Upcoming Events
10/7     Kids Lock-In
10/7     Blessings of the Animals
10/8     Adult Formation   
            Blessing of the Animals
            Lunch Pals Training
10/10   Centering Prayer
            Outreach, Stewardship
10/11   Supper, Song & Prayer
            Adult Formation
10/15   Adult Formation
            Sandwich Sunday
10/17   Centering Prayer  
            Vestry
10/18   Supper, Song & Prayer
            Adult Formation
10/21   Sunset Eucharist
10/22   Adult Formation
10/24   Centering Prayer
10/25   Trunk or Treat
            Supper, Song & Prayer 
10/29   Adult Formation
            Lunch Pals Training
11/1    Supper, Song & Prayer
            All Saints Service
11/2     Requiem Service
11/5     All Saints Sunday
11/7     Centering Prayer
11/8     Supper, Song & Prayer
            Adult Formation
11/12   Consecration Sunday
            Festive Brunch
            Aftrican Team Ministers
11/14   Centering Prayer 
11/15   Supper, Song & Prayer
            Thanksgiving Dinner
11/19   Sandwich Sunday
            Aftrican Team Ministries
11/21   Vestry
11/23   Church Office Closed
11/24   Church Office Closed
11/26   Christ the King Sunday
11/28   Centering Prayer
11/29   Supper, Song & Prayer
12/3     First Sunday in Advent
12/5     Centering Prayer
12/6     Supper, Song & Prayer
            St. Nicholas
12/10   Nativity
12/12   Centering Prayer
            Outreach, Steward
12/13   Supper, Song & Prayer
            Adult Formation
12/17   Lessons & Carols
12/19   Centering Prayer
             Vestry
12/20   Supper, Song & Prayer
            Paternal Feast Day Service
12/24   Christmas Eve
            Harmony 5 p
12/25   Christmas Day Service
12/26   Church Office Closed
12/27   Supper, Song & Prayer
12/31   New Year's Eve
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Worship Schedule

Sunday:
Holy Eucharist with Healing
8:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary
10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

6:00 p.m. in the Chapel

Harmony Eucharist with Healing
10:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall

Nursery - ages 3 and under
9:50 a.m. in the Nursery

Youth Group
9 a.m. in the Youth Room

Sunday Morning Ministries (aka Sunday School) 9:50 a.m.
Children's Chapel (age 3, 4, 5)
in the Library
Growing in Christ (K-3rd)
in the Guild Room
Bridge (4th and 5th)
in the Youth Room

Wednesday:
Supper, Song & Prayer

6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall/Sanctuary

Rev. Ryan R. Whitley

The Reverend Ryan R. Whitley is both a cradle Episcopalian and a native Floridian, although he and his family are coming to St. Thomas, Snell Isle most recently from Ardmore, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Fr. Ryan, as he likes to be called, grew up in Fort Myers attending St. Hilary’s Episcopal Church and it was there that he first heard God’s call to the ordained ministry, through his fellow parishioners, his peers, and the diocesan youth ministry of Happening. 

After graduating from Fort Myers High School’s International Baccalaureate program, he spent four years in Winston-Salem, NC earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Religion from Wake Forest University.  Evanston, IL was the next stop where Fr. Ryan earned a Masters of Divinity from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary. He spent his senior year of seminary as the Seminarian Intern at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Evanston, where he grew to a deeper love and knowledge of the church’s traditions in liturgy and music. 

His first call was back in his home state of Florida, serving as the Curate at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Tampa under the leadership of the Rev. Ed Henley.  There he had primary responsibilities for youth and young adult ministry, which once included helping to lead a joint mission trip to the hurricane ravaged coast of Alabama with three other diocesan churches, including St. Thomas!  It was while he was serving at St. Mark’s that he met Elise Woodroffe, the woman whom he would wed, at DaySpring Conference Center in Ellenton while attending a Vocare weekend.  (Coincidentally, Elise was baptized at St. Thomas as she and her family lived on Snell Isle until she was six years old!) In 2009 they were married by Bishop Dabney Smith and in 2010, Ryan was called to be the Rector of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Ardmore, PA. 

While there he served as the Dean of the Merion Deanery, and as the Bishop’s representative to the Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia, an interfaith body made up of the adjudicatory heads of over 30 faiths, as well as being the Diocesan Ecumenical Officer.  He has served on the Diocesan Liturgy Commission, as well as Diocesan Council.  He has been a past President of the local ecumenical ministerium,  and a past Treasurer for an international collegial fellowship of Episcopal clergy called the Society of Catholic Priests (catholic in this sense meaning “the church universal” rather than “Roman”). 

Fr. Ryan is a very dedicated baseball fan, rooting for his childhood team the Atlanta Braves in the senior circuit, but of course, for the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League!  He also enjoys reading and discussing fiction, and loves playing recreational softball.  At one point he did a fair amount of saltwater fishing and looks forward to reacquainting himself with Florida waters. 

Ryan’s parents and brothers live in Fort Myers.  His brother Trevor is a wealth manager and CFA, while his brother Brennan is the Florida Business Operations manager for the Boston Red Sox spring training facility, JetBlue Park.  Both Trevor, and Ryan’s dad, Rusty, are active in diocesan life and ministry.  Elise’s parents live in South Tampa and her brother Mark lives in Boston where he works as a Mergers and Acquisitions attorney for Cooley, LLP.

Ryan and Elise have been blessed with two beautiful children, Jackson (5) and Caroline (2).  They are all excited to be coming back home to Florida and are thrilled to begin ministry and life in the wonderful community of St. Thomas Episcopal Church. One of Ryan’s favorite scripture passages is John 10:10, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”   His prayer is that the life of Christ may be made manifest in each and every person’s heart, mind, and soul at St. Thomas, and that that abundant life would spill over into the surrounding community and beyond.

