Clergy

 Fr. Ramiro (Ram) E. Lopez

Rector

I am happy to be serving as Rector at St. George during this wonderful time in our history. I have a strong passion to help all people, especially our children, to come to know and love the Lord and to grow into the fullness of God.

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The Rev. Susan Burnham

Assistant to the Rector

I am excited to be serving at Saint George as your Curate. Currently, it is in the role of a Deacon and later this year, God willing, as a Priest. I was raised in the Episcopal tradition in Houston, Texas. I served in various roles from Acolyte to LEM, Vestry member to Sunday School teacher, praise team musician to Youth and Family Minister and more.

I graduated from Houston Baptist University with a B.A. in History and Christianity. HBU is where I fell in love with Jesus and truly began to engage the Holy Scriptures. I later graduated from The Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin with a Masters of Divinity.

I have an eight-pound dog named Pope Hope I. She is a terrier mutt and is the head of my household. She enjoys taking walks, snuggling, tearing up toys and annoying deer. When I am not catering to her every need, I enjoy cooking, watching college baseball, reading, and stand up paddle boarding.

I am looking forward to getting to know the folks here and serving alongside of the people of Saint George. See you in church!


Staff

Keith Earle

Senior Director

I am so blessed to be serving as the Senior Director for the church and I am humbled and so privileged to watch this place grow as I have spent many years in ministry here. As the Senior Director, I am honored to manage the day to day needs and operations of the church, under the direction of Fr. Ram, with our wonderful staff and ministry lay leadership. I also partner with Fr. Ram in furthering the mission and vision of St. George and its impact on the community. My wife, Shannon and I were first introduced to the St. George community in 2009 when I became the music teacher at the school. Since then our love for this special place has only grown. We have two daughters, Lillian and Scarlett, who are growing up with a strong faith foundation on this Christ-centered campus. Whether through the church or the school, our family is deeply involved in the St. George mission and ministry. As Director of Fine Arts for the school, I get the privilege of shaping and teaching the beautiful young minds of tomorrow. With a fantastic team there that includes Shannon, we have the pleasure of seeing our students reach their artistic and musical potential. Among the various areas I serve on campus, I also co-lead our school’s Beta Club, which is a service and outreach honor club that leads many campus service projects. I am also the lead for our Haitian sister church and school partnership and I am also one of the directors of our school’s middle school musical. I have a Bachelor of Music Degree from UTSA and have spent over 19 years in church ministries. If you have any questions about St. George, feel free to give me a call or write an email. I would be happy to introduce you to this place or help you with any of your needs!

 

Taylor Brown

Director of Youth Ministries

St. George Care Support Facilitator

I am excited to be serving as the Director of Youth Ministries and St. George Care Support Facilitator! I have been in the field of youth ministry for over 15 years and am overjoyed to continue my vocational ministry journey here at St. George. I hold a MA in Theological/Christian Education from Princeton Theological Seminary, a MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from UTSA, and I am currently finishing my PhD Counseling Education and Supervision at UTSA where my focus is ethical and affirming spirituality in counselor education. I am also a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) where I specialize in spirituality, traumatic grief, end-of-life care, and social-emotional development. My additional role as a LPC at St. George for both the church and school community allows for a greater expansion of care for Gods people through mental health care and resources. Accepting this call to work with the incredible youth of St. George is such a gift and being a part of the St. George family definitely feels like coming home.

 

Marilynne Herbster

Director of Pastoral Care

My husband Milt and I came to San Antonio in 1982 along with our 2 children, Aaron and Alexis. We began our search for a church home in the fall and the first (and only) church we visited was St. George. In the fall of 1985, I was asked to consider taking the position of Parish Secretary to replace the lady who was retiring. I began January 2, 1986, and worked in that position until 1990 when I became the Parish Administrator. In 2013, I took the position of Director of Lay Ministry Development, and then in September 2014, I was asked to take the position of Pastoral Care Coordinator. My work history includes being a Registered Nurse for 12 years, so I believe the Lord has placed me where He wants me to serve and I am truly blessed.

