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.

As the program moves forward, Texas ESC continually transforms the lives of young adults, our partners, and serves as a missional model of ministry for the people in the Diocese of Texas. We have returned our focus to the Houston area and carry on our mission of serving the Bayou City community.


Nick Puccio // Program Director // Nick has served as Program Director since June 2015. A member of the Diocese of Texas since childhood, Nick brings his passion for service year from his time as an AmeriCorps member in Austin, TX. He values the strong sense of community in Texas Episcopal Service Corps and is inspired by the growth of each member every year.

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