Br. Josh Thomas
CONTACT: joshtom at mediacombb dot net
Josh Thomas, a lay Commissioned Evangelist with a national preaching license in The Episcopal Church since 1977, founded dailyoffice.org in 2004, in thanksgiving after buying his first house. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati (social work) and the National Institute for Lay Training at the General Theological Seminary in New York; his mentors were Robert Ervin Faulkenberry, Howard E. Galley, Jr., the Rev. Sr. Brooke Bushong and Capt. Tom Tull of the Church Army, as well as Fr. Bill Coulter of the Diocese of New York. Josh has spent much of his career in journalism and Gay advocacy; he is the author of three novels. He lives in Northwest Indiana and is a member of St. John’s, Lafayette, his boyhood parish, where he fell in love with The Hymnal 1940 and The Book of Common Prayer 1928, and has never been the same since.
The Rev. Leilani Nelson
Diocese of California
The Rev. Deacon Leilani Nelson is a cradle Episcopalian and native of Hawaii whose faith was formed by all the faiths and spiritualities of the Islands, especially at St. Paul’s Parke Chapel, an outreach to the Philippine Independent Church. Her vocation today includes children, youth and families; abuse education and prevention; camps and conferences, including Cursillo; peace, justice and inclusion. She makes and uses Anglican rosaries and is the author of MUNI MUSINGS, brief sketches about street scenes and daily encounters while using public transportation in San Francisco. Follow her on Facebook.
Subdeacon for What’s New
Dinah W. Danby
Dinah lives in Seattle and is active with the Catholic Worker movement. She is a grant writer, founder of a food ministry for the hungry, and teaches English to refugees. A cradle Episcopalian and granddaughter of four missionaries, she has also been a Methodist, a Presbyterian, a Pentecostal and a Mennonite. She is a US Coast Guard veteran who freely admits to still getting seasick. Her duties with us include working with Episcopal/Anglican and ecumenical religious orders for whom we pray in rotation every Thursday; any additions to her list are eagerly sought. She contributes occasional prayers and liturgical advice, including inclusive language translations.
Subdeacon for Interesting Things
Clint Gilliland, an Episcopal layman from Texas, formerly conducted Morning Prayer five days a week for a small but growing congregation at St. Peter’s, Pasadena, using printouts from our website so the People didn’t have to flip books. He’s retired from Data General Corp. and SAP Americas, where he was involved in the internet from its infancy; he helps us with technology issues and has additional items in his Office portfolio: Worship Leader for our daily webcasts; military and veterans’ affairs, for whom he complies our They Have Names feature every Tuesday, a listing of those killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan; and he selects some music and other Church videos for your edification and enrichment. Clint and wife Jena are the parents of grown twin daughters, and grandparents of many.
Subdeacon for Spirituality & Liturgy
Cody E. Maynus
Cody Maynus, an Evangelical Lutheran from Minnesota with a calling to the religious life, is our Subdeacon for Spirituality. He has extensive Benedictine experience and includes hospitality in his backpack. His job is to write and compile prayers and be our Member’s Companion on the Way. He’s a graduate of the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University in Collegeville, where he served as Faith Communities Minister for the CSB Campus Ministry. In Fall 2013 he began active ministry with the Episcopal Service Corps at St. Hilda’s House, Boston.
Subdeacon for Intercession
Subdeacon Rebecca is the Keeper of our Prayer List, one of the most important and demanding jobs on our staff. A Florida native now living in Alabama, she has years of computer experience and can operate just about every program there is; she learned WordPress in five minutes. She keeps our master list; we pray for every request for at least one month and welcome updates as circumstances change. The Vicar uses Rebecca’s master list to post excerpts every day.
Verger & Acolyte
Luke is a rat terrier, eight years old, who has lived at the Vicarage since 2008 after being rescued from the streets of Kokomo, Indiana, thanks to the Humane Societies of Kokomo and Indianapolis. He has a sweet character and loves to romp and play. His favorite day in the Church year is the Feast of St. Francis, because of the extra treats he gets. He is always diligent about herding God’s creatures and leading them into the virtual cathedral, prancing proudly down the center aisle. When he leaves the nave and races up the chancel to the Sanctuary, he always sits before the Altar like a good Episcopalian. He likes to chase but doesn’t persecute rats, mice, squirrels and rabbits; he doesn’t much care for altar wine, but as long as his bread gets doused with beef juices, he happily communes. To every human he’s ever met, he jumps and wags his tail, “Doggie ‘Piskies Welcome You!” He’s an expert in making sure the Human With The Food is where he’s supposed to be every Morning and Evening, and is annually voted the best Evangelist on our staff.
The Vicar’s Advisory Committee
Thomas Alloway, Ph.D., Ontario
Michael Corrigan, California
Letha Tomes Drury, Kentucky
Maria L. Evans, M.D., Missouri – Missioner and Chair
Stephen C. Helmreich, Ph.D., New Mexico