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Our Priest


The Rev. Carissa Baldwin-McGinnis loves contemplative prayer and a good dance party. Before being commissioned to start Northside Episcopal Church in 2019, Carissa served Episcopal congregations in Houston and Los Angeles, worked in human rights in Washington, D.C. and was a community organizer in South Texas. She and her wife, Pam, are the proud parents of three extraordinary children. Carissa looks forward to meeting you and welcoming you to explore the spiritual community of Northside. 

Our Musician

Dina "Liz" Gutierrez - Interim Music Leader

Our Youth Coach: heart, mind, soul, strength

Joy Chanslor is a passionate leader and community advocate. Through a supportive and nurturing approach, she leads our youth activities to cultivate character, empower with essential life skills, and inspire a confident outlook on life. Joy is studying Political Science and Administration of Justice at Texas Southern University. In her free time, you'll probably find her sweating it out at the gym or hanging out with her family. Joy grew up in Houston and looks forward to connecting with the youth of our community and neighborhood.