The Reverend Milton E. Black, Jr., Rector

A pastor and a shepherd at heart, Milton’s passion is to share the abundant life of Christ with each person in every season of life, walking with individuals through pain and joy, celebrations and sorrows. He sees this life as a great journey, on which we all get to walk together, helping each other along the way. Milton is a “cradle Episcopalian” and a native Texan. He has a BA in Economics and a MBA, both from the University of Texas at Austin. With his concentration in business, Milton worked in the mortgage banking business and then in the oil and gas industry for nine years before he discerned a call to ordained ministry. In 1997 he answered that call, attending Virginia Theological Seminary and graduating with a Master of Divinity in 2000. He was ordained a Deacon in 2000 and a Priest in 2001. Milton served Trinity Episcopal Church in Longview, Texas in the Diocese of Texas, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sonora, Texas, and as the Archdeacon of the Diocese of West Texas. In August of 2008, Milton joyfully answered the call to become the sixteenth rector of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd.Milton has been very active in world mission, serving on teams in Honduras, Bolivia and Uganda. He is equally active in the Diocese of West Texas, with past representation at General Convention in 2009, at the Provincial Synod and currently serving on the Development Board of the Diocese. He also served as Trustee for TMI-The Episcopal School of Texas.Milton is married to Elizabeth Head Black, and together they share a life of ministry. They have two teenage boys, Milton and Nelson, who are the joys of their lives. Together they love to golf, hike in the mountains of Colorado, and hunt and fish in South Texas.

The Reverend Philip W. May, Associate Rector

Philip sees ministry as using the gifts one has been given for the good of the Church. A natural teacher, his greatest joy in ministry comes from the opportunities he gets to bring the Christian story alive, in ways that change how we think of ourselves, and how we choose to live. Our story is old, but it is always surprising!Philip is a native of Canada, and was raised in Toronto, Ontario. His early formation consisted of equal parts hockey, school, family, and the Anglican Church of Canada, sister church to the Episcopal Church of the United States.Philip earned a BA and MA in philosophy from the University of Western Ontario (go Mustangs!), and was working on his PhD, when he felt a call to ordained ministry. With very wise counsel and discernment, he pursued that path, earning a Master of Divinity from Trinity College at the University of Toronto. He was ordained a priest in 1990. He served ten years in the Diocese of Toronto as Priest in Charge of a small suburban parish, and Rector of an established urban parish. Following a move to Austin, Texas, he served as an assisting priest for ten years at St. Luke’s on the Lake (Diocese of Texas). Philip answered the call to serve at the Church of the Good Shepherd in September of 2010.Philip is married to Alice Stewart and together they have two children, Alexander and Linnea. They love to ski, when they get the chance. Philip also loves climbing and mountaineering. However, with few mountains to climb in Corpus Christi, he is fulfilling a lifelong dream of learning to surf.