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 or cell 903-714-7052

        Cecil T. (Tom) Prater is the St. Philip's Parish Administrator. He has attended St. Philip's since 2009. Tom handles the day-to-day business of the Parish. His
        duties include publishing schedules for lay ministries, use of the Parish Hall, publishing service bulletins, and editing
The Curate among other things. Tom has
        served as a music minister at Graehl Assembly of God Church in Fairbanks, Alaska. He attended Central Oklahoma University, Eastern Oklahoma State College,
        and Oklahoma City Southwestern Bible College. He holds a degree in computer science and electronics. Tom served in the U.S. Army for 15 years and is a veteran
        of Desert Storm.
        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