Clergy and Staff

Our Clergy

The Rev. Andrea Polvino 

Supply Priest

While Fr. Jerald is away on sabbatical April 1 through July 31, the Rev. Andrea Polvino will serve as Supply Priest. Andrea is a 2008 graduate of the University of the South School of Theology and former Episcopal Missioner for Baylor University. She moved from Waco to Houston in 2011 to work as a hospital chaplain in the St. Luke Hospital System. A native of upstate New York, Andrea describes her current ministry as “itinerant preacher” serving as a supply priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. 

The Rev. Dr. Jerald W. Hyche


The Rev. Dr. Jerald W. Hyche was called as Rector of St. James the Apostle Episcopal Church in 2010. A native of Alabama, Jerald has been an Episcopalian since age 11. He is a 1982 graduate of the University of Alabama with a major in Communications. Before entering the ordained ministry, he worked as a journalist at newspapers across the South. Jerald continues to write and is a regular contributor to a variety of religious and other publications in the Diocese of Texas and nationally. He has worked as a reporter during two Episcopal General Conventions. Jerald says both vocations — journalism and the priesthood — are similar because they each are founded in a search for the truth and fairness for all.
Jerald defines the Christian life as relationship with God lived out with neighbor, a perspective that attracted him to focus on urban development and family issues as a reporter and one that continues to shape his calling as a priest.
After graduating from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2004, he served as curate at St. James Episcopal Church in Fairhope, Alabama. From 2006 to 2010, he served as associate rector at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, where his work focused on family ministries, discipleship, outreach and spiritual formation. Jerald received his Doctor of Ministry in 2022 from Virginia Theological Seminary.
Jerald and his wife, Colleen, live with their Great Pyrenees, Bentley. They have three adult daughters: Melanie, Suzannah and Caroline.

Our Staff

Jane Bates

Parish Administrator

An active parishioner, Jane has volunteered in the Church Office since 2011. For more than 20 years, she worked in the financial services industry, responsible for management, administrative and financial activities for both large and small companies. Jane attended New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M., majored in accounting and business administration. She and her husband, Gary, have lived in the Conroe area for more than 15 years.

Lacy Young

St. James School Director

Lacy Young became Head of St. James School in May 2024. She comes to us with years of experience in both the private and public-school as a teacher and as an administrator. She has an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction and B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Sam Houston State University. Lacy has an amazing wealth of knowledge and experience that will bring St. James Episcopal School into the future.