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.
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.