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The Reverend Edmund Harris

Associate Rector for Family Ministries and Evangelism

Edmund brings to St. Thomas a deep love for the church and its potential to form people of all ages into disciples of Jesus, as well as a lifetime of experience in faith communities across the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion. Growing up in an Episcopal church with a strong commitment to children and young people, he sang in the junior choir, served as an acolyte, and was a leader in the youth group. As a child and a teenager, church was the place where he felt valued and loved. His calling to be a priest is rooted in a desire to foster for others this same sense of belonging.

Prior to St. Thomas, Edmund served for eight years as Rector at St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish, Seattle, helped to start Church Beyond the Walls, a street church community in Providence, Rhode Island, and served as Assistant to the Rector at Church of the Epiphany in East Providence. Before being ordained, he served as a chaplain at a shelter for LGBTQIA+ homeless youth in Chicago, worked at a foundation offering tuition-free educational support to children and families in underserved neighborhoods of Boston, spent time in communities affected by AIDS in southern Africa, and worked as a counselor at an Episcopal summer camp.

Edmund is a graduate of the University of Virginia, the University of Chicago Divinity School, and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, where he received the E. William Muehl Prize in Preaching. He gratefully shares his life with his spouse Michael, an associate professor of Christian ethics at Seattle University, their sweet and energetic five-year-old son, Ben, and cat Maddie.

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