Father Mead came to Saint Thomas in 1996 after serving the Church of the Advent in Boston as Rector for eleven years. Prior to that he was Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Rosemont, Pennsylvania, from 1978 to 1985. Earlier ministries include positions at the Parish of All Saints, Ashmont (Boston); St. Paul’s, Wallingford, Connecticut; and St. John the Evangelist, Yalesville, Connecticut.
Born in Rochester, New York, in 1946, Andrew Craig Mead received his BA from DePauw University and MDiv from Yale University Divinity School. He was ordained Deacon and Priest in 1971. In 1972 he married Nancy Anne Hoxsie of Narragansett, Rhode Island. They have two children and four grandchildren.
In 1974 the degree of MLitt was conferred upon Father Mead by Oxford University, where he studied at Keble College, successfully defending a thesis entitled A Critical Investigation of the Controversy between Newman and the Tractarians over the Development of Doctrine. During his two-year residence at Oxford from 1971 through 1973, Father Mead lived in and served the Parish of Cowley St. John.
Since 1987 Father Mead has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Nashotah House Theological Seminary, which bestowed the degree Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, in May, 2002.
In recognition of Saint Thomas Church’s ministry to New York’s British community in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, particularly at an interfaith service on September 20 addressed by Prime Minister Tony Blair and broadcast live in its entirety throughout the United Kingdom, Father Mead was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. The honor was conferred at a ceremony in October, 2002, at the British Embassy in Washington.
Committed to doctrinal orthodoxy in teaching and pastoral work, Father Mead has had long experience in the liturgical heritage of Catholic Anglicanism, grounded in the rubrics of the Book of Common Prayer. As a parish priest in the Anglo-Catholic tradition, he provided pastoral leadership through teaching and preaching, sacramental devotion and nurture, spiritual counsel, and pastoral care.
Father Mead announced his intention to retire from Saint Thomas on June 26 of 2013. A year later, at a regular meeting of the Vestry on June 25 2014, the last meeting with The Reverend Andrew Craig Mead as Rector, the following resolution was unanimously adopted by the vestry:
WHEREAS The Reverend Andrew Craig Mead has served with distinction as Priest and Rector of Saint Thomas Church in the City and County of New York for eighteen years; and
WHEREAS during his tenure, Father Mead has transformed Saint Thomas Church by creating a real sense of parish where there is a deep warmth and inclusion that makes visitors and strangers feel welcome, and this continually draws them within our tether (even by means of our website); and
WHEREAS at all times Father Mead has given all who worship at Saint Thomas a keen knowledge of how to live every aspect of their lives with Christ as their guide, as evidenced by his preaching, teaching, and life example; and
WHEREAS, Father Mead has been a true Defender of the Faith in his care for liturgy, the preservation of the Choral Foundation, the rich Prayer Book language, and all that defines the Anglican Tradition as given to the Episcopal Church with the consecration of Bishop Seabury; and
WHEREAS during his tenure, Father Mead has led the Parish to undertake major projects to preserve the fabric ranging from infrastructure projects such as the lighting of the church to the restoration of the stained glass windows to the plan to build a new Chancel Organ; and
WHEREAS Father Mead has redefined stewardship and made the Parish aware of its important role in the financial stability and health of Saint Thomas Church as evidenced by the extraordinary growth of the Every Member Canvass and the successful Capital and Buy-a-Pipe Campaigns; and
WHEREAS Father Mead has built a firm foundation for his successor, doing everything possible to make his transition seamless;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Wardens and Vestry do grant unto The Reverend Andrew Craig Mead the title and dignity of Rector Emeritus from 1st July 2014 without terminus, together with all and singular the privileges thereunto belonging and appertaining.
A more comprehensive overview of Father Mead's rectorship will be posted in due course. In the meantime, here are a few resources on this website from Fr Mead's time as Rector:
Over 500 of Fr Mead's sermons
Catechesis: Sermons for the Christian Year
Fr Mead's Rector's Chronicles
Centennial & Farewell Address by Fr Mead, May 30, 2014
Fr Mead's final service as Rector, June 20, 2014