The Rt. Rev. Jack Leo Iker was ordained and consecrated Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of Fort Worth on April 24, 1993. He succeeded The Rt. Rev. Clarence C. Pope, Jr., as the Third Bishop of Fort Worth on January 1, 1995. His ordinations as deacon and as priest took place in 1974 in the Diocese of Southern Ohio.
Bishop Iker received his Bachelor of Arts Degree with high honors from the University of Cincinnati in 1971 and his Master of Divinity from The General Theological Seminary in New York City in 1974. Following a two year curacy at St. George's Church in Dayton, Ohio, he joined the clergy staff as an assistant at The Church of the Redeemer in Sarasota, Florida, where, after two and a half years, he was elected Rector in 1978. He served in this position for 15 years until his election to the episcopate in October of 1992.
Bishop Iker held a number of leadership positions in the Diocese of Southwest Florida, including three terms as President of the Standing Committee and service as a Deputy to three General Conventions - 1985, 1988, and 1991. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees at Nashotah House, and the University of the South.
During his parish ministry, he was active in a variety of community ministries on many different levels. Bishop Iker served as the founding president of Resurrection House (a center for ministry to the homeless) and was co-founder of the Caritas Ministry (an ecumenical program providing food and financial assistance to those in need). His service on many boards included the Y.M.C.A., the First Step Alcoholism Treatment Center, and the Safe Place Rape Crisis Center in Sarasota.
Married to Donna Marie Bowling in 1967, they are the parents of three daughters - Christine, Jennifer, and Deborah and have two granddaughters, and two shih tzus.
The Bishop has been awarded honorary Doctor of Divinity Degrees from Nashotah House Seminary, the University of the South, and the General Theological Seminary. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Nashotah House Seminary, Forward in Faith/North America, and the American Anglican Council. In his free time, he enjoys long walks, reading, and beach visits.
The Very Rev. Ryan S. Reed was born in 1967 in Omaha, Nebraska. The son of Larry and Nancy Reed, he grew up primarily in the vicinity of Houston, Texas. He was active at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, where as a child and teenager, he served as an acolyte, in the EYC, and sang in the choir. While in high school, he served as Rector of Happening and, as a senior, served as the President for the Diocese of Texas EYC.
He entered Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, in August of 1986 and was a member of the Corps of Cadets. He participated in Army ROTC; was a member of the Parson's Mounted Calvary, Cadet Court, 2nd Battalion Staff, Company Chaplain; and received two Distinguished Student Awards. Following graduation from A&M in May of 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, Dean Reed was commissioned as an infantry officer in the United States Army. He was released from active duty in May of 1991.
Dean Reed met his wife, Kathy Marie Warren, during their sophomore year at A&M. They married in September, 1991, at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Fort Worth. Dean Reed began a full time ministry at St. Andrew's as the Youth Director in August of 1991. Two years later in August of 1993, Dean Reed and Kathy moved to Ambridge, Pennsylvania, so he could attend seminary at Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry. Following graduation in 1996 with a Masters of Divinity Degree, Dean Reed was ordained at St. Vincent's Cathedral Church in Bedford, Texas, where he served for two years as a curate.
He served as Vicar at Ascension and St. Mark's, Wise County, Texas, from 1998 to 2004. Dean Reed has served since 1999 as a member on the Executive Council of the Diocese of Fort Worth and as a member on the Finance Committee. He was an alternate for clerical deputy to General Convention in 2000, convener of the Commission on Ministry - Committee for Lay Ministry, a member of the Christian Education Commission, the Armed Forces Representative for the Diocese, and a member of the Hispanic Affairs Committee. Dean Reed is a member of the Society of the Holy Cross, Forward in Faith, and the Catholic Clerical Union. He previously served as an Army Reserve Chaplain, a volunteer firefighter, a board member for the Decatur Lion's Club, and a chaplain at Wise Regional Medical Systems.
