The Reverend Rachel Thomas, Priest-in-Charge
The Reverend Rachel Thomas has been ordained in the Episcopal Church since 1991 with much of her time spent in parish ministry. Her first parish was with the Middlesex Area Cluster Ministry in Connecticut and then, for almost fifteen years, with St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in East Haddam, Connecticut.
In 2010 Reverend Rachel left St. Stephens to rest, reflect, and discern what might be best. As it turns out she and her husband, Eric, spent time doing an extensive demolition and remodel of their home, so it was a blessing that she was not working full time. However, during that time she also did train to become an Interim Minister and began a consortium known as www.freshspringsretreats.org. Although a fairly loose group, they are continually defining who they are, what they do and are presently working on being a resource for the Diocese for retreat planning, spiritual direction and renewal.
Originally from Georgia, her parents reside in the town where she grew up and at ages 91 and 90; they continue to be a part of the United Methodist church in which she was raised. In her teenage years she and her family moved to North Carolina and then to the Northern Virginia area. She then went to The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia where she majored in French. She took some detours through various forms of lay ministry, Protestantism, as well as moving to Illinois, Arizona, and New York City, before settling in Connecticut in 1984 and is now working at what is now known as Incarnation Center.
Reverend Rachel was at Saint David’s in 2012 for six months as the Interim. She then was called to be the Interim Rector at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Mystic, Connecticut and was invited back to Saint David’s in 2014 as the Priest-in-Charge.
She has one brother who is married and lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. She also has two other families: one is her husband Eric’s “children”, all in their thirties, two grandchildren and her dog, Coleman; her other family is the church.