THE REV. RICHARD E. PELKEY
Meet our Rector
Father Richard first became acquainted with Christ Episcopal Church when he attended seminary at the Seminary of the Southwest, in Austin, where he graduated with a Master of Divinity in 2008. Father Richard spent two years with us for his Field Education, where he preached monthly, assisted the Rector during worship, provided some pastoral care, and reflected with the Rector on parish ministry. Father Richard has served churches in Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He gives immense thanks to God for the return to Christ Episcopal Church to serve as the Rector.
First and foremost in his life is his love for his family: his wife, Helen, and their three children. He enjoys watching them compete in sports, spending time with them on family vacations, and probably a little too much reality T.V. In addition to attending the Seminary of the Southwest, he also earned a Bachelor of Music, in Music Education, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Father Richard feels deeply called to parish ministry and all that entails: Worship, Preaching, Pastoral Care, Church Leadership, Stewardship, Outreach. He is particularly passionate about Christian Formation and loves to teach, as well as Christian Ethics and the living out of our faith in Jesus in our daily lives.
Wherever you are in your journey of faith and walk with Christ, Father Richard welcomes you to Christ Episcopal Church. He would love nothing more than to have the opportunity to spend time with you, get to know you as a brother or sister in Christ, and discern with you the gifts God has given you and how you might use those gifts for ministry inside and outside of the Church.
Meet Our Deacon
The Rev. Jan Halstead began her ministry with Christ Episcopal Church as Deacon on September 1, 2013.
Jan is a bivocational deacon. Her role in the church is to bring the concerns of the world to the church and to call the church to respond. She serves on the board of directors for Hill Country Community Ministries, as a spiritual advisor for the governance committee of Honduras Good Works. Jan also works with the Tiny Chapel as it goes out to the community.
Jan’s background is in public schools and counseling. She began her career as a Speech Therapist. She served as an Educational Diagnostician, Director of Special Education, and as the Executive Director of Special Programs. Jan always saw her career in public schools as serving students with different learning needs and being a voice to champion them. She left the school district in 2008 and is now a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Cedar Park. She works primarily with people dealing with grief and with Flatwater Foundation, who provides counseling services for people who have been diagnosed with cancer and their families.
Jan graduated from Midwestern State University with a BSE in Speech and Language Therapy and a Master of Education. She attended Texas State University where she received additional training in school administration and counselling. Jan attended Iona School for Ministry in preparation for ordination.