Dean Reed and Kathy served as foster parents for two children for a year prior to leaving Wise County. They are the proud parents of a beautiful daughter, Gracey. During his spare time, he likes to cook, play golf, watch and participate in sports, read, and go to the movies.
Dean Reed served as President of the Standing Committee for the diocese of Fort Worth from 2003-2008 and 2010 to present. Dean Reed has served as a deputy to General Convention, as a Steering Committee Member for the Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes, as the FIFNA Clergy Representative to The Common Cause Partnership, and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the American Anglican Council . He also serves on the Executive Committee for the Province of the Anglican Church in North America. Dean Reed is the seventh Rector to serve at St. Vincent's Cathedral and School since 1955.
While he was growing up, he had always wanted to be a military pilot. So when he graduated from high school in 1946, he entered the Navy's new Holloway Plan, a program to train Naval aviators who would also be career regular Naval officers.
While he was on graduation leave in March, 1950, he decided to marry Jeanine Painter and also decided that God wanted him to become a priest. So then he began planning to leave the Navy as soon as his contract allowed.
On June 15, 1950, he received his ensign's commission. And then, ten days later North Korea invaded South Korea. He was transferred to Attack Squadron Thirty-Five aboard the carrier Leyte. From October, 1950, until January 1951, he flew close air support missions over South and North Korea.
A year later, in March, 1952, he was relieved from active duty, finished college, and then went on to seminary. He was ordained in 1957.
His wife, Jeanine, died as a result of a car wreck in 1988. In 1989, he married Margaret, the widow of Father Dale Blackwell.
He has served Episcopal churches in Pittsburg and Daingerfield, Texas, Bisbee and Tucson, Arizona, Sarasota, Florida, and Vidalia, Georgia. He retired on March 1, 2001, after seventeen years as rector of St. John's Church, Moultrie, Georgia. From May 1, 2001, until February 28, 2002, he served as interim rector of St. Stephen's, Hurst, Texas.
He has nine children by his first marriage, including Father Christopher Cantrell, SSC, rector of St. Matthias Church, Dallas. Margaret has three children from her first marriage.
His lifelong hobby is collecting the recordings of the Italian tenor, Tito Schipa. Apart from theology, his reading interests include history, biography, and airplanes.
Since August, 2002, Fr. Cantrell has served full time as canon on the staff of the Cathedral. His duties have included, especially, teaching classes in Basic Christianity for adults and other subjects; general pastoral care such as hearing confessions, visiting the sick and taking them Holy Communion; celebrating the Eucharist on weekdays; and taking his turn preaching and celebrating on Sundays.
A son of an Anglican priest, Fr. John Ssebalugga Kalimi proudly identifies himself as a cradle Anglican. Born and raised in Uganda, Fr. John attained teen-age during the turbulent days of one of Africa’s most notorious dictators - Idi Amin Dada. He credits the solid religious upbringing to the loving and caring parental guidance their household received during their formative years – under the care of both parents.
Fr. John did his preliminary seminary training in Uganda and upon graduation, in 1990, he was ordained priest in Christ’s Holy Catholic Church. He served the Church of Uganda in numerous pastoral and administrative positions, until September 1995, when he received a full scholarship - enabling him to come to the United States for further academic pursuits. Upon graduation from the Episcopal Divinity School, Fr. John moved to Austin, Texas to undertake intensive Anglican studies at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest.
In 1998, Fr. John moved to Dallas to embark on an inner-city ministry in Oak Cliff, within the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. After 8 years of faithful service, Fr. John resigned his position as Vicar at St. George’s Episcopal Church and joined the Staff of St. Vincent’s Cathedral, Bedford - to assume a new pastoral role as Vicar for African Ministries.
I was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on June 5, 1949, and grew up in the Congregational Church (Church of the Pilgrim fathers/mothers) and was active in the Youth Group, the Worcester Council of Churches, and the church choir.
