I hope I get a chance to meet you… so I’ll
begin by introducing myself and St. Peter’s. People around here
call me “Father Tom”. I was born in 1967 and became a follower of
Jesus in 1986. I was made a priest in 1998 and have been the pastor
of St Peter’s since 2002. I’m very proud of the people I serve
and I’d like to tell you a little bit about them.
Our story starts with Jesus of
Nazareth. His friends and followers were a diverse and motley crew.
He looked them in the eyes one day and told them what he saw: “You
are the light of the world, a city on a hill that cannot be hid”
(Matt 5:14). He’s describing the Church, a very human community of
light and refuge, of joy and abundance, of hope and safety in an
often dark and dangerous world. That’s who we are at St. Peter’s.
We are The Church… God’s hope for
humanity… rooted in the Loudoun Valley since 1871. And I’ll tell
you firsthand, the people of St Peter’s “live it” remarkably
When Jesus set out to save the world he
didn’t create a business or a bureaucracy, a university or a social
activist organization. He created The Church, built upon the rock, a
light for all the world to see. He created US.
And Jesus gave us what people long for: hope for positive change in a community of
loving people. And so we shine at St Peter’s… drawing
people into deeper relationship with Jesus, welcoming
everyone into a life-changing Christian community, equipping
each person to grow as a follower of Jesus, going-forth
to serve the world.
We take good care of each other and we
enjoy each other. This kind of community is a rare and valuable
asset in times like these. We are dedicated to Building Christians for Service, with a special focus on raising
Christian kids, nurturing healthy families and equipping people to
“serve the world sacrificially in Jesus’ name.”
I love this vision. And I love the ways
we’re living it at St Peter’s, which you’ll discover on every
page of our website. But when you finish surfing I invite you to take a big step
and visit on Sunday. Experience St Peter’s first-hand. We’d love
to welcome you into our “diverse and motley crew” of Jesus’
friends and followers.