protection Agency, have been married for 40 years and have a home in Dallas.  They have two adult daughters.

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The Reverend William S. "Bill" Murray, IV
VICAR

 Bill Murray                  

Bill is recognized throughout the Episcopal Church as a skilled preacher, teacher, and writer.  He gives vision and execution to our formation ministries from birth to our senior adults, providing special focus to the growth and vitality of our children, youth and families.

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Bill received his BA, Magna Cum Laude, from The University of Memphis with majors in International Economics and English Literature in 1997.  Following his undergraduate studies, for five years he was a full-time youth minister at Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Memphis, during which he decided to pursue ordination to the priesthood.  He went to Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia receiving his M.Div. degree with honors in 2006.  Currently, Bill is completing his Doctor of Ministry program at Sewanee – The University of the South.

Bill is married to Jessica (Jessie), a former youth minister who met Bill at the Kanuga Conference Center in the North Carolina mountains.  They have two sons, Moses (Mose) and Abraham (Abe).

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The Reverend Greg Pickens
ASSOCIATE FOR OPERATIONS AND PASTORAL CARE

 Greg Pickens                  

The Reverend Greg Pickens grew up in Oklahoma and came to Texas for college.  Following his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas, Greg worked in the professional/executive search industry and then in the computer services industry. In 1999, he began the discernment process for the ordained ministry through the Diocese of Dallas.

During his theological studies at Nashotah House in Wisconsin, Greg worked in a downtown Milwaukee parish because of its diverse, urban setting.   It was there that he met his wife, Noralyn, and her daughter, Annie.  After graduation and ordination, and returning to Dallas as a Deacon, Noralyn and Annie followed Greg to Dallas. Greg and Noralyn were married on Epiphany 2007.  Following a short season as a Deacon, Greg was ordained a priest in 2006 and began serving as Rector of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Irving.

While being raised in a conservative tradition in Oklahoma, Greg is clear about his own growth in broader expressions of the Gospel.

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The Reverend Hunter Ruffin
ASSOCIATE FOR MISSION AND OUTREACH

 Hunter Ruffin                  

The Reverend Hunter Ruffin joined Saint Michael and All Angels in May, 2015 following his graduation from the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. A native of Mississippi and a cradle Episcopalian, as a youth Hunter took an active role as an acolyte, and in youth ministry - including mission trips - and continued that involvement in college. Hunter earned a B.A. from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2004 and an M.B.A. from Florida Atlantic University in 2010.

He worked for seven years as a Regional Director for the American Red Cross, first in the Delta of Mississippi and then in Southeast Florida. His work in relief after Hurricane Katrina in lower Mississippi and various crises in south Florida earned him both valuable experience and accolades from his superiors. During his years in South Florida, Hunter became active in All Saints' Church, Ft. Lauderdale and the Diocese of Southeast Florida.

An outstanding and gifted organizer in outreach and social justice, a noted preacher and teacher, a caring pastor, coupled with a gregarious personality, sense of humor, natural brilliance, and a love for all people, Hunter brings the exact right combination of skill sets and personality make-up for this ministry post. Hunter was ordained a Deacon in Southeast Florida in the fall of 2014, and ordained to the priesthood at Saint Michael and All Angels on July 11, 2015.

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The Reverend Lisa Flores Musser
ASSOCIATE FOR PASTORAL CARE

 Lisa Flores
 
                

The Reverend Lisa Flores Musser joined Saint Michael and All Angels as Associate for Pastoral Care in July, 2012.

A native of New Orleans, Lisa did her undergraduate studies at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, worked as an events and media coordinator in sports promotion, then as a regional administrator in the restaurant industry. Prior to seminary at The General Theological Seminary in New York City, Lisa served as a youth minister at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Akron, Ohio.

Following her graduation from seminary and ordination in 2005, Lisa has had a distinguished ministry in Christian formation in parish, regional and national settings. Lisa served congregations in New York, Fernandina Beach (Jacksonville), Florida, Grosse Point, Michigan, and Memphis, Tennessee. She is married to David Musser, currently a student at Virginia Theological Seminary.