I attended the University of Hartford, Bloomfield, Connecticut and graduated Cum Laude in 1971 with a degree in History and Social Studies, and a minor in Education. It was during this time that I began going to the Episcopal Church and was confirmed at Trinity Church, Hartford, CT. in 1970. The original plan was to attend seminary and get ordained, but that was not to be.
In 1979, I moved to Ft. Worth/Dallas, Texas, as an employee of American Airlines. (They moved their corporate headquarters from New York to D/FW). At that time I began attending St. Vincent’s Church. I became a Lay Reader and became increasingly involved with the church and felt that I had a “calling” for something more.
I pursued this calling and was led to pursue the Permanent Diaconate. After about 8 years of study and mentoring (interrupted by a couple of years working and living in Paris, France), I was ordained by the Right Reverend Clarence C. Pope on 24 August, 1993, the Feast of St. Bartholomew.
I have been at St. Vincent’s for most of my ordained life (interrupted by a 4 year call at St. Mark’s in Arlington, TX). I have been active at St. Vincent’s helping with the Acolytes and Lay Readers, Missionary groups, Daughters of the King and other groups and committees as requested by the Dean. I have also been involved with the Commission for Ministry for the Diaconate.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a Deacon and hope, that if it is God’s will, to continue.
I grew up in Arlington, TX as a member of First United Methodist Church and began my organ studies at the age of 14. In high school, I discerned my call to music ministry and went to Texas Christian University to study Church Music. While at TCU, I also played piccolo with the Wind Symphony at Carnegie Hall and with the Marching Band in the Rose Bowl.
Shortly after I graduated, I began playing daily chapel services at St. Vincent’s School while serving in the music ministry my home church. This past year was my first year as Music Director and Organist at the Cathedral, and I am excited what the future has in store for the music ministry at St. Vincent’s.
I have recently earned my Masters of Sacred Music at Southern Methodist University, where I studied with Stefan Engels and Dr. Christopher Anderson and I am also active in both the Fort Worth and Dallas chapters of the American Guild of Organists.
I come to St. Vincent’s after a very long career in the mortgage industry. I was in need of a change and feel very fortunate to have been offered this opportunity at St. Vincent’s working with such wonderful people.
I am a long time member of St. Stephen’s in Hurst where I have taught children’s Sunday School and been an active participant with VBS and other church activities and functions. I have been a member of the Altar Guild for several years and am currently serving as Altar Guild Directress.
My husband and I live in North Richland Hills. We have three grown children, four grandchildren and many pets.
I am so thankful for the opportunity to work at St. Vincent's! I grew up in Southeast Texas and moved to the Bedford area shortly after getting married. I graduated from University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management in 2000. I am coming to St. Vincent's after previously being a director of an area preschool as well as having worked in church financials. My husband and I attend 121 Community Church in Grapevine where I love to serve in the church nursery. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to serve at St. Vincent in this role.
POSITION IS EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2016
A wife, mother, grandmother, and educator.
Laurie has been married to her best friend, Tom, for 44 glorious years. They have two amazing sons, Mike and Patrick. Mike lives in the area and has two sons, Austin and Braydon. Patrick, their other son, is a bachelor living in San Francisco. She has been working with children of all ages her entire adult life. She has taught elementary and secondary school, coached their son’s sports teams, as well as elementary and secondary teams, and traveled internationally as a corporate trainer.
Tom and Laurie have been part of St. Vincent’s for 20+ years; spending the majority of that time singing in the choir. She has a passionate heart for children of all ages and a desire to help them see themselves as important and special.
I was born and raised in Irving, Texas, having attended Hilltop Drive Baptist Church as a child. It was in 2000 that I began attending St. Vincent's after having met my husband-to-be, David. I graduated from Nimitz High School, Irving, and from Ashford University, where I obtained my Bachelor's Degree in Social Science. I am currently a 2nd grade teacher at Trinity Basin Preparatory in North Oak Cliff. I am the mother of Mackenzie and Karleigh, both active in the Acolyte program at St. Vincent's Cathedral. When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time at the gym and with our children.