Upcoming Events
7/5        Supper, Song & Prayer
            Adult Ed
7/9        Adult Ed
            RENEW Children's Series
7/10      Youth Mission Trip Returns
7/11      Prayer Line
            Outreach Meeting
7/12      Supper, Song & Prayer
            Adult Ed
7/16      Adult Ed
            RENEW Children's Series
7/18      Vestry Meeting
7/19      Supper, Song & Prayer
            Adult Ed
7/23      Adult Ed
            RENEW Children's Series      
7/26      Supper, Song & Prayer
            Adult Ed
7/30      RENEW Children's Series
8/2       Supper, Song & Prayer
            Adult Ed
8/6       Ladies Afternoon
8/8       Outreach
8/9       Supper, Song & Prayer
           Adult Ed
8/15     Vestry
8/16     Supper, Song & Prayer
           Adult Ed
8/23     Supper, Song & Prayer
           Adult Ed
8/27     First Sunday for Fr. Whitley
           Handbell Retreat
8/30     Supper, Song & Prayer 



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 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

Supper, Song & Prayer

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

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 three grandbabies with one on the way.

Rev. Dr. Thomas A. Downs, Interim Rector

Bishop Smith and our Vestry have selected a new interim rector, Rev. Dr. Thomas A. Downs. Fr. Tom holds M.A. degrees in church history, theology and education (from Notre Dame), and a doctorate in adult spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley. He became director of the Florida Council of Churches in the late 70’s, then a cathedral canon at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Orlando. From there he moved on to assistant to the bishop (“Canon to the Ordinary”) for both Bishop William Folwell and Bishop John Howe in Central Florida. He spent 11 years as rector of St. Paul’s Church in Albany, Ga., where he became founding president of the Flint River Habitat in Albany. In 2003 he returned to central Florida as rector of St. Richard’s in Winter Park. Since retirement there, he has been consulting and supplying in parishes both in the dioceses of Central and Southwest Florida. He and his wonderful wife, Bernice, are living in St. Petersburg during this interim period. 

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.

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.

Frank Abrami, Harmony Musician

Frank began his lifetime love of music at a very early age, beginning his formal studies learning the violin. He had his heart set on the drums however, and it wasn't long before he started lessons and getting a drumset. By age 12, the British Invasion was well underway and Frank began playing in bands, knowing this is what he wanted to do in life. After playing in local bands, Frank started teaching at a prominent Brooklyn N.Y. studio at the age of 17. He continued his education by spending a year at the Berklee College of Music, studing with Gary Chaffee, among others. He continued to study with some of New York's top teachers after his return from Berklee. Frank took a long hiatus from the music business to concentrate on marriage and four children but continued to teach and be active in church music ministries in both New York and Florida. Since 2009, Frank's been playing with several Tampa Bay bands including Crossroads, Gulf Coast Jazz Quartet and Profiles in Jazz. He's worked with some of the top players in the area. His passion for teaching is as strong as his love of playing, and he's proud to be a part of the Bringe School of Music, where he teaches drums, percussion, and beginning guitar. Frank is a certified D.A.D. (Drums And Disabilities) instructor. He has worked with special needs students and is committed to meeting students at their own level. He is also a certified Health Rhythms instructor. Health Rhythms is a drumming wellness and therapy program, based upon scientific and medical research. The program works in many different settings from recreational, to rehabilitation. Frank currently serves as the Health Ryhthms facillitator at Bon Secour Manor in St. Petersburg.

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.