Our MissionThis Is Why We Do What We Do
Since our founding in 1742, the people of St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church have been dedicated to loving God and serving the people of the Greenspring Valley and surrounding communities. For nearly three centuries, people have worshiped God at the corner of Garrison Forest Road and Saint Thomas Lane. The old walls of our beautiful church have been bathed in the prayers and songs of many generations. In addition to providing a spiritual haven, we follow Jesus’ command to love our neighbor by partnering with many organizations in Baltimore County and City, sharing our abundance with under-served communities. Although St. Thomas’ has been around for a long time, we are always looking for new and creative ways to be a servant church.
We would love for you to be part of our ongoing mission of faith and generosity!
We Episcopalians believe in a loving, liberating, and life-giving God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As constituent members of the Anglican Communion in the United States, we are descendants of and partners with the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church, and are part of the third largest group of Christians in the world.
We believe in following the teachings of Jesus Christ, whose life, death, and resurrection saved the world.
We have a legacy of inclusion, aspiring to tell and exemplify God’s love for every human being; women and men serve as bishops, priests, and deacons in our church. Laypeople and clergy cooperate as leaders at all levels of our church. Leadership is a gift from God, and can be expressed by all people in our church, regardless of sexual identity or orientation.
We believe that God loves you – no exceptions.
The Rev. Thomas MurphyRector
My wife, Dr. Susan Suarez, and I have been part of the St. Thomas’ community since July 2021, when I became the 22nd Rector of our historic and vibrant church. My journey began in Jersey City, NJ, where I was born and grew up. After college, I was a high school history teacher, until I left teaching to attend the General Theological Seminary. I graduated, and was ordained in 2007, and then served several churches in New Jersey and Florida. My mission is to lead a Christian community where people are spiritually fed, offered meaningful opportunities to serve others, and also challenged and inspired to build a world that looks more like what God has always intended for us. If that is an appealing vision, I look forward to welcoming you to St. Thomas’!
Wanda WallerMusic Minister
Sara HollandsMinister for Children & Youth
I have been Minister for Children and Youth at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church for many years. Initially, I served as Children’s Minister from 2010 to 2014. After a brief hiatus, I returned in 2020 to the role of Minister for Children and Youth. My prior professional experiences include program planning, implementation, and administration. My passions include helping others, working with people of all ages, and shepherding. This last vocation led me to truly understand the concept of "the Lord is my shepherd" as a message of love. In my role at St. Thomas', I endeavor to shepherd children and youth toward an understanding of, and faith in, our loving Lord.
Please join us!