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Board of Trustees

Officers and Executive Committee

The Reverend Thomas L. Are Jr., Chair

Prairie Village, Kansas

Trustee since 2006

Tom Are currently serves as the senior pastor of Village Presbyterian Church, Prairie Village, Kansas. Are has served as a commissioner to the 214th General Assembly and provided leadership to several GA committees. He has served as a trustee of Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina. and is currently a trustee of Montreat Conference Center

The Honorable David Peeples, Secretary


San Antonio, Texas
Trustee since 2010

David Peeples is the Presiding Judge of the Fourth Administrative Judicial Region of Texas, located in San Antonio. He was an associate with Fulbright & Jaworski in Houston and Tinsman & Houser in San Antonio before owning his own law practice; he has been a judge since 1981. A long-standing member of the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules, he chaired the Texas Supreme Court Task Force on Jury Assembly and Administration in 2006-2007. He was a founding member of Child Advocates San Antonio (CASA) and the First Presbyterian Church Child Care Center. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church, San Antonio.

Mr. B.W. "Sonny" Payne, Treasurer and Chair of Finance & Administration Committee; Long-Range Planning
Kerrville, Texas
Trustee since 2006

Sonny Payne is the owner of Risk Management Services, a company engaged in risk and insurance management services for institutional, governmental and commercial clients. He has served on the advisory board and as a service provider for the Direct Business Assistance Program of the Houston Economic Development Council and the University of Houston. Mr. Payne has also served on the budget committee and in the moderator's cabinet for the Presbytery of New Covenant, and as a director of Presbyterian outreach to patients at the Texas Medical Center and the Brazos Presbyterian Homes, Inc. both in Houston. He has served as an elder at First Presbyterian Church in Houston, TX, and more recently as a deacon and elder at First Presbyterian Church, in Kerrville, Texas, where he and his wife Elaine now live.

Ms. Karen C. Anderson, Chair, Audit Committee

Bend, Oregon

Trustee since 2006


Karen Anderson is the CFO of Western Communications, Inc. She was formerly a trustee for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation. She is a member of Community Presbyterian Church, Redmond, Oregon. Her husband is an Austin Seminary graduate.

Mr. G. Archer Frierson II, Vice Chair, Finance and Administration; Audit
Shreveport, Louisiana
Trustee since 2010

Archer Frierson is a member manager of Frierson Brothers, LLC of Shreveport, Louisiana. A graduate of Washington and Lee University, he serves on the board of the Washington Society of that school as well as on the boards of Centenary College, the LSU Tiger Athletic and Health Sciences Center Foundations, and on the Military Affairs Council at Barksdale Air Force Base. A lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church, Shreveport, he has been a deacon, elder, and church school teacher for both adults and youth. He most recently served on Austin Seminary’s Capital Campaign Planning Committee, and his father, Clarence Frierson, was a member of the Austin Seminary board for two decades.

Mr. Richard D. Gillham, Chair, Long Range Planning Committee; Investment

Dallas, Texas

Trustee since 2006


Richard Gillham is the owner and president of Gillham, Golbeck & Associates, Inc., a search firm specializing in the placement of commercial real estate professionals. He is a member of the Real Estate Council, the Institute of Real Estate Management, and the Building Owners and Managers Association. He is board chair of the Canterbury Episcopal School in Desoto, TX, where he co-chaired the capital campaign for the middle school building. Gillham is a member of First Presbyterian Church, Dallas, where he recently completed service as chair of a successful pastor nominating committee. He has also served on the session and as an ex-officio member of the long range planning committee.  

Dr. Walter Harris Jr., Chair, Academic Affairs; Long-Range Planning

River Ridge, Louisiana
Trustee since 2006

Walter Harris, a member of St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, New Orleans, was provost and vice president for academic affairs of Loyola University until his retirement in August 2008. After a year-long sabbatical he plans to teach in Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts. His career in education administration spans more than thirty years, at the University of North Carolina System, Arizona State University, and Knoxville College in Tennessee in addition to Loyola. A noted musician and performer, his college and civic choirs have performed internationally. One of his daughters is an Austin Seminary graduate.

Mr. John L. Van Osdall, Chair, Institutional Advancement Committee
; Audit; Long-Range Planning
Houston, Texas

Trustee since 2006

John Van Osdall is executive vice president of USI Southwest. An elder at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, Houston, Texas, he is a board member of Faith In Practice which serves the poor in Guatemala through short-term surgical, medical, and dental mission trips and health-related educational programs. He also serves on the board of Mo-Ranch Conference Center. He is chair of Austin Seminary’s Weaving Promise & Practice into Ministry capital campaign.

