Staff & Vestry

Sara Allison

Director of Youth Ministry

Lisa Terry St. Romain

Director of Children's Ministry

Iona Easterwood

Accountant

Brandi Goddard

Parish Administrator

Sarah Martin

Director of Communications & Membership

Craig Finley

Facilities Director

Will McLean

Choir Director

Your Vestry

The Vestry is elected by Confirmed Communicants in Good Standing of the parish for a three-year term of office. This governing body, presided over by the Rector, acts as the legal representative of the parish in all matters pertaining to corporate property. The Vestry defines and articulates the mission of the parish, supports the church by word and deed, ensures effective organization and planning, and manages resources and finances. Vestry members are elected for rotating three-year terms. At Saint Paul’s, elections are held during the Annual Parish Meeting each January. You are welcome to send the Vestry a message through our rector, the Rev. Samantha R.E. Smith, or our Senior Warden, Mike Indergard.

The Executive Committee meets the second Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7 PM. Vestry meets the third Tuesday of each month from 6 to 8 PM.

Vestry Meetings are open to parishioners in Good Standing. To be placed on the Vestry Agenda, you must contact the office at least a week in advance of the meeting. Interested adults and teenage youth who would like to come and observe are asked to RSVP no later than one week prior to the meeting. Please contact the church office to RSVP.

* = Member of the Executive Committee

The Rev. Samantha R.E. Smith, Rector

Mike Indergard, Senior Warden* (2026)

Pieter Sigtenhorst, Junior Warden* (2025)

Ford Taylor, Treasurer* (2024)

Len Brown, Clerk* (2025)

Linda Bostwick (2024)

John Miller Mayfield (2024)

Kristi Carlile (2025)

Kyle Deaver (2025)

Felicia Goodman (2025)

Curtis Cleveland (2026)

Jan Hicks (2026)

Richard Karr (2026)

Laura Swann (2026)

Ex Officio: Suzanne Alexander, Past Senior Warden*

Rector

The Reverend Samantha R.E. Smith

Position and Arrival at Saint Paul’s: Rector since August 2021.

From: Corpus Christi, Texas.

Family: Husband—Austin; Daughter—Ruth

Education: Bachelor of Science from Baylor University; Master of Science from University of Texas at Austin; Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary.

Director of Youth Ministry

Sara Allison

Position and Arrival at Saint Paul’s: Director of Youth Ministry starting in May 2018. Volunteer in Youth Ministry from August 2016.

From: The Woodlands, Texas; Trinity Episcopal Church, The Woodlands.

Family: Husband—Trevor; Daughters—Margaret, Eleanor, and Katherine.

Education: International Studies and Public Relations, Baylor University.

Director of Children's Ministry

Lisa Terry St. Romain

Position and Arrival at Saint Paul’s: Began my ministry as Director of Children’s Ministry, Saint Paul’s School Chaplain, and Safe Church Minister in July of 2005 (All Things Children). Added Family Ministries to my work at Saint Paul’s in 2015.

From: Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and lived on Florida’s East coast before moving to Austin, Texas, and making Waco my home.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Art Education, Louisiana State University. Certificates in Christian Formation from Seminary of the Southwest and from The Center for the Theology of Childhood.

Accountant

Iona Easterwood

Iona joined Saint Paul's staff in January 2023.

Iona Easterwood grew up in Woodway and attended Midway ISD and MCC.

Professionally, she has 26 years Accounting experience in the Insurance industry. Positions included Staff Accountant, Controller and Vice President of Finance.

Iona married Don Easterwood, Jr. in 2001, they have 3 children and a 6 year old grandson.

Parish Administrator

Brandi Goddard

Position and Arrival at Saint Paul’s: Missioner for Office Management from May 2018, Parish Administrator since January 2023.

From: Born in Grand Junction, Colorado, and raised mostly in Whitney, Texas.

Family: Son—Sawyer

Education: I have taken online courses for Office Assistants and Executive Assistant. I have a certificate in Business Office Management, and fourteen years in an office setting. After a few years doing various customer service type jobs, my office experience began as a File Clerk. I worked my way up through being a Secretary, Administrative Assistant, Executive Assistance, and now the Missioner for Office Management here at St. Paul’s. I am also a Notary Public.

Director of Communications & Membership

Sarah Martin

Position and Arrival at Saint Paul’s: Director of Communications & Membership in August 2020.

From: Lake Forest, Illinois.

Family: Husband—Jonathan; Cat—Ethel.

Education: Bachelor of Arts in English from Baylor University.

Facilities Director

Craig Finley

Position and Arrival at Saint Paul’s: Facilities Director in November 2022.

From: Tyler, Texas

Family: Wife—Jan


Education: Bachelors in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University.

Organist

Dr. Jeffrey Peterson

Position and Arrival at Saint Paul’s: Hired as Organist in June 2016.

From: Born at West Point; grew up in Parkersburg, West Virginia.

Family: Father—Charles; Sisters—Tami and Jennifer; Brothers—Charles and Patrick (1969-2018).

Education: Bachelor of Music degrees in Piano Performance, Opera Coaching and Accompanying, and Voice Performance, West Virginia University; Master of Music in Accompanying and Chamber Music, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Coaching and Accompanying, University of Illinois.

Employed: Associate Professor of Vocal Coaching; Music Director of Baylor Opera Theater, Baylor University.

Choir Director

Will McLean

Will McLean serves on the Baylor University faculty, where he conducts choirs and teaches conducting and choral literature. His research on choral repertoire trends was recently featured in the Choral Journal. He holds degrees from Baylor University and St. Olaf College, and is completing his DMA in choral conducting at the University of North Texas.

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