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The Reverend Oliver Butler
ASSOCIATE FOR YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS

 Oliver Butler                  

Oliver’s ministry is focused on relationship building, fun, and creatively engaging life and the God who gave us life.  He has spent over 25 years in some form of youth ministry.  He has served youth in church and non-church environments; he’s led kids in camps and on mission trips; he’s worked youth programs in the United States and in Europe.

Oliver has been an ordained priest in The Episcopal Church for more than 10 years.  Most recently, he served seven years as the senior chaplain at the Episcopal School of Dallas,  and, also, has served as Interim Rector at St. Anne’s Church in Desoto. 

Oliver and his wife, Elizabeth, are parents of one child, Vera.

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The Reverend Bob Johnston
ASSOCIATE FOR EVANGELISM

 Bob Johnston                  

Much of Bob’s ministry has concentrated on evangelism. He studied church planting in seminary, was ordained in 2003 in London, and served in Brompton. Most recently he helped start and lead the contemporary worship ministry, “Uptown,” at Church of the Incarnation, as well as the small group ministry, “Growth Groups,” and an outreach in local pubs known as “Theology Live.”

Bob has graduate degrees in theology, law, and business from Southern Methodist University, and maintains an intellectual property law practice. He will be at Saint Michael two days a week; on Sundays, serving primarily in the 11:11 Celebration worship service, and one other day during the week. Bob and his wife, Robin, have twin sons, Hugh and Ian.

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The Reverend Michael Harmuth
SUNDAY ASSISTANT

 clergy_Michael_Harmuth                  

The Reverend Michael Harmuth took early retirement, after thirty years as an Episcopal Priest, to pursue other forms of ministry. He served thirteen years as the rector of The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Dallas.

After studying eleven years with the Benedictines at St. Meinrad, IN, and Latrobe, PA, he graduated in Philosophy Theology. He was ordained a priest on May 4, 1963. He served parishes in Dallas, Northwestern Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Until the spring of 2015, he was Chaplain to the LowerSchool of the Episcopal School of Dallas. Before that, he served as Chaplain to the Tactical Division of the Dallas Police Department assigned, and to the Dallas Division of the F.B.I. He retired after 18 years of service. On Sundays, he helps the clergy of St. Michael and All Angels.

His wife is Marianne and they have three adult children, all married with five grandchildren.

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The Reverend Mary Lessmann

SUNDAY ASSISTANT

 Mary Lessmann                  

The Rev. Mary T. Lessmann was ordained to the priesthood in 2010 and most recently served as Vicar of Good Samaritan Episcopal Church. Prior to being called to Good Samaritan, Mary served as Associate Rector for St. Andrew’s McKinney (2009-13) and before that served as Director of Educational Programs at Church of the Incarnation (2005-08). Mary has a passion for preaching and teaching, having taught adult formation classes for 15 years, including seasonal Quiet Days and Retreats.  A native Texan from Corpus Christi, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at SMU. Mary and her husband, Russ, have two grown sons.

 

 

The Reverend Rich Towers

SUNDAY ASSISTANT

 Rich Towers                  

The Rev. Richard A. Towers joined the clergy staff at Saint Michael and All Angels as a Weekend Associate in October 2015. During the week he is the Lower School Chaplain at The Episcopal School of Dallas. 

Before coming to Dallas Father Towers served as Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ithaca, New York. He also has served preparatory schools, seminaries and parishes in the United States and abroad, including South Korea, Guam, and the Philippines.  As a Chaplain in the United States Navy, Lt. Towers served as Reserve Force Chaplain for U.S. Naval Forces Korea (CNFK) and prior to that as Squadron Chaplain for Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron (MALS-4) at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth.

A native of upstate New York and graduate of Bexley Hall at Colgate Rochester Divinity School, Fr. Towers is completing a Doctor of Ministry in Educational Leadership at Virginia Theological Seminary.