Who We Are

The Rev. Frank W. Hughes, Interim Rector

The Rev. Frank W. Hughes is the Interim Rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Nacogdoches, Texas. He is a priest of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana, and has been in ordained ministry since his ordinations as deacon and priest in 1981 in the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.

He has served Episcopal Churches in Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Louisiana. He has most recently been Interim Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Longview, Texas.

A graduate of Texarkana, Arkansas, High School, he graduated from Hendrix College in 1975, with a major in religion. His Master in Divinity degree is from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, and he also earned the M.A. in New Testament and Early Christian Literature from the University of Chicago in 1981 and the Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1984. He was also a Fulbright scholar at the Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen, Germany. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas. He is secretary-treasurer of the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars. He has taught New Testament in training programs in four dioceses of the Episcopal Church. He was Senior Lecturer in New Testament at Codrington College in Barbados, in affiliation with the University of the West Indies. During his time in the Caribbean, he was an Appointed Missionary of the Episcopal Church.

Dr. Hughes’ research has focused on the letters of the Pauline corpus in the New Testament and how they used rhetoric. His work frequently combines rhetorical criticism, form criticism, and historical criticism in order to illuminate the historical situations in which Paul and others wrote the letters attributed to Paul. Dr. Hughes is the author of one book, sixteen articles, and eight reviews.

Rev. Frank Hughes can be reached by cell phone at 318-299-0079 or by email:
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The Rev. Michael Caldwell, Associate Rector, Youth Ministry Coordinator and Chaplain of Christ Episcopal School


Fr. Michael joined the Christ Church community in March of 2016. A native Texan, he and Dawn, his wife of sixteen years, and their Cairn terrier Little One, left the cold of Wisconsin for East Texas – and are happy to be here. Prior to serving in Wisconsin, Fr. Michael served in Fort Worth where his primary ministries were to youth and young families. Fr. Michael brings his gifts of pastoral care, healing and shepherding to Christ Church and Christ Episcopal School, where he serves as Chaplain.

Fr. Michael earned an M.Div. from The School of Theology at The University of the South in Sewanee, TN., and an MBa from Schiller International University in Heidelberg, Germany. He also earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio. His resume includes computer programming for the Air Force, Customer Support, and just about everything for the Caldwell family business. Fr. Michael has been a member of Rotary International since 1995. He holds a black belt in Kajukembo and a brown belt in American Kenpo and other disciplines.

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Deacon- The Rev. Wanda Cuniff

Deacon Wanda was ordained in February 2007 and graduated from the Iona School for Ministry. As deacon, she gives of her time to local outreach ministries,  particularly Love In the Name of Christ, 21/7, and helps with pastoral care for our parish. She is Chaplian for the Daughters of the King , a licensed Spiritual Director, and a graduate of Education for Ministry.  She is a graduate of the University of Texas with a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. She is married to Troy Cuniff, and they have two grown children and four grandchildren. She serves on the Kitchen Cabinet for the Episcopal Health Foundation, on the Board of Independence Manor, and the faculty of the Iona School.

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College Missioner, The Rev. Ashley Cook

The Rev. Ashley Cook was ordained into the priesthood in 2015. She has worked at St. Cyprians in Lufkin and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Woodville, TX. She is married and has one daughter and has a heart for College Ministry.

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Parish Secretary, Crystal Nett


Mrs. Crystal Nett has been the Parish Secretary of Christ Church since 2001. She grew up in Dallas and attended Dallas Community College. She is married to Don Nett and they have a son.

Crystal can be reached at 936-564-0421.

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Tara Rollins, Child Care Coordinator

Tara Rollins is the nursery director and resource person for Children’s Church. She and her husband have three boys. She teaches PreK at Nacogdoches Christian Academy.

Dr. Ping-Ting Lan, Church Organist


Dr. Ping-Ting Lan, a native of Taiwan, holds BA, MM and DMA degrees in Piano Performance from the University of North Texas. She has worked for SFA as a staff accompanist, adjunct faculty and Music Prep piano teacher and has performed as a soloist, duo pianist and chamber musician in the United States and in Taiwan. Dr. Lan has served as a church organist along with her husband, Dr. James Pitts, at Westminster Presbyterian Church for the last seven years. They have one son, Adrian, who is ten years old.

Dawn Caldwell, Outreach Coordinator


Dawn hails from Wisconsin and grew up in Wyoming. Once she met Michael, she just couldn’t wait to get to Texas; but she did – they were engaged for four years! Born into the Roman Catholic Church, Dawn enjoyed attending a variety of mainstream denominations as she grew up. She brings her experience and love for evangelism, outreach, and hospitality to Christ Episcopal Church.
Before becoming a clergy spouse, Dawn was a Hotel Manager for almost 15 years, as well as a leader with Creative Memories for 25 years. Once a professional photographer, she still loves painting with light. She enjoys participating in and leading Bible Studies for women (including Bible Study Fellowship and Beth Moore), and was a small group leader of 13 & 14 year old girls.
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Nita Hudson, Choir Director

Nita Hudson is a member of the music faculty at SFASU teaching Applied Voice and working extensively with the Opera Workshop program as Assistant Director/Production Stage Manager. Nita has assisted with over 50 opera productions at SFASU. She received her BM in Music Education and MM in Vocal Performance/Vocal Pedagogy from SFASU. Nita has been the Choir Director at Christ Church for over 20+ years. She is active in musical theatre, both performing and helping produce over 40 musicals at the Lamp-Lite Theatre in Nacogdoches.

Vestry Members

Dr. Dennis Coffman, Senior Warden

Jeannie Summers, Secretary

George Barham

Ed Mac Benchoff

Marsha Blount

Ron Collins

Bryan Davis

Judy Huey

John Mast

Derek Snyder

Jean Stephens

Bill Watkins

Lay Delegates to the Diocesan Council

Dennis Coffman

Lisa Kennedy

Mary Pack

Bill Watkins