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The Rev. Jeff Douglas

I'm Jeff Douglas, Rector of St. Thomas' Church. I have been pastor at St. Thomas' Church for 10 years. I have been an Episcopal priest for 23 years, mainly in Eastern North Carolina. My wife, Beth, is a counselor at Hertford County High. Our son, Michael, is 30 and now lives and works upstate New York.

The Christian faith is all about relationships. My job is to invite people into a deeper relationship with God and with each other. My sermons range from formal (read)to informal, without notes and conversational. If I can prick your curiosity, challenge the routine of life and bring a message of love and hope in dark times, then the rest is up to you and God.

Bringing people together to strengthen their ties to the church, and to one another, is a large part of my ministry. I cook dinners to raise money for the our medical mission to the Dominican Republic, our companion diocese, and other causes throughout the year. This brings people from St. Thomas' and our surrounding community together to support a good cause. Our retreats to Trinity Center, a beach front retreat center, is an opportunity to deepen the ties that bind us.

Come be part of a community that worships, works and plays well.

Mr. Jonathan Johnston, Musician

Jonathan always knew that God had a plan for his life. He started 'playing' the piano at the ripe age of 4 (black keys only), and played Amazing Grace for offertory (both hands).

Thinking he was "too young for lessons", his parents decided to wait til he was older. At age 11, he began piano lessons. Two years later he started violin/mandolin/guitar. After graduating high school, he auditioned and was accepted at the Shenandoah Conservatory.

He graduated in 2005 from Bethany College (after missions, music, and travel in Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Armenia, Austria, Germany, and Poland) with a BA in Cross-Cultural Studies and am now completing my MA in Ethnomusicology from Bethel University (MN).

Jonathan says, "I consider myself blessed to be a part of the St. Thomas fellowship and I pray that I will not just be your musician, but also your friend."

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