Christ Church Anglican, now a member of the Anglican Catholic Church, has welcomed The Rev. Thomas H. Harbold as its third rector.
Harbold, or “Father Tom,” is from Maryland and will be the church’s first full-time rector. He has spent the majority of his life in Maryland, but also spent time in Hawaii while a child, and in Ireland, for a semester abroad during undergraduate studies. He attended Vanderbilt Divinity School, in Nashville, where he received a master’s degree in theological studies.
“I was born and raised Methodist, the grandson of a Methodist minister, but consider my journey to Anglicanism to be very much in line with what John Wesley originally intended,” said Harbold.
Visits to Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, Virginia, and York Minster, in England, primed the pump, but he joined the Anglican tradition through the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Westminster, Maryland.
At Church of the Ascension, Harbold served there in a variety of capacities including lay reader, chalicist, thurifer, confirmation and adult Christian education teacher, and vestry member, from 1989 to 2013. When the rector retired, he began to explore options and was eventually ordained priest by Archbishop Peter Robinson of the United Episcopal Church of North America, a continuing Anglican jurisdiction, in November 2017.
Upon arrival here, Harbold said, “I am looking forward to getting to know the people and community of Southern Pines, as Christ Church seeks to serve God and His people in this place, and make our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ known to others.”
Christ Church is located at 750 Fairway Drive and has services on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
The Diocese of the Holy Cross, a member of the Continuing Anglican Church, has voted to join the Anglican Catholic Church, the sixth U. S. Diocese of the ACC. Led by Bishop Paul Hewett, The Diocese of the Holy Cross will continue to be based in Columbia, S.C. Christ Church, located
in Southern Pines, has been a member of the Diocese since its beginning.