A  mission of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, our vision was to reflect the radical hospitality of God.  We welcomed and affirmed those of diverse economic reality; ethnicity; family status; sexual or gender identity; physical, mental or emotional ability; legal issues; or social standing.  Our red doors indicated a place of asylum for all.


St Thomas' Episcopal Church

307 Route 94 * Vernon, NJ 07462  *  973-764-7506

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Even in our last days, we who remained continued to worship on Sunday mornings.  Eucharist at 10am was a complete liturgy, with homily. The music was an eclectic selection of traditional hymns, Anglican plainsong, and anthems that might include selections from old "Victorian howlers"  to Emmy Lou Harris. Children were encouraged to make themselves at home in God's House and occasionally contribute additional stimulus. There was a broad commitment to the missional vision of the diocese. "We live in communion rather than take communion; we focus on mission rather than maintenance, grace rather than entitlement, and discipleship rather than membership."


We all go down to the dust, but even at the grave we make our song...     --Book of Common Prayer

Some of our ministry alliances included: [click an image to find out more]

Contact Information:

Information about the property:

John Garde, Chair, Trustees of the Diocese of Newark

  • jgarde@mccarter.com

Ecclesiastical matters:

The Rev. Canon Gregory Jacobs, Diocese of Newark

  • gjacobs@dioceseofnewark.org

Financial matters:

Paul Shackford, Treasurer, Diocese of Newark

  • pshackford@dioceseofnewark.org

Personal Business, Fr. Doc:

The Rev. Dr. Howard W. Whitaker can be reached through any of his websites, e.g.,


Also, seek  the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.  –Jeremiah 29:7

St Thomas' Church has closedThe final service was October 30, 2016.  [Liturgy is here]  Further information about who we were and why we closed can be found throughout this website.

Welcome  one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the Glory of God.  â€“Romans 15:7