The Rev. David B. Huxley
We are delighted to welcome our new Rector,The Rev. David Huxley, and his wife, Cookie, to St. Nicholas'. Father Dave is a graduate of Nashotah House Seminary, with a Masters of Divinity degree. His Bachelor of Science degree, from Central Michigan University, reflects a major in Sociology. He was ordained priest in 2004.
Fr. Dave was a police officer for 20 years prior to going to seminary, preceded by three years as a Crisis Intervention Worker for the Mental Health Center of Dane County, Wisconsin. He was employed halftime as the Vicar of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and halftime as the Campus Minister for the Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry, both in Whitewater, Wisconsin. He held those positions since March, 2009.
Prior to that, he was the Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Vinita Oklahoma for two years, and before that, he was Priest-in-Charge of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, Portage, Wisconsin for two years.
He has been active in Diocesan affairs both in Oklahoma and in Wisconsin; and, initiated a prison ministry in Oklahoma that has continued since his departure, as well as a most ambitious student feeding program for the university campus in Whitewater. He has been active in local ministerial alliances as well as other community service organizations, such as the Salvation Army.
His wife, Cookie, has indicated a special concern for the elderly. Cookie and Dave have been married 22 + years and together they have four children.
Deacon Tom Burns was Ordained to the Diaconate in 2002 and has been serving 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 December of 1988. Tom has worked at Big Spring State Hospital as a Psychiatric Social Worker since 1989.
He has been an Education for Ministry Mentor since 2003 and currently serves on the Boards of Directors for Happy Camp / Promise Camp and Prison Ministry.
Organist/Choirmaster & Lay Ministry Coordinator
Darryl Knapp 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 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 years. He was the Organist/Choirmaster at Holy Trinity for 22 years. From 1999-2008 he also taught choir and directed 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.
Sharon Gerald is the parish bookkeeper. She began working at St. Nicholas’ in November 2016.
Scot was in the first confirmation class of 2005 at St. Nicholas’ and was confirmed under Bishop Ohl. He has been an active parishioner serving on the Vestry, Fellowship committee, Instructor in the Faith Through the ARTS program, and is currently Head of the Altar Guild. As an artisan, his passion is stained glass and he is willing to share his craft with anyone who wants to learn.