Meet Bill

Bill and Edna 2016

Bill and Edna Marie Thomas

  • Achieved designation: Professional Transition Specialist from the Interim Ministry Network – 2017
  • Named to the Faculty of the Interim Ministry Network – 2017

CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Middletown, New Jersey
Priest-in-Charge………..……..May 2015 to present

A three to five year Bishop’s appointment as priest in charge to rebuild a once strong
program size parish following the conflict inherent in the involuntary termination of a short-lived rectorship. This remarkable
historic parish is now healthy and vibrant.

My Vitae
William Carl Thomas Resume 08-2017

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In Development:
The Three Point Practice:
How to Make the Enneagram Work for You

fancy-line-vector aAdaptive Practice in Conversation with the Enneagram
This presentation made to the June 2016 Interim Ministry Network’s Annual Conference is an out-growth of my Doctor of Ministry thesis (click below to review in PDF):
Intrapersonal Intelligence Mediated 

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By Self-Reflective Adaptive Practice That Manages Anxiety: Learning To Lead By Giving Space.

The perspective offered by these self-reflection tools helps me determine when and how much anxiety to inject into a parish system in order to overcome resistance to needed change. Learn more on the Influences page.

Some other tools developed by me are
First Intentional Communion
Living Our Baptismal Covenant (LOBC)
 The Innkeepers Witness
 Transactional Analysis of Money

THE VIRGINIA THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
Alexandria, Virginia
Doctor of Ministry (Ministry Development)
Defended June 28, 2013; Conferred May 22, 2014
Written with the support of a Graduate Study Waiver
granted by the Church Pension Fund (Sept 2012 to Feb 2013).

NASHOTAH HOUSE
Nashotah, Wisconsin
Master of Divinity, 1989

BOSTON UNIVERSITY
Boston, Massachusetts
Bachelor of Science (Mass Communication), 1985

fancy-line-vector aCHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
New Bern, North Carolina
Interim Rector…………..……August 2013 to March 2015
Moved this energetic million dollar multi-staff parish through a needed staff transition that made possible the call of the current rector. Began rebuilding the lay ministry infrastructure necessary to support this corporate size historic church.

ST. PETER’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Huntington, West Virginia
Interim Priest-in-Charge……..….Feb 2013 to Aug 2013
Brought pastoral care and leadership within a part-time ministry for a wonderful and committed family size congregation.

SAINT MATTHEWS EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Charleston, West Virginia
Rector…………..………….September 2003 to August 2012
Guided intergenerational leadership change with the outcome that healthy collaboration between laity and clergy became the norm. Focus on youth and families precipitated growth in membership and staff support that evolved into a program size model.

SAINT MATTHIAS EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Rector……………..……………..December 1994 to June 2003
Developed an environment for spiritual growth called Deep Church. Living Our Baptismal Covenant (LOBC), a lay-led, clergy supported Catechumenate formed over 100 adults over eight years in this pastoral size parish.

ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH Warren, Rhode Island
Rector…………………..………..June 1991 to November 1994
Long simmering internal conflict undid the growth that occurred during my tenure. My doctoral self-study used this time as a benchmark for when I began to appreciate the importance of listening before acting.

ST. ANN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Sayville, New York
Associate Rector………………………June 1989 to May 1991
Developed First Intentional Communion teaching/liturgy (1990). Responsible for Sunday School, Stewardship Development, Scouts, Thrift Shop, and a community services agency on church property.

fancy-line-vector aCHAPLAIN (Captain) United States Army Reserve ……………………..1990-1996
Awards: One Army Commendation Medal Two Army Achievement Medals

CHAPLAIN (and Consultant)
The Society of the Anchor……………………..……..1991-1993
Paid consultant to the major donor program of the Presiding Bishop’s Fund for World Relief. Served as Chaplain to the donors.

STEWARDSHIP TRAINER
Diocese of West Virginia……………………….……2007-2013
Diocese of Alabama………………………………………1996-2003
Diocese of Rhode Island…………………………..…..1992-1993

MEMBER—BLACK CLERGY ASSOCIATIONS
Charleston, West Virginia…………….………2007 to 2012
Tuscaloosa, Alabama………………………..…………1997-2003
First Caucasian elected an officer (1999)

ECUMENICAL OFFICER
Diocese of West Virginia…………………….………2009-2012

PERSONAL
Married Edna Marie Parsons………..…October 13, 1973
Children: Melinda Thomas Hansen; The Rev. Adam Parsons Thomas
Born August 13, 1952 and raised in Chappaqua, New York
Ordained Priest on December 20, 1989; Ordained Deacon on June 17, 1989

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

IMN………………………………………………………..2010 to present
Interim Ministry Network
 Team Lead for Member Support
Annual Conference Planning Team
Professional Transition Specialist – 2017
Member – IMN Faculty – 2017

IMEC………………………………………………………2011 to present
Interim Ministries in the Episcopal Church
 Board Member; Treasurer

PRESENTER

IMN Annual Conference—2016
Adaptive Practice in Conversation with the Enneagram
IMN Annual Conference—2015
Using the Rule of St. Benedict to Develop a Leadership Spirituality During Interim Ministry
IMEC Conference Call Teaching—2015
Bringing Stewardship Principles and Practices into an Interim Setting
IMN Annual Conference—2014
Self-Reflection Tools that Support Personal and Congregational Emotional Stability IMN Annual Conference—2014
Communication and Generations: How fluent are you in generational expectations?

CONTINUNING EDUCATION

  • 2016: The Liberating Power of the Enneagram 
  • 2016: Becoming Conscious: Rebirth of Soul Through the Wisdom of the Enneagram
  • 2015: Volunteer Disaster Chaplaincy Training with the National Disaster Interfaiths Network
  • 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017: Interim Ministry Network Annual Conference
  • 2014, 2015, 2017 Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes Annual Conference
  • 2011: IMN Training—Transitional Ministry
  • 2011: Leadership in Times of Uncertainty
  • 2010: IMN Training—Fundamentals
  • 2010: Stepping Up to Staffing and Supervision
  • 2002-2007: Clergy Leadership Project Class XVI
  • 2000: Spirituality and Leadership: Leading from Within

One Response to Meet Bill

  1. VANA PREWITT says:

    you have cited some of my favorite books for all time. So glad to have you in our town of New Bern.

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