St. David’s Episcopal Church

The Rev. David Boyd was born in Janesville, WI, April 15, 1955. He graduated from Southern Illinois University with a BS in Physical Education in 1977. David was an All-American swimmer and is still active in Masters Swimming. In 1984, he graduated with a Masters in Divinity from Nashotah House Seminary and was then ordained deacon and priest in the Diocese of Milwaukee.
David was called as the 13th rector of St. David’s in August 2003. Prior to being called to Austin, David served as Associate Rector at Grace Church in Madison, Wisconsin, a downtown corporate Church on the Capitol Square, as Rector of the Church of St. John the Divine in Burlington, Wisconsin (a small town in rural Wisconsin), as Rector and urban missioner of two inner-city missions, St. John’s and St. Andrew’s in Milwaukee Wisconsin, and last as Rector of the Church of St. Michael the Archangel, a suburban parish in Lexington, Kentucky.
David has served on Diocesan Standing Committees in the dioceses of Milwaukee and Lexington and has been elected to the Episcopal Church’s General Convention four times.
Of the call to St. David’s parish, he says, “Ministry at St. David’s draws upon all of my previous experience. In the call process I was concerned that St. David’s, a very large parish, might be searching for a “CEO” as Rector. It has been my delight to find that St. David’s wanted someone to come and serve as priest, pastor, preacher and teacher, and I am pleased to serve with the faithful of St. David’s in those capacities.”
His greatest surprise in coming to St. David’s has been “the depth of commitment of the lay leadership as this parish truly lives into the theology that all of the baptized are the ministers of the Church."
David’s wife, Catherine Tyndall Boyd, is a deacon, having graduated from Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in 2006. Cathy previously served the Episcopal church on local, diocesan and national levels as a professional communicator. David and Cathy have two children, Marc and Clare.

Teresa Turner Chang is a writer and editor with a BA in Classics and an MFA in Creative Writing. She works in educational publishing as a founder and General Partner of Artemis Editorial and writes fiction and poetry. She fell in love with Africa at the age of twenty, when she spent seven months in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. She has been active in St. David's work in Malawi since meeting Bishop James Tengatenga in 2004 and was a delegate on the 2005 mission trip.

The Honorable Geoffrey S. Connor
Geoff Connor recently completed his term as Secretary of State of the State of Texas. During his term of office, Secretary Connor was Chief Liaison to the Diplomatic Representatives of over 80 countries with Consulates or Honorary Consulates in the State. Secretary Connor led numerous trade missions and other initiatives overseas and has visited almost 50 countries, both personally and officially. Secretary Connor has held several other senior government positions including General Counsel of the Agriculture Department and General Counsel of the Environmental Quality Commission as well as serving as a Senior Advisor to two Texas Governors. Secretary Connor received official appointments from former Governors George W. Bush, William P. Clements, Jr. and Rick Perry. Secretary Connor also served as an Analyst for the British Government during the premiership of Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. He was a top aide to the Chairman of the House of Lords Foreign Policy Committee and the Chairman of the Lords Defence Committee.

Secretary Connor has also enjoyed private sector success as an attorney and lobbyist with the international law firm of Akin Gump. He is now of counsel with Jackson Walker. Secretary Connor is an Advisory Board Member for the International Studies Center at Texas State University, a leader with the Houston Consular Forum, a member of the Austin World Affairs Council, Austin Council on Foreign Affairs, member of the Board of Directors of the Asia Society, and other leading civic and international organizations.

Tom Gebhard is one of the St. David's pilgrims to Malawi. He serves on the Board of Directors of Warm Heart International (WHI) and heads the Water and Sanitation Committee. Tom is a Professional Engineer and has over 40 years of experience in water resources and water utilities. Tom serves as St. David's lay representative to the Consortium for Endowed Episcopal Parishes, and he also served for two years as Junior Warden during the construction of the new addition. Tom coordinates WHI activities and projects with Episcopal Relief and Development, the Diocesean World Missions Board, Water for People, and other churches.

Michelle Hungerford is a Special Education Teacher who works with children with disabilities. She served as a Sunday School teacher and Youth Sponsor at St. David's Episcopal Church for many years. The Hungerford family began their partnership with Malawi when Harry Chisale, a priest from the Diocese of Southern Malawi stayed at their home in 2003. Donald Hungerford cooks BBQ for Pecan Street Fundraisers and prepares gourmet desserts for the Valentines Gala Concert. Daughter, Catalina Hungerford traveled to Malawi as part of the 2005 Pilgrimage and Michelle hopes to visit in 2007.

Mark Mitchell is one of the St. David's pilgrims to Malawi who initiated, organized and facilitated the 2005 Malawi pilgrimage. He serves on the Board of Directors of Warm Heart International and heads the Marketing and Communications Committee. Mark is owner of Stil Point Communications and he has over 31 years of experience as a graphic designer in corporate branding, print, Web, multimedia and exhibit design. He also served St. David's for over twenty five years as musician at the 5:00 Service, Chairman of the 5:00 Service committee, co-worker with The Rev. Claxton Monroe on the Story Telling Workshop, Alpha presenter, evangelism team member and home group leader.

Nancy Parish has been working for non profits for over 15 years. Her background is in accounting. In addition to being a board member of Warm Heart International she is currently on the board of Trinity Center, an Austin, Texas based non profit aiding the homeless population. She was along on the first pilgrimage to Malawi in 2005 and holds this organization close to her heart.

She has been employed by St. David’s Episcopal Church for 4 years as their financial manager. At this time she is doing the bookkeeping for Warm Heart and will be doing some of the grant writing.

Vance Tilton, RNC, is one of the St. David’s pilgrims to Malawi in 2005. She serves on the Board of Directors of Warm Heart International and heads the Medical and Orphan Prevention Committee. Vance has been an RN for 26 years and received her Certification in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing in 1990. She is currently a nursing supervisor at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin and a Parish Nurse at St. David’s Episcopal Church, where she serves in various other capacities. Prior to coming to Austin and both St. David’s, Vance lived in New England for many years, then became a traveling nurse, working in hospitals throughout the United States.