The Rev. Carol Gadsden, Rector
Called to St. Thomas in September of 2014, Carol is a native of Syracuse, New York. She is a cradle Episcopalian (she was born and raised in the Episcopal Church), who 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, Pennsylvania, and Newark. 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.
She 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 admits to being a major foodie. Additionally, 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.
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, who lives in Boston, and Courtney, who lives in Brooklyn with her husband Spencer, and their son Lucas.
The Rev. Tami Burks, Associate
Tami was ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of New York in October, 2016. Born and raised a Lutheran, she was received into the Episcopal Church in 2007. Before discerning a call to the priesthood, she was a teacher and director of Christian education in a variety of schools and churches in Pennsylvania and New York. She is passionate about Christian formation and loves that St. Thomas’ mission statement professes its welcome to all “seekers, searchers, and doubters”, because she ventures that all of us can find ourselves in one of those categories at any given time.
She loves cooking, hiking, journaling, geocaching and playing board games. She admits to having a weakness for playing Plants vs. Zombies on her Ipad and to being ridiculously competitive at pictionary, scrabble, and charades.
Tami is married to Auxford Burks, who is a pediatrician and the residency program director at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx. They have three sons – Alexander who is a junior at SUNY Geneseo; William who is a freshman at SUNY Stonybrook; and Ian who is a freshman at Mamaroneck High School.