Clergy

The Reverend William Fowler, Interim Rector

The Reverend William Fowler has served six parishes in the Diocese of Texas since becoming rector of St Thomas, College Station in 2005. In 2009, newly elected Bishop Andy Doyle dispatched Bill to historic Trinity parish in Galveston following the devastation of Hurricane Ike, his first posting as interim rector. Subsequently, Bill has served as interim rector at Holy Spirit and Epiphany in Houston, at Christ Church in Temple, and at St Paul’s, Waco. Bill has a passion for leading parishes in times of transition, which he views as an exciting opportunity for fellowship, productivity, and hope. In a time of change and some uncertainty, Bill preaches the Gospel with good cheer as God calls the Church into a new day. Bill works closely with parish leaders to guide, encourage and support them.

As rector, Bill has also served five parish schools in the Diocese, working actively with school boards under a variety of circumstances, including growth, transition, reorganization, and resolving conflict. He has a track record of strengthening ties between parishes and their schools.

Bill has been a loyal servant of the Diocese of Texas. Bishop Wimberly appointed Bill to the Board of Trustees of the Bishop Quin Foundation, which manages an investment portfolio of $35 million devoted to Church growth; and Bishop Doyle asked Bill to serve as President of the Quin Board. Bill is Chair of the Committee for Dispatch of Business at Council, and a member of the Council Management Committee. He was Presiding Judge of the Diocesan Trial Court during the only such trial in history .

Bill is also an attorney and an experienced mediator who had a career in the public and private sectors in Washington, DC, and in New York City prior to ordination (in West Texas) in 2001. He served as Chair of Texas’ omnibus regulatory agency (appointed by Gov. George W. Bush), and he has been a guest lecturer at the Mays School of Business at Texas A&M and at UT Law School.

Bill grew up on a family ranch in Llano County, and was confirmed by Bishop Richardson at St. David’s, Austin. He holds his undergraduate and law degrees from UT Austin, and his MDiv from Sewanee. He is married to Deborah Fitzgerald Fowler, a lawyer who is the Executive Director of Texas Appleseed, a nonprofit supported by major law firms and public interest institutions to advance social justice.

 

David Peters photoThe Rev. Dr. David W. Peters, Associate Rector

David W. Peters was born in Pennsylvania, and grew up in Elkridge, MD, and Limerick, PA. He served in the military as an enlisted Marine and an Army Chaplain, deploying to Baghdad, Iraq in 2005. His ministry experience includes youth ministry, hospital and military chaplaincy, as well as parish experience at Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown, TX. He completed the Master of Divinity (Biblical, 2002) and Doctor of Ministry (Erskine, 2012) degrees, as well as two years of Clinical Pastoral Education at Army hospitals and Seton Medical Center in Austin. He is also a graduate of the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, Master of Arts in Religion. David‘s writing has been published by the Huffington Post, Oxford University Press, and Tactical 16 Press. His sermon, “Learning War and Reconciliation”, won the Reconciliation Preaching Prize from Trinity, Wall Street. David had the honor of preaching it to first responders at Ground Zero in NYC on 9/11/2015. David still ministers as an Army chaplain in the Army Reserve. He is currently a reserve Instructor at the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School at Ft. Jackson, SC. David is the founder of the Episcopal Veterans Fellowship and the Hospitallers of St. Martin, a missional Christian Community for Veterans. David enjoys long-distance running, reading novels, dark chocolate, social bicycling, and writing about himself in the third person. He is the father of three sons and is married to the lovely Sarah Bancroft. Since arriving at St. Mark’s he often meditates on the short Aramaic phrase of Jesus that only appears in Mark 7:34, “Be Opened.”

 

 


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