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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

Thanh Montes began his musical journey for the Episcopal Church at Iglesia Episcopal San Mateo in Houston, TX, where he first played trombone before transitioning to guitar and vocal leadership from 2007 to 2017. Over the past 15 years, he has directed music for various congregations in the Diocese of Texas, emphasizing multicultural and multilingual music integration. Thanh's dedication to this approach has earned him invitations to lead and perform at numerous church-wide and diocesan events. Thanh is excited about fostering a spiritual experience and connection through musical worship at Northside.