What should I wear?
Everyone dresses how they feel comfortable. Really. We've got the whole range represented; we have some families in business casual and others in jeans. In fact, most of our team wears jeans because we do a lot of setting up and packing up.
What about kiddos?
We are a family church! A nursery with a loving, experienced staff is available for infants through age three, but your kids of any age are also welcome to stay with you during service. Four-year-old kids (up to about 2nd grade) can also participate in Children's Worship. We make an announcement a little way into the service to let you know when it's time to go. Then, Children's Worship rejoins us for Holy Communion so we can all receive as a family.
For kiddos who decide to stay with their parents during service, we have activity bags sorted by age group, featuring the ever-popular bendable Jesus.
Where do I park?
Signs mark the parking entrance to Gulledge Elementary. Parking along the curb is just fine.
What happens when I arrive?
You'll be greeted at the door and directed to the nursery or activity bags (if you'd like to use them!). Then, make sure to stop by the Hospitality table for donut holes and coffee, before entering the sanctuary. Your bulletin has everything you need to follow along with ease.
If you have any questions about Episcopalian worship, feel free to ask! We love questions!
We celebrate Communion every week, and there is something for everyone at the Lord's table.
The Rev. Leslie A. Stewart (Vicar)
"Mother Special Ops" or "Pulpit Pilot"
Before answering a call to ministry, Mother Leslie flew jets! In fact, she had a long and distinguished military career. She began as an enlisted member in Air Force Special Operations where she met her husband, Mike. She was selected for a commissioning program and graduated with honors from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1999, earning a Bachelor's of Science in Human Factors Engineering and was commissioned as an officer.
As an Aerospace Physiologist, she completed Physiology Officer Flight Training and trained pilots and aircrew at the Euro-Nato Joint Jet Pilot Training at Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls, TX. When her son Ryan was born, she transferred to an F-1 6 unit at the Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth until responding to the call to serve God in his church. You might have seen Mother Leslie's story about being called from the pilot seat to the pulpit in Christianity Today.
She graduated with honors from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, with a Masters of Divinity and certificates in Pastoral Care and Anglican Studies. She was ordained in 2014 and accepted a call as a church planter in June 2016.
Most recently, McKenna served as the Choral Director and CFPA Vocal Director at Charles J. Colgan High School in Manassas, Va. Under her direction, the Cogan Choral Ensembles were invited to perform at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, the Virginia Music Educators Association State Conference and the iHeart Radio studios as winners of the annual holiday competition.
Stenson received her Bachelor of Music Education and Vocal Performance degrees from The Ohio State University and her Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University.
Throughout her career, she's received several scholarships and awards, including New Faculty Member of the Year, Choral Fellow at Michigan State University, The Ohio State University Student Teacher of the Year and most recently was nationally recognized as a Country Music Award Foundation Music Teacher of Excellence.
Director of Communications
Ryan is a student at the University of Texas at Dallas studying Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communications (ATEC), as well as Computer Science.
Shannon has an MBA and recently completed the Nonprofit Management Certificate Program at Collin College. She is the President and Executive Director of Lone Star Wheelers, a free community service that gives wheelchair bicycle joyrides to the sick, elderly, and disabled. Shannon lives in West Plano with her husband, Chris, and rescue pup, Fraggle.
Dr. Lora Burnett is a historian of American thought and culture and a full-time history professor at our local community college. She was raised in the Baptist tradition, confirmed in the Episcopal Church in 1991, and ordained to the ministry in the Baptist tradition in 2003. She is happy to serve as a lay minister in the Episcopal Church.
Dr. Burnett is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Texas at Dallas. In her classroom teaching, Dr. Burnett introduces students to the most current historical scholarship on both the American past and the history of the Western world and engages students in the philosophy of history as a moral inquiry.
As a professor, Dr. Burnett practices affirming presence for her students of all faith traditions and none, and models one possibility of intellectual life for a person of faith. Her own struggles as a student to come to terms with the relationship between faith and free intellectual inquiry have allowed her to teach and discuss difficult topics with her students with gentleness and insight. She is delighted to assist our church in seeking ways to address the economic, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual needs of college students and college professors in our community.
Brenda is our Nursery staff member and child care provider for MOPS (Mother of Preschoolers). She has served 7 years with various MOPS groups and has been with us since March 2018.
Janice Truitt’s great joy is to teach and assist children to learn about God’s word and his love for us. She worked in public education for 34 years. -- 33 with the Plano Independent School District. She holds a graduate degree from Southwestern University and a master’s degree from Texas Woman’s University. Janice is certified in supervision and teaching elementary and all level art.
Don Strain is a graduate of UT-Dallas and has an interest in expository study and teaching of the Bible (or, an in-depth view of the truths and messages to be learned in scripture). He is a founding member of St. Philip's Frisco and spent five years with Church of the Savior in Allen as part of the church plant team for that parish. He is excited to join Resurrection Plano.
He works for the Schwan's Food Company and enjoys playing golf, watching the Cowboys and drinking coffee (he REALLY enjoys drinking coffee). He is a father to three 'sixth-generation' Texan daughters, Kiley (20), Landrie (18) and Jaidyn (12), and lives in north Plano with his wife, Brooke, their daughters and three dogs (also all female).