The Reverend Les Carpenter, Rector
The Rev. Les came to us in December of 2012. He is happily married to his wife Kristin and they have a two beautiful, and very energetic sons, James and Sam. The last position the Rev. Les held was Associate Rector of St. Paul’s in Indianapolis where he focused on Young Adult ministry (20s – 30s) and started an innovative Sunday evening service. He loves humor and is active in Houston’s improv comedy community. His enthusiastic and approachable style combine with his depth and insight to lift our spirits and inspire us every week.
“I love being a priest at St. Aidan’s. The Holy Spirit is on fire here. I love to see how all the different people’s stories come together with Christ’s story.”
Taylor Durr, Director of Youth and Family Ministries
Taylor arrived as the Director of Youth and Family Ministries in March of 2014. Feeling a call to ministry early in life, she received her BA from Texas Lutheran University with a major in Youth Ministry and a minor in Hebrew. Taylor and her husband Dustin have a beloved puppy and ferret. Taylor has taught gymnastics and loves ballet and Disney movies.
“I remember when I was in 9th grade, my youth minister came to a play that I was in at my school. It meant so much to me that she made the effort to see me outside of church. That focus on relationships has stuck with me and is a significant part of my ministry with our kids.”
Travis Coreale, Director of Traditional Music
Travis has been playing as an interim pianist since he was 16 years old, beginning with Hope AME in Prairie View, Tx, Organist for St. Bartholomew’s for 10 years before moving to the Houston area, and interim work for St. James the Apostle (Conroe) and Holy Comforter (Spring). Travis has a BA and MA in English with a focus on Rhetoric and Composition and is currently a 9th Grade English Teacher with Aldine ISD. He also has a 7 year old Giant Schnauzer named K-mart and a self-proclaimed unhealthy love of Volkswagen cars!
“I am interested in people coming to meet God in worship through Word, Sacrament, and Music. It’s not about my talent or abilities, it’s much more about what WE do together through song in worship. I love people, love work, and love music- all kinds.”
Hailey Heard, Director of Contemporary Music
Hailey is a Chiropractor by day and has been involved in the Episcopal church since her youth. She has been playing rhythm guitar since she was 14. She has a Masters of Theological Studies from Brite Divinity School and served as the Interim Chapel Musician at St. Stephens Episcopal School in 2014. Hailey has an easy-going style combined with impressive talent as an accomplished guitarist with a strong voice, eclectic musical taste and a broad knowledge of contemporary Christian music.
“I have been playing guitar since the age of 14 and know that God is present when I am playing.”
Jayme Durrwachter, Connections Coordinator
Jayme is married to her husband Joel and they have a beautiful little boy named Blaise. Jayme is an Elementary School Art Teacher by trade and she specializes in watercolor for her own work. She has been involved in children’s ministry, youth ministry and small group (off campus) ministry for families, singles, couples and young adults. Jayme loves road trips, the beach, skiing and bonfires.
“We started coming in October of last year, but it feels like we have been here forever with the welcome we always receive!”
Tracy Walker, Office Administrator
Tracy came to the United States from the UK in 2006 and is a blessing to the staff and community of St. Aidan’s. She has two boys, one grown up and one in middle school. Her husband Dave is a retired Navy pilot and a graduate of Annapolis. If you have any questions about whom to talk to, or if you need any information about St. Aidan’s, Tracy can steer you in the right direction.
“Every corner of St. Aidan’s is filled with such warmth, kindness and generosity. I felt so welcomed when I became the church administrator. It is my privilege to make sure things run smoothly.”
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