| Senior Warden
Nan Mazza | Junior Warden
Nan came to St. Andrews just before Fr. Shirey left so that was about 40 years ago.
She was raised in the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church and joined the Episcopal Church shortly after she married. Her husband was in the military and wherever they moved there was an Episcopal church service where she felt God’s love. Nan says one of her most rewarding experiences at St. Andrews was when she became part of the Stephen Ministry. Bringing love and care to hurting people was a passionate and fulfilling ministry for her--and one of self discovery as well. Nan has been involved
in many ministries at St. Andrews including the St. John’s feeding program and
Blake was born and raised in Lawton, OK, and has lived here his whole life. He graduated from Westminster College in Fulton, MO, and continued his studies at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. After law school he spent four years on active duty with the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps entering the private practice of law after. A cradle Episcopalian, Blake is a life-long member of St. Andrew's, as were his parents and grandparents before him. Blake and his wife Ruth are the parents of three grown children, each of whom was raised within this church family, and are grandparents to an ever-growing gaggle of absolutely delightful, well-mannered, perfectly behaved, and obviously above-average grandchildren.
Bill found his way to St. Andrew’s after 40 years as a member of First Presbyterian Church in Lawton. Several family friends, including Dr. Charles and Betty Graybill
and Ginger Edens, who were members of St. Andrews touched his life long before
he became a member. Bill remembers a quote from a Presbyterian pastor who said whenever he vacationed he attended services at an Episcopal church. Bill says his guiding scripture is the Greatest Commandment, found in Mark 12:29-31. He also
says the Sanctus, when sung slowly brings him into meditation during the Holy Communion. Bill served as Senior Warden in 1996 and has served on several
vestries and other committees, including six years on the Church Property Committee.
Tom became an Episcopalian in 1965, after changing from the Lutheran
denomination. He found the Episcopal Church to be a non-judgmental faith
that only wishes to show the love of Christ to all. Tom became a member of St. Andrew’s in 1978 when he was assigned to Ft. Sill. He served in Episcopal churches around the world during his military career before returning to Lawton-Fort Sill in 1982. He has served on several vestries and at least one year as senior warden. Tom serves today as a Lay Eucharistic Minister. We are blessed that as part of his ministry he takes communion to members unable to attend.
Larry’s Lawton roots run deep; a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Larry returned home and purchased J.T. Neal Insurance Agency. Three years ago he
sold it to Insurica where he continues to work. With his wife Linda, Larry’s family,
now consisting of not only three children but also six grandchildren, have always
been active in church life. A few years ago the church they attended was at a crossroads in the direction it was going. Their previous church no longer aligned
with their beliefs. Knowing their struggle, several members of St. Andrew’s reached
out to support the family and invited them to attend a Sunday service. Many months later it became apparent that St. Andrews was where they belonged, and the Sacrament of Confirmation followed. Larry looks forward to supporting and participating in their new church home for many years to come.