The Reverend Sallie S. Watson, Chair, Trustee Committee, Long-Range Planning
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Trustee since 2006

Sallie Watson, a graduate of Austin Seminary, is Regional Presbyter, Presbyteries of Santa Fe. She has served as a commissioner to the General Assembly, moderator of the Committee on Ministry for Grace Presbytery, supervisor in the Supervised Practice of Ministry program at Austin Seminary, president of the Alumni Association board at Austin College, contributing editor to the Presbyterian Outlook, and numerous other committee appointments in the Presbyterian Church.

Ms. Elizabeth Currie Williams, Chair, Investment Committee; Long-Range Planning
Dallas, Texas
Trustee since 1997; 2007

Liz Williams retired at the end of 2008 having served as CFO then treasurer of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas for 19 years. She has earned degrees from Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) and the University of Virginia and has done graduate study at Yale University and the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard Business School. She has served as director on corporate boards including Chaparral Steel Company and Texas Industries Inc., and  Sterling Bancshares, and is active in community and church service organizations including The Hockaday School, the Summerlee Foundation, and North Park Presbyterian Church where she is an elder. Elected the first woman to chair Austin Seminary’s Board of Trustees in 2002, she is the daughter, granddaughter, sister, and sister-in-law of Austin Seminary graduates.

The Reverend Dr. Whitney Bodman, Faculty Representative
Austin, Texas

Whitney Bodman joined the faculty of Austin Seminary in 2002 and is currently Associate Professor of Comparative Religion. A 1977 MDiv graduate of Duke Divinity School, Bodman pastored United Church of Christ congregations in Massachusetts for twelve years before returning to graduate school, receiving a ThD from Harvard Divinity School in 2004. Active in various interfaith dialogue, he is currently the president of Texas Impact and serves on the board of the Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy. He is active in Interfaith Action (iAct) and Austin Interfaith and is a member of the National Council of Churches Local and Regional Ecumenical Network and the NCC Jewish-Christian and Muslim-Christian Dialogues. He is also the Islam editor of the Religious Studies Review.

 

Board Members

Mr. James Allison
Houston, Texas
Trustee since 2014

James Allison is manager of Corporate Studies and Initiatives for ConocoPhillips in Houston, Texas. He has worked in the oil and gas industry for more than thirty years in strategic planning and risk management. Allison graduated from Princeton University and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. He has served New Covenant Presbytery on the Permanent Judicial Committee and was a commissioner to the 220th General Assembly (2012). Allison is a ruling elder at Pines Presbyterian Church, Houston, where he has taught an adult Sunday school class for two decades and plays trombone in the Pines Orchestra.

The Reverend Dr. Janice Bryant
Austin, Texas
Trustee since 2014 

Janice Bryant (MDiv’01, DMin’11) has been minister of Christian education at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Austin, since 2001. The first female pastor in the church’s history, Bryant is involved in leadership, communication, and educational outreach for the church. She came to the ministry from the field of education, having been a teacher and public school administrator, specializing in the area of gifted education, for twenty years. She earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Jackson State University and the University of Southern Mississippi in addition to Austin Seminary. She loves to make music.

Ms. Claudia Carroll
Tyler, Texas
Trustee since 2011

Claudia Carroll serves as the Youth Choir Director at First Presbyterian Church, Tyler. She is also the principal flutist in the University of Texas at Tyler Chamber Orchestra and an adjunct faculty member for The University of Texas at Tyler and Tyler Junior College. Carroll is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Tyler, a PATH volunteer caseworker, and serves on the Tyler Museum of Art Board.

Ms. Elizabeth Christian
Austin, Texas
Trustee since 2007

Elizabeth Christian is president of Elizabeth Christian and Associates Public Relations. With a background in journalism, she was an editor for the LA Times and owner/editor of The Mendocino Grapevine. She is president of the Board of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation and has served on the boards of KLRU-TV and the Headliners Foundation. She directed the Tribute to Lady Bird Johnson, a global media relations effort marking the passing of the former first lady. In 2005 she was named Outstanding Austin Communicator by the Association for Women in Communications and in 2004 was named the Public Relations Practitioner of the Year from the Texas Public Relations Association. She is a member of University Presbyterian Church in Austin.

