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ST. Thomas Welcomes Rev. Gene Allen (AJ) Stack
The Vestry of St. Thomas Episcopal Church announces with great joy that we have called the Reverend Gene Allen (A.J.) Stack to be Priest in Charge at St. Thomas.
Rev. Stack joined the priesthood in 2015 after a career as a social worker and administrator. He brings enormous faith, commitment and joy to his call, and has been described as a beloved priest, friend, and colleague. At present, he is Priest at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Gallipolis, Ohio, and he has served as well as Associate Priest at Christ Church in Ironton, Ohio. In both calls, he has led efforts in missional discernment – the process of determining what God is calling us to do in our communities. He is an inspiring preacher and passionate about both parish work and work with missions, with a particular fondness for gardens.
Rev. Stack describes himself as a “joiner,” and has led his parish in developing and deepening their community ties – as he wrote, of being “a church OF the neighborhood, not just a church IN the neighborhood”. He is president of the local Rotary Club and was voted president of his class at Seminary. In addition to his work at St. Peter’s, he has worked as a facilitator/coach for Missional Transformation, and as an adjunct Professor of Communications at the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College.
He is tremendously enthusiastic about the parish and missions of St. Thomas, and the prospect of leading us in the next phase of our journey. He hopes to join us in February with his husband, Steven, and two sons, ages three and seven.
Rev. Stack graduated in 2015 with a Master’s in Divinity from Bexley Hall Episcopal Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, and with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Art from Ohio University in 2006. AJ will join us in the New Year after he and his family have had the opportunity to get settled in the North East.
St. Thomas is a "Believe Outloud" Congregation, welcoming all people regardless of age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, economic condition, physical or mental ability.
We embrace and seek to preserve the beautiful, amazing diversity of God's creation.
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