 

Happy Wilson

Director of Family Ministries

Hi! My name is Happy Wilson and I am so blessed with the privilege of serving as the Director of Family Ministries and love being a part of the amazing things that happen here at St. George! My love for children’s ministries began many years ago when I was a stay at home mom and volunteered in many roles throughout the church from Sunday school teacher, children’s chapel leader, VBS station leader to VBS Director. In 2011 I became an official member of the staff when I accepted the part-time position of Children & Family Ministries Coordinator. As the children’s program grew, so did my role and was named Director of Family Ministries. In this role, it has been my goal to equip every child with the knowledge and desire to reflect Christ through their lives. It is important for every child, no matter their age, to recognize that God wants to use them for His purpose and glory each and every day; at church, at home, at school, when they are with others and when they are alone. It is an honor to continue this work in a place that has been a loving church home for me and my family for the past 21 years! My husband, Bart Wilson, and I have 15 yr. old twins, Sophie & Sully, who have grown up in the church and recently graduated from St. George School in May of 2018. They are now paving their own paths at 2 different high schools: Tom C Clark & Antonian College Preparatory High School! While our lives are crazy busy, our family continues to be deeply involved in the life of this wonderful St. George community! When I am not working at the church, you can find me volunteering at Sophie & Sully’s schools or cheering them on at their team events! I am a proud graduate of Texas A&M University, where Bart and I met, and hope to one day see Sophie & Sully follow in our footsteps and become proud Aggies themselves! My family and I love our Aggies and attend as many A&M games as our schedule allows! We also enjoy traveling, hiking, taking our sweet beagle Bo for walks and spending time with family in Port Aransas! I gives me great joy to share our lives with the family of St. George!

Bernadette Williams

Director of Music Ministry

My love story with St. George started in November 2010 when the community of St. George opened their arms and door to host the Holy Trinity Boys choir and Chamber Ensemble to perform at the Church. I was amazed by this strong bond which had been established so quick between the haitian singers and musicians and the people of St. George. It was a week of sharing, love, kindness and love again. Because of this, I did not hesitate to jump at this opportunity to join the staff of St. George Episcopal Church and School as Director of Music Ministry last March 1st of 2018. It is due to God’s call that my 4 years old son Ben and I are ready to follow his instructions wherever he sends us. St. George is the home that God has chosen for us. I have spent my whole life working in the church. I began my work for the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Haiti since 2002 as music librarian, accountant and executive Manager of the Holy Trinity Music School. I have always considered myself a seed (product) of the Episcopalian mission through the Diocesan education program. I attended the Holy Trinity Episcopal elementary school, Saint Pierre Episcopal High School and Episcopal University in Port au Prince Haiti where I earned two majors in Business Management and accounting. I started to play the cello in 1991 and became among the youngest members of the Holy Trinity Philharmonic orchestra in 1997. I received a certificate in music Pedagogy for teaching string instruments from the Holy Trinity Music School in partnership with Lawrence University. I have conducted several string orchestras and the “ beginner parents orchestra”, which is so fun!! Through coordinating the annual concert series of the Holy Trinity Philharmonic orchestra and the annual tour of the boys choir, I have discovered my love for the performance of arts and to further that love I attended a 3 months internship at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC in 2012. It is a such an honor to join the amazing team of talented musicians of the Music Ministry here at St. George! To me, they have the magic to help transform our worship into a heavenly sound by singing with such passion the contemporary and more traditional music. I’m available for all kinds of crazy musical adventures, just reach out to me!! If you wish to do any instrumental offerings, please come knock on my door and let’s worship our God through music. If you want to experience love, kindness and generosity we are waiting for you here at St. George. 

Shannon Earle

Choir Director

Assistant Director of Music Ministry

St. George is our home. My husband, Keith Earle, our two beautiful daughters Lillian and Scarlett, and I have been a part of the St. George community since 2009, when Keith became one of the music teachers at St. George school and I became the private voice instructor on campus. Our love and involvement for this community only flourished in the following years, as I became the JK – 1st grade Spanish teacher and JK and SK music teacher at the school, and as Keith and I became part of the Music Ministry team here at the church. We are truly blessed to have the privilege to work for both Church and School at such a wonderful and loving place! I am a classically trained singer and perform around Texas. I also sing with the “Oh So Good Band” and play the flute. In addition to my musical pursuits, I am also a licensed cosmetologist. Keith, Lillian, Scarlett, and I love playing in the backyard on our trampoline and having fun family movie nights

Jennifer Kirkland

Bookkeeper

Administrative Assistant

I am so happy and blessed to join the family at St. George Episcopal Church! I have been a part of the Episcopal Church my entire life and love how open and loving everyone is all the time. I received my BS in Accounting from LSU Shreveport and have worked in public accounting for the past six years, with a short break to stay home with my baby girl after she was born.