The Reverend Joseph J. Clifford
Dallas, Texas
Trustee since 2007

Joe Clifford is pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, Texas. Previously he was senior pastor of Alpharetta Presbyterian Church and Stockbridge Presbyterian Church, both in Georgia. He earned a bachelor of science degree from Auburn University, his MDiv from Columbia Theological Seminary, and his DMin in preaching from McCormick Theological Seminary. He serves on the board of Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance and formerly served on the board of directors of Grace Presbyterian Village in Dallas.

Mr. James B. Crawley
Norman, Oklahoma
Trustee since 2009

James Crawley is the founder and chairman of Crawley Petroleum Corporation, Crawley Ventures, LLC  and Crawley Family Foundation. Crawley was raised in the east Texas oil fields and obtained his degree in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M before going on to get his MBA from Harvard Business School. He also serves on the Board of Directors of First Presbyterian Church, Norman, Oklahoma.

The Reverend Katie Cummings
Houston, Texas
Trustee since 2013

Katie Cummings is associate pastor at Grace Presbyterian Church, Houston. After graduating from Austin Seminary, she was called to be associate for discipleship and congregational care at Clear Lake Presbyterian Church, Houston (2005-2008). She has been vice moderator of New Covenant Presbytery since 2010 and has also served on the Committee on Ministry for the presbytery. She was a Jean Brown Scholar at Austin Seminary and is a current doctor of ministry student. She earned a BA in Plan II Honors Liberal Arts, cum laude, from The University of Texas at Austin.

The Reverend Consuelo Donahue
San Antonio, Texas
Trustee since 2010

A native of Bogotá, Colombia, Consuelo Donahue is a 1996 graduate of Austin Seminary and chairs Mission Presbytery’s Committee on Representation. Her ministry has been primarily in the area of hospice chaplaincy and she also served as pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in San Antonio. She serves at the national level on the boards of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and the Clergy Advisory Board of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and locally on the Board of Planned Parenthood of San Antonio. She is chaplain for Goodwill Industries of San Antonio.

Mr. Jackson Farrow Jr.
Little Rock, Arkansas
Trustee since 2011

Jackson Farrow is general counsel and managing director at Stephens Capital Partners, LLC, an affiliate of Stephens Inc. Farrow is a graduate of Davidson College and the University of Arkansas, where he earned both his masters of science in accounting and his law degree. He is a member of Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock.

Mr. John Hartman
Houston, Texas
Trustee since 2012

John Hartman is vice chair of the Austin Seminary’s “Weaving Promise and Practice into Ministry” Campaign Steering Committee. Now retired, he was a chemical engineer and co-founder of Lubrication Systems Company. His wife. Judye, has also been a trustee. They belong to Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston where they lead a Bible study discipleship class and serve in other leadership capacities.

The Reverend Ann Herlin
Alexandria, Virginia
Trustee since 2014 

Ann Herlin (MDiv’01) has been associate pastor of The Old Presbyterian Meeting House in Alexandria, Virginia, for thirteen years. She serves on the Church Development Committee of National Capital Presbytery. A graduate of Yale University and Austin Seminary, she was recipient of the Seminary’s prestigious Stitt Fellowship and attended a six-week clergy study program at Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem in 2009. 

The Reverend Rhashell Hunter
Flint, Michigan
Trustee since 2013

Rhashell Hunter is director of racial ethnic and women’s ministries / Presbyterian Woman within the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the PC(USA). She has served as the pastor of Community Presbyterian Church in Flint, Michigan, and as associate pastor for Worship, Music & the Arts at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago. She received the Doctor of Ministry in Preaching and the Master of Divinity at McCormick Theological Seminary where she earned several honors. She also earned a Master of Fine Arts from Trinity University and a bachelor of arts in drama and journalism from the University of Houston.

Mr. Roy M. Kim
Austin, Texas
Trustee since 2010

Roy Kim has been an engineer at IBM since 1979. Among his achievements are six patents, earning him the 4th Level IBM Patent Invention Achievement Plateau and a Division Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement for PowerPC Platform. A member of Austin Korean Presbyterian Church, he is an elder and chair of the Building Committee.

The Reverend James Lee
Austin, Texas
Trustee since 2010

James Lee, a 2000 graduate of Austin Seminary, is pastor of New Covenant Fellowship of Austin, a newly chartered multicultural Presbyterian church. He has worked as field staff for the General Assembly Office of Multicultural Ministries and currently serves on the African Council for the Synod of the Sun and on the board of Mo Ranch.

