The Stanton Center seeks to restore the historic role of the Cathedral as the center for mission and spiritual life in the Diocese of Dallas. The focus of the Center’s mission is to equip and sustain lay and ordained leaders, enabling them to carry out the Great Commission and the Great Commandment. In this way, the Center assists the Diocese in nurturing and maintaining the sacred traditions of the Church and enabling all Christians to answer the call to ministry which we receive in Baptism.




The Right Rev. James Stanton

Consecrated the sixth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas on March 6, 1993, Bishop Stanton’s episcopacy was well-known for his strong advocacy of biblical authority and his success in strengthening mission and evangelism ministries throughout the diocese. The Stanton Center is honored to once again begin the faculty list with the namesake of the school, a scholar whose life and ministry has reasserted traditional values of Christian faith, order, and morality.

  • D.D., Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, CA
  • D.D., Nashotah House, Nashotah, WI
  • D.D., University of the South, Sewanee, TN
  • D. Min., Southern California School of Theology, Claremont, CA
  • C.A.S., Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, CA
  • B.A., Chapman University, Orange, CA


The Rev. Canon Victor Lee Austin, Ph.D.

Father Austin is Theologian-in-residence for the diocese. His books include Up with Authority: Why We Need Authority to Flourish as Human Beings; Christian Ethics: A Guide for the Perplexed; and Losing Susan: Brain Disease, the Priest’s Wife, and the God Who Gives and Takes Away. He is particularly interested in the intersection of theology and everyday life.

  • Ph.D. in Theology, Fordham University, The Bronx, NY
  • M.Div. cum laude, General Theological Seminary, New York, NY
  • M.A. in Education, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
  • B.A., St. John’s College, Santa Fe, NM


The Rev. Canon Michael R. Gilton

As Canon to the Ordinary of the Diocese, Canon Gilton supports Bishop Sumner’s vision and ministry. Before taking the position of Canon to the Ordinary, Canon Gilton planted St. Paul’s, Prosper and served as the Assistant Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Parish in Bakersfield, California. Canon Gilton has a heart for church growth and telling people the good news of who Jesus is and what he’s done.

  • M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary M.B.A., University of Houston
  • B.S.Ch.E., University of Arkansas


The Rev. Mark Hall

Deacon Mark serves at St. Matthew’s Cathedral.He also serves as Diocesan Deacon for Outreach and Social Justice.

  • Diploma in Diaconal Ministry, The Stanton Center
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.
  • B.A., Drake University, Des Moinses, IA


Canon Carrie Boren Headington

Carrie teaches and speaks throughout the United States and abroad.She serves as the Canon for Evangelism for the Diocese of Dallas.•Diploma in Theology, Evangelism, and Apologetics:Oxford University

  • M.A. in Education, Harvard University CTh, Cambridge, MA
  • B.A., Yale University, New Haven CT


The Rev. Canon Jordan Hylden

Canon Hylden is Canon Theologian for the Diocese of Dallas and Co-Vicar at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Dallas. He’s writing a Th D. dissertation at Duke in theology and ethics, and has previously taught at Lutheran Southern Theological Seminary (Columbia, SC) and St. Louis University (St. Louis, MO).

  • A.B., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • M.Div., Duke University, Des Moines, IA
  • Th.D. (cand.), Duke University, Des Moines, IA


Ms. Toni Luc-Tayengo

Toni has a degree in anthropology, spent two years working as a missionary in Africa, and is currently involved in ministry with Latinos and youth.

  • M. Div., Perkins School of Theology at SMU, Dallas, TX
  • B.A., Southern Methodist Universit, Dallas, TX


Mr. David Moser

David Moser is a PhD candidate in Christian theology at Southern Methodist University.His academic research focuses on the Christology of St. Thomas Aquinas and the general problems involved in giving an account of the person and work of Jesus Christ.His ecclesial vocation is to teach Christian doctrine as it has developed over the centuries along with its basis in Scripture, so that he and his students might know and love God more deeply.•Ph.D candidate, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

  • M.Div, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL
  • M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL
  • B.A., Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH


The Rev. Canon Diana Nelson Luck

Deacon Diana has been teaching the Diaconal courses for the Diocese of Dallas since 1999.She has served as a deacon at St. Matthew’s Cathedral since her ordination in 1996, and as Archdeacon of the Diocese for ten years.

  • L.M., The Anglican School of Theology, Dallas, TX
  • B.A., The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX


The Rev. Canon George Luck

Fr. Luck has been leading students into an understanding and appreciation of the Old Testament since 1972 and Spiritual Theology since 1998, first at the Anglican School of Theologyand now at the Stanton Center.

  • Honor Professor of Old Testament
  • M. Div., Philadelphia Divinity School,  Philadelphia, PA
  • B.A., University of North Texas, Denton, TX



The Rev. Ryan E. Pollock

Fr. Ryan serves as Curate for Young Adult and Youth Ministry at St. Matthew’s Cathedral and as an Assistant for Evangelism in the Diocese of Dallas.

  • M. Div., Nashotah House Theological Seminary, Nashotah, WI
  • B.A., Criswell College, Dallas, TX


The Rev. Dr. Marcia Pounders

Mother Marci is Associate at Church of the Ascension in Dallas. She had a distinguished career as Chaplain and Coordinator for Supportive, Palliative, and Hospice Services at Baylor University Medical Center and is currently a Spiritual Director in the SMU Perkins Spiritual Directors Network

  • D. Min., Perkins School of Theology, Dallas, TX
  • M.Div., Perkins School of Theology, Dallas, TX
  • B.S., University of Louisville, Louisville, KY


Christopher Wells, PhD.

Dr. Christopher Wells is executive director and editor of the Living Church Foundation, overseeing all of its publishing and teaching initiatives, fundraising, and staff. He is affiliate professor of theology at the General Theological Seminary and Nashotah House Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses on Augustine of Hippo, Thomas Aquinas, and Anglican ecclesiology. He has published articles on Aquinas and ecclesiology in various journals, and since 2011 has served as theological consultant to the Anglican-Roman Catholic Consultation in the U.S. (ARC-USA). Christopher is a member of Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, and enjoys reading, running, gastronomy, Notre Dame football, and all the arts.

  • PhD., University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
  • MAR, Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT
  • BA, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN


Ms. Abigail Woolley Cutter

Abigail has taught Latin, English, and theology at Friends University, Southern Methodist University, and classical Christian schools. She is now pursuing a PhD in Christian ethics at SMU and coordinating community Christian education events for The Living Church Institute.

  • MCS, Regent College, Vancouver, BC
  • B.A., Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL