CLERGY AND STAFF
The Rev. Carrie Guerra
The Rev. Carrie Guerra is the Rector of St. Francis Episcopal Church. She began serving at St. Francis on June 22, 2020. Before coming to St. Francis, Carrie served as the Curate then Associate Rector at Trinity Episcopal Church in Victoria, Texas from 2017-2020 and as the Lay Associate for Youth and Family Ministries at St. John’s Episcopal Church in McAllen, Texas from 2003-2017. Carrie graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry. Prior to working for the church, Carrie worked as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor at a nonprofit center offering individual and group counseling.
Carrie lives in San Antonio with her husband, Jody and they have two adult daughters who also live in San Antonio with their families. If you have not had the opportunity to meet our new Rector, please call the church office or send her an email to arrange a visit.
De’Anna is a San Antonio native, however, grew up in a military family and has been stationed at several duty stations across the U.S. Through the years she has served children and teens by coaching for multiple non-profit organizations and currently is a volunteer color guard instructor for a local San Antonio high school. She has over 7 years of experience as an office administrator for a local managed service provider company. De’Anna is married to Mark Jenner and they have 4 children. When not at work she enjoys crafting, dancing, fishing and spending time with family and friends.
Kandice Garcia ,
Food Pantry Manager
Kandice manages our monthly food pantry by helping oversee a team of volunteers in our monthly operations. As well as maintaining records and completing monthly reports.
Creighton & Denise Brown, Directors of Music
Joshua Bryand, Organist/Pianist
Creighton and Denise Brown, Directors of Music at St. Francis, have between them over 40 years of experience in Church music, and have participated in everything from schola and chant to contemporary Christian rock services. Both began their involvement in liturgical music as teenagers, and have been actively involved since.
Creighton holds a Bachelors of Music in Music Education from Texas State University and brings in his choral experience and rhythm guitar speciality to program contemporary music that is spiritual, relevant, and liturgical. He spends his week working for HEB at the Babcock/Huebner location just down the road from the church; you might stop by and see him there during the week! He currently sings with Opera San Antonio, and has run children’s music and theater camps in the past. His other hobbies include composing original choral works.
Denise holds a Bachelors of Music in Music Education from Howard Payne University, and a Masters of Music in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance from UTSA. Her days are spent working at Palo Alto College as an Adjunct Instructor, where she arranges music for various ensembles, and teaches private voice. She delights in resurrecting old pieces of sacred music and bringing them back to life, and focuses her skills on the traditional side of worship. Denise also sings with Opera San Antonio, and performs at least one recital every year.
What do they love about being Episcopalian? The Church’s strong emphasis on Liturgy and social responsibility. (Anglican Chant might have also played a part!) Creighton and Denise have both served as section leaders for other Episcopal churches in San Antonio, and fell in love while singing together. Together, they bring their love for music (and each other) into creating a meaningful worship experience at St. Francis Episcopal Church.