5400 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast, Florida 32137
Phone: 386-446-2300
dollyb@stthomaspalmcoast.com

 
Living and Proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Community, Holy Communion and Servanthood Ministry
  • The Right Reverend Samuel Johnson Howard
  • Bishop of Florida
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  • The Reverend Robert P. Goolsby
  • Rector
  • The Rev. Robert P. Goolsby (Bob) was born and raised in the Ft. Lauderdale area of South Florida. He is married to Karla who is a native Texan and a Communications and Marketing specialist. Karla’s son is an officer serving the U.S. Navy and a daughter who is a school teacher in Virginia, making Bob a proud step-dad.

    Growing up in the Diocese of Southeast Florida, Bob served in youth ministry leadership at Holy Sacrament Church in Pembroke Pines and later as high school youth director at St. Mary Magdalene in Coral Springs. In 2002, he earned his B.A. in Psychology at the University of Central Florida in Orlando while serving at St. Richard’s in Winter Park.

    Bob graduated in 2005 from the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas, with a Master of Divinity. During seminary, Bob served at St. Mark’s in San Marcos, Texas serving in many leadership capacities while preparing youth for Confirmation. He was ordained as a Deacon by Bishop Leo Frade at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Boca Raton, Florida on April 17, 2005 and ordained to the Priesthood by Bishop Don Wimberly at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Kingwood, Texas on November 2, 2005 where he served as the Assistant to the Rector. In 2008, Bob became the seventh rector at St. Christopher’s in Houston, Texas, the same weekend as Hurricane Ike. Bob has had successful ministry to families with children and young adults, providing pastoral care, Christian education and formation, and ministry in two large day schools. Bob’s specialties in ministry include parish administration and leadership and spiritual growth. He is currently a doctoral student at Virginia Theological Seminary.

    Bob came to St. Thomas, Palm Coast as their fifth Rector on September 1, 2018. Bob’s passion in ministry involves bringing people into the presence of God through worship and liturgy, Christian Education, Christian service and Evangelism. His faith in God and firm commitment to Jesus Christ is rooted in prayer, scripture, and the rich heritage and tradition of The Episcopal Church.

     

     

     

                      

     

  • The Reverend Horace S. Johnson
  • Assisting Priest
  • Born in Jamaica, W.I., the eldest of nine children and the son of a Pentecostal minister, I learned from a very early age that ‘God is good all the time; all the time God is good’. My mother was deeply rooted in her Pentecostal faith and very much devoted to her church. Each day my father would call on me to lead morning devotion with my brothers and sisters, each having their individual part to play. This practice planted the seeds of yearning for a call to ministry.
     
    I met my wife to be, Fay Clarke in Jamaica, and both of us migrated to Montreal, Canada where in May 1967 we got married at St. James the Apostle Anglican Church. We had our first child, Jacqueline Michele.  A few years later, the family moved to Hartford, Connecticut where I began a 30+-year career in business and finance with The Hartford Insurance Group and then with The Connecticut Community College System as their Business Manager. I attended the University of Connecticut (BSc in Finance) and The University of Hartford (MBA).
     
    Adding a son, Horace Lancefield, to the family, Fay and I focused the next years of our lives on raising our children. At the same time my involvement with the church intensified while a parishioner at St. Monica’s Episcopal in Hartford. I was constantly encouraged by my church community and by my former rector and mentor to consider ordained ministry.
     
    The children had by now become adults, and so with my family solidly with me in my decision, I answered the lingering call to ministry. I entered seminary at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. In May of 2001. I took early retirement from the State of Connecticut, and was ordained a Deacon in June 2001 and into the priesthood in the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut on December 15, 2001.
     
    I spent the next five years in full-time ministry at Trinity Episcopal Church, as the Associate Rector, a position I thoroughly enjoyed having an opportunity to minister not only to my congregation but to the broader community in which I had spent a lot of time as a leader in particular the West Indian Community. In August 2006 I retired to Ormond Beach with my wife Fay.
     
    In my retired lifestyle, while a volunteer Assisting Priest at St Thomas since September 2006, assisting the priest at mainly the 11:00 service on Sundays, and visiting the sick and shut-ins during the week, I enjoy spending time with the grandchildren - Davis and Avery, completing a daily crossword puzzle, and playing weekly rounds of golf.
     
    I constantly remind myself of some of the words of ordination and hold them dearly, “To love and serve the people among whom you work, caring alike for young and old, strong and weak…”

  • Rev. Al Stefanik
  • Assisting Priest
  • We agreed. It was her choice to move to Palm Coast. After all she had accompanied me as I served parishes from Vermont to Long Island to Maui to Martha’s Vineyard and back to Northern Vermont. Claire Stefanik, a retired psychotherapist, charted our move here in June, 2014. We had previously relocated from Long Island to the Green Mountains to raise eight children on our homestead in Cambridge in 1969. That was our successful effort to live off the land tending two gardens, ducks, geese, hogs and three hundred chickens. Claire and I were received into the Episcopal Church from Rome in 1975. Bishop Robert S. Kerr recognized my ordination in the Roman Catholic Church and licensed me as priest in 1977. At that time I served as a non-stipended (worker) priest at an experimental mission in Johnson. My salaried work continued as a social worker in child abuse/neglect and as an instructor in English at Johnson State College and the Community College of Vermont until 1983.

    In 1983 Bishop Kerr appointed me as campus minister at the University of Vermont. The Lutheran Bishop (ELCA) appointed me as Pastor to the Lutheran Students at UVM. In 1988 Trinity Parish, Shelburne, VT called me to be their rector. Specifically, my strongest talent was helping parishes transform their dysfunctional systems into healthy relationships. I have a strong affection for the healing ministry of Jesus. My preaching squares Scripture with what’s happening now and vice versa. I like the words of the Prophets and Jesus; especially when they confront injustice. Praying the Prayer Book daily complements my love to be in silence – that’s where Elijah found God.

    From the Green Mountains back to the Atlantic, will I surf again? I began surfing in 1948 on Long Island. Surf fishing? A better bet than surfing. My brother and I were very good at beaching striped bass. Then there is the trombone. I might just join the local band here. Practicing expands the lungs. Books? Just finished a bio about my unconventional grandmother – American Compassion from an Immigrant: We All Got Bellybuttons. Two more books (novels) are in progress. Because I love Claire’s company at the local eateries, weightlifting in my garage keeps my body weight in check. So does walking with my Tibetan Terrier, Zbigniew; he meditates too.

 
 

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  • Palm Coast, Florida 32137
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