Rector Search Update

We are happy to announce that the Reverend Thomas DiMarco will become our new Priest-In-Charge effective December 1, 2015. Chairwoman of the Search Committee, Eileen Altenburg, Father Tom and I met with Bishop Waldo and he authorized our call of Father DiMarco.

Father DiMarco and his wife, Miranda are coming to us from the Episcopal Church of the Ridge, Johnston, SC where he has been the Vicar since 2011 after graduating from Sewanee, School of Theology the same year.

Prior to becoming a priest, Father DiMarco was co-owner of Palmetto Supply and Repair Co., Inc., in Duncan, SC. Father Tom has a BA of Philosophy from College of Charleston, Charleston, SC

The DiMarcos have purchased a home in Lexington.

I ask that you please continue to pray for St. Alban’s and its new Priest-In-Charge and also for the Church of the Ridge who will be losing its Vicar.

At the visitation of the Rt. Rev. W. Andrew Waldo on December 20th we will have a “Celebration of a New Ministry” for St. Alban’s and its new Priest-In-Charge. This celebration of new ministry is not only an occasion of people gathering to proclaim hope and faith in what our priest can do among his congregation. But also an occasion for the entire St. Alban’s community gathering to proclaim faith and hope in what Christ is already doing among us. There will be a reception after the 10:30 service honoring Bishop Waldo and Father DiMarco and his family.

As we finalize our plans to welcome Father DiMarco and his family we will keep everyone informed of our plans as they evolve. We will ask you to help us get prepared for the “New Ministry”.

Please continue to pray for St. Alban’s, Father DiMarco and his family and the Church of the Ridge during this transition.

Dr. Matthew Whitehouse
Director of Music

A native of Columbia, Matthew Whitehouse completed undergraduate studies in organ at The University of South Carolina. In December 2012, he completed his doctoral degree in organ at The University of Arizona in Tucson. During his doctoral studies, Mathew served as organist/choir director at Christ the King Episcopal Church in Tucson, and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Sierra Vista, AZ.

Matthew has a lifelong interest in astronomy, particularly astronomy education. In August 2013, he returned to Columbia to take up the position of Observatory Manager at the South Carolina State Museum, a post associated with the museum's Windows to New Worlds expansion slated to open in June 2014. During his time in Tucson, he served as an instructor for a summer astronomy camp sponsored by The University of Arizona, did volunteer astronomy outreach work in the local schools, and was a staff member for Kitt Peak National Observatory's public stargazing programs.

Matthew's original organ compositions, many of which are inspired by astronomical phenomena, have been performed throughout the US and at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. He has given presentations on his work linking astronomy, music, and education at conferences in the United States and United Kingdom. To hear sound files of Matthew's organ works, please visit his website.

Matthew is passionate about Anglican music ministry and is excited to join the St. Alban's community on 1 December 2013!

Cindy Watson
Administrative Assistant

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