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 ministry positions in NC, AZ, and VA. 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 Patten University. Currently he’s enrolled at St. Andrew’s Theological College and Seminary, pursuing a degree in Sacred Theology.
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, he also serves as the Priest Assisting at St Andrew’s Anglican Church in Richmond, VA. Additionally at the 54th General Convention of the Orthodox Anglican Church he was appointed to the National Council. He is also a member of both the Wesleyan/Anglican Society, and the Society of King Charles the Martyr.
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, and a lifelong tabletop gamer.
The Most Revd Thomas Gordon | Presiding Bishop
Archbishop Gordon, the son of a Presbyterian minister and a Christian school teacher, was born and raised in Williamsport, PA. He is married and has three grown sons. In 2008, he became the organizing minister and Rector of St. Philip the Evangelist Anglican Church in Charlotte, NC. In 2012, he was called upon to serve his alma mater, St. Andrew’s Theological College and Seminary, as its seventh President.
On April 18, 2015, he was elected and enthroned as the sixth Presiding Bishop of the Orthodox Anglican Church and the Metropolitan Archbishop of the Orthodox Anglican Communion. His previous appointments in the Orthodox Anglican Church include Canon to the Ordinary, Suffragan Bishop, and Bishop Coadjutor. He remains Rector of St. Philip’s, and also serves as the Chancellor of St. Andrew’s Theological College and Seminary, where he provides Practical Liturgical Instruction, and teaches the Apocrypha.