The Rev. FR. Fabian Villalobos
The Rev. Fr. Fabian Villalobos was born in Bogota, Colombia to a family rooted from generations of faith and tradition where his vocation of service in the church and his call to the priesthood was fostered. He began studies in Colombia obtaining a B.A. in Philosophy. Fabian then moved to Italy where he earned a License in Systematic Theology, and also a M.A. in Ecumenism with focus on comparative Religions.
In 2002, Fabian was ordained a priest in the Roman Catholic Church in Italy. He immediately began serving as Rector of two congregations, one of whose church was established in the 11th Century with extraordinary architectural and artistic value. He also held positions at the diocesan level, and in various social organizations. He was a member of Pax Christi and the Cursillo Movement.
While in Italy, he approached the Episcopal Church, and after a lengthy period of discernment and prayerful reflection, he later moved to the United States where he has been dedicated to growing in the richness of the Anglican tradition. His formation was strengthened at the Bishop Stanton Center. During his reception process he served as Youth Director and also as Parish Administrator of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Irving, TX. On April 3, 2012, Fabian was officially received as priest in the Episcopal Church by the Rt. Rev James Monte Stanton of the Diocese of Dallas.
In 2011, Fr. Fabian served in Kairos Prison Ministry as a spiritual advisor and since February 2012, he has served on the Honduras Mission Team with the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Richardson, TX. Fr. Fabian also extended support to The Well, the Bridge Stewpot, Austin Street Centre, the Brotherhood of St. Andrew and Camp All Saints.
Fabian and his wife DeeAnn live in Irving, where they enjoy reading, going to the cinema and traveling. They have five children and grandchildren.
The Rev. Andrea Conklin, Deacon
Deacon Andrea was born and raised in New Jersey, just eight miles from New York City. A life-long Episcopalian, she attended Church of the Annunciation in Oradell, NJ until she and her husband George left the northeast for Oklahoma City and eventually Houston.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Roanoke College, Salem Virginia in 1972. Andrea has worked as a health educator for The March of Dimes and the Rape Crisis Centers in New York, Massachusetts and Oklahoma. She has always been an active lay person serving as senior warden, school board member, lay Eucharistic visitor, lector and Community of Hope facilitator both at St. Mark’s, Houston and St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital.
Andrea has completed 5 units of Clinical Pastoral Education and a one year residency at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital and Texas Children’s Hospital. Andrea served as deacon at St. Andrew’s, Houston before her move to Dallas. She also served on the World Mission Board primarily involved with the Diocese of Texas’s partnership with the Anglican Diocese of Southern Malawi and the Episcopal Relief and Development NetsForLIfe campaign.
After completing a three year program for the diaconate at the Iona School for Ministry, Andrea was ordained to the Episcopal Diaconate in Houston on June 19, 2010. Andrea and George have one daughter and two granddaughters living in Oklahoma.