The Honorable Lyndon L. Olson Jr., Vice Chair, Institutional Advancement
Waco, Texas
Trustee since 2009

Lyndon Olson is an active member of the Council of Foreign Relations and the Council of American Ambassadors. He served as the US Ambassador to Sweden from 1998-2001 and before that as the President and CEO of Travelers Insurance Holdings. He is a former member of the Texas State House of Representatives serving from 1973-1978. A graduate of Baylor University and Baylor Law School, Olson lives in Waco, Texas and is an elder at Central Presbyterian Church of Waco.

The Reverend Jeffrey Kyle Richard, Vice Chair, Student Life
Austin, Texas
Trustee since 2008

Educated at Texas Christian University and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Jeffrey Richard also completed coursework in public policy studies during an invitation-only program at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. He also attended Harvard Divinity School. In 1998, Mr. Richard was the recipient of the Hammer Award for Re-engineering, given by the Vice President of the United States, for his participation on a team that created a onestop website, statelocal.gov, still in use today. Richard is an associate minister and gospel organist at Saint James Missionary Baptist Church in Austin. He is serving a second six-year term as Vice Chair of the Board of the multi-county Austin Community College District.

The Reverend Lana Russell
Austin, Texas
Trustee since 2013

Lana Russell is vice president of several family-owned and -operated oil and gas companies based out of Midland, Texas. She serves on the Adult Ministry and Stewardship Committees at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Austin. She was director of Alumni and Church Relations for Austin Seminary until 2012 and also served as associate pastor of Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She was awarded the Charles H. Jagow Prize in Preaching at Princeton Theological Seminary (2003) and earned master of theology and master of divinity degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary. She also earned a bachelor of arts from the University of Texas, Permian Basin, in religion and psychology.

Ms. Lita Simpson
McAllen, Texas
Trustee since 2011

Lita Simpson is the director of youth ministry for Mission Presbytery. She also serves on the Committee for Preparation for Ministry of Mission Presbytery, the Board of El Instituto, and previously served as the executive director for John Knox Ranch Search Committee. Simpson also currently serves on the General Assembly Nominating Committee. She is an elder and Youth Sponsor at First Presbyterian Church, McAllen. She and her husband Robert have three daughters.

Ms. Anne Vickery Stevenson
Sugar Land, Texas
Trustee since 2008

Anne Stevenson has served as a community advocate in health and women’s issues since 1981. She received her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Houston and briefly taught elementary school. Stevenson has held director positions at both Tradition Bank and Texas Coastal Bank since 1995. She served as a member of the board and also president of Fort Bend County Family Health Center and has served as a Bible study leader at The Women’s Home in Houston, Texas, since 1997. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Houston for thirty-four years and currently attends Memorial Drive United Methodist Church. Her father, Edward D. Vickery, served on the Seminary’s Board of Trustees for eighteen years, seven of those as board chair.

The Reverend Karl Brian Travis
Ft. Worth, Texas
Trustee since 2008

Karl Travis is pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth, Texas.  Prior to that he served Grosse Ile Presbyterian Church in Grosse Ile, Michigan, and congregations in Roswell, New Mexico, and Clermiston, Scotland. He is a frequent preacher and retreat speaker, has chaired the denomination’s Special Offerings Review Task Force and numerous presbytery and synod committees. He graduated magna cum laude from Trinity University in San Antonio and was awarded an Honours BD from The University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Mr. Carlton Wilde Jr.
Houston, Texas
Trustee since 2011

Carlton Wilde is a partner at Crady, Jewett & McCulley LLP in Houston, Texas. He practices general commercial litigation, with an emphasis on contract disputes, shareholder suits, employment law, trade secrets litigation, commercial landlord-tenant law, and legal malpractice defense. He attended the College of William and Mary and received a degree in economics from The University of Texas. He graduated from the University of Houston College of Law, where he was the senior
associate editor of the Houston Law Review. A former clerk of session, he is a member of First Presbyterian Church, Houston.

Mr. Hugh H. Williamson III
Denver, Colorado
Trustee since 2012

Hugh Williamson is serving his third term on the Board of Trustees. He is chairman and CEO of XeDAR Corporation and is a member of Central Presbyterian Church in Denver. He serves on the Steering Committee of Austin Seminary’s Comprehensive Campaign, “Weaving Promise and Practice into Ministry,” as well as on the boards of the Boy Scouts
of America, Denver Council, and the Falcon Foundation at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

 

Trustees Emeriti

Stephen A. Matthews
, Pine Bluff, Arkansas
John M. McCoy Jr., Dallas, Texas
Max R. Sherman
, Austin, Texas
Louis H. Zbinden Jr., 
San Antonio, Texas



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