The Rev. Ryan Mails is the new Deacon in Charge at St. Michael’s. Christina Richardson is our Office Manager and Nursery Director. Jeff Richardson is the music minister at St. Michael’s.
The Rev. Ryan Mails
Deacon in Charge
I’m grateful to God for the opportunity to come and serve St Michael & All Angels as the deacon-in-charge. And I’m excited to join in what God is already doing among and through St. Michael’s! I graduated from seminary at the School of Theology at Sewanee, TN in May of 2017. I was ordained as a Deacon—a ministry in which I’ll serve for six months or so before ordination to the Priesthood. I’m married to Marina, and we have two fantastic kids—our six-year old son Henry and our two-year-old daughter Eliza. I grew up in Southern California, but came east for college in North Carolina. On the way to following my calling to be a priest, I earned an MA in Public History, worked on an organic pig farm, and ran a small-business as furniture craftsman. All those paths were good, but none fully answered the calling on my life, and I look forward to beginning this new life of ordained ministry. Let’s discover together where the fire and breath of the Holy Spirit will lead St Michael & All Angels’ Episcopal Church.
Check out my sermon blog at: www.rfmails.com
Office Manager and Nursery Director
I was born and raised in Longview, Texas. I am the oldest out of three siblings. After high school I attended Kilgore College and graduated with my Associates. Then I set off to UT Tyler University and study Interdisciplinary Studies. I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in 2006 specializing in Mathematics, Early Childhood, Reading. In 2007 I met my wonderful husband Jason. We were married in 2009. We have three beautiful girls and two dogs. As a family we like to spend our time together outdoors. We love to explore the world and watch our girls learn new things everyday. We are also big animal lovers. I have been with St. Michaels for seven years. I can call this place home. I enjoy working with the children. It softens my heart to watch all the children in the nursery grow in their own little way. I consider the children as Mrs. Christina’s Angels.
Jeff is our full time music minister and office manager. Jeff was born in Tyler and raised in Longview, graduating from Longview High School in 1981. Going straight to Baylor University in Waco, he majored in religion and Greek. After ten years, which Jeff calls “the decade of non-excellence” Jeff graduated from Baylor. In the meantime he had wandered into a 10 year career as a radio D.J. in Waco and Corpus Christi. During this time, Jeff married Lesa and acquired an instant family with four year old Tito. Lesa passed away in 1994 after an 18 month illness.
In 1995 Jeff and Tito moved from Waco back to Longview (back for Jeff, first time for Tito). Jeff began as the weekend keyboardist for St. Michael’s in December of 1996. In 2002, Jeff married Donna, his beautiful bride he met at St. Michael’s. They were married at Trinity by the Sea in Port Aransas, Texas and return there every year.
After 20 years at St. Michael’s, Jeff’s greatest joy is still leading the worship music. Jeff’s favorite past time is fishing, especially from his Hobie kayak.