Clergy and Staff

The Rev. Winston Rice
Interim Rector

Fr. Winston Rice returns to Christ Church Covington from an ongoing professional background in Maritime and Energy Law.  Since ordination to the Priesthood in the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana in 2005, Fr. Rice has served as Assistant and Associate Rector and Priest-in-Charge of Christ Church, Covington, Louisiana, and three months as Interim Rector at St. Matthew’s, Bogalusa, Louisiana. He is now Gulf Coastal Chaplain and Executive Director of Maritime Pastoral Institute. Fr. Rice is also active as a US Coast Guard Chaplain and Chaplain member of the Military & Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem. Fr. Winston assists with a variety of ministries and pastoral opportunities at Christ Church and provides a consistent and focused pastoral presence at Christwood.

rector@christchurchcovington.com
The Rev. Morgan MacIntire
Associate Rector

Morgan M. MacIntire+ is a cradle Episcopalian who graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2008. Christ Episcopal Church, where Morgan has served since 2015, is the third parish that she has served in. Previously, Morgan served for five years as the Rector of St. James in Shreveport, and for two years at Trinity Episcopal Church in Manassas, VA, as Associate Rector for youth and young adults. Morgan has been happily married to her husband, Angus, and together the two of them have three adorable children: Eleri, Eamon, and Eoin. Morgan swears by these things: Jesus, fine wine, fantasy football, soulful music, sarcasm and Orangetheory, and if given the opportunity, would love to discuss them with you.

mmacintire@christchurchcovington.com
The Rev. Dennis Ryan
Affiliated Clergy

Fr. Dennis Ryan was ordained to the priesthood in 1991 after a stint in the military and in the business world. He served at Trinity Church, Hattiesburg, MS and St. John's, Pascagoula, MS. After retiring from St. John's in 2013, he served as Interim Rector of Christ Church. When Fr. Bill Miller was called here as rector, Dennis accepted a position of Priest in Charge of St. Michael's, Mandeville. Deciding that he was ready to stop working full time, Dennis agreed to come back to Christ Church part-time. He oversees our Pastoral Care Ministries and is present for many of our Wednesday morning Bible studies and noon Eucharists. 

dryan5660@gmail.com
The Rev. Philip Wild, III
Deacon

Deacon Phil Wild rejoined the clergy staff of Christ Church in 2022. He was one of eight postulants formed and ordained to the Vocational Diaconate on October 23, 2005, in what has been called the Katrina Class of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana. Phil’s early formation was in the Roman Catholic Faith Tradition, and he was received into the Episcopal Church in 1974, prior to his marriage of 48 years to his wife Phyllis. He served full time as Deacon at Christ Church for four years, acolyte and Eucharistic minister mentor and spearheaded nursing home and homeless shelter weekly visits and donation collection and distribution. After an extended sabbatical in 2012, he was appointed by Bishop Thompson to serve as Diocesan Safety Manager which afforded him the opportunity to feel the pulse and priorities of each congregation in terms of mission and property upkeep. In November of 2018, Phil complied with mandatory age 72 retirement status. He has since been granted by the Bishop permission to serve part time as Vocational Deacon at Christ Church and is eager to participate however needed.

pwild3@hotmail.com
Elizabeth Turner
Parish Adminstrator

Liz Turner is a native of Louisiana. She grew up in Morgan City, went to Morgan City High School, and then lived in Lafayette for 14 years. She is currently attending Nicholls State University online to obtain her Bachelor's in Psychology. She originally was employed at Viemed where she worked in customer service and the insurance department for medical equipment. She moved to Madisonville in January 2021. She and her daughter attend Christ Church. She began her role as Parish Administrator in August 2021.

admin@christchurchcovington.com
Diana Branton
Communications Director

Diana Branton is the Communications Director and award-winning graphic designer for Christ Church. Coming to Covington in 2016 from a career in the horror movie industry, Diana brings with her a wide range of talents and abilities which Christ Church manages to put to excellent use. With a degree in History and a love of all things insufferable and scholarly, you may also find Diana teaching on a variety of subjects from Comparative Theology to Ethics. She enjoys learning musical instruments of all kinds, having delicious debates with her husband, Thomas, who is also an insufferable scholar, and mentoring her too-smart-for-their-own-good teenage children, Clara & Felix, in the ways of insufferable scholarhood.

publications@christchurchcovington.com
Blake Burns
Youth Ministries

Blake Burns has been with Christ Episcopal as Director of Youth Ministries since 2016. He comes from the Diocese of Texas where he had been working in Youth ministry since 2010 in churches large and small in the Houston area. Both Blake and his sister Marlee grew up in the Episcopal church with their mother, who still lives in Baytown, Texas. Blake graduated from University of Houston with degrees in Psychology, and Religious Studies; he says the Religious Studies degree was definitely the more fun one.

youth@christchurchcovington.com
Lynette Huron
Children's Formation Coordinator
lhuron@christchurchcovington.com
Kathleen Turner
Webmaster

Kathy Turner is a cradle Episcopalian who grew up in north Louisiana (Minden). She and her family moved Covington in 1981 and she has been involved in Christ Church since then. Although she is currently the webmaster, she has worked in several paid positions in the church such as newcomers and publications, as well as many volunteer roles and serving on the vestry. She also sings in the church choir and, when she is not at church, teaches Jazzercise. Kathy and her husband, Randy, are fortunate in the fact that all of their children and grandchildren live here and are often at church with them.

