Rev. Thomas Newlin, Presiding Priest
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Fr. Thomas is a loving husband and father of one daughter. He is a graduate of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts where he received a Master of Divinity degree. During his final year of seminary, he was ordained to the Diaconate and served as Deacon at St. Athanasios the Great parish in Arlington, Massachusetts. Prior to that, he was assigned to the Annunciation Cathedral of Boston through a joint arrangement between the Field Education Program at Holy Cross School of Theology and The Cathedral.
Upon graduating from Holy Cross in 2008, he was assigned to St. Mark Greek Orthodox Parish in Boca Raton, Florida, where he was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by His Eminence Alexios, Metropolitan of Atlanta. In the summer of 2009, he was assigned as the presiding priest at The Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Parish located in Greensboro, North Carolina, where his service to the Lord continues today.
Introduced to Christian Orthodox faith by his wife Jenny, Fr. Thomas started attending services at St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church in Webster, Texas. As a dedicated volunteer for the local parish, he offered his gifts through serving as Sunday School teacher, Parish Council Vice President and Treasurer, GOYA supervisor, and acolyte. Through this process of service, a flame was rekindled in his heart, igniting childhood memories that developed into a calling to serve the Lord through the Holy Priesthood.
Prior to attending the seminary, he contributed to the business community through several industries. His first contribution was through a family owned and operated manufacturing company that was classified in the Cut and Sew Industry. Later he directed his energies in the financial industry where he consulted with individuals and employers on Group employee benefits and personal financial planning.
As a collegiate athlete, he pursued his undergraduate education while contributing to the football teams at both Kilgore Junior College, located in Texas and Southwest Baptist University located in Missouri. He obtained an undergraduate degree in Marketing from the University of Houston Clear Lake.
When time permits, Fr. Thomas really enjoys personal outings with his family and friends. A few of his favorite activities include fishing, sailing, exploring and just about any activity that involves interacting with others in the great outdoors. Having always enjoyed working with people, Fr. Thomas believes that ‘The Fruits of the Spirit’ will materialize, through a genuine pursuit of a personal relationship in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ while ministering to others in their relationship with Christ.
The life of the Orthodox Church perpetuates and fulfills the ministry of Jesus Christ. The close association between Christ and His Church is reflected in the images from the Scriptures which declare that Christ is the Head and the Church is His Body, and that Christ is the Bridegroom and the Church is His bride. Learn more»