I am also very involved in the Bishop’s Cursillo Movement, so if you’ve ever been interested in Cursillo or want to know more about it, my door is always open. When I’m not at the church, I love spending time with my husband, Greg, our daughter, Elizabeth, and our two dogs

Rianne Sykes-Wenske

Hospitality Specialist

I am a new-ish resident to San Antonio. We moved here last year from Austin. My wife, Chelsea, joined the San Antonio Fire Department last summer. I love the city and all it offers – especially the friendly small-town feel and delicious food. I am a recent graduate from Texas State University with a Bachelor’s in Social Work. I took the scenic route towards my undergrad degree. I have over 6 years of program management experience, primarily working with the underserved population. I am proud of the work I do in the community and it is very much a part of my heart’s beating force. I work during the day at Big Brothers Big Sisters in program/grant management – if anyone is interested in being a Big, I am happy to connect you. My soul purpose is to bring more love into this world and I am excited that St. George is a part of that. In my free time, I enjoy reading, drinking coffee and spending time outside exploring (San Antonio has some great trails). We don’t have family that live in town and I look forward to building my chosen family while we build our lives here.

Vivienne Spy

Accompanist & Keyboard Specialist

Vivienne moved from her home in Sydney, Australia to study Piano Performance with John Perry at the University of Southern California. She had been identified as a budding musician at the age of four when, in her first public performance on the tambourine (dressed as a monkey), she was able to keep time for 5 minutes while the rest of the children sang and marched. Piano lessons with a Suzuki Violin teacher quickly followed. Fortunately, she was admitted into the Sydney Conservatorium at age 9 where she studied with Alexandra Vinokurov.  Vivienne held the position of Accompanist Coordinator at the University of the Pacific before moving to San Antonio. Subsequently learning to play harpsichord and organ has afforded Vivienne a career including varied musical styles including rock, pop and Broadway. Vivienne holds the position of Principal Keyboard of the Colorado Music Festival, Keyboardist at St George Episcopal Church and is a frequently hired performer with the San Antonio Symphony. Blissfully married to husband Bruce Mitchell, they are blessed with 4 children, slightly hampered by 4 dogs and burdened with 1 parrot

 

Kim Fergerson

Nursery Coordinator

I am excited to take on a new role at St George Episcopal Church as the new Nursery Coordinator, having worked in the nursery on and off for many years. Some of you may know me as “Nurse Kim”, former school nurse at St George. For those that do not, I am an RN and worked as the school nurse here for several years. I am now employed with Humana fulltime and Methodist Hospital on a very part-time basis. I have been married to Jeff for 18 years. He is a perfusionist (operates the heart- lung bypass machine during heart surgeries) at University Medical Center in Lubbock. My oldest son is Casey, a shift manager with HEB curbside. Piper is 17 and will be a senior this year at North East School of the Arts, a magnet program on the campus of LEE High School. She also helps out in the nursery as needed. Jake will be a sophomore at Health Careers High School, another magnet program here in San Antonio. Both Piper and Jake are St. George graduates, so I have been part of the community for over 10 years. I count myself very lucky to remain involved with the St George community and absolutely love taking care of our little ones on Sunday morning!

 

Jessica Leibowitz

Espear Editor

Praise and Worship Leader

Jessica works with both the Church and School communities! Please click here to read Jessica’s bio!

Aimee Martinez

Communications Manager

Aimee works with both the Church and School communities! Please click here to read Aimee’s bio!

 

Dave May

Sexton/Maintenance

Dave works with both the Church and School communities! Please click here to read Dave’s bio!

 

Sheyla Perez

Children’s Formation Specialist

Sheyla works with both the Church and School communities! Please click here to read Sheyla’s bio!