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The Reverend Thomas P. Reeder

Rector

Christ Episcopal Church

Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

The Rev. Thomas (Tom) Reeder, 52, is the 4th Rector of Christ Episcopal Church and School in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Christ Church is a corporate-sized parish of approximately 5000 people where Fr. Reeder leads a clergy team of 9 priests and deacons and a lay staff of more than 100 people (across church and school) and oversees a church budget of $4+ million. Over the last 5 years he has led stewardship efforts (annual, capital, and legacy) resulting in $32 million for mission and ministry.

 

Before that, Fr. Reeder served as the Rector of Christ Church, Williamsport, a small church in rural Pennsylvania, and as an Associate Rector at St. Mark’s, in Jacksonville, Florida. 

 

Over the course of his ordained career, Fr. Reeder has served the church in various leadership positions, including as the Vice Chair of the Standing Committee (CPA) and as a member of the Diocesan Council (FL). Additionally, he has led 15 short-term foreign development missions to South Sudan, Uganda, and Cuba.

He has served on the Board of Directors/Trustees of several non-profit organizations, both domestically and internationally.

 

Fr. Reeder is a native of Fredericksburg, Virginia. He spent nearly nine years on active duty in the U.S. Navy before discerning a call to ordained ministry. He earned a BA in Religious Studies (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of California at Davis (2000) and a Master of Divinity degree from the School of Theology at the University of the South (2003) in Sewanee, Tennessee.

 

Fr. Tom and his wife of 31 years, DeeAnn have three adult children, Sophia, Liam, and Duku. His vocational passions are preaching, vision-casting and strategic planning, mission and church growth, and teaching and leading Christian stewardship.  His hobbies are running, cooking, gardening, and travel.

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