(NOV 1958-MAY 1959)
Very Revd Paul Moore was Dean of Christ Church Cathedral and was
appointed by Bishop Richard Kirchhoffer as the first priest-in-charge
of our brand-new mission on 24 November 1958. Dean Moore was later
to become Bishop of New York and is now retired.
Robert William Stringer
(MAY 1959-MAY 1961)
thereafter, the Revd Robert Stringer was sent to us as deacon-in-charge
and was soon ordained a priest at the former Redmen’s Lodge in Franklin.
He also served as chaplain at the Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin.
Chester G. Minton
(SEP 1961-MAY 1968)
Minton was a very spiritual man as well as a determined one. He
inspired his small flock to the point that the congregation was
as determined as he that St Thomas build a church building. He died
before ground was broken and the building erected, but his inspiration
lived on and our church was built.
William Lee Casady
(JUN 1968-APR 1969)
Casady kept us going during the middle stages of construction of
our new building and organized the ground-breaking ceremony on 03
August 1968. On Christmas Eve of that same year he and some parishioners
went to the building site and, standing on a concrete slab surrounded
by building materials and partially constructed walls, led us in
prayers and Christmas carols.
(JUN 1969-APR 1972)
27 July 1969, soon after Fr Jarchow’s arrival, the first liturgy
was celebrated in our new building. On 28 December 1969, the building
was formally dedicated by Bishop John Craine, assisted by our Senior
Warden, George Goshorn.
John Harrison Eastwood
(APR 1972-NOV 1973)
Eastwood divided his time between St Thomas and St Timothy’s, Southport.
Being newly ordained, he gained much needed experience in the nature
of parish life – especially since the people were mostly long-time
Sacksteder was Diocesan Missioner under Canon Fred Williams and
served St Thomas one day a week.
Richard Allen Halladay
Halladay held a variety of secular and church-related positions
as St Thomas continued to grow and prosper. After eleven years,
the mission was able to call him as its first full-time priest in
1986. During his tenure, he oversaw the expansion of our facilities,
including our current parish hall, and gave St Thomas twenty-two
years of faithful service.
Richard Allen Halladay
Halladay accepted an appointment as Canon to the Ordinary to Bishop
Catherine Waynick in September 1997 -- one month before St Thomas
achieved parish status at the Diocesan Convention in October. He
was later to become the Diocesan Deployment Officer.
William Casady (interim)
(SEP 1997-MAR 1998)
Casady returned to St Thomas a second time as priest-in-charge for
six months. We had supply clergy for nearly a year while the Vestry
concluded its search for our first rector.
Lisa Kraske Cressman
(FEB 1999-MAY 2002)
Cressman was called as our first rector in November 1998, arrived
in February of the following year and served for three years and
three months. After the birth of her first child, she decided she
needed to be at home to rear her family.
James Byron David Corbett (interim)
(AUG 2002-JUL 2003)
had a lengthy rectorate in the Diocese of Los Angeles, Fr Corbett
received training as an Interim Ministry Specialist in 1998 and
serves in that capacity in various parishes in various dioceses
for nine to twelve month assignments. St Thomas is his fourth assignment
in this capacity.
Alice Gill Goshorn
layperson at St Thomas for the previous nineteen years, she was
ordained to the deaconate in 1997 by Bishop Waynick. In the parish,
she performs the traditional diaconal liturgical role and makes
known the needs of Johnson County as well as the wider community
to the church, and specifically to the people of St. Thomas. She
also has oversight and facilitation of Evangelism, Outreach, and
Lay Eucharist Ministers. At the Diocese, she has staffed the Lay
Leadership Development Program and currently serves on the Commission
on Ministry. In the community, she helped found the Partnership
for a Healthier Johnson County which partnered with St. Thomas to
begin the St. Thomas Medical Clinic. She served on their advisory
board and currently chairs the Access to Care Action Team, thereby
being able to be part of a large network of other agencies, organizations,
and persons who are responding to unmet needs of Johnson County
residents -- from United Way to township trustees. She has served
as a court-appointed advocate for children since 1994.
Samuel Mudido Kimbowa
resident in the [Anglican] Church of Uganda, he was ordained to
the deaconate in 1996 by Bishop Jones for the Bishop of Kampala.
He was subsequently transferred to the Diocese of Indianapolis.
In the parish, he performs the traditional diaconal liturgical role
and makes known the needs of the wider community to the people of
St. Thomas. In the community, he holds a forty-plus hour a week
secular job and has recently begin course work at Christian Theological
Seminary in Indianapolis.