Episcopal Diocese of Rochester
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St. Thomas Welcomes New Rector

Rochester, NY – St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church welcomes its new rector, Craig David Uffman, with a formal installation and Celebration of Ministry Renewal on Monday, January 31, 2011, at 6:30 p.m.  The Rt. Rev. Prince G. Singh, eighth Bishop of Rochester, will preside as the congregation celebrates the calling of its tenth rector in the 111 years since the parish was founded.  

Guest preacher for the service will be the Rev. Dr. Jo Bailey Wells, Associate Professor of the Practice of Ministry and Bible Director of the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies at Duke University.  

The Rev. Uffman’s call to St. Thomas’ was the result of an extensive national search.  He formerly served as associate rector of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Warsaw, Indiana.

Responding to being called to be the parish’s rector, the Rev. Uffman said, “St. Thomas’ is a wonderful parish, richly blessed with a warm and friendly congregation, a beautiful worship space, an inspiring dedication to the Word, and abundant gifts present and active.  What a place for families to call home!  God is doing something special here.”

The lay leader of the parish, Senior Warden Paula Valeri, said, “In everything we do at St. Thomas’ we’re always working  to be a welcoming, inclusive parish family.  What we hope most people notice when they visit is how easy it is to feel at home here.  Father Craig’s gifts, his warmth, and his enthusiasm enrich that atmosphere and our lives together.  We’re thrilled that he’s joined us and we look forward to introducing him to the community.”

Originally from Louisiana, the Rev. Uffman brings an abundance of world experience to his ministry at St. Thomas’.  He is a 1982 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and served in the US Navy as a nuclear submarine officer.  He was president of a high technology company in Baton Rouge, LA, and is the author of a book on small business lending in the credit union industry. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Duke University Divinity School  and is a PhD candidate at Durham University, UK.   He and his wife, Claudia, are the parents of three children.

Established in 1889, St. Thomas’ is located at 2000 Highland Ave., Rochester, at the intersection of Highland and Winton Road. Neighbors and passersby recognize it as ‘the church with the big red doors.’  Regular services of Holy Eucharist take place at 8 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings and 5:00 p.m. on Saturday evenings, as well as Wednesday at noon. Morning and Evening Prayer are celebrated daily at 8:45 a.m. and 5:15 p.m.  Nursery care is available Sunday at the 10:00 a.m. service, as is Church School for youth.  St. Thomas’ is also home to Child’s Play day care, Elizabeth Clark dance classes, Jazzercise classes, a swing dance group, and numerous other community groups.

For information about St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, the parish office phone number is: 585-442-3544 and the web address is: http://www.stthomasrochester.org.