St. Matthews Cathedral

Clergy & Staff


The clergy of St. Matthew’s Cathedral consists of ordained priests and deacons, each of whom serves a staff function in addition to the role as pastor to our congregation.

The Very Rev. Robert P. Price

Dean of the Cathedral

Dean Price (aka, Fr. Rob)  was born and raised in southern California. After receiving a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in American History, he became a teacher in a private school in St. Louis, where he met his wife, Kate. He then entered a Ph.D. program in History at Yale University before he met the Risen Jesus and heard a call to ministry. After completing his M.Div. at Yale, he has served on the staff of churches in St. Louis and Dallas and was called to be the Rector of St. Dunstan’s, Houston in 2005. After 13 years of blessed ministry there, he accepted the Bishop and Vestry’s invitation to begin a new chapter as Dean at St. Matthew’s. Along the way, he and Kate have had three boys: Matt, Thomas, and Chris. Fr. Rob is passionate about preaching and teaching on the Scriptures and leading a community in which a vibrant life in Jesus Messiah leads us all into God’s work of New Creation.”

The Rev. Canon Diana Luck

Deacon, Outreach

Deacon Diana coordinates the liturgical assistants and is involved in various outreach ministries. She attended the University of Texas at Arlington and is a graduate of the Anglican School of Theology. She was ordained as a Deacon of the Church in 1987. She served for many years as the Archdeacon of the Diocese of Dallas, coordinating the ministry of the deacons of the Diocese of Dallas. She has been on staff at the Cathedral since 1996.

The Rev. Mark Hall

Deacon, Pastoral Care

Deacon Mark coordinates the Cathedral’s pastoral care ministries and is involved in various outreach ministries.  He received a BA in Political Science from Drake University, a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center, and a Diploma in Ministry from the Stanton Center for Ministry Formation.  He was ordained as a Deacon of the Church and came on staff at the Cathedral in June 2014.

The Rev. Canon Pam Dunbar

Deacon for Christian Education

Known throughout the Diocese of Dallas as “Deacon Pam,” The Rev’d Canon Pam Dunbar retired from seventeen years service with the Diocese of Dallas as the Missioner for Christian Formation and Youth Ministries in 2017. She always considered the Cathedral her “home church” and has been assisting here for many years. She serves as Canon for Family Ministries and works with Children’s and Youth Ministries in a guidance capacity.

David Beadle The Rev. David Beadle


Father David leads our discipleship ministries with young adults and participates in a variety of other parish ministries. He graduated from Wycliffe College, receiving a Master of Divinity.

Victor Austin The Rev. Canon Victor Lee Austin, Ph.D.

Theologian in Residence

Father Austin is Cathedral Theologian-in-residence as well as Theologian-in-residence for the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. An Oklahoman, he went to college in Santa Fe and then seminary in New York, where he got stuck and served parishes in the Hudson Valley for nearly two decades. He was then Theologian-in-residence at Saint Thomas Fifth Avenue before finally returning to the Southwest and coming to Dallas in 2016. He has written about his late wife’s brain disease in Losing Susan. His theological interests concern how theology makes a difference to everyday life (he has written on friendship, for instance). He has two adult children and nine grandchildren.

Program & Administrative Staff

In addition to the many, many volunteers on whom we depend, St. Matthew’s Cathedral employs a paid staff of seven full-time and part-time non-ordained professionals — each bringing to their job a commitment to our mission and a steadfast love of the Lord.

Sarah Shafer

Director, Cathedral Montessori School

Cristina BallardCristina Ballard

Minister to Families with Children

Although Cristina has worked with children since before and then during college, she studied Vocal Performance at DBU, before turning her attention fully toward Education. She has been a Montessori guide for 12 years and holds Montessori teaching certifications in Infancy and Early Childhood, as well as a working certification in Elementary. Cristina has served in Children’s Ministry for 16 years in teaching and leading roles, she holds her certification in Godly Play and has served in Godly Play for 10 plus years. Her passion is to help children fulfill their God-given potential, and to guide them to know Him who created them and find their purpose in Him. Her absolutely favorite thing in life is having meaningful experiences with her husband and three boys.

Keith Franks

Director of Music and Organist

Keith Franks received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music and his Master’s Degree in Music at the University of North Texas in Denton. He sang in the St. Matthew’s Cathedral Choir from 1975 to 1976 and again in 1985.  As a young adult, he sang alto in the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys in San Francisco. Upon returning to Texas, he sang in the St. Mark’s School of Texas Evensong Choir and participated in two residency tours with the St. Mark’s Choir in 1988 and 1990 to Westminster Abbey, Magdalen College, St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh, and York Minster. He served as Assistant Organist at the Church of the Incarnation from 1996 to 2012 and accompanied the Incarnation Choir as organist on six residency tours in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2007, 2009, and 2011 at Westminster Abbey, Chichester Cathedral, Wells Cathedral, Lincoln Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral, St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral (Edinburgh), Lichfield Cathedral, Canterbury Cathedral, and St. George’s Chapel (Windsor) and for several CDs. Keith has served as Assistant Organist at St. Matthew’s since January 2014 and now serves as the Interim Director of Music and Organist of St. Matthew’s.  He has previously taught class piano and choir in the Dallas Independent School District and currently enjoys teaching World History and Advanced Placement Macroeconomics at North Dallas High School.

Paul Demer

Music Minister – Agape Service and Children’s Music Ministry

Paul has been helping congregations sing together for over 10 years. He and his wife, Trisha, started leading music at the Cathedral in 2020 and helped to start the Agape Service. Paul also works as a singer-songwriter, record producer, and outreach musician. He has released several albums of original music, played over 1,500 concerts in hospitals and nursing homes in partnership with the local non-profit Texas Winds Musical Outreach, and regularly produces records for other artists.

Katy White Katy White

Parish Executive Administrator

Katy recently shifted careers from private Christian education to the role of Parish Executive Administrator at St. Matthew’s. Katy handles the day-to-day business of the church, coordination of lay ministry, and the church’s various communication channels. She has always felt a calling to serve the church, she received her bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies and Humanities and her Master of Arts in Counseling. Katy and her husband Alex have two children, Tyson and Jameson.

Melissa TurnerMelissa Turner

Communications Assistant

Melissa graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2020 with a Master of Arts in Media Arts and Worship. She came to St. Matthew’s in early 2022 and quickly found a home in the Cathedral. Her primary role is to produce the service leaflets for Cathedral services. She also regularly serves during the Agape service each week, has been dubbed the Acolyte Master for youth acolytes, serves as needed with Cathedral Kids and has taken on a role of hospitality as a sexton on Sunday morning.

Joseph Bobadilla

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