Rev. Gail Williford
Spiritual Formation and Programs
Room S-300B. Extension 20
Ministry Assistant: Kathryn (Kat) Jordan Denton
Gail was so inspired as a member of St. Paul’s during her young adulthood that she felt the call to ministry and has been appointed here since completing her Master of Divinity at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Also a graduate of the three-year Spiritual Direction training program at The Cenacle, she is a Certified Spiritual Director.
A Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum, Gail was not only a lay leader at St. Paul’s prior to entering the ministry but a civic leader. She was president of the Houston Homeowners Association, an organization concerned with quality of life issues such as noise, zoning, schools, and population sprawl.
Gail was born in Dayton, Ohio, but as a “military brat,” she lived all over the world. She holds an A.B. from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, with majors in history and political science. Her early professional experience includes school teacher, computer programmer, and systems analyst.
She found St. Paul’s when she was “running late,” and she has been here ever since. Her now-adult children attended St. Paul’s School and grew up in the church. She “loves the people, loves the facility, and loves the music.”
And others can’t help but love Gail. She is a favorite officiant for member weddings. Many newcomers first get to know her as the teacher of “Exploring St. Paul’s,” a class that introduces new and prospective members to St. Paul’s, the United Methodist Church, and Christianity.
A strong believer in the meditative, spiritual power of the Labyrinth, Gail was instrumental in St. Paul’s hosting a Labyrinth workshop featuring renowned Labyrinth champion Rev. Lauren Artress. Gail leads St. Paul’s intercessory prayer group and spiritual development retreats throughout the year as well as the Evangelism team and staff program cluster.
She will retire from the clergy at the 2013 meeting of the Texas Annual Conference, but will return to St. Paul's in a part-time staff position to lead Spiritual Formation.
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