Rev. Erin Hensley
In June of 2015, Erin arrived at St. Alban’s and in August was installed as the Sixth Rector of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church. She’s excited about her role as God’s storyteller, sacrament bearer, and pastor to and equipper of saints (all the baptized) for ministry. Erin considers serving as the Rector among the generous, joyful, spiritually hungry people of St. Alban’s a privilege and a joy. She has a passion for authentic community that looks inward and outward, mirroring the very life of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. She came to St. Alban’s from St. John’s Roanoke, Virginia, where she served a little over six years. Her ministry at St. John’s began with a focus on overseeing eight signature outreach ministries, hospitality for newcomers, server scheduling, as well as sharing in sacramental, preaching, teaching and pastoral visitation duties. In 2010, her focus shifted to newcomer incorporation, oversight for small groups and young adult ministries, pastoral care ministries (2010-2012), parish wide events, and nurturing lay leaders for these areas. From February to May of 2013, Erin, alongside the other associate, served as Acting Co-Rectors, successfully leading a large parish prior to the Interim’s arrival. Prior to her time at St. John’s, she served as the Assistant to the Rector for Youth and Young Adult Ministries at St. Alban’s Parish in Washington, DC. Erin graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2007 and from Guilford College with a double major in sociology and elementary education in 1999. A native of Jackson, Tennessee, Erin and her husband Sam enjoy being with their son Micah most of all. They also love spending time with friends, their beagle Sprig, and listening to good music.
Director of Family Ministries
Catherine LaGrone holds a Masters Degree in Education and had three years of experience before beginning at St. Alban's in 2010 as Director of Children’s Ministry. Her teaching approach takes all children’s learning styles, abilities, and personalities into account. Catherine strives to provide nurturing, relevant spiritual formation for all children ages 3 years to sixth grade. In September of 2017, Catherine became the Director of Family Ministries which expanded her role to 30 hours and encompasses nursery care (birth) through 6th grade. She also assists with and is a consultant for youth programming.
Youth Minister; Parish Life Administrator
Lisa Perez has been the Youth Minister since 2012. A certified teacher, she develops and implements programs for seventh through twelfth grades. Lisa’s passion is to support youth in their spiritual formation as they navigate their teenage years. Her goal is to provide programs and instruction that help youth build a faith, and faith community, that will stick with them into adulthood. As of September 2019, Lisa grew from her role as Communications Officers to new role as Parish Life Administrator. In this role, she handles communication with the Parish and the wider community, is the project manager for parish-wide events, coordinates scheduling ministries, outside rentals, and facilities needs, and provides tech support for staff and office volunteers.
Diane Barber has been working in nonprofit accounting since 2008. She enjoys helping volunteers, parish leaders, and staff understand the ministry funding plan (budget) and use funding for mission. Especially familiar with online and desk top non profit programs and the complexity of non profit church financials, Diane carefully keeps our day to day operations on track. She also organizes parish database information, from vendor contracts to parish directory updates and more. Diane's professional background includes working for the Church of God State Overseer in Arizona and tending to all the denomination's churches in the state. Diane's work in the nonprofit field has led her into bookkeeping, auditing, fundraising, and children and youth ministries.
Dottie Norman became the Music Director in early 2014. She received her Master of Sacred Music degree in 1978 from SMU in Dallas. Dottie has been the organist and/or choir director at six other churches in Austin during the past 40 years and is thrilled to be serving and worshiping again in an Episcopal Church. The beautiful pipe organ completed in Fall of 2016 and establishing the Handbell Choir were projects that were completed under Dottie's direction. She really enjoys working with the dedicated folks in St. Alban’s choir and handbell choir and welcomes new ringers and singers!