Our Clergy

Canon Missioner
The Reverend Virginia Frnka
(210) 863-1584


Gina was born in San Antonio but lived outside Marathon, Texas until the age of two when the drought of the 50's caused the family to move back to San Antonio. Gina graduated from Saint Mary's Hall in 1969, and the University of Texas in 1974 with a B.A. in History. She attended the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, earning a Master of Arts degree in pastoral counseling in 2002 and a counseling license in 2006. She entered the Junior class at Iona School for Ministry in 2007. After working as volunteer coordinator at the San Antonio Zoo and museum educator at the Institute of Texan Cultures, Gina began a 10 year career in hospice as director of volunteers, bereavement counselor and finally as chaplain. She moved to Goliad in 2004 as a chaplain for Hospice of South Texas. Two grandparents had been born in Goliad so the move seemed like coming home. Gina is currently in practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Gina was baptized and confirmed at Christ Church, San Antonio. She became a member of the Church of Reconciliation in San Antonio and made her Cursillo in 1995. Ministries included usher, altar guild, lay reader, Eucharistic Minister and Eucharistic Visitor and leader of Community of Hope. Gina's faith is founded in family, time spent in the mountains near Big Bend, hymns sung daily in chapel at Saint Mary's Hall, Cursillo and Centering Prayer. Gina's two grown children, Virginia and Richard, live in San Antonio. Virginia was ordained to the Diaconate by Bishop Reed on June 10, 2010 and to the Priesthood by Bishop Lillibridge on December 12, 2010.

The Reverend Doctor Robert Johnston
(361) 578-8271


"Doctor Father Bob" is a graduate of Wharton High School. He attended Schreiner Institute and then transferred to Baylor University. Following Graduation with BS in Biology, he attended Baylor college of medicine. Following Medical School Graduation, Bob was a resident in General Surgery which was finished in 1962, and a Fellowship in Cardio Thoracic Surgery was completed in 1965. He then was a member of the faculty in the department of Surgery, and eventually Professor of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. I have always been an Episcopalian, with my home parish in St. Thomas church, Wharton. The Church has been big part of my life. I graduated from EFM and in 2006 Bishop Lillibridge asked me to go to Iona School of Ministry." Bob completed his Senior year at Iona School of Ministry in the spring and was ordained to the transitional deaconate by Bishop Lillibridge on June 6, 2009 and to the priesthood by Bishop Reed on December 9, 2009. My passion in the Church is Curisillo and outreach. I love working with the small Churches as I see this as the first century Christians did.

The Reverend Gary D. Gooch
(512) 396-1451 or (512) 557-2500


Gary graduated from Oklahoma State University 1957 and 1967 with BS and MS in Chemical Engineering. He worked for Phillips Petroleum Company as a Process Development Engineer, then Senior Engineering Analyst in their computing department. Then he served in the US Air Force as a weather officer and forecaster, discharged with rank of Captain, USAFR. Graduated from Nashotah House 1974 Cum Laude. Gary was ordained Deacon 6/22/74 and Priest 12/21/74 by Bishop Chilton Powell of Oklahoma. He served as Curate at Grace Church, Muskogee, OK, as Vicar then Rector of St. Andrew's, Broken Arrow, and as Pastor of All Saint's Nova Cluster and vicar or rector of the four cluster churches in Pittsburg, KS, Ft. Scott, KS, St. Mary's, Galena, and St. Stephen's Columbus. Gary retired in 1996 (Diocese of Kansas) and moved to San Marcos, TX. Began working with Partners In Ministry in 1997, continuing to date.

Fr. Jim

The Reverend James M. Abernathey
(xxx) xxx-xxxx


James is a retired priest who served parishes in Palacios, Matagorda, Freeport, Silsbee, and Humble, all in Texas prior to his retirement in 2001. He studied civil engineering at Rice University and the University of Texas and practiced that profession before entering the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest, and was ordained in 1970. He currently lives in Palacios, Texas. He enjoys traveling and visiting his several children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.


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