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In the Anglican tradition, the priesthood is open to men and women, married or single, who have earned the Master of Divinity degree, completed a series of courses for ordinands, and gone through the discernment process. The clergy of Christ Church consists of ordained priests and deacons, each of whom serves a staff function in addition to the role as pastor to our congregation.
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The Very Rev. Paul Donison
Rector & Dean of Christ Church
Fr. Paul is the Dean and Rector of Christ Church Plano and provides leadership within our Anglican denomination. Prior to moving to Texas in 2016 with his wife, Monika, and their four daughters, he served as a Rector and denominational leader in several Canadian cities, most recently 10 years in Ottawa, the nation’s capital. Fr. Paul holds a B.F.A in Theatre from the University of Victoria, a Dp.C.S. and M.Div from Regent College, and has done doctoral work at Trinity School for Ministry. As a retired stage actor he continues to memorize and dramatically storytell the Scripture when he preaches.
The Rev. John Battey
Vicar, Associate Dean of Operations & Missions
John serves as the Vicar at Christ Church, overseeing all ministries and operations. He and his family have been members of Christ Church for more than ten years. John received his undergrad education at Texas A&M University and worked for 20 years in the medical industry. Feeling called to a life of ministry, he is thrilled now to support the Christ Church team. His hobbies include cooking and spending time with his family. He and his wife Jennifer have two teenage daughters, McKayla and Jordan.
The Rev. Bryan Biba
Associate Dean of Education
Bryan serves as Associate Dean of Education, overseeing education, membership, and small group ministries. He graduated from Wheaton College (IL) with a B.A. in Political Science and M.A. in Theology. Bryan also earned an M.Div with a certificate in Anglican Studies from Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC. He previously served as Curate at St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Tallahassee, FL where he was ordained to the diaconate in 2015. Bryan was ordained to the Priesthood by Bishop Todd Hunter at Christ Church on March 11, 2017. He and his wife Laura enjoy cooking good food, reading old books, and spending time with their son Simeon and greyhound Shadowfax.
The Rev. Dr. Jonathan Bailes
Jonathan has a passion for learning, thinking, and speaking about the revelation of the gospel and its revolutionary impact on the Christian life. He is thrilled to draw upon that passion in his current work overseeing teaching and curriculum development as the Cathedral Theologian for Christ Church Plano. After earning his M.Div. at Beeson Divinity School, he completed a Ph.D. in theology at Boston College, where he wrote a dissertation on the fourth-century church father, Gregory of Nyssa. Since moving to Plano in the summer of 2018, he and his wife, Rachael, have enjoyed their acculturation to life in Texas. They have three children: Elizabeth, Charlie, and Lucy.
The Rev. Jeff Rawn
Jeff enjoys his ministry of Pastoral Care, as well as leading our senior adult ministry and annual Men's Mountain Encounter. He serves as Chairman of the Board of SAMS (Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders). Jeff earned his MDiv at Trinity School for Ministry in 2000 and was ordained a priest the same year. He and Cinde have three adult children.
The Rev. Erick Arowo
Weekend Assistant Priest
Fr. Erick is an Anglican priest ordained by the Anglican Church of Kenya. Currently he is a Ph.D student in Old Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. While he is here for studies, Christ Church is a home and a base of ministry for him and his wife Caroline. His passion is teaching God’s Word, and He will serve as a part of our weekend clergy team. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and a Master of Divinity degree in Biblical Studies from Kenya.
The Rev. Toni Brown
Associate Dean of Finance & HR
Toni provides leadership in the business affairs of Christ Church including finance and budgeting, funds management, statistics, and membership database applications. She also oversees human resources’ payroll, benefits and policies and procedures. Toni is also an ordained Deacon on our staff and provides pastoral and ministry leadership in several areas of ministry. She is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a BSBA in Finance and a Master’s of Professional Accountancy. She was ordained as a Deacon of the Church in August 2006. She is also a graduate of the Anglican School of Theology and has a Master’s of Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary.
The Rev. Dr. Ken Wilgus
The Rev. Michael Funderburk
The Rev. John Bowers