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.
Dr. Richard Limato, Deacon-in-Training
Richard Limato is originally from Mt. Vernon, N.Y. and currently lives in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. He is a postulant beginning his third year in the Episcopal Diocese of New York Deacon Formation Program. Richard’s sponsoring parish is Grace Episcopal Church in New York, a spiritual home that he visited one Sunday evening more than ten years ago and never left. He is delighted to be here at St. Thomas for the final year of his two-year field placement assignment, a second spiritual home where the Deacon Formation Program meets monthly.
Richard holds a BA degree in History from Fordham University, an MS in Ed degree from Iona College with a concentration in History and Education and a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Fordham University. He has been an educator for 40 plus years and has been the principal of Prospect Hill School in Pelham for the past 18 years. His most noteworthy credential however is earning the Religion prize at the end of first grade where he apparently slept through phonics class, but was aroused by religion.
Richard has a daughter, Katie, a son-in-law Kevin and a “Grandcat”, Ed, who reside in Albany, N.Y. Richard is grateful to Mother Carol and the people of St. Thomas for welcoming his call to ministry. He invites all to consider what the Gospel’s call to service means, meditating on one of his favorite lines, Psalm 95: “For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. Oh, that today you would harken to his voice.”