March 15, 2016
Dear St. Thomas Family,
There is a lot to be thankful for as Palm Sunday arrives this year. It is with great excitement that we introduce to you The Reverend JoseLuis Memba, our new Priest in Charge, effective March 16, 2016.
Father Memba comes to us from Saint Ambrose Episcopal Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where he served as Associate Priest since November 2014. He was received as a priest of the Episcopal Church in