Texas Episcopal Service Corps began as an idea in September 2012. A month later, Nikki Blount, the founding program director, gathered a group of Episcopal leaders in the central Houston area to create a concrete vision for this new endeavor in the Diocese of Texas. The newly-formed steering committee went straight to work by recruiting host site partners and establishing a network of churches and individuals to invest resources into the ministry known originally as Bayou City Service Corps.
Bayou City Service Corps was accepted as an official Episcopal Service Corps program in April 2013, and in August, Bayou City kicked off its inaugural year with four fellows. As the year moved ahead, the diocese had a continued vision to open a second site in Austin. This endeavor led to an identity change in the program from Bayou City Service Corps to Texas Episcopal Service Corps. We gratefully served the Austin community for two fruitful years from August 2015 until July 2017.
When Hurricane Harvey struck Texas in 2017, our leadership decided to expand and utilize Texas ESC to help communities who are in most need of recovery. In the spring of 2018, Faith Lutheran in Dickinson, TX began renovations of a home on its campus to house corps members who will help the Galveston County community recover and rebuild. Through this partnership, we are grateful for the opportunity to serve alongside our Lutheran family.
As the program moves forward, Texas ESC continually transforms the lives of young adults, our partners, and serves as a model for missional community for the people in the Diocese of Texas.
Staff and Leadership
Nick Puccio // Program Director // He oversees the operation of the service year, recruits corps members, and maintains relationships between the program and its partner organizations.
Jason Evans // Missional Communities // Jason is the Missioner for Missional Communities for the Diocese of Texas and provides support for the Program Director and corps members of Texas ESC.