Fr. Jason Ingalls
When I came to Holy Spirit in 2014, I was struck by our parishioners’ love of two things: spiritual growth and local service. My wife Dr. Monique Ingalls and I had lived abroad for five years, where I served small congregations in Toronto, Canada, and two village churches in Cottenham and Rampton, UK. There was something of those small congregations at Holy Spirit that I wanted to tend and water. I love this work because God has been teaching me to slow down and in deeper ways shepherd the souls of this plucky, energetic, wonderful people. Since 2014, Monique and I have welcomed two daughters into our home. If you don’t find me at church, it’s probably because I’m trying to keep up with them!
The Rev. Preston Yancey is from all over Texas with a brief interlude in Scotland. He holds a degree in Western Literature with a focus in medieval spirituality from Baylor University and a Masters of Letters in Theological Aesthetics from the University of St. Andrews, which is an expensive way to go to class in a castle. His wife, Hilary, is in her final year of her PhD program in Philosophy at Baylor. They have two children, Jackson and Junia, and a third, to-be-announced J due in late February. Preston is particularly interested in the theology of disability, rabbinic interpretation of the Hebrew Bible and Talmudic literature, and every franchise of The Real Housewives, except Miami.
Rachel Toombs, PhD
Rachel serves the children and youth of Holy Spirit. She was drawn to Holy Spirit because of their emphasis on all-ages and all-abilities catechesis and commitment to both an accessible and orthodox expression of our Christian faith. She received a Ph.D. in Religion (Theology) from Baylor University in 2018. In her free time, you might find Rachel reading a book, watching baseball, trying out a new recipe, or cuddling with her pups.
I began working at Holy Spirit in 2007 after moving from Georgia (via many other states!). I have been an office manager and service coordinator, along with many other hats along the way. Working in a church as a Business Administrator is a little different that what I have done before, but other jobs have given me lots experience in administration. In my free time I love to curl up with a good book.
A long and empty search for a church home ended when I landed at Holy Spirit Church and experienced the acceptance of its warm and welcoming parishioners. In their embrace I morphed from unchurched Christian to committed servant, volunteering to chair Parish (now Community) Life, organizing community outreach events such as Share the Joy (feeding the homeless on Christmas Day) and our First Responders Appreciation Lunch, chair the Building Committee for Phase 1 construction, and play the organ. In June 2018, I joined the staff as Coordinator of Facilities and Events, to which I bring almost 30 years of facility management in a variety of school and municipal venues. Becoming part of the Holy Spirit family is one of my life’s greatest blessings, and I thank God every day for the circumstances that conspired to lead me to their front door.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
The night before the first Sunday of Advent 2018 I wrote in an essay, “There is something new beginning inside of me that feels like hope.” The next morning I walked into Holy Spirit Episcopal Church for the first time, and I’ve never looked back. I am wholly invested in Christianity as a fundamentally communal endeavor, and our church embodies this faithfully. When I’m not at church, I’m either working on my Ph.D. in sociology, studying the formal and informal moral education of children, or reading Wikipedia entries on movies I never plan to watch. (I like to be in the pop culture loop.)
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
I was drawn to Holy Spirit by the kindness and warmth I felt from the parishioners our very first Sunday, and have been attending ever since. I am currently finishing a PhD in philosophy at Baylor University, where I study the nature of the human person in general, and the nature of disability in particular. I hope both of these help me to think deeply about how to encourage our youngest members in their relationship with Jesus through Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. As a Catechist, I love slowing down each morning and learning from the children how to better wonder at God and enjoy God’s gifts. When I’m not at church or writing at Pinewood Coffee, I’m trying to learn to play the guitar (and someday, the banjo!)