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 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.”
Shellee Coley, Director of Contemporary Music
Shellee Coley is a Texas-based singer-songwriter that has released three full length albums. Her songs often bring light to the not-so-celebrated parts of life and walk people through them, into growth and change. She also teaches workshops on journaling and creativity for women and teenage girls. She has a passion to give women a voice by helping them find their own unique creative process. She founded Circle Sessions in 2014 and teaches both private and group sessions on personal transformation and healing through writing and various forms of creative exploration.
“I want to write music that creates space for people to relate to my stories and potentially learn more about themselves.”
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.”