The Rev. Ryan Mails

Priest in Charge

I’m Ryan, and I’m the priest of St. Michael and All Angels Church and also Missioner to East Texas for the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. I grew up in the mountains of Southern California but came east for college at Wake Forest University. I stayed where it rained and married Marina, my best friend from college. I earned a Master’s Degree in Public History from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, found a passion for the land while working on a pig farm, and ran a small business as a furniture craftsperson. I called North Carolina home until the day my family packed up our house and workshop to follow the call in my heart to serve God as a priest. I’m joyfully becoming that person day by day. I received my seminary training and formation at The School of Theology, The University of the South, where I earned an Master’s Degree in Divinity in 2017. Marina and I have two kids—six-year old Henry and two-year-old Eliza.

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Christina Richardson

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.