Ordained in 1987, The Rev. Jim Morrison has found great joy as serving as a priest for the past 33 years. After receiving a Masters in Divinity at University of St. Mary of the Lake he served four Roman Catholic Parishes in the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux. Working side by side with the lay leaders in these communities he gathered the youth, called forth the young adults, journeyed on missions, opened educational opportunities for offenders, nurtured vocations, cried, laughed and celebrated God’s grace together. Led by the Spirit of God to the Episcopal Church, he entered this communion in 2011. After being accepted as a candidate of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, he earned a degree in Anglican Studies from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. In 2013 I was received as a priest in the Diocese of Louisiana. Fr Jim served first at Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans as minister of Newcomers and Educational Formation. After being called as rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal he moved further up the streetcar line to the Carrollton neighborhood. "Currently our community is growing and our parish is alive with laughter, bound together by grace, and enriched by worship, mission and inclusion". Click here to reach out to Fr Jim.
Fr Jim is the Rector (Priest and Pastor) of St. Andrews.
Taylor Cheek grew up in the Episcopal church in Mississippi and has been a Vestry member at St. Andrew's since the spring of 2019. Taylor is the Organizer and serves children and adults with special needs through a summer camp, quarterly events and a youth group. Taylor is the Special Education Coordinator for an independent charter school that is in the Carrollton
neighborhood, just a few blocks away from St. Andrew's.
Taylor is consistently spiritually renewed and enthused by the precedent that St. Andrew's has set for communities truly celebrating and engaging people with special needs, filling a gap in New Orleans and the regional community. When she's not working or hanging out with Camp Able NOLA campers, Taylor enjoys playing soccer with her dog, tending to the St. Andrew's chickens, and all things outside or on the water.
Taylor can be reached view email here.
Kathleen Mulvhill joined the Episcopal Church in 1995, first in New Orleans, followed by several years in her home state of Massachusetts, and now back in New Orleans. She has been a member of St. Andrew's Church since 2016, was elected to Vestry in 2017, and has been privileged to serve as Stewardship Chair. She served in the same capacity at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Newburyport, MA, and served on the board of Trinity Episcopal School, New Orleans. She is a semi-retired writer, a former journalist and nonprofit fundraiser.
"I believe we are born to this earth to be good stewards of it, to serve others through God's love, and to live the whole manner of our lives, as much as possible, with spiritual and moral integrity."
Kathleen currently serves the people of St. Andrew's as Facilitator of Stewardship.
Kathleen can be reached via email here.
Olin Parker has served on the Vestry of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church since 2015, and has served as Senior Warden until 2021. He also serves as a board member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. Olin has assisted in numerous church ministries, including music, stewardship, the St. Andrew’s Pumpkin Patch, children’s liturgy, and efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Olin has spent his entire career in education, most recently as an administrator at the Louisiana Department of Education where he worked with charter and nonpublic schools across the state. Olin is also a longtime youth sports coach and a former chairperson of the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization. In November of 2020, Olin was elected to serve a term on the Orleans Parish School Board.
Olin is very grateful to be a part of and serve the St. Andrew’s community with his wife Rachael and three children.
Olin currently is serving as the Facilitator of our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts.
Olin can be reached via email here.
Deirdre Rafferty Cullen was born and raised in New Orleans, the youngest of four sisters born in four years soon after WWII. Her heritage is unusual, 50% Irish Traveler, 49% Irish. Her mother's parents raised her Catholic. She moved a number of times for good reasons, but every time the mission was satisfied, her love for New Orleans called her back. Her first exposure to the Episcopal Church was at St. George's in Fredericksburg, VA on trips to visit her step-daughter. She sporadically attended St. Peter's in St. Petersburg, FL. She loved the sermons and the prayerful liturgy. Back in New Orleans she started looking for an Episcopal Church with a plan to visit several. She started at St. Andrew's, 7 blocks from home, and was moved by Fr Morrison's sermons, his attitude and the warmth and learning opportunities this gracious community offers. She stopped looking.
She serves on the Vestry as the Junior Warden and works in the office as a helper and fixer. Her personal work history ranges from janitor's helper to licensed Professional Engineer. After her husband Jack Cullen died, she retired from a local Fortune 500 company. For 21 years she has worked in nuclear generation controls, communication design, as a planner of high voltage transmission, and as expert in consulting on FERC transmission rule-making and compliance. I graduated locally as an EE from Tulane School on Engineering in 1987 and from A.B. Freeman School of Business with an MBA in 2000. She is the mother of Ramona Catalanello, an artist who lives in upstate NY, and Rebecca Catalanello, a journalist and mother of her grandchildren, Aida and Auden Myers. They live nearby. When growing up, she wanted to be part of a great loving family. The Lord has given her this gift, in spades. Her best friends are members of her family.
Diedre currently serves St. Andrew's as the Facilitator of the Safe Guarding God's Children Program. For more info about the safe guarding programs:
Diedre can be reached via email here.
Brother Todd van Alstyne is a Life Professed Anglican Dominican Friar serving the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana. He is a retreat leader, spiritual director, and Chaplain/Religion teacher at St. Andrew's School. He is a graduate of Kuyper College, the Jerusalem University College and Princeton Theological Seminary.
Br Todd serves the diocese primarily in his preaching ministry which is what his Order is all about. He typically preaches at St. Andrew's the second Sunday of the month. He serves on the Diocese of Louisiana's Executive Board and the Commission on Ministry. Br Todd is also the Director of Advent House, a ministry of Spiritual Direction and Resources baased at Christ Church Cathedral.
Br Todd is married to Tim, a Case Manager for St. Thomas Community Health Center in New Orleans. They live in Uptown with their cat, Guillaume and two chickens: Daisy and Violet.
Br Todd serves St. Andrew's as Business Manager.
Br Todd can be reached via email here.