Rev. Charles Graves IV, Missioner
Rev. Charles Graves IV is the Missioner for Houston Canterbury.
A native of Maryland, Charles is a seventh-generation cradle Episcopalian. He completed his undergraduate degree at Hampton University and served as a community organizer, campaign manager and in a U.S. Senator’s office on Capitol Hill before completing seminary at Yale Divinity School. Proficient in Spanish and Italian, he has also been a leader in multiple international missions, most notably as a published researcher in Ghana and as an Episcopal missionary serving refugees in Italy. Charles was ordained in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was also a member of the diocesan Standing Committee, and he has been a member of Diocesan Executive Council in two dioceses. For fun, Charles enjoys exploring around the city, taking time off at the beach, traveling, learning languages and most importantly, seafood.
He is beyond thrilled to join the incredible ministries of Houston Canterbury & St. Luke the Evangelist across the campuses, throughout the city and beyond. What an honor to serve Our Lord among the superb team that is the Diocese of Texas.


Maria Bautista Vargas, Missioner Associate
Maria Bautista Vargas is the Missioner Associate for Houston Canterbury, where her focus is developing an Episcopal presence at Texas Southern University and San Jacinto Central. Maria graduated from the University of Houston-Downtown with a B.S. in Psychology in 2018.

Prior to working with Houston Canterbury, Maria was working as a Community Organizer with The Metropolitan Organization (TMO), as well as the Youth Group Coordinator for Epiphany Episcopal Church. Maria was also a teacher assistant at Bethany Methodist Weekday School and a Camp Counselor for City Camp in Philadelphia.

Maria grew up within the Episcopal Diocese of Washington D.C. and moved to Houston in 2014, along with her parents, The Rev. Simon and Amarilis Bautista and her siblings Tito, Leaquina and Lily. With two parents from the Dominican Republic, Maria is bilingual in both Spanish and English. She enjoys musical theater, traveling and hanging out with her dog Milo.

Whether you are a student, a future student, a member of the faculty or staff, an avid alum, or a Houston-area clergy person with college students in your congregation, Rev. Charles and Maria want to connect with you.  Get in touch by email!