The. Rev. Dr. James M. Pevehouse
Fr. James was born in Hayward, California and raised in both California and Oklahoma. He has a Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Long Beach; a Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary; a Diploma of Anglican Studies from Seminary of the Southwest; and a Doctor of Ministry from Virginia Theological Seminary. He has served in ordained ministry at Good Shepherd, Terrell, TX; St. Mary’s, Bellville, TX; and most recently at St. Paul’s, Waco. While attending seminary in Austin, he met and married his wife, Brandy. Together they are the very proud parents of sons: William Douglas, Samuel Henry, & James Turner. The Pevehouses are grateful for God’s call to serve at St. Mark’s and look forward to many years of shared mission.
Vacation: The family cabin at Lake Kiowa, TX
Restaurant: Babe’s Chicken in the DFW metroplex and Tarahumara’s Mexican Café in Norman, OK.
Sport Teams: Oklahoma Sooners, Los Angeles Lakers, & New York Yankees
Books: Biographies and anything in Ignatian Spirituality
Past Times: Spending time with Brandy and the boys. We like going to the zoo and trying new things as a family
The Rev. Joy Walker Miller
A native Texan, Mother Joy is delighted to be serving in Beaumont. She was ordained a deacon in June 2022 and a priest in February 2023. Joy graduated with a Master in Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary in May 2022. Prior to that Joy worked as a Social Worker and Therapist. She is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin and Texas State in San Marcos. Joy became Episcopalian after undergrad and never looked back! Outside of Church, she enjoys podcasts, reading, and swimming.
Vacation: I enjoy traveling in general, and recently had the opportunity to visit Acadia National Park which I loved
Restaurant: Matt’s El Rancho
Sport Teams: Texas Longhorns! However, dressing up in team colors and eating snacks are key parts of cheering for any team.
Past Times: Being with friends and family, especially on a porch or patio
The Rev. Dean Calcote
Fr. Dean was born and grew up in Shreveport, LA. He attended Tulane University in New Orleans and then The General Theological Seminary in New York City, graduating in 1958. He returned to New Orleans to serve as a Curate at St Paul’s Church. Following his marriage to Maree Minturn in 1961, they returned to General for two years, then to Vicksburg, MS, serving as Assistant Head of All Saints Episcopal School, a boarding school for girls. They remained there six years, then moved to Baton Rouge, LA, to serve as Assistant Head for five years. He was appointed as Head of All Saints Episcopal School and Associate Rector of St. Mark’s Church, Beaumont, TX in 1974. He retired from the School in 1998, but remains on the staff of St. Marks.
Restaurant: Anywhere in New Orleans
Books: Historical books, both factual and fictional
Past Times: Traveling, especially in Europe with Maree, before she died, and now with his children and grandchildren who live in Austin.
The Rev. Tracie Middleton
Deacon Tracie grew up in Grapevine, Texas. After completing a Bachelor’s at Austin College in Sherman, she moved to Vidor, and her aunt, Ruth Aubey, persistently invited her to visit St. Mark’s. She was confirmed in 2000, later attended the Iona School for Ministry, and was ordained in 2009. She served at St. John’s in Silsbee while completing her Master’s in English at Lamar. She moved again to the DFW area in 2011, where she served at St. Stephen’s, Hurst and Trinity, Fort Worth while working in communications. She is currently President of the Association for Episcopal Deacons. Tracie is delighted to be back in Beaumont, working for the Crisis Center of Southeast Texas, and serving at St. Mark’s.
Vacation: I like traveling to visit friends – anywhere
Restaurants: Mexican, Cajun, and Thai
Sport Teams: No specific teams, but I like soccer
Books: psychology-related topics, Harry Potter, and The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
Pastimes: reading, gardening (mainly weeding). I’d like to find a new non-contact sport
Organist and Choirmaster
Organist and Choirmaster Jordan Williams was born in Nederland and recently returned to Southeast Texas after 18 years away. He’s a graduate of Port Neches-Groves High School and Trinity University in San Antonio, where he double majored in communications and music. Jordan studied organ as a teen with Jerome Wells and feels incredibly blessed to be able to lead the music ministry here at St. Mark’s. His full-time work as a television journalist has led from San Antonio…to Midland…to Oklahoma City…to the Rio Grande Valley…to Western New York…and finally back to Beaumont. Most recently Jordan was organist and choirmaster of St. Matthias’ Episcopal in East Aurora, a suburb of Buffalo. He’s thrilled to have left the snow shovel and boots behind. In addition to his music leadership here at St. Mark’s, Jordan is the Evening Anchor at 12News (KBMT).
