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The Rev. Emily R. Hylden, vicar

A native Midwesterner, Mother Emily has lived in the south for her entire adult life; she met her husband, Father Jordan, while in graduate school in North Carolina. She's served churches in Durham, North Carolina, St. Louis, Missouri, and Columbia, South Carolina, as well as a stint in upstate New York during her M.Div training, at Christ Church in Cooperstown.

She came to the Anglican tradition in 2009 because of its beautiful worship, having been raised in the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Around the same time she was confirmed, she discerned a call to ordination and promptly fell in love with parish ministry. At St. Augustine's, she oversees worship, pastoral care, fellowship, and outreach.

Mtr. Emily also loves to host dinner parties, practice yoga, and snuggle her toddler, Charles. Contact her at ehylden@staugustinesoakcliff.org

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The Rev. canon Jordan l. Hylden, vicar

Fr. Jordan grew up in rural North Dakota, exactly 1,224 miles due north of Oak Cliff.  He loves good conversations, good books, basketball, hiking, and spending time with Emily and their baby boy Charles.  They moved here from South Carolina in 2016, where Jordan served a parish and taught at the local Lutheran seminary while working on a dissertation in theology and ethics at Duke.  

Jordan is passionate about preaching and teaching about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, "for us and for our salvation."  As a priest and a new dad, he has a heart for St. A's as a community where people of all ages and backgrounds grow as disciples of Jesus as one body in Christ.  He also serves as Canon Theologian for the diocese of Dallas, and writes for The Living Church and other magazines.  You can contact him at jhylden@staugustinesoakcliff.org.

 

Dr. Charles Brown, Music Director and Organist

Charles S. Brown joined the staff of St. Augustine’s as Music Director and Organist in the fall of 2014.  He is a former organ and harpsichord professor at Arizona State University and the University of North Texas.  He has recently completed another three years as an adjunct instructor at UNT Denton teaching courses in Sacred Music.  Charles’ first organ position was, as a high school student, at Christ Episcopal Church, St. Simons Island, Georgia.  His longest tenure as a church musician has been his twenty years as organist-choirmaster at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Dallas.

Charles holds music degrees from Westminster Choir College and the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester (Doctor of Musical Arts).  He has for many years been active in the church musicians’ national organization, the American Guild of Organists, and has earned the Fellowship and Choirmaster certificates of the AGO.  Charles finds his work at St. Augustine’s rewarding in many ways, most significantly in participating in and learning from the rich cultural and liturgical diversity of the parish. Email him at fantzi@msn.com.   

ALEX EDSTROM, CHILDREN AND FAMILY MINISTRY DIRECTOR

Alex Edstrom is an entrepreneur and mother of three daughters, living in Oak Cliff. Raised in the DFW area, she moved south of the river to raise her daughters in a diverse, community-centered neighborhood. After years of sharpening her skills in both children's ministries and administration, as well as marketing and hospitality, she felt a call to open a childcare center to serve all kinds of families and to deepen community ties. She is inspired by the warmth and grace that infuses communities which value children, and she's eager to help St. Augustine's many generations support the thriving of families.

If you have questions or are ready to jump in and help with children and family ministries, contact Alex at aedstrom@staugustinesoakcliff.org.

 

melissa flanigan, parish administrator

Melissa Flanigan lives in Oak Cliff with her husband, Ryan and their three kids Lily, Liam, and Noelle. She is a parishioner at All Saints Dallas, a member of Liturgical Folk, and a music teacher of preschoolers through her small business Li'l Rhythms. Melissa earned a communications degree in Worship Arts from Judson University near Chicago.  Contact her at mflanigan@staugustinesoakcliff.org.