St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Eugene, Oregon

Diocesan Leadership

Clergy

The Rt. Rev. Michael J. Hanley, Bishop of Oregon

Bishop Michael was born in 1954 and grew up in Oklahoma and in New York City. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1976 and an M.Div. from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, in 1981. He also holds a D.Min. in Congregational Development from Seabury-Western (2005). Before being elected Bishop of Oregon, Michael served parishes in Oklahoma, Missouri, and, for nineteen years, Minnesota. He is known as a supportive mentor to people of all ages and stages of life, with a deep spiritual center. In a recent sabbatical he completed the 500-mile walking pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella, Spain, with his daughter. In his spare time he has been a storyteller, performing for schools, churches, and other civic groups. He is married to Marla Martin Hanley, prior to their move to Oregon, an associate academic dean at St. Catherine University in the Twin Cities. Michael and Marla are the proud parents of two adult daughters.

Parish Leadership

Our Rector, the 6th Rector of St. Thomas, is the Reverend Ann Gaillard.

Ann, who grew up in Whittier, California and the San Francisco Bay Area, came to us from the Episcopal Church of St. Luke the Beloved Physician in Saranac Lake, New York, where she had served as rector since 2008. Prior to this, she was Associate Rector at Christ Church in Media, Pennsylvania.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University, Ann received her M. Div. from The General Theological Seminary in New York. Before entering the ministry she taught English at private academies in Texas, Connecticut and Illinois. Ann (as she prefers to be called) also served as English Department Head at the prestigious William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Ann describes herself as “a collaborative person by nature. I also firmly believe that all people of faith, lay and ordained, are called to do God’s mission.”

Deacon to the Parish, the Reverend Mike Watkins

Mike retired from the computer industry shortly after completing his certificate in Spiritual Direction. During that formation the call to ordained clergy was realized. His deacon formation took place in the Diocese of Oklahoma.

He and his wife Lauri (also a deacon) realized a long held dream and moved to Oregon in the summer of 2019.

Parish Leadership – Staff and Lay

Staff

Donna Hall, Secretary
Keri Davis, Director of Music

Vestry

Sue Colvin, Senior Warden
Judy Wilson, Junior Warden
Janet Calvert
Dave Fredmonsky
Erika Hente
Bill Janes
Ed Johnson
Ann VanDerveer
Sally Ward
Beverly Jackson, Clerk
Tom Whitehead, Treasurer
Mike Watkins, Deacon

St. Thomas Vestry Ministry Liaisons

Senior Warden – Sue Colvin

Junior Warden – Judy Wilson

Communications – Ed Johnson

Service to Others – Sally Ward

Education – Judy Wilson

Finance – Anne VanDerveer

Hospitality – Janet Calvert

Music & Liturgy – Erika Hente

Personnel – Sue Colvin

Buildings & Grounds – Bill Janes and Dave Fredmonsky