The Rev. J. Brad Benson : Rector

The Rev. J. Brad Benson


Father Benson has been the pastor (also called "rector") of St. Thomas since 2005. He received his M.Div. from Bexley Hall in Rochester in 2001. Prior to seminary, his first career was in college administration, working in continuing education at Syracuse University. His other college training includes degrees in art history and museum studies (specialty in architectural history). A native of Wyoming, Fr. Benson was raised in the Presbyterian Church. He was first drawn to the Episcopal Church during his undergraduate years, while serving as the organist at St. Matthew's Episcopal Cathedral in Laramie, WY.
His passions include being the spiritual doorman for those new to the Christian faith and helping people realize and exercise their God-given gifts. He enjoys preaching and helping the parish to greatly expand its outreach to the community including facilitating our Community Gardens, Bath Community Outreach Forum and other programs.

Dr. Carl Johengen : Co-Minister of Music

Dr. Carl Johengen

Co-Minister of Music

Carl holds a doctorate in voice performance from the Eastman School of Music as well as degrees in choral conducting and voice from Ithaca College. He is the former Director of Music for the R.C. Diocese of Syracuse, and is a published composer of sacred music. Carl shares in the leadership of St. Thomas' Choir, collaborates in worship planning, and directs the St. Thomas’ Community Ringers.
In addition to his work at St. Thomas, Carl is an Assistant Professor of Voice at the Ithaca College School of Music, serves as Choral Director at Wells College, and is Music Director of the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble in Ithaca.

Roxanne Gaylord : Co-Minister of Music & Administrative Assistant

Roxanne Gaylord

Co-Minister of Music & Administrative Assistant

Roxanne has been the Co-Minister of Music along with Carl Johengen since 2005. She holds a degree in music education from the University of Northern Iowa and is a former teacher of piano and French horn. She has been a church musician for over 25 years. Roxanne is also our Administrative Assistant managing the affairs of the church office. Her other ministry includes our youth Celebration Band which performs on major holy days and she also leads our Sunday morning adult study group called Curious Christians.

The Rev. Michael W. Hopkins : Sunday School Coordinator

The Rev. Michael W. Hopkins

Sunday School Coordinator

Michael is a retired priest who lives in Hornell.

Joe Prunier : Sexton

Joe Prunier


Our sexton (custodian) is a native of Elmira but now lives in Bath with his family. He splits his time between being the Buildings & Grounds Caretaker for Family Life Ministries and St. Thomas. He came to us with many years experience and we are so blessed to have Joe on the staff.

Lori Kennedy : Bookkeeper

Lori Kennedy