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Meet Our Clergy:

The Rev. Dr. Clay Lein, Rector

The Rev. Dr. Clay Lein (Clay)
Rector

Ministry Areas: Oversees all ministries and clergy.

Education:
B.S.E.E. University of Missouri, 1984
M.B.A. Arizona State University, 1990
M.Div Trinity School for Ministry, 1995
Doctor of Ministry Gordon-Conwell, 2013

 

More about the Rev. Dr. Clay Lein
Clay Lein's interview in the Houston Chronicle
Clay Lein's interview on KHOU TV news
Clay Lein's interview on KUHF radio 'Houston Matters'

Family: Married to Jill, father of Jenny, John and Joshua.

Interests: For relaxation, Clay reads history and works on projects around the house. He feels the need to go on at least one mission trip a year to stay focused on what counts. Clay is the author or Ordinary Faith, which is available for sale in The Bookstore.

Favorite Scripture: Philippians 3:8 "What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ."

Contact information: 713.354.2232;   


Doug Richnow Clergy Photo

The Rev. Douglas W. Richnow, D. Min. (Doug)
Senior Associate Rector

Ministry Areas: Oversees all ministries, with specific oversight to Men’s Ministries, Associate Vestry, Lay Readers, Lay Eucharistic Ministers, Lay Eucharistic Visitors, and Scouting.

Education:
B.S. University of Texas, 1970
M.Div. Virginia Theological Seminary, 1992
Doctor of Ministry Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 1999

 

Family: Married to Nikki, father of three children and grandfather to five.

Interests: Doug leads the new members’ class, the marriage class, and regularly teaches the Men’s Life program at St. John the Divine. He is actively involved in mission work in Tanzania and Kenya, and serves as Canon to the Archbishop of Tanzania.

Doug is an excellent photographer and enjoys painting, woodworking, hunting, fishing, camping, and golf.

Favorite Scripture: Philippians 2:5-11 “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Contact information: 713.354.2221;   


Reagan Cocke Clergy Photo

The Rev. Reagan W. Cocke (Reagan)
Associate Rector

Ministry Areas: Oversees the Contemporary and Awesome worship services, as well as Prayer Ministry, Adult Education, Family Life, and the SJD School of Theology.

Education:
B. A. Design of the Environment University of Pennsylvania, 1985
M.A. Architecture University of Pennsylvania, 1988
Certificate of Theological Studies University of the South, 1999
Oxford Diploma in Ministry Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University 1999

 

Family: Married to Stephanie, and father of Catherine and Winston.

Interests: Reagan’s work with Sunday Adult Education has brought renewed focus on studying the Bible and small group participation. Reagan created the St. John the Divine School of Theology for those who want seminary quality teaching in the local church.

Reagan and his wife love traveling in England and France, cooking and entertaining, and spending time with family. Some of Reagan’s favorite books are This Momentary Marriage and Spectacular Sins by John Piper, and Knowing God by J.I. Packer.

Favorite Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:6,7 “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. “

Contact information: 713.354.2229;


Jan Dantone Clergy Photo

The Rev. Janet W. Dantone (Jan)
Associate Rector

Ministry Areas: Oversees Women’s Ministries, Stephen Ministry, Global Missions Committee, Daughters of the King, and divorce and grief support groups.

Education:
B. S. United States Air Force Academy, 1981
M.S. Management Troy State University, 1984
M.Div. Trinity School for Ministry, 2006

 

Family: Married to Hal, mother of three children.

Interests: Jan actively leads the Episcopal Church Women at St. John the Divine. This group is known for its hospitality, service, and sponsorship of the annual women’s retreat. Jan has worked tirelessly to rebuild the Stephen Ministry, a ministry that provides one-to-one Christian care to hurting people.

Jan served on active duty in the Air Force from 1981 to 1988 and enjoys hiking, camping, and needlework. A favorite book of Jan’s is Planet Narnia by Michael Ward.

Favorite Scripture: Romans 1:16 "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek."

Contact information: 713.354.2226;  

 


Staff Photo Greg Buffone

Greg Buffone
Deacon

Ministry Areas: Worship leaders, Acolytes

Education:
MS University of South Florida, 1972
PhD University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1975
Iona School for Ministry, Diocese of Texas, 2007

Family: Married to Janet, father of Megan & David, grandfather of four.

Interests: Greg finds his creative outlet in photography.

Favorite Scripture: Romans 5:8 "God show his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

Contact information: 713.898.2294;