St. Thomas’ is pleased to welcome The Rev’d Mathew C. Fenlon, our new Senior Associate Rector. He joined us on Tuesday, September 2nd. He is a graduate of Ohio University and the Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. He earned a Bachelor of Specialized Studies in History and Philosophy at Ohio University, completing his degree in 2003. In 2008, Trinity School for Ministry awarded him a Master of Divinity degree. Mathew was in the same graduating class as our rector, David Browder. Mathew comes to St. Thomas’ from the Church of St. John the Divine in Houston where he served for three and half years as Assistant Rector. His ministry included teaching weekly Bible study, adult educations programs, supervision of the Youth Staff Team, and ministry to Young Adults. In 2012, he co-led a trip to Kathmandu, Nepal and taught a course on Worship and Liturgy at the Evangelical Presbyterian Seminary of Nepal. Previously, Mathew served St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Gladstone, NJ as Curate. His responsibilities included supervision of the Youth Group and development of World Mission. Prior to his call to the ordained ministry, Mathew served for two years as a member of the JESUS Film Project, a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. He traveled to nine countries recording the dialogue of the JESUS Film for 21 language projects. These 21 languages represented 175,000,000 speakers. He loves the worship of the Episcopal Church and is passionate about its expression as found within the English Reformation. He believes that liturgy is the means by which we are conformed to what our eternal existence in the New Heavens and New Earth will look like, centered on the proclamation of the Gospel and the Lamb of God seated on the Throne. Mathew also currently serves as a volunteer Harris County Sheriff’s Chaplain and enjoys outdoors activities such as hunting, skeet shooting, and fishing, as well as cooking and trying new restaurants. His favorite Scripture verses are Galatians 5:1 and Lamentations 3:21-33.