The Rt. Rev. J. Scott Mayer will ordain Christopher Thomas to the Sacred Order of Deacons on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at 7 pm, at St. Luke’s in the Meadow Episcopal Church in Fort Worth. View event page for directions. Clergy are requested to wear cassock, surplice and white stoles. A reception will follow.
Thomas was born and spent his early years in Morgan City, Louisiana, but considers Houston home. He secured undergraduate and graduate degrees in business administration from the University of Houston (BBA, 1988; MBA, 2004). His career has been spent in the service of the church, as a church business administrator. He holds the designation Certified Church Administrator through his professional organization, the National Association of Church Business Administration. Thomas has served resource-sized Episcopal, Presbyterian and United Church of Christ congregations in Houston, New York City, Dallas and Fort Worth. His most recent service is at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, Dallas.
Thomas is a cradle Episcopalian, having been raised at Trinity Episcopal Church in Morgan City, in the Diocese of Louisiana. He spent many years on the staff and as a member of Christ Church Cathedral, Houston. It was during his time in New York City, at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, that he began the process of following the call to ordained ministry. He moved to North Texas in 2009, and completed and received the Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in 2011.
In 2011, Thomas joined St. Luke’s in the Meadow Episcopal Church and began the discernment process with the Diocese of Fort Worth. He is looking forward to ordination to the priesthood and is passionate about ministry in areas of urban development and social justice.
Thomas has served the church in a variety of leadership positions:
- Diocesan Property/Casualty Insurance Committee, Diocese of Dallas
- Constitution & Canons Committee, Diocese of Fort Worth
- Chair, Credentials Committee, Diocese of Fort Worth
- President, National Association of Episcopal Church Business Administration
- President, Houston Chapter, National Association of Church Business Administration