Thomas Brackett to serve as program officer for evangelism

July 8, 2008

The Rev. Thomas Brackett has been appointed as program officer for evangelism specializing in church plants for the Episcopal Church, according to the Rev. Suzanne E. Watson, director of the Evangelism and Congregation Life Center.

Brackett will begin his new ministry on July 27.

Brackett's "diverse background, knowledge of and experience in traditional as well as emerging gathered communities, his understanding of the relationship between church and changing social context, and his collaborative nature will be of great benefit to the Episcopal Church," said Watson.

Initially ordained in the Baptist Church, Brackett worked with cell group ministries in the 1980s. Later, he explored liturgical renewal and culturally sensitive evangelism on other continents, especially in Korea and Japan and in African communities. His undergraduate studies focused on new leadership models for the 21st century, as well as the power of storytelling and the use of metaphor to make sense of cultural shifts and organizational changes. He has planted two congregations -- experiences, he says, that taught him much both in success and failure.

Since his ordination in the Episcopal Church, Brackett has studied the impact of post-modernity on worship and the arts, as well as on organizational development. He has revitalized a campus ministry, served as an interim rector, led a turn-around process in a rural Maine ambulance service and recently served as the vicar of a diocesan homeless ministry in Asheville, North Carolina.

Brackett enjoys mountain biking, cooking Italian cuisine, playing the Native American Spirit flute, and writing music for public worship. He is married to Cheri Leonard, a psychotherapist and spiritual director in private practice.