The Reverend Nancy Springer, Rector
Mother Nancy was ordained to the deaconate in June of 2012 and then to the priesthood in December of that year. She is a “second career” priest and spent the first 20 years after college working as a Technical Writer for various industries.
She went to seminary at Wycliffe College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. But don’t let that throw you – she’s Texan through and through. She grew up in College Station, spend summers and holidays at her grandparents’ home in Martin County and spent most of her adult life in San Antonio.
Her first assignment out of Seminary was at St. John’s Episcopal Church in McAllen, Texas and in 2016, she transferred as the Associate Rector to St. Alban’s in Harlingen, Texas. She and her husband Jim were married in September 2013 and together have 6 adult children and 12 grandchildren. They do have 3 dogs still living at home. Jim retired from nursing in 2016 so that he could spend more time golfing.
Mother Nancy joined St. Nicholas’ as the Rector in April 2018. She and Jim and their three dogs are happy to call Midland home and look forward to serving God and the Kingdom through St. Nicholas’ for many years to come.
The Reverend Tom Burns, Deacon
Deacon Tom Burns
Deacon Tom Burns was ordained to the Diaconate in 2002 and has served at St. Nicholas’ since 2005. He received a B.S. in social welfare with a minor in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1982. He and his wife, Gwen, were married in 1988. From 1989 to 2008, Tom worked at Big Spring State Hospital as a psychiatric social worker. He has been an Education for Ministry Mentor since 2003 and currently serves on the boards of Happy Camp/Promise Camp and Prison Ministry.
Darryl Knapp, Organist/Choirmaster and Lay Ministry Coordinator
Darryl received his Bachelor of Music in piano performance and choral conducting from Texas Tech University. He went on to study pipe organ and church music for a Masters in Music at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. He has directed choral and handbell choirs of all ages in the Diocese of Northwest Texas for thirty-five years. He was the Organist and Music Director at Holy Trinity for twenty-two years. From 1999 to 2008, he also taught Middle and Upper School choirs, and was music director for musicals at Trinity School of Midland. He began his music ministry at St. Nicholas’ Episcopal Church in June 2005, and his greatest joy continues to be serving God and His Church through music.
Ms. Sharon Gerald, Bookkeeper
Sharon has been employed with St. Nicholas’ Church since October 2016. While studying at Midland College she studied criminal psychology. She managed the family air-conditioning business for twenty-five years. Sharon’s hobbies include sewing, horseback riding and spending time with her ‘critters.