About Us:                          Staff

The Rev. Ted Welty has been Rector of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Palestine since August of 2009. Prior to that he served as Interim Rector at Christ Episcopal Church in Tyler after serving as Associate Dean at Nashotah House, an Episcopal theological seminary located in Wisconsin. Before moving to Wisconsin, he was Associate Dean at the Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, also an Episcopal theological seminary, in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. Ted was educated at Texas Lutheran University (BA in English) and Central Michigan University (MA in Management). He received his theological training (MLitt in Divinity) at St. Mary’s College, the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. In previous careers, Ted was Chairman and CEO of the Royall National Bank of Palestine, and spent 20 years in the United States Air Force as a pilot.

Fr. Ted and his wife, Ann, live in Palestine and have three grown children and seven grandchildren.
Contact Fr. Ted at twelty4235@aol.com or cell 903-714-7052

St. Philip's Parish Administrator is Kelan Eckerman. He has served at St. Philip’s for the past 4 years. Kelan essentially handles the day-to-day business of the parish. He schedules the lay ministers, the use of the parish hall, publishes the service bulletins, administers the Fund for the Poor, and edits the parish newsletter, The Curate among many other things. Prior to serving at St. Philip's, he retired from the military after serving 21 years, both in the United States Marine Corps and the United States Army, retiring with the rank of E-8, First Sergeant. He has attended both the University of Maryland and Boston College during his military career, amassing over 157 semester hours.
Chris Rogers is the St. Philip's Sexton. Chris is a native of Palestine who served in the U.S. Army with a combat tour in Vietnam. Before joining the staff at St. Philip's, Chris worked at Nucor Steel in Grapeland, Texas for over 40 years.
Treasurer - Melissa Cox
Organist and Choir Director - Clarissa Delany
St. Philip's Vestry: 
Dr. C.L. Kolstad, III- Senior Warden, David Brown- Junior Warden, Melissa Cox - Treasurer, Paul Morris, Alex Nemer, Kathy Thomas, Rich Lavinski,  Cad Williams, Pat Redding, Becky Myers, Phillip Morton, Norwood Brenneke,Vestry Clerk - Cynthia Dickey