Upcoming Events

12/4 Pub Theology

12/7 Lessons & Carols

12/10 Supper, Song & Prayer

12/11 Women of the Word

12/17 Supper, Song & Prayer

12/18 Women of the Word

12/19 Pub Theology

12/24 Christmas Eve Services

12/25 Church Office Closed

12/25 Christmas Day Service

12/26 Church Office Closed

1/1 Church Office Closed

1/8 Pub Theology

1/11 First Sunday after Epiphany

1/18 Sandwich Sunday

1/18 Volunteer Ministry Sunday

1/19 Church Office Closed

1/22 Pub Theology

1/25 Town Hall Meeting

1/31 St. Thomas Cruise

2/1 Blessing of a Pregnant Women

2/1 Souper Bowl Sunday

2/5 Pub Theology

2/11 Choral Evensong

2/14 Anniversary of a Marriage

2/15 Sandwich Sunday

2/19 Pub Theology

2/21 Vestry Retreat

2/22 First Sunday in Lent






Worship Schedule

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 Service
10:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall

Sunday School
9:50 a.m. in the Canterbury Classrooms

Youth Group - 9--9:50 a.m. Youth Room

Children's Chapel
9:50 a.m. in the Nursery

Holy Eucharist with Healing
12:00 noon in the Chapel

Supper, Song & Prayer
7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary

The Very Rev. John C. Suhar, Rector

Fr. John joined the clergy of St. Thomas after his graduation from Virginia Theological Seminary in May 2005.  Father Suhar transitioned to the ministry after a 26-year career in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a Judge Advocate (JAG).  During his discernment period, he worked as a program director for the United Way of Pinellas County, focusing on outreach to seniors.  Father Suhar also served for a year as a chaplain at Tampa General Hospital, where he worked with organ transplant recipients and donor families.  Before attending seminary he volunteered at St. Thomas, was elected to the vestry and was part-time youth minister.  He and his wife, Barbara, have two adult sons.

The Rev. Janet A. Tunnell, Assistant Rector

Janet joined the staff at St. Thomas June 2013. She was born and raised Catholic in Aurora, Illinois, and moved to Tampa to attend USF in 1995. Janet’s first career was as a fisheries biologist for the State of Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg. Before heading to seminary, she and her husband Mike were both active members at St. Anne of Grace in Seminole. They returned to St. Pete after graduating from Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, May 2013. They both love to travel, they love the outdoors, and they enjoy music, eating and celebrating life.

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).  

Dee McMahon, Parish Administrator

Dee has been a member of St. Thomas' since she was born.  She was baptized, confirmed and married at St. Thomas'. She has volunteered with Children's Chapel, Stewardship, Lay Eucharistic Ministry, and Acolytes. She has worked at St. Thomas' since February, 2011.  Dee graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.S. in Accounting. She and her husband, Bill, have two daughters, Kendall and Rory.  Dee feels blessed to be a parishioner and an employee of St. Thomas!

Pam Holley, Parish Secretary

Pam joined the staff in January of 2007.  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 a brand new grandbaby.

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.

Jay Shull, Director of Harmony Music

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.

Elaine Patrick, Director of Christian Formation

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.

Chad Cummings, Sexton

Chad joined the staff at St. Thomas last August. Chad grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee. He comes from a close family with one sister, both parents, and a niece and nephew. After high school, Chad attended the University of Tennessee. He plans to finish his  Bachelor’s  in Literature at USF where he is taking classes part-time starting in the spring. Chad spent most of his adult life in the Food and  Beverage Industry.  He and his wife, Jenna  Lodico-Cummings, worked together doing catering/event planning  the past few years. Jenna also works for  Canterbury School. Before coming to St.  Thomas, Chad worked for Canterbury School in the Maintenance Department.  He is happy and excited to join the St. Thomas family as well as continue to work for Canterbury School.  Chad enjoys music of most sorts and also loves to read.  But his main passion, outside of maintenance work, is cooking for people.