The Rev. Carol D. Gadsden began her term at St. Thomas on September 15th, 2014. She comes to St. Thomas’ from Sparta, NJ, where she was the rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. This call brings Mother Carol back full circle, returning her to Westchester County in the Diocese of New York, where she was sponsored by Christ’s Church, Rye, for the priesthood 32 years ago. Her first Sunday at St. Thomas was September 21st.
A cradle Episcopalian (which means she was born and raised in the Episcopal Church), Carol brings nearly thirty years of ministerial experience in a variety of settings and roles, including rector, priest-in-charge, interim, vicar, chaplain, and youth minister, in the dioceses of New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. She says her ministry is characterized by the deep and abiding belief that her role is to equip the lower case “s” saints by providing opportunities for education, formation, nurture and support in expectation and hope that parishioners become comfortable and secure in facing the challenges, joys and uncertainties of this world.
When asked about her new call, Carol said, “I am delighted to be called to St. Thomas. It is a congregation filled with energy and vision, and I am excited about the journey we will be making together. It holds the promise of being a strong and holy partnership in ministry.”
Carol is a native of Syracuse, New York, she received a B.A. in English from Keuka College, both an M.A. and Ed.M. in Applied Human Development and Counseling from Columbia University Teachers College, a M.Div. from the General Theological Seminary, and a graduate certificate in Management from the Radcliffe Seminars at Harvard University. Carol is married to Linda March, who is a project manager for a Boston-based leadership and training development company. She has two adult daughters, Hilary Nieukirk, who lives in Boston, and Courtney Mandell, who lives in Brooklyn.
Carol loves playing golf (and wishes golf was as equally as enamored with her), reading, listening to music and dancing to it (her iPod can play continuously for nine days without repeating a song), and spending time with her family. She enjoys a great craft beer and is a major foodie. Lastly, she is a news junkie—both of the serious nature and pop culture—and puts both to good use in family tournaments of Trivial Pursuit.
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
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Eucharist (said) 8:00am
Eucharist (with music) 10:00am
Sunday School and Nursery 9:45am
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