Meet the Staff of St. Philip's Episcopal Church

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Reverend Brian tarver,
   Rector

Born in Fort Worth and raised in central Texas near Waco, Brian grew up a cradle Episcopalian and even met his wife, Anna, at the church youth group. During his teenage years, Brian was blessed to help with a yearly medical mission to Honduras. These annual mission trips played a significant role in his path to ministry. As a Boy Scout, Brian fell in love with the outdoors, and he eventually earned his Eagle Award. He attended the University of North Texas, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography.

After college, Brian worked as a youth minister for several years at St. Alban’s in Austin. He made the leap to attending Seminary of the Southwest in Austin. During seminary, Brian served at St. Matthew’s in Austin for his field parish work. Brian was ordained first to the transitional deaconate in May 2015 and then to the priesthood in January 2016. His first call was to serve as a priest on staff at St. Dunstan’s in the North Houston area. In the summer of 2017, St. Philip’s called him to come serve as rector in Beeville, Texas.

Fr. Brian and Anna have three children under the age of six. When there is any free time, Brian enjoys hiking, playing guitar, and trying all different kinds of art mediums. He always tries to find time to explore his passion of photography.

Brian and his family have enjoyed their short time in Beeville, and Brian looks forward to bringing an energetic and youthful approach to ministry here at St. Philip’s.

 

Renee Johnson,
   
Administrative assistant

 

Renée  serves as the Church’s Administrative Assistant and the School’s Business Manager. She was born in Alamo Heights, Texas to a military family. Graduating from Alamo Heights High School, she soon served in the United States Navy as a Plane Captain with the F/A 18 fighter jets for over 6 years. She graduated Chapman University with a degree in Accounting and Finance and is now pursuing her Bachelors and Masters in the Science of Early Childhood Psychology and Education at Grand Canyon University. She plans to get her Doctorate in Psychology and Education.

Renée has worked in the accounting and business field for over 10 years. She has been recognized by the military for implementing new and effective business policies that are still used today. She has obtained many awards and certificates throughout her career for her outstanding management and leadership abilities.

Renée is engaged to be married to David Ferron III. They have two beautiful daughters together, Daisy and Sadie. As a published author of many short stories and poems, Renée is a passionate reader and writer. She also enjoys painting and drawing, with some of her work being shown in galleries in her hometown. She is an active member of the community sharing her time with multiple volunteer work throughout Beeville and San Antonio. She has also served as the schools PTO President for three years. Renée is a very friendly and outgoing person with strong character and immeasurable loyalty.  

 

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Tony Rivas, 
   Sexton

Tony was born in Beeville, Texas, on September 21, 1970. He is married to Linda Mae Rivas. They have six children, four boys and two girls: Tony Jr.(29), Joel (24), Nicole (22), Victoria (18), John (16), and Christian (13). Tony graduated from AC Jones High School in June of 1990. He then entered the US Army on August 6, 1991, where he served for 20 years and retired on November 30, 2011. He and his wife will be celebrating 30 years of marriage on Nov 26, 2017. Tony began working at St. Philip’s on May 19, 2014, working for both the church and the school. Tony’s hobbies include listening to music and maintain his car.

John Blackburn,
   Organist

John is the Organist and Choirmaster at St. Philip’s, having previously served as Director of Music for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Organist for Temple Rodef Shalom, both in Waco. John graduated Baylor University with a Bachelor degree in Church Music with Organ Emphasis and later a Master of Music in Church Music degree. He is a member of the American Guild of Organist, Organ Historical Society, Pi Kappa Lamba, The Hymn Society of the United States and Canada, and The Royal School of Church Musicians.

John has also participated in the Doctorate of Musical Arts program from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with Judith and Gerre Hancock. During his undergraduate years at Baylor University, John served two seasons as Organist for the Baylor University Concert Choir as well as organist for several different University events. 

As a musician for sacred service, John has excelled at the Art of Improvisation.  He has sat as a board member for Baylor University’s Center for Christian Music Studies.  As a hymn writer, Blackburn’s hymns have been sung around Texas and the Southeast, including at a National Convention of the Organ Historical Society in Washington, D.C. in July of 2011.

He has also serve the American Guild of Organists by serving the Central Texas Chapter first as Dean, and later as Secretary and has served on the board of Schola Cantorum of Texas, a professional choir based in Fort Worth.  He has served as a lecturer, teacher and performer for several Pipe Organ Encounters, a national effort to teach both youth and adults how to play the organ.

John is active in the community.  He is a member of Rotary International, serves as president of the school board of St. Philip’s School, and aids various organizations through charity concerts including Habitat for Humanity, the Beeville Vineyard, The Texas Water Mission and Rotary International’s “End Polio Now” Campaign.

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Amber Santellana

Amber has studied at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She and her husband AJ are blessed with two beautiful children, daughter Aralynne and son Ayden, who both attend St. Philip’s School. As a family, they enjoy traveling, going to the movies, and board games.

Amber worked for the church for several years as the administrative assistant. She recently took a position as a pre-k teacher at St. Philip’s School. Amber is also a talented photographer with her own portrait photographer business.

Louise Mayberry,
   Organist EMERITUS

We are honored and blessed to have Louise as our resident Organist Emeritus. Shortly after arriving at St. Philip’s in 1962, Louise threw herself into ministry and soon took on the role of Organist in 1963. In addition to her musical gifts at the organ, she also led the St. Philip’s Bell Choir for many years. Louise also served as the Administrative Assistant from 2000-2011, and over the years has been active in Altar Guild, the Women of the Church, Diocesan Women’s Commission, Sunday School, Adult and Junior High Choir, Kairos, etc. We are thankful for her incredible service here at St. Philip’s.

Carol Reagan,
  Head of School

Carol is celebrating her sixth year as the Head of School at St. Philip’s. In her tenure here, the school has seen outstanding growth in students, curriculum, technology, and improved facilities. Carol comes to us from Sinton Independent School District where she retired after 28 years of service as a teacher, administrator, and Director of Reading and Federal and Special Programs. Carol has earned a Master’s Degree in Mid-Management from Texas A&M University Kingsville and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. In her spare time, she enjoys family activities with her 6 grandchildren as well as gardening and quilting.