Meet Bill

Bill and Edna 2016

Bill and Edna Marie Thomas

You are invited to explore this website and determine if my 30 years of ordained leadership experience can be of service in the form of workshops, consulting, and guiding transitions (both personal and corporate). 2019 will be a year of discovery for me as I work as a member of the faculty of the Interim Ministry Network, serve as supply clergy, and develop my thinking concerning the Enneagram and self-reflective practice. Contact me a Bill@WCT.coach.

Over the next few months my websites and information will eventually coalesce under WCT.coach. By the fall I hope to have in place a podcast entitled “Of Use.” My goal is to invite two guests per podcast from the various ministry relationships I have developed over thirty years to discuss questions such as: “What was ‘of use’ that you learned in seminary?” “What became ‘of use’ that you learned as you engaged ordained ministry?” How are you ‘of use’ and in harmony with the principles that guide your vocation?”
I would very interested to learn who might want to participate in the podcast. Your insight into developing this discussion tool will help the underlying value of teaching those in pastoral ministry how to be on the dance floor while observing the action from the balcony.

 

fancy-line-vector aIn Development:
How to Make the Enneagram Work for You:
A Three Point Practice

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 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
Intrapersonal Intelligence Mediated By Self-Reflective Adaptive Practice
That Manages Anxiety: Learning To Lead By Giving Space
Find the complete thesis at: W Thomas – Final DMin Thesis – 08-01-13

NASHOTAH HOUSE
Nashotah, Wisconsin
Master of Divinity, 1989

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

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CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Middletown, New Jersey
Priest-in-Charge………..……..May 2015 to September 2018
Concluded a three to five year Bishop’s appointment on September 30, 2018 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 and is calling a Priest-in-Charge who, at some point in 2020 will be elected Rector.

CHRIST 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
Professional Transition Specialist – 2017 to Present
Member – IMN Faculty – 2017 to Present
Team Lead for Member Support (2015-2018)
Annual Conference Planning Team (2012-2015)

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

PRESENTER
IMN Annual Conference—2018
Stepping In and Stepping Out of an Interim Ministry Workshop
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?

CONTINUING 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

1 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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