Who are we at St. Andrew’s

Episcopal Church?

Who are we at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church?

We are accepting…

Due to our historical proximity to several military bases and with strong ties to the ’12-step’ community, St. Andrew’s naturally attracts a wide range of people: racially, socio-economically, theologically, educationally, politically, sexual orientation-wise and more. We are not just ‘liberal’ or ‘conservative’. Diversity is a part of our DNA. 

We are a living experiment in loving the variety of members in the Body of Christ.

We are warm and welcoming…

We like coming to church to worship, to be together, to check in, to give support, to see friends, and visitors sense quickly that they are included in the community just as fast as they feel comfortable.

We are followers of Jesus Christ…

We take the Christian faith very seriously, we want to grow spiritually, and to be faithful followers of Jesus by becoming like him (theosis) and following the Way (praxis). We know that on this Path, not everyone is in the same spot on the journey.

We are Episcopalian…

We are part of the centuries old Episcopal Tradition* which has it’s roots in the ancient church before there were any official denominations. We use formal liturgies to worship together following common prayers, rituals, and customs of the Episcopal Church. The Bible is our book and we do not read it ‘at face value’, but interpret it using historical context, Tradition, and Reason, and applying it to our current life. 

(* The community has checks and balances, being overseen by a Bishop, and the finances and policies of the congregation are managed by a board elected by the congregation. Our financial statements are publicly posted and available to everyone.)

The Purpose of the Church Universal is to “restore all people to unity with God and each other”.

The Purpose of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church is to

“be a more loving, accepting, inclusive community, equipping everyone for ministry”.

The Staff

Just a few of the friendly faces you will find around St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church!

  • Rector

    The Rev. David Archibald

    Married to Kim after a divorce; has a step daughter -Mikayla - who loves cosplay and the arts; has been a priest for 26 years; likes fitness, metaphysics, sports, 70s rock ‘n roll, Eckart Tolle, Sufi poetry, all dogs… (and cats are OK too.)

  • Administrative Assistant to the Rector &


    Christopher Pagonis

    Married to his best friend Melissa, and owner of many cats. Loves theology, working on computers, puzzles, Japanese anime, gaming (both of the board and video variety) and putting on conventions. Can’t sing to save his life. Raised Roman Catholic, but found his spiritual home in the Episcopal Church.

  • Children’s Ministry Minister

    Carol Waltner

    My parents were Mennonite missionaries in Guam, and somehow I found my way into the Episcopal Church. I have lived all over the world, but have settled in San Antonio with my new kitten. I’m a teaching assistant for elementary children in NISD during the week, and taxi driver for my grand-kids on my off hours.

  • Sexton

    Fred Murphy

    Pretty handy with tools and stuff. Retired Navy; likes traveling; old cars, target shooting; meeting new people, and has lots of family in Georgia.

  • Financial Administrator

    Agi Graham

    Agi is short Agata – the polish version of Agatha which is where my family hails from. Mom is Jewish and dad is Roman Catholic. I’m married to Roger a financial analyst and all around good guy. We have four kids and I have been working as the bookkeeper for the church since being pregnant with my first some 13 years ago.

  • Chancel Choir Director/Organist

    Judy Gorell

    Owns and teaches at Arpeggio Music Academy; loves to sing, play piano & organ, attends St. Elizabeth Seaton Roman Catholic churches but excited about the Episcopal Hymnal too! She visits wineries with husband Mike, and adores her dog Rosco.