kturner@christchurchcovington.com
Christopher Smith
Audio Engineer/Videographer

Christopher Smith is the Broadcast Engineer and Videographer for Christ Church. Returning to Covington, where his ongoing professional career as a Creative Director, Instructor and Artist in Advertising & Broadcast Media first began, Christopher brings with him a wide gamut of well-honed skills with few boundaries. He has been with Christ Church as Audio Engineer since October of 2019, but soon added Videographer to his title, as the needs of the church shifted so quickly in March of 2020. Christopher, along with the Communications team, was instrumental in getting our services into virtual space without missing a beat. Christopher was awarded by the Louisiana Lt. Governor’s Office for his outstanding volunteer work as Chairman with Louisiana Main Street Association. Christopher comes from a strong family background in the arts with his formal education concentrated in Music Theory & Composition. When he is not working, he’s still creating… performing/recording music, cooking, fishing or building a robot at 3am. His true bliss however, comes from the joy and wonder in his granddaughter, Joon’s eyes as she’s shadowing his every move during visits to his country home under the long leaf evergreens, Whispering Pines.

christopher@christchurchcovington.com
Carolyn Parmenter
Director of Music

Carolyn came to Christ Church in 1995. With degrees in music and in law,  she is a singer, a choir director, and a lawyer. She is also a Benedictine oblate. The Benedictine motto is Ora et labora (Pray and work). One of the great joys of her life is getting to pray and work with the Christ Church Choir.  The Choir has the great privilege of studying and working together to sing the Psalms, the great hymns of the Church,  the rich choral literature of the Anglican tradition, and Gregorian chant. With the music illuminating the Word of God, our work together is community prayer, in which we find direction, strength, comfort, and glimpses of the Divine.  Carolyn’s continuing studies range from study with Alice Parker to study of Gregorian Chant at the Abbey of Saint-Pierre de Solesmes, in Solesmes, France, and with Father Columba Kelly at Saint Meinrad Archabbey in Saint Meinrad, Indiana. Her favorite liturgy is Evensong. She lives in an interspecies family, with two black Labrador retrievers.

quilisma@bellsouth.net
Iana Obolenska Moran
Organist
Matt Lemmler
Piano, vocals

Matt Lemmler After earning a Bachelor of Music from Loyola University and a Master degree from Manhattan School of Music in NYC, Matt toured four years with Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Phantom of the Opera. Once he finished touring, he came back to the Big Easy and sharpened his skills with some of New Orleans’ finest bandleaders, including Bob French and the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, Herb Tassin and the Blue Room Orchestra, and master clarinetist Pete Fountain. Lemmler has toured internationally performing at Jazz Fests, Jazz Masses, house concerts, and conducted clinics and workshops. When in New Orleans, Matt and the NOLA Jazz Revival (an Ubuntu of talented musicians, producers, and educators) can be found creating masterful recordings, original show productions, and unique learning opportunities throughout the communities. His upcoming eighth CD release, New Orleans In Stride, is a musical history tour through New Orleans music. 

Ashley Lemmler
Vocals

Ashley Smetherman Lemmler holds a B.A. from the University of New Orleans and an M.F.A. from Tulane University in Music/Vocal Performance. For the last 11 year, she has been the Choir Director at Fontainebleau High School in Mandeville, where her ensembles consistently earn Superior ratings at District and State Festivals.  She is also the Coordinator for the LA-ACDA's Youth Allstate Honor Choir. As a performer, Ashley is well known to Musical Theatre audiences in and around the New Orleans area, having played many leading roles at such venues as Tulane Summer Lyric Theater, JPAS, Rivertown Repertory Theater, and Le Petit Theatre.  Ashley also sings with the 11 piece dance band “Jubilation”, which she owns with her husband Michael, and has been a featured jazz singer in such local venues as the Ritz Carlton Hotel, The Windsor Court Hotel, the Monteleone Hotel's Carousel Bar, and Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans.

Bobby Coxe
Treasurer
Cindy Leaber
Bookkeeper

Cindy Leaber was born and raised in Thibodaux, LA. She has a B.S. in Finance from LSU and previously worked as a Municipal Bond Analyst with Morgan Keegan & Co. She and her husband, Tommy, moved to the Northshore in 1996 and have 2 children – Katherine and Evan. They currently reside in Mandeville and regularly attend Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. Cindy has worked for Christ Church since 2010 and is thankful to have had the opportunity to do so.

James Sandifer
Facilities Manager

Leaders of our related institutions

The Rev. Dr. L. Stephen Holzhalb Holzhalb, III
Director, Christwood

The Reverend L. Stephen Holzhalb, III, D. Min. has served as the Executive Officer of Christwood since January 2004. Previously the rector of the Episcopal Church that founded Christwood, he was the community’s first Board president. Fr. Steve was also instrumental in the founding of Christ Episcopal School, a day school adjacent to Christwood’s campus and St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Mandeville.

 

www.christwoodrc.com

John Morvant
Headmaster, Christ Episcopal School