An announcement from Thomas.
It’s in the nature of working with college students that as students come to campus each fall you know there will be one day when they will graduate and move on. New students arrive which breathes some life and energy into the group, and students you’ve gotten to spend significant time with and care about move on to begin a new journey in life. Today is my time to move on; I have accepted a call to serve as the Rector of St. Dunstan’s in Auburn. I begin my ministry at St. Dunstan’s on August 1, 2020.
Ever since my arrival at Trinity Commons in November 2014, I have enjoyed being the Chaplain. The time spent on campus having lunch, coffee, or conversation with students has been formative for me, and I hope for those students I’ve gotten to know as well. Campus ministry is an important part of my ministry and always will be. Campus ministry is important to the life and future of this diocese, and Trinity Commons is a unique and valuable place for that ministry. I feel sure they will be in good hands as the important work of being present on the campuses of Birmingham will continue.
It’s hard to say goodbye, and yet I’m looking forward to returning to Auburn in a new role at a new place. St. Dunstan’s, and the people who make up this parish, have much to be excited about. I look forward to working with them as we begin a new chapter together to realize the potential and opportunities for ministry in the heart of Auburn.
Thank you to those of you who offered your help, support, guidance, and hard work during my time as Chaplain at Trinity Commons. I ask your prayers for Trinity Commons, for St. Dunstan’s, and for my transition as I begin a new journey in a familiar place.