St. helena's Vestry

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  • David Digby

    What is your spiritual background/ walk with Christ? I have been a member of a church all of my life but I never really knew what I was supposed to do with that until my wife and I attended Cursillo weekend retreat.

    What is your current occupation? I am a contract auctioneer.

    How has God impact your life since you began attending St. Helena's? He has allowed me to be a part of this loving, caring, and supportive church family.

    What do you love most about St. Helena's? The clergy, staff, and fellow members.

    What is your favorite Bible verse? May Yahweh bless and protect you; may Yahweh make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; may Yahweh look with favor on you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26


  • Linda  Lee Gatell

    What is your spiritual background/ walk with Christ? I was born into the Episcopal church. My father was a commander in the Navy, therefore, I grew up all over, but the Episcopal church remained in my life. From my earliest memories, we were always involved in the church. Daddy on the vestry, lay reading, and whatever else was needed. The children were all acolytes and sang and played instruments. Mom was always at the organ. When Daddy retired and joined the Episcopal Seminar, I was a Sophomore in high school. It was such a natural transition. We came to St. Helena's in 1984. Daddy was Rector and my mother, Judith, was the Organist/Music director until 1998. We have moved around quite a bit since then, but  returned to Boerne in 2008. Boerne and St. Helena's have always been 'home'. My children (Mariah and Sean) and I have all attended Camp Capers for so many memorable occasions. Christ has always been central in my life.


    What is your current occupation? I am an Independent Distributor for both IT Works Global and Stream Energy. I also work as an office manager for BCI Custom Homes (Tommy Lipe) and I like to dabble in part time catering and wine consulting. 


    How has God impacted your life since you started attending St. Helena's? God impacted my life long before St. Helena's, but St. Helena's holds a special place in my heart. This is where I find true peace. Sitting in the Historic Sanctuary when no one is there. You can just feel God's Spirit. It's in the strong stone walls, the stained glass, the beautifully crafted arched ceiling. It is where I find solace. 


    What do you love most about St. Helena's? Singing there. Praising God with voices joined together in perfect harmony. 


    What is your favorite Bible verse? I don't necessarily have one. There have been so many times where certain passages have reached out to me for different reasons. With that being said Psalm 46:10 is powerful to me. 


    Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10


    Why? I find that when my mind and body are rushing in all directions, I can say this and it gives me peace.


  • Tommy Hughston (Sr. Warden)

    Bio Coming Soon!

  • Fred Keith

    What is your spiritual background/ walk with Christ? I grew up Roman Catholic and attended church regularly. As with many college-age kids, my focus on faith waned but I would say I always had faith. As I got married and started a family, my faith grew more into focus. That's when I decided that my beliefs were more in line with my wife's Episcopalian faith and I was received into the Episcopal Church. I have been a member at St. Helena's since 2006.


    What is your current occupation? I am a director in the Human Resources Team at Tesoro Companies, Inc.


    How has God impacted your life since you've started attending St. Helena's? He continues to  be a source of peace and strength as my life has seemed to get more complex with work and family. He continually reminds me to be grateful and humble and to not take things too seriously. 


    What do you love most about St. Helena's? I love how the church community has helped to shape my kids' characters as they've grown up. 


    What is your favorite Bible verse? Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. -Matthew 11:28-30

  • Tommy Matthews

    What is your spiritual background/ walk with Christ? I am a cradle Episcopalian and I have attended St. Helena's since my family moved to Boerne in June 1967. I am a lay reader, usher, and committee member. I have also been active in various roles at St. Helena's for for many years, including a prior term on the vestry and serving as Sr. Warden. 


    What is your current occupation? I am a professional geologist. I am also a principal and the president of Westward Environmental, Inc. which is headquartered in Boerne. 


    How has God impacted your life since you've started attending St. Helena's? I have attended St. Helena's for most of my life. I have spent innumerable hours praying in the sanctuary as a youth, teen, young adult, husband, and father. I was confirmed at St. Helena's. Dana and I did our pre-marriage meetings at St. Helena's with Fr. Tom White and Fr. Bill Calhoun. Both of my sons were baptized and confirmed at St. Helena's. Their Eagle Scout ceremonies were at St. Helena's. My oldest son, Tripper, and his wife, Paige, were married in the sanctuary in April of 2015. My Father's and Grandmother's ashes are in the columbarium. Virtually every phase of my life, every fiber of my being is connected to St. Helena's. And I've not only grown here as a person, but I have also learned to be a servant leader through my experiences on the church campus. 


    What do you love most about St. Helena's? I love the community and family of our church. I love the strength of the place which is exemplified by the stone architecture, wood beams and, most importantly, by the faith of our congregants. 


    What is your favorite Bible verse? But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not grow weary, they shall walk and not faint. -Isaiah 40:31


    Why? I love this verse because it speaks to my spiritual and life's journey. It creates in my heart a sense of patience, awe, silence, wonder, strength and peace. 

