Arriving early in July, John Rafter
celebrated the beginning of his
Parishioners filled the church with flowers and greenery and held a welcoming reception after the 10:30 a.m. service.
On the afternoon of August 26, 2007, he
was officially installed as rector at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church.
After nearly two years of looking for a new rector, the wardens and vestry of St. Thomas' Episcopal Church decided on Sunday, May 13, to offer the job to Rafter.
wife, Michele, came to Camden from St. Matthew's Church in Horseheads, N.Y.
He has been the rector there for four years and, prior to that, worked at the Church of the Good Samaritan in Knoxville, Tenn.
wife are particularly excited about the call to Camden's Episcopal Church
because of their local connection.
His father, John Wesley Rafter, was the pastor at Littlefield Memorial Baptist Church in Rockland in the 1980s.