Leadership

Pastors & Staff

Rev. Karl Griswold-Kuhn

Rector (Lead Pastor)

Karl grew up in upstate New York and became a Christian at the age of 14 in a non-denominational church.  He attended Portland (Oregon) Bible College after high school with hopes of becoming a youth pastor.  God clearly had other plans and he ended up attending the State University of New York at Albany and double majored in Philosophy and Political Theory. He was confirmed into the Episcopal Church in 2008 where he discerned a call to the priesthood.  He attended Berkeley Divinity School at Yale and was ordained in the Diocese of Albany in June 2011 and became rector of a small parish in Kinderhook, NY for 3 years before moving 60 miles north to Glens Falls where he served as rector of Church of the Messiah for 6 years.  Karl has been serving as rector of Christ Church in Nacogdoches since August of 2020 and is married to Jen and has a daughter named Judith.

Rev. Michael Caldwell

Associate Rector , Chaplain to 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.

Rev. Wanda Cundiff

Deacon

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 Chaplain 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.

Crystal Nett

Parish Administrator

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.

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.

Dr. Ping-Ting Lan

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.

Lori Cotten

Bookkeeper

Lori is a Christian and native Texan, holds a BA in Accounting from Stephen F. Austin State University. She has served as the Financial Secretary since November 2018. Lori is married to Travis and they have two children, Abigail and Weston.  She enjoys running, reading and her family.