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Jay Thomas serves as rector and pastor of St. Mark’s Anglican Church. Originally from the suburbs of Charlotte, North Carolina, Jay has degrees from Nashotah House Theological Seminary and the US Naval Academy. Before his calling to the priesthood, he previously served as a Surface Warfare Officer (Nuclear) in the US Navy. His former duty stations included Jacksonville, FL; Charleston, SC; and Norfolk, VA. Jay is married to Emelie (also a former Navy Nuke), and they can often be found either hiking and camping with their four kids or reading good books together as a family. 

Fr. Jay's homilies can be accessed on his Substack

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As an Anglican Church, our senior pastor is the Diocesan Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the South. 

The Most Reverend Doctor Foley Beach is the Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America ( He also serves as the Diocesan Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the South ( headquartered in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. A graduate of Georgia State University, the University of the South, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Archbishop Beach has ministered with Young Life, the Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church in North America, and was the Founding Rector of Holy Cross Anglican Church in Loganville, GA. His A Word from the Lord radio ministry can be heard on radio stations in the U.S. and around the world on the Internet. His daily, One-Minute Message, can be received by email (sign up at He and his wife, Allison, reside in the Atlanta area and they have two adult children.  


Fr. Jay would love to hear from you, and connect with you. 


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