 

The Rev. Hayden Crawford, Assisting Priest

Fr. Crawford is a native of Gainesville and a graduate of Gibb's Senior High School. While attending Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, he majored in Instrumental Music (Clarinet) with a double minor in English and Religion. Hayden completed his seminary training at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, obtaining a Master of Divinity in Parish Ministry and Pastoral Care. He is a student of Appreciative Inquiry recently studying at the Clergy Leadership Institute with Rob Voyle, Psy.D., “Restorative Hope: Appreciative Strategies to Resolve Grief and Resentment.” Hayden recently retired after 33 years of active parish ministry having served in the Diocese of Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Southwest Florida, and Southeast Florida. While in Southwest Florida, he served several terms on the Standing Committee as president, as deputy to General Conventions 2000, 2003 and 2006, and is a charter member of the John E. Culmer Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians. Hayden continues ministry as Volunteer Chaplain for the St. Petersburg Police Department and as Supply Clergy throughout the Diocese. He, along with his spouse of more than twenty-four years, Alexis, are the proud parents of Hayden Jr. (SPC) and Alexandria (Rollins College, Winter Park).  

Rick Smith, Director of Music

For more than 35 years Rick has worked professionally as a church musician in the Episcopal, Presbyterian, and United Methodist traditions. Here in St. Petersburg he served as Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church. Rick has also served churches in North Carolina, Tennessee, the Atlanta Metro area and the San Francisco Bay area of California. His choirs have toured the U.S., England, Italy, Spain, and Scotland, leading worship in such places as St. Giles Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and St. Peter’s Basilica. Rick has also conducted community choruses and ensembles in Georgia, Florida and California. Rick is a native of the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. He earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Michigan State University, where he studied with composer and conductor Dr. Robert A. Harris, recently retired from Northwestern University in the Chicago area. Rick earned the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Tennessee, where he studied with conductor Donald Neuen, now at UCLA. Rick has additional graduate study in Church Music Education and in Christian Worship. As a conductor, Rick is at home in both vocal and instrumental music. He has extensive experience with handbell ensembles and is an accomplished composer. In addition to a lover of great music, Rick is a passionate sailor, a reluctant but regular runner, a solitary hiker and a happy gardener. Rick has been married to his wife, Grace for 35 years. They have one young adult son, Matt.

Joseph Master, Organist and Director of Finance

Music ministry has been in Joe’s life for the past 33 years.  A native of Bethlehem, PA, at age 13, he began playing the organ in his home parish church.  He studied music at Moravian College in Bethlehem and was a long time member of the Moravian College Choir.  Joe has toured England, Moscow, Kiev, St. Petersburg, Prague and Germany with the college choir and came to appreciate the many cultures in these places as well as the composers and music indigenous to that country.  After graduating from Moravian College in 1994, Joe continued singing with the college choir, accepted a position as senior accountant at Dun and Bradstreet, and worked part time as Music Director in a Lutheran Church.  In 1997, Joe moved to Florida after accepting the position as Director of Music and Liturgy in the Roman Catholic Church.  He remained in the same parish for 12 years.  Joe is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Music from St. Joseph College in Rensselaer, Indiana and is a staff accountant at MB Advisors in St. Petersburg.

Pam Holley, Parish Administrator

Pam joined the staff in January of 2007. She is the first voice you will hear when calling St. Thomas and the first face you will see when you come into the office. Before coming to St. Thomas, Pam spent 19 years in the Travel business. She handled personal and corporate clients as well as groups and incentive travel.   She has been in the choir since 1989 and a member since May of 2006.  Pam and her husband, John, have a two adult children and four grandbabies.

Elaine Patrick, Director of Youth and Families

Elaine has attended St. Thomas since 1995, and joined the staff in August of 2008.  Prior to that, she was actively involved in both the Sunday School and Vacation Bible School programs at St. Thomas.  Elaine is a graduate of Salem College, Salem W.Va., where she earned her B.A. in Art Therapy.  In 1991, she earned her Masters Degree from the University of South Florida in the area of Special Education.  She worked in the area of Children's Mental Health Services in a variety of hospital and educational settings for twelve years.  Most recent years have been filled with the joy of family as she and her husband, Allen, raise their two sons, Sean and Devin.

Jay Shull, Harmony Music Leader

Jay is a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and teacher and is the Harmony Music Director here at St. Thomas.  Having grown up in a small New Hampshire town, he came to Florida in 2001 and began to further his musical career, sitting in with various local group as well as beginning to work as a solo artist.  Jay began working as a teacher in 2003 at Funky Music in St. Petersburg, moving on to Positive Performance School of Music and the Department of Juvenile Justice's Prodigy Arts Program, both in Tampa.  In 2008, Jay returned to St. Pete to teach at the Bringe School of Music and started the Bringe Youth Jazz Program, which has grown to over 30 students in three ensembles. He currently resides in St. Petersburg with his family, Stefanie (an accomplished artist) and their young daughter Ansley.

Jon Ward, Sexton

Jon joined the staff at St. Thomas October, 2015. Jon grew up in Clearwater, Florida. He comes from a close family with one sister, both parents, and a myriad of nieces and nephews. After high school, Jon worked as a roofer. By age 20, he owned his own business installing windows. After spending eight years working as a mechanic, he found his way to Caterbury and St. Thomas.  Between he and his wife, Tara, who works for Cantebury School, they have one nine-year old son and a fifteen year-old daugher.  Among Jon's many hoobies and talents, he enjoys rides on his motorcycle and racing his RC car around the neighborhood with his son.