  • Rob Nelson

    What is your spiritual background/ walk with Christ? I was confirmed at St. David's in Oklahoma City in 1979. My spiritual walk began in earnest in 1996 when I met and started dating the woman who would later become my wife and moral compass. The outward manifestation of my walk has been comprised of many components to include: participating in Community of Hope, participating in Lay Eucharistic Visits, serving on a previous vestry and attending a Walk to Emmaus. 


    What is your current occupation? Currently, I am employed at USAA as an analyst with the Trading and Margin Team. 


    How has God impacted your life since you've started attending St. Helena's? St. Helena's has impacted our lives in many ways since transferring our membership in 2004. Rose has taught Sunday School as well as participated in Women's Bible studies and other small Bible studies. Kyle was baptized  at St. Helena's, served as an acolyte, attended Camp Capers, and has built great friendships through Youth activities and mission trips.


    What do you love most about St. Helena's? What I love most about St. Helena's is the center it has provided our lives. We may not be perfect and we certainly have many obstacles but St. Helena's has always been a special place with Christian fellowship and love. Regardless of what happens in the outside world (read national Church or local Dioceses), this place and our church family remain an oasis of faith and love. 


    What is your favorite Bible verse? There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service,  but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. -1 Corinthians 12:4-6


    Why? I may not possess all of the knowledge or abilities of others but God has plans for me and the gifts have been provided. 


  • Anne Rea

    What is your spiritual background/ walk with Christ? I am a cradle Episcopalian so the liturgy has always been a major part of my life. One of the most difficult times in my life was when my husband died suddenly in his sleep when he was 45. I was in a fog for a great deal of that year. I went to church each Sunday, but often wasn't able to participate in the service. When I did listen and become aware of the service, I heard the beautiful liturgy which had been so comforting to me. As I looked back on that year, I realized how much God had carried me through, never leaving me alone. I wanted to do what I could to help others who were facing difficulties in their lives. That is why hospital visitations and the LEV ministry are so rewarding to me. I pray when I leave that somehow my care receiver was able to see Christ in me-and often realize that it is I who have seen Christ in them.

    What is your current occupation? Since moving to Boerne, I have helped my husband in his business. Lately, I have been busy with serving on several Boards. I am on the University of Texas Development Board and I am President of the Kendall County Women's Shelter.

    How has God impacted your life since you've began attending St. Helena's? One of the major impacts on my life was being asked to participate in Community of Hope. I had been a Stephen Minister in Austin and missed the contact with my care receivers. Through COH, I was able to begin calling on patients at the Methodist Hospital and doing volunteer work at Kendall County Women's Shelter from its beginning. I did the training for new volunteers at the Shelter, going over all aspects of a non-profit organization. I will finish my two years as President of the Board this year. It is so rewarding to be part of a growing organization doing so much good in Kendall County and the entire Hill Country.

    What do you love most about St. Helena's?  There are so many opportunities for spiritual growth at St. Helena's. I love the caring support I have received as I have discerned God's direction for me. It was an adjustment to move from Austin; St. Helena's helped me find direction and fulfillment through my care receivers.

    What is your favorite Bible verse? Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged. For the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. -Joshua 1:9

    Why? As I began my term as president of the Diocese of Texas ECW. I was apprehensive and worried about doing a good job leading them forward. The morning after I was installed, this is the Bible verse which was on my calendar. It was a great encouragement for me.

  • Renee Snyder

    Bio Coming Soon!

  • Ruth Mcbride

    Bio Coming Soon!

  • Scott Hardin

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St. Helena's Staff

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith.-Hebrews 12:1-2a

  • Parish Administrator, Beth Adam

    What is your spiritual background/ walk with Christ? I was raised in the Methodist Church. With the marriage to my Roman Catholic husband, we sought a church in which we could both relate. Unsuccessful in our own endeavors to that end, Christ conveniently moved us to the house next door to St. Helena's and the rest is history! As a couple, my husband and I took profound steps deeper into our faith with our Walk to Emmaus renewal weekends.   


    How long have you been on staff at St. Helena's? I have been on staff at St. Helena's since 2000. That officially makes me an "old church lady". 


    How has God impacted your life since you have joined the staff? It is an incredible privilege to serve God in this church on a daily basis. I glimpse the lives of individuals on some of their most impactful, raw and joyful times of life. I pray God finds useful purpose in my presence in this church. I know that I am changed on a daily basis by my work here.


    What do you love most about St. Helena's? I love that St. Helena's is the definition of "family" for me and that I represent family to others. It is a place to come to worship, to learn, to celebrate, to grieve, and yes, to eat!  


    What is your favorite Bible verse? A difficult question. There are verses for every circumstance in life. But who can contain their enthusiasm and joy when they hear in Romans 8:


     ...in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depths, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.


    Contact Beth, beth@sthelenas.net



  • Parish / Development Secretary, Sheryl Loveless

    What is your spiritual background/ walk with Christ? I was raised in a Christian, church-going, family. My Grandfather was an excellent example and particularly influential in my faith development. In 1983, I had a spiritual awakening to the greater possibilities and gifts available to me through my Savior, Jesus Christ. 


