Saint Thomas' Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church in Winn, Maine

History

The history of the people of God at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, Winn, Maine, is somewhat fragmentary with the earliest records to be found in the Parish Register beginning in 1868. The Parish Register records a service on the Sunday after Christmas, 27 December 1868, at which an offering of $1.43 was received.

The town of Winn was a bustling metropolis in the early days of St. Thomas’ Church. Known as Five Islands in those early days, Winn was at the northernmost end of the navigable portion of the Penobscot River and was the center of the social and commercial activities for northern Maine in the days before the advent of the railroads. There was a large hotel, a tannery, a dock for river vessels, and a skating rink; and Main Street was a busy shopping center with many retail establishments including a fashionable millinery store.

The beautiful little wooden church, built in the Gothic style, had an unknown designer. Timbers, planking and finish trim were cut from logs at the large mill in East Winn and were floated by barge down the Mattawamkeag River to the Penobscot River to a landing near the building site, high on the banks overlooking the Penobscot. The church was originally brown in color, and it was known as “The Little Brown Church” until the early 1950’s, when the parishioners voted to paint it white. White it remained until the renovations of the mid-1980’s when it was painted gray to match the old school which had been moved up the hill and joined to the Church as St. Thomas’ Parish Hall.

The belfry was originally on the liturgical “east” end of the Church until the 1900’s when it was moved to the “west” end at the entry. Its bell was given to the Church after it had served its usefulness in the old tannery.

The church building was consecrated by Bishop Neely on 12 September 1872, to the Glory of God and in honor of St. Thomas the Apostle. The cost of the original Church was $1,500.00, given by an anonymous benefactor, a woman from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Clergy of St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church  1868 – current

The Reverend Thomas Marsden, 1868-1870

The Reverend R. U. B. Webster, 1870-1871

The Reverend Clarence Winship Colton, 1873-1875

The Reverend James Davies, 1875-1877

The Reverend Robert Wyllie, 1877

The Reverend Frederick Pember 1880-1883

The Reverend John Howard Veazey, 1883-1886

The Reverend Lyman H. Merrill, 1887-1889

The Reverend A. Allerton Murch, 1889-1893

The Reverend Harry Hudson, 1893-1899

The Reverend James C. Quinn, 1899-1900

The Venerable George S. Robinson, 1900-1928

The Reverend Andrew Edward Scott, 1915-1918

The Reverend Alfred Martin, 1918-1919

The Venerable John deBedrick Saunderson, 1928-1934

The Reverend Joseph Harold Bessom, O.H.C., 1935-1936

The Reverend Frank E. Blaikie, 1936-1937

The Reverend Henry Mason Palmer, 1937-1940

The Reverend Herman Ebert, 1940-1942

The Reverend Arthur M. Cooper, S.S.J.E., 1942-1945

The Reverend Arthur B. Dimmick, 1948-1952

The Reverend Paul Everett Bourne, 1955-1957

The Reverend Harold Anthony Hopkins, Jr., 1957-1961

The Reverend Robert E. B. Hall, 1958

The Reverend Carl Asa Russell, Jr., 1961-1963

The Reverend Kenneth Lewis Lindsey, 1963-1967

The Reverend Robert Mitchell Butler, 1967-1970

The Reverend Edward Pearson Todd, 1970-1972

The Reverend Leopold Damrosch, 1972-1975

The Reverend David Paul Illingworth, 1975-1980

The Reverend Robert David White, 1981-1985

The Reverend Cleon Marrion Ross, 1985-1987

The Reverend Donald Edwin Fowler, 1987-199

The Reverend Bradford Duff Clark, 1991

The Reverend Canon Derek Leslie Bugler, 1992

The Reverend Leigh Axton Williams, 1992-1994

Under lay leadership, 1994-1997

The Reverend Howard Vandine, 1997-2000

The Rev. Patricia Handloss, 2000-2002

The Rev. Dr. Richard Johnson, 2002-2004

The Reverend Carolyn Metzler, 2004-2009

The Reverend Virginia Urbanek, 2009-2011

The Reverend Amelia Hagen, Summer of 2011

The Reverend Levering (Lev) Sherman, 2012-2014

The Reverend Leslie Nesin, 2014-

The Reverend Robert Ficks, 2014-

 

Saint Thomas' Episcopal Church - Winn, Maine | A member of The Episcopal Diocese of Maine, The Episcopal Church, and the Worldwide Anglican Communion