MEET OUR PARISH LEADERS
Father Thomas McGee
Thomas McGee was born in Denton, Texas, the son of a Methodist minister. He is married to Katherine McGee and they have five children, four sons-in-law and nine grandchildren. He has a bachelor of Arts degree in English from Pan American University, a Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology, he studied Anglican Studies at Trinity School for Ministry and post-graduate work in High Education from Texas A&M University—Commerce. He served as a pastor in the United Methodist Church on the Texas-Mexico border and in North Texas. He became an Anglican priest in 2009 and served at Holy Communion Cathedral in Dallas and at Christ the King Anglican in Albuquerque, New Mexico before coming to St. Timothy’s in May of 2019.
Contact me: email@example.com
Lay Ministers & Altar Servers
Lay ministers and altar servers are responsible for assisting the priest in his ministerial duties. Lay ministers and altar servers are responsible for administering the Holy Communion while assisting the priest. Each member has been licensed to serve by the Bishop of the Province of Mid-America.
Members of St. Timothy’s Anglican Church Altar Guild are responsible for the preparation of the elements of Holy Communion. These duties also include keeping the altar and related areas ready for each service conducted at St. Timothy’s Anglican Church.
The fundamental duties of the vestry entail defining and communicating the congregation's mission, promoting the church's mission through actions and words, choosing the rector, guaranteeing efficient planning and organization, and overseeing the management of resources and finances.
The term "Vestry" originally referred to the room where priests dressed before a church service, while in America it was known as the "sacristy". Before the Reformation, parishes were served by either secular or religious priests, who were called Rectors and Vicars respectively. Laypeople in secular parishes began to assist the priest and held meetings in the Vestry, which became known as the "Vestry" itself. In those days, the Vestry also served as a village council that managed village politics, cared for the poor and lunatics, and maintained the roads. After the suppression of monastic orders during the Reformation, secular priests served all parishes and the Vestry's responsibilities shifted towards charitable work and managing parish funds. This system was brought to America, where Vestries assumed more church duties due to a scarcity of clergy and the leading families sometimes hired men on annual contracts to control the clergy. After the American Revolution, the Anglican Church was disestablished and Vestries lost their civil authority but retained their role in electing or calling a parish priest, managing parish funds, and caring for the church building.
St. Timothy's Women's Ministry includes all female members of the parish, and aims to promote their active participation in worship, Bible study, and social events, as well as provide opportunities for service to the Church through a variety of ministries. In addition, the Women's Ministry oversees functions and outreach initiatives within and beyond the parish community.
St. Timothy’s Prayer Ministry is founded on Jesus’ command to love each other as He has loved us (John 13:34-35) and the Biblical admonition for all believers in Jesus Christ to make prayer a continual priority in our lives (1Thessalonians 5:17).
Our Prayer Ministry consists of eight members. Through regularly praying together, we are learning to lovingly bear each others’ burdens as we pray for the personal requests we receive. A vital part of this ministry is sending cards of Christian encouragement to family and friends of those who have requested us to do so, both locally, and to those not living in the Jonesboro area.
Praying with and for others not only expresses, but deepens our own praise for God, our daily reliance and need for His grace and forgiveness in our own lives, and our thankfulness for His presence with us. Prayer teaches us confidence in God’s goodness, trust in Him as we wait for His answers, and God’s enduring faithfulness with us- individually, with each other, and with those for whom we pray.