Dr. Gary Mabry
Gary is in his 27th year as a choral director and voice teacher at UTSA. Prior to that he taught on the music faculties of Montana State University and Abilene Christian University. He served as Artistic Director and Conductor of the San Antonio Choral Society from 1993 to 2006. For several years, he was the Chorus Master of the San Antonio Opera. Gary has also served on the Executive Board of the Texas Choral Directors Association from 2012 to 2014 as Church Division Vice President. For seven summers he taught choral and vocal music at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan and has been involved in church music leadership for 48 years in congregations of the Church of Christ, the United Methodist Church, the Lutheran Church, the Christian Church, and the Presbyterian Church in Texas, Colorado, and Montana. For the past 10 years, he has served as Music Director for Travis Park United Methodist Church in San Antonio.
Gary received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Abilene Christian University, a Master of Music degree in Conducting from Hardin-Simmons University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Jeanne has been a member of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit since 2004. Her very first encounter with the Holy Spirit family was at an Episcopal Church Women's Meeting, where she was quickly enveloped with love and felt like part of the family instantly. Jeanne and husband John were married in the Episcopal Church in Houston in 1997. They have been blessed with two amazing children, Allie and Sam, and as a family have found many ways to enjoy serving Christ in His church.
Jeanne graduated from Pepperdine University with a BS in Management. She achieved her dream job as Operations Manager of an international company before motherhood called her to a new season of life and she became a stay-at-home mom. She then re-entered the work force as a Substitute Teach and then Lead Teacher for three-year-olds at a Mother's Day Out program, where she felt blessed to share Christ's love of little children. In her spare time, Jeanne enjoys scrapbooking with friends, crafting of any kind, and time with her family.
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Michelle Autry graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Family Studies and has done a variety of jobs. She has worked for a RV resort, bank, another Episcopal Church, and Child Protective Services. For the past year, her family has needed her full-time and she has enjoyed taking care of them and making memories. Her kids are all excited for school to start and she is ready to get back to serving God and her community through the Episcopal Church.
Michelle was introduced to the Episcopal Church when she met her husband, John, in 2004. She loved the welcoming spirit and connections that were created through more than just attending the Sunday services. She married John in 2005 and they have been blessed with 3 children, Keith (12), Luke (8), and Faith (6) and a rescue dog named Lil' Bit. She enjoys volunteering with her family at church and if she gets a moment to herself, she either reads, scrapbooks, or quilts. And her favorite color is purple!
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Lesli Budzinski has served as Director of the Mother's Day Out Preschool Ministry at Crossroads Baptist Church since 2015, after working as a preschool teacher in the program since 2011. Lesli is passionate about working with children and committed to providing a positive, loving, and fun Christian learning environment.
Lesli received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Radio & Television with an emphasis in Public Relations from Sam Houston State University. She has also received training and certification through the Texas Teachers Certification program. After graduating from college, Lesli worked in promotions for a local television station and then spent 17 years in the insurance industry with USAA.
Lesli and her husband Darren married in 2000 and have been blessed with four children: Abby, Ella, Lyla, and Bear. They are a busy family that enjoy outdoor activities and sports. Their children are involved in many activities from soccer and swimming to theatre arts and raising chickens. Her family attends the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit and enjoys serving their community. Lesli is excited and eager for the opportunity and responsibility to care for God's children at The Kids of the Kingdom.
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Douglas graduated from Warner Pacific University (Portland, OR) in 1982 with B.A. in Music Ed. and went on receive an M.S.T. in Music Ed. from Portland State University (Portland, OR) in 1989, and an M.A. in Counseling (pastoral care) from Western Seminary (Portland, OR) in 2005. He has been involved in music education throughout his life, having taught Kindergarten through high school. Most recently Douglas was choral director at Brennen High School (2011-2015) and is currently music specialist at Carlos Coon Elementary School (NISD). He has taught private piano, and is very active as an accompanist throughout the San Antonio area.
Douglas has been involved in ministry since 1980. He has served as music and worship leader in churches in Oregon, California, and Texas. He was also the senior pastor, as well as worship leader and choral director, of the Richmond Community Church (Church of God, Anderson, IN, affl.) in Portland, Oregon from 1996-2006.
Douglas and his wife Teri were married in 1984, and are the proud parents of five adult children and two beautiful grandchildren. Since joining the staff on September 1st, 2019, Douglas and Teri have so enjoyed the loving and welcoming family at Holy Spirit! In his spare time, Douglas greatly enjoys spending time with Teri and the grandchildren as well as reading, preferably out on the back deck! He always keeps two books going at a time, a work of fiction and a work of non-fiction.