Vacation: Marfa, TX
Restaurant: Lupe Tortilla (Mexican)
Sports: Not one of Jordan’s strong suits, but he loves to hear the rest of the staff cheer on their favorite teams
Book: City of Light by Lauren Belfer
Past time: Planning upcoming music and managing a newsroom keep Jordan sufficiently busy, but he loves escaping and enjoying family and food.
Director of Family Ministries
Lauren was born in Beaumont. She graduated from West Brook High School in 2001. From there she received her Pharmacy Technician certification and worked at Market Basket Pharmacy. During this time she met and married her husband, Chris, and became a stay at home mom to their children. Lauren and her family joined St. Mark’s in 2009. After years of volunteering with various events and children’s activities, she accepted the position on Children’s Ministry Director in 2015.
Vacation: Disney World and Las Vegas
Sports: Not much of a sports fan, Lauren does enjoy watching softball on occasion.
Book: Same Kind of Different As Me
Past time: Craft projects, attending concerts, road trips, and spending time with my family
Community Outreach and Lamar University Ministry
Paul was born in Orange, California. A military dependent he was raised/reared in El Toro Marine Corps Air Station (California), Yuma Marine Corps Air Station (Arizona), Jacksonville Naval Air Station (Florida), Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station, Los Angeles, CA, Costa Mesa, CA, Santa Ana, CA, Garden Grove, CA, Lake Arrowhead, CA, Westminster, CA, Simi Valley, CA, Thousand Oaks, CA, Westlake Village, CA, Newbury Park, CA. He attended Newbury Park High School, Moorpark Community College, John Hancock Community College, and Lamar University. Graduated with an MBA from Lamar University May 2016. He worked and retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons 1987-2008. He served and retired from the US Military in the US Army (3 years active duty) 18 ½ years Guard and Reserves: CA Army National Guard, VA Army National Guard, US Army Reserves. 1979-2001 He’s been working at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church since October 2010 as Outreach Minister He, also, is an Instructor, College of Business, Lamar University since the Fall semester of 2016.
Vacation: Ruidoso, New Mexico (Honeymoon)
Restaurant: Sun Luck (Chinese). Newbury Park, CA. No longer operating. As newlyweds, it was our Friday night luxury. Cheap, plentiful, and great memories.
Sports Teams: LU Cardinals, LA Dodgers, LA Lakers
Book: A Wrinkle in Time, Dear and Glorious Physician, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings.
Past time: Coaching track and training/working out with Krista.
Melody was born and raised in Baytown, Texas. She graduated from Ross S. Sterling High School in 1986 and was a proud member of the Sterling Star Drill Team. Melody is an alumna of Lee College in Baytown, Texas and East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas. She is “Mom” to rescued dogs and cats and a proud Aunt of Tyson, Garrett, and Lorna.
Vacations: Walt Disney World and Hawaii
Restaurant: El Toro (Mexican), in Baytown, TX
Sports teams: Football – Sterling Rangers, Texas A&M Aggies, Dallas Cowboys
Books: Gone With the Wind, mysteries, etc.
Past time: Crochet, travel, crafts, reading, watching football, and spending time with family, friends, and especially her dogs and cats.
Dana was born and raised in Port Arthur, Texas. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1981 where she was a Cheerleader for the “Mighty Eagles” from Jr High through High School. She is “Mom” to daughters Kelsey and Hannah. She also has two stepdaughters, Hillary and Mallory, and has two grandsons, Matthew and Wyatt. She leads Praise and Worship in her church.
Food: Mexican and Chinese.
Past times: working puzzles, video games and spending time relaxing with nature.