Fr. Howie Sasser

The Reverend Dr. Howell C. Sasser, Jr.
Rector
704-578-4724 or StThomassRector@googlegroups.com
The Reverend Dr. Howell Sasser has been the Rector of St Thomas’s Church, Newark, since March 2019. Before coming to Delaware, he served churches in Pennsylvania and New York. He grew up around the world and in the Episcopal/Anglican church. Over the years, he has served as acolyte, chorister, reader, chalice bearer, Sunday School teacher, vestry member, youth leader, senior warden, cook, dish washer, Christmas pageant sheep, and probably a few other things now lost in the past. He aims always to model for the faithful that the joy of the Lord is our strength, and joy is a renewable resource. See the Rector’s Message. Your presence is a blessing to us – add your story to ours.

Deacon CecilyThe Reverend Deacon Cecily Sawyer Harmon
Deacon
302-530-3493 or 302-220-9680
The Reverend Deacon Cecily Sawyer Harmon, LCSW, is St. Thomas’s first deacon, and has been at St. Thomas’s since August 2009. She served as the chaplain of the Episcopal Campus Ministry from 2009 until 2018.  Deacon Cecily, a social worker for more than 50 years and a retiree from the University of Delaware, has a part-time private practice. Active in our national church, she has been elected to represent our diocese six times as a Deputy or Alternate to General Convention. Presently, she serves on the board of the Episcopal Women’s History Project. Deacon Cecily says, “I see God’s love in the many faces of my brothers and sisters.”

The Reverend Juan GeorgeThe Reverend Juan George
Priest Associate
302-834-8341
The Reverend Juan V. George has been an Associate Priest of St. Thomas’s Church, in Newark Delaware, since 2020.  Before coming to Delaware, he served churches in New York and Connecticut.  Born in the Dominican Republic, he came to the US at the age of 20. He became an Associate Priest in New York and Connecticut, as well as a Priest-in-Charge of the Hispanic/Latin Congregations.  Upon arrival in Delaware, he served at the Cathedral of St John and Trinity Episcopal Church until his retirement in 2019.  As a member of St. Thomas’s, he was elected as a member of the Diocese Council of Delaware. One of his favorite texts in the Holy Scripture is:  This is what God asks of you: only this, to act justly, to love tenderly and to walk humbly with your God.  – Micah 6:8

Marc ChebanMarc Cheban
Organist and Choir Director
302-368-4644 or StThomassMusic@googlegroups.com
BM West Chester (PA) University; MM Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester; Westminster Choir College; University of Kent, England; General Theological Seminary, New York City

Marc’s programs are marked by a delightful combination of serious organ works, orchestral transcriptions, and colorful novelty works. A prolific choral composer, Marc writes and arranges extensively for the organ. Three of his works are published by Warner, Inc.  While Organist/Choirmaster of St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, Delaware for 30 years, he led groups to perform in Europe and the at the White House. He has appeared frequently as recitalist (especially during the Christmas season) on the renowned Ballroom Organ at Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania and has been fortunate to play informally many of the great cathedral organs of England and France. He is known for his accompaniments to major silent films. Recently, he has become a regular performer on the great Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall pipe organ, the largest in the world.

He currently serves as Director of Music here at St. Thomas’s where his huge talent and personality add much beauty and heart to our worship.

Cana HartmanCana Hartman
Parish Administrator
302-368-4644 or StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com
“It is the duty of the office to live out Invite Welcome Connect.  Everything we do supports that mission of fostering and growing God’s Kingdom.  I heard a nagging voice in my heart, and followed its call to this position.  I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity to live out that call with a warm smile and an open door.“ Cana Hartman is a native Newarkian, and she and her husband are happy to be raising their two children in this diverse and vibrant community.  She is a “cradle Episcopalian” and has been involved with St. Thomas’s Parish since childhood; from attending youth group, to serving on the Vestry.  She has a BA in Art from the University of Delaware, and Masters in Educaton from Wilmington University. When she is not in the office, she can be found celebrating the domestic arts, and getting way too excited about fellowship activities with family, faith family, and neighbors.

Kenneth Hansen-JonesKenneth Hansen-Jones
Sexton
Kenneth was born in Germany to Army parents (who met just down the road at Aberdeen Proving Grounds!), but did most of his growing up in Mississippi. He is a self-identified Anglophile whose spiritual awakening occurred in the Church of England during his Fulbright year in Leicester, UK, which is how he came to be a member of the Episcopal Church in the U.S. After a difficult year of COVID isolation, he has no words to express how happy he is to be St. Thomas’ new sexton: for him, it is a chance to make new friends and contribute to his community. A reader, an avid movie-goer, and a lover of history and travel, Kenneth likes to think he’s always a reliable source of good conversation.