We are pleased to welcome The Rev. Peggy Lo as our new Rector! Peggy graduated with Masters in Divinity from Yale Divinity School and a Diploma in Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School in 2019. During seminary, she did her field education with churches in New York City. Most recently she served as the Associate Rector of St. Chrysostom's in Chicago. Her ordination was sponsored by Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, California. She was baptized there in 2010 and ordained to the priesthood in 2019. Prior to becoming a priest, she spent nine years translating Buddhist lectures from Mandarin to English for Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation. For six years before that, she worked for the Public Interest Network as a campus organizer, central recruitment administrator, budget administrator and online organizer. In her spare time she enjoys exploring the city of Austin- trying out coffee shops and trails and vegetarian options, theorizing about the MCU and other fandoms, and testing out new recipes.
Ryan became the part-time Parish Administrator in February of 2022. Ryan 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. He also supports the part-time Interim Rector with pastoral care and worship and the Vestry executive committee with overseeing projects and administrative needs. Ryan has a heart for non-profit work and experience with many facets of community service. He holds a degree from UTSA in Anthropology, with a minor in Religious Studies. Ryan grew up in the Episcopal church and is excited to serve in this role.
Director of Music; Organist
Dottie became the part-time Director of Music and Organist 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!
Lisa has been the part-time 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. Lisa oversees the Episcopal Youth Community.
Kathryn "Kat" Mendez
Kat Mendez joined St. Alban's in June of 2022 as the part-time Children's Minister. Kat is a New England native with a Master's in Spanish from Middlebury College and a PhD in Latin American Literature from the City University of New York. She specializes in 21st century women's poetry and has published works on literary analysis and global education. Kat is a mom to Mint (13) and Rosita (7) and to a sweet pitbull named Noodles. She teaches Spanish and serves as department chair for Modern and Classical Languages at Saint Andrew's Upper School in Austin. Kat has worked with children and youth in a variety of roles for the last seventeen years. She has been a teacher, coach, adviser, dorm parent, camp kitchen mom, and now she feels blessed and delighted to add children's minister to that list.