Upcoming Events

8/21 Pub Theology

8/24 Sunday, Sonday, Sundae

8/27 Supper, Song & Prayer

8/28 Pub Theology

8/29 Baseball with the Bishop

9/1 Church Office Closed

9/2 Centering Prayer

9/3 Supper, Song & Prayer

9/4 Pub Thelogy

9/7 First Day of Sunday School

9/7 Louise Yardumian's Music Celebration

9/7 Confirmation Class

9/9 Centering Prayer

9/10 Supper, Song & Prayer

9/11 Pub Theology

9/14 Confirmation Class

9/16 Centering Prayer

9/16 Vestry Meeting

9/16 Centering Prayer

9/17 Supper, Song & Prayer

9/18 Pub Theology

9/21 Confirmation Class

9/21 Sandwich Sunday

9/23 Centering Prayer

9/24 Supper, Song & Prayer

9/25 Pub Theology

9/28 Confirmation Class

9/30 Centering Prayer

10/3 Children's Lock-In

10/4 Blessing of the Animals

10/5 Blood Drive

10/12 Consecration Sunday

10/12 Bishop Howe

10/12 Brunch

10/19 Sandwich Sunday

10/21 Vestry Meeting

10/25 Sunset Eucharist



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 Rev. John C. Suhar, Rector

The Rev. John C. Suhar 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 is joined the staff at St. Thomas this past June. 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, they were both active members at St. Anne of Grace in Seminole. She and her husband Mike 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

The Rev. Hayden G. 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.

Rick Smith, Director of Music


Jay Shull, Director of Harmony Music

Jay Shull a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and teacher is the new 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.

Mike Tunnell, Director of Youth Ministry

Mike joined the staff at St. Thomas this September. Mike is a cradle Episcopalian, raised in the Miami area. Mike spent a short time in Texas in the late 80s/early 90s and attended Texas Tech University. In Mike’s previous life he was a restaurant/hotel manager in the hospitality industry for over 15 years. Mike has always been active in Church and loves his new life as Youth Director. To fill his spare time Mike loves photography, sports, traveling, and music.
Chad Cummings, Sexton

Chad is the newest staff member at St. Thomas. 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.