”Continue in the Apostles’ Teaching and Fellowship”



24th Annual Diocesan Convention


for elective positions of service to the diocese


STANDING COMMITTEE • Clerical Member (elect one)

Fr. BarberThe Rev. J. Fred Barber is rector of Trinity Church, Fort Worth. He is a current member of Executive Council and is the Ecumenical Officer for the diocese. He is the convener of the Committee for Lay Ministry and has served on the World Mission Committee. He is a retired colonel in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a military chaplain. Before coming to the Diocese of Fort Worth, he served on the Board of Trustees of the Diocese of Western New York and was the Province II Ecumenical Coordinator. He is a Rotary member and an adjunct faculty member at Brite Divinity School at TCU.
Fr. HightowerThe Rev. Thomas Hightower has served as rector of St. Peter & St. Paul, Arlington, for 22 years. He is chairman of the Commission on Ministry for the Priesthood, having been a member of the commission for 20 years. He has also served on the Ecclesiastical Trial Court and the Standing Committee. He was a Clerical Deputy to General Convention in 1997, 2000, 2003, and 2006.

• Lay Member (elect one)
Kay StrombergKay Stromberg has been a member of St. Stephen's, Hurst, for the past 20 years. She serves as a Lay Eucharistic Minister, a Scripture studies facilitator, and a delegate to Diocesan Convention. On the diocesan level, she serves on the Executive Council and the World Mission Committee's sub-committee for Northern Mexico. She was an alternate lay delegate to General Convention in 2000, 2003, and 2006. Kay is a former Senior Warden at St. Stephen's. She has served on several Cursillo teams and is a former Rector of the Mid-Cities Ultrea.
Walter Virden IIIWalter Virden III is a member of St. Mark's, Arlington. He has sung in the choir, served on the vestry, taught Sunday School, and been a leader in stewardship and development campaigns. He has represented the diocese at seven General Conventions and is the Treasurer of the diocese and Secretary of the Board of Trustees. He serves on Executive Council, the diocesan Finance Committee and Standing Committee. He is a member of the Board of Nashotah House Seminary in Wisconsin. He is self-employed as a CPA and financial planner and is a member of Rotary.
Mack WoodMack Wood is a member of St. Anne’s, Fort Worth, where he serves as Lay Eucharistic Minister, Lay Reader, acolyte master, and choir member. He has served as Junior Warden and Senior Warden. He first held diocesan office in 1965, when he was elected to the Youth Commission. As an adult he has served as a delegate to Diocesan Convention and Alternate Deputy to General Convention in 1991, 1994, and 1997. Currently he serves on the Commission on Ministry, Executive Council, and Finance Committee.

• Lay Member (elect one)
Walter Virden IVWalter Virden IV is a member of St. John’s, Fort Worth, where he is Treasurer and serves as an usher and bilingual lector. He is an Eagle Scout and an adult leader of Boy Scout Troop 560. A graduate of The University of the South (Sewanee), he serves as a local Admissions office Representative and as a member of the university's Growth and Development Committee. He is self-employed as a CPA.

• Clerical Member (elect one)
Fr. McHenryThe Rev. Richard McHenry is rector emeritus of Holy Comforter, Cleburne. He was Dean of the Southern Deanery and chairman of the Diocesan Convention's Resolutions Committee until his retirement in 2004. He has previously served on the World Mission Committee and the Ecclesiastical Trial Court. He was the interim priest at Good Shepherd, Granbury, earlier this year.
Fr. MadisonThe Rev. David Madison is the Parochial Associate for Christian Education at All Saints’, Fort Worth. He holds a J.D. degree from Baylor University and practiced law from 1999 to 2001. Currently Fr. Madison is a trainer for the Safeguarding God's Children program and teaches religion in the Upper School at All Saints’ Episcopal School.
Fr. MorseThe Rev. Davidson Morse is associate rector at St. Andrew’s, Fort Worth. He is the former curate of St. Laurence, Grapevine. He has served as chaplain at Camp Crucis.

• Lay Member (elect one)

Thom MurrellThom Murrell has been a member of St. Vincent's, Bedford, for 33 years. He has served on the vestry as both Junior and Senior Warden and has chaired the Building Committee and School Committee. He has served as a lay reader and lay eucharistic minister. Currently he serves on the diocesan Committee for Lay Ministry and the diocesan Risk Management Committee. Thom is a retired insurance adjuster. He and his wife, Jan, have two grown children and five grandchildren.
Dr. SalazarDr. Franklin Salazar is a member of St. Alban’s, Arlington, where he has served on the search committee, newcomers' committee, and as lay reader, acolyte, chalice bearer and choir member. He serves on the diocesan Board of Trustees, Executive Council, and Standing Committee. He has also served on the Finance Committee and Ecclesiastical Trial Court. He has attended General Convention as an elected lay deputy and alternate. He is the past president of the Executive Board of the Episcopal Center for Renewal. He is a retired dentist.
    Fred WeekleyFred Weekley is a member of St. Mark’s, Arlington. He has served two terms on the vestry and is a former Senior Warden and delegate to Diocesan Convention. He chaired the parish's Long Range Planning Committee and has been a member of the Building Committee and the Stewardship Committee. A member of a Fort Worth law firm, he has specialized throughout his career in trust, estate, tax, and probate issues. He is a past president of the Baylor Law Alumni Association and has served on Baylor University's Development Council for 17 years. His community activities include membership on the boards of two local art museums.