Barbara King Payne

Date: 
2013-05-14

Musician, teacher, tour organizer and guide, trustee, campaign co-chair. Your many gifts gracefully shared with the church worldwide have been an inspiration and blessing to all who have been touched by your ministries.

You have shared your musical expertise through teaching and performance as harpist and pianist with the Beaumont Symphony and Civic Opera, through participation with church choirs, and through service on the board of Young Audiences, a national organization that supports and promotes the arts for young people.

You have organized and led trips to Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Russia and China. Your appreciation for world cultures and your keen sense of design and style led you to serve as director for the procurement of crèches from Anglican Provinces worldwide for the Peace Museum in Bethlehem. You were appointed Liaison to the spouses of Episcopal Church bishops for the 1998 Lambeth Conference.

St. James’ House, Baytown, Texas; Friends of Nursing, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Houston; and the Anglican Communion Compass Rose Society have been blessed by your loving service as a trustee.

While your husband, Claude, was rector of St. Martin’s, Houston, you co-founded and served as buyer for the Gift Shoppe, which provides funds for outreach activities of the church.

To help put Claude through seminary, you taught grade school. The seminary faculty offered mini courses for the wives of seminarians, all of whom were men at the time. Sage advice offered by the faculty, which you took to heart, was never to criticize Claude’s Sunday sermon until at least Tuesday.

At last, with more time to enjoy your friends and family, or reading, gardening, playing bridge or golf, you accepted this seminary’s request to co-chair the Campaign for Leadership, a three-year fundraising commitment. With deep gratitude for your leadership and in recognition of your life of ministry and support, Seminary of the Southwest is pleased to bestow upon you the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.


Austin, Texas                                                                                                                                   May 14, 2013