Beginning this Sunday, November 4th the Rev. Tim Steeves will serve as Priest Associate at St. Thomas’ Church. He will join us on Sundays and regularly make pastoral visits as well as handling other priestly duties.
Letter from Rev. Tim Steeves:
“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” T.S. Eliot
My name is Tim Steeves, and I would like to take this opportunity to introduce (and reintroduce) myself as your new “Priest Associate” for St Thomas’. As our parish enters into an interim period (“Interim” is a Latin word that essentially means “for the time being”) it will be my pleasure to be with you on a part-time basis to help out with Sunday services and pastoral visits. Marek Zabriskie, my friend and former boss who has served as your Rector for over twenty years, has been called to bring his considerable gifts to an exciting rectorship in the Diocese of Connecticut. In the meantime, I will be on hand to help out in any way that I can until a discernment committee of the parish completes its important task of finding a new tenured Rector for St. Thomas’.
I was Marek’s Associate Rector for Pastoral Care from 2000 to 2005, and know many of you well and fondly. For those of you reading this letter whom I have not yet met, I guess the first thing I should tell you about myself is that I was born and raised in Wellesley, Massachusetts (in what is usually referred to as “Greater Boston” – as opposed to “Boston Proper”). That makes me not only a rock-ribbed New Englander, but also an indentured fan of the Boston Red Sox who is currently basking in the glow of yet another World Series Championship.
I received a typical education: college (University of Massachusetts at Amherst), graduate school (Columbia University School of Social Work), seminary (Virginia Theological Seminary). I was ordained in 1973, and have served as a priest for just over forty-five years.
Retired now, most of my ministry has been as a parish priest (in Florida, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Virginia and, since 2000, Pennsylvania). My most recent parish was St. James Episcopal Church in Downingtown where I was the Rector until my retirement. Following my retirement, I served as a part-time priest-in-charge for nearby St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Cathedral Road, and then as Interim Rector for St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Roxborough. There I could answer the phone by saying: “St. Timothy’s Church – This is Timothy.”
My work in various parishes has been interspersed with spells as a clinical social worker at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and as a staff chaplain at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford, Connecticut. I am also retired as a Chaplain (lieutenant colonel) in the U.S. Army Reserve, where my final duty-station was at Dover Air Force Base. I consider it a great blessing that I have had a varied and exciting ministry experience (even if not particularly distinguished), and I consider it an even greater blessing to be able to honestly say that I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.
But no vocational blessings can compare with the matchless blessing of my family. The best thing about me is my wife Deborah, who is an attorney with Chester County Legal Aid, and who can usually be found, even now, puttering around in the Barn. Also, I have four grown children who did a good job raising me: Gabriel, William, Carolyn and George. As well as two grandchildren who help me with my computer: Gabriel and Josiah.
I feel honored to be among you as you continue your journey with Christ during this exciting time in our ministry together.
God bless, Tim