The Reverend Owen C. Thompson has been called to be the new rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Nyack. He celebrated his first services at Grace in September.
“I cannot wait for the journey ahead,” says Fr. Thompson. “As I have learned about Grace during the search process, I have been greatly impressed by the outreach ministries of the church, and how members of the parish volunteer so much of their time and effort to these ministries and by doing so affect positive change. Indeed, Grace Episcopal Church is an integral part of the community… I look forward to both ministering to and with God’s people there, and simply being a good neighbor who adds to the diversity and warmth of a beautiful village called Nyack.”
“The search for our new rector took 18 months,” says Senior Warden, Jeff McDowell, “and our committee interviewed many capable candidates. The entire parish is thrilled to have Fr. Owen begin his service with us as our new rector. It is an exciting time for Grace Church.”
Fr. Thompson comes to Grace from Trinity-Saint John’s Church in Hewlett, NY, where he has served as rector since 2005. He received his Masters of Divinity from General Theological Seminary (New York, NY), holds a Masters in Educational Communication and Technology from New York University. Fr. Thompson’s wife, Jonna, is a holistic health practitioner, and they have two young sons Ridley and Carter.
Fr. Thompson succeeds the Reverend Richard Gressle, who retired as rector in January, 2012.
The 150-year old congregation is known for its excellent choral program, for its community participation in the Helping Hands shelter program, Midnight Run, and People to People food drives, the Commission on Social Ministries, Grace’s Thrift Shop, a full schedule of Twelve Step groups, and the Amazing Grace Circus founded at the church in 2001.