    How long have you been on staff at St. Helena's? February 2013, I was employed as the Development Secretary. In April of 2013, I became the Parish/ Development Secretary.


    How has God impacted your life since you've joined the staff? I have received so many Godly lessons while on staff at St. Helena's. He continues to stretch me in marvelous ways.


    What do you love most about St. Helena's? One thing would be impossible to identify but; the variety in our Sunday morning services is just one

    wonderful demonstration of our ability to accommodate diversity. What a great start toward acceptance beyond our campus. 


    What is your favorite Bible verse? Why? The one the Lord uses in "the moment". I am never without awe when His word speaks to my life circumstances with Divine precision. 


    Blessings, Sheryl. 


    Contact Sheryl: sheryl@sthelenas.net

  • Family Minister, Dawn McLendon

    What is your spiritual background/ walk with Christ? I am a cradle Episcopalian. I was baptized in a tiny Episcopal church in Momence, Illinois. But St. Helena's has been my home church since I was a small child. God first called me to serve children as an elementary school teacher. He blessed my husband and I with sons of our own. Then He called me into ministry at St. Helena's. 


    How long have you served on staff at St. Helena's? I volunteered as a teen, leading children during VBS at St. Helena's. Then as a parent of two wonderful little boys. In March of 2005, I was called into children's ministry here at St. Helena's and in June 2011, God welcomed me into youth ministry. 


    How has God impacted your life since you've joined staff at St. Helena's? There is no measure of God's impact in my life, nor adequate words to describe his power and love for me. 


    What do you love most about St. Helena's? I love the people. 


    What is your favorite Bible verse? Kids ask me this question from time to time and my answer is always the same. I have no favorite verse. One verse is not more important than another in my life. One of the ways that God reveals Himself to me is through His Word. I am always open to hear, feel and live His word. 


    Contact Dawn: dawn@sthelenas.net

  • school Director, Tiffany Jureczki

    What is your spiritual background/ walk with Christ? I grew up in the Lutheran Church and often visited the Episcopal Church with my grandparents. The two have so many common threads. I currently attend St. John Lutheran where I am the Nursery Director.


    How long have you been on staff t St. Helena's? I have been on staff at St. Helena's for 9 years. 


    How has God impacted your life since you've joined the staff at St. Helena's? Over the past 9 years, God has blessed me with many new relationships and friendships from the SHEEP program. 


    What do you love most about St. Helena's? I love the connection between the church and the school.


    What is your favorite Bible verse? My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27


    Contact Tiffany at (830)249-8084 or tiffany@sthelenas.net

  • Worship Leader, Bryce boddie

    Worship Leader Bryce Boddie came to St. Helena's Church in 2003 as our Assistant Youth Minister. Bryce grew up in Silsbee, Texas and attended Southwest Texas State University. In addition to his ministry to and with our youth, Bryce is a gifted musician and worship leader. In January, 2008 Bryce transitioned from Youth Minister to Contemporary Worship Leader. He currently leads our 9:00am Contemporary Worship Service. Bryce is married to the ultimately awesome Leanne, and they have two amazing daughters they adopted from Ethiopia, and two water-loving yellow labs, Pearl and Dixie. 


    Contact Bryce: bryce@sthelenas.net

  • Choir Director, Whit Matteson

    Bio Coming Soon!


    Contact: choir@sthelenas.net

  • Organist, Susan Matteson

    What is your spiritual background/ walk with Christ? As an infant, I was baptized into the Lutheran church (then the LCA), the faith my ancestors brought with them when they emigrated from Sweden. I mention that because the Lutheran liturgy and the Swedish Lutheran culture have both been very influential in my life. My nearly lifelong work as a church musician has allowed me more than just glimpses into many different religions. For me, the shortest path to feeling God's presence starts with the beautifully and thoughtfully written Episcopal liturgy, which provides such a holy space to worship. 


    How long have you been on staff at St. Helena's? I joined the staff as Organist in November 2015. 


    How has God impacted your life since you've joined the staff? Prior to joining staff, I was at an uncertain point in my life's journey concerning the use of my musical training and experience. I feel absolutely that God lead my husband, Whit, and me to St. Helena's (and it was quite in a round about way too!) at exactly the right moment. Since arriving, we have been blessed in many ways through the choir members, the very supportive and wonderful staff, and the congregation. 


    What do you love most about St. Helena's? The atmosphere. It feels to me to be a very healthy place. It is welcoming and friendly, and the worship life of the church is handled with care and respect for liturgical traditions. The leadership is strong, supportive, and inspiring. When a church has all of this in place, it can also afford to devote real energy to doing God's work outside of the church doors.  


    What is your favorite Bible verse? Above all, maintain love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaining. Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you received. 1 Peter 4:8-10


    Why? This passage reminds me how to go about my day; how to act in every encounter. I love these instructional verses that seem so general, yet they are really telling us how to respond to life's details.