The Revd Fr Jason Hess | Rector
Father Jason and his family – native West Virginians (except the youngest, he’s a North Carolinian) – have lived in Mathews County since late 2005. He’s been married to his lovely bride, Myra, since 2000. Together they have three teenagers – one girl, and two boys.
Fr Jason has served in both vocational and bi-vocational youth/associate pastor positions in NC, AZ, and VA while serving in the Assemblies of God. Additionally as a volunteer he’s had the opportunity to serve at a church plant, and be part of a church revitalization project. From 2012 to 2018 he was a professed third-order Franciscan in the Company of Jesus. In April of 2017 he was ordained a deacon in the Orthodox Anglican Church, and then in June of 2018 he was ordained a priest by the presiding bishop, The Most Revd Thomas E. Gordon. He has studied at Global University’s Berean School of the Bible, and Nations University.
Though Fr Jason’s day job finds him travelling all over the Middle Peninsula as a Pest Control Technician, he faithfully serves this Mission as a bi-vocational missionary priest. St. Thomas is the culmination of a church planting vision that the Hess’ have carried in their hearts since 2007, despite the fact that for years they didn’t know what the work would end up looking like. While the formation of St. Thomas Anglican Mission here in Mathews County is his primary focus, from 2017 to 2018 he also served as Deacon Assisting to Priest Assisting at St Andrew’s Anglican Church in Richmond, VA. He is also a member of both the Wesleyan-Anglican Society, and the Society of King Charles the Martyr. Most recently he was appointed as the 2020 Chair for No Walls, an effort to bring Mathews County churches together to impact the community.
Outside of ministry – and his day job – Fr Jason enjoys relaxing at home with his family. He’s an avid pipe tobacco smoker, a lover of audio dramas, a lifelong reader, and an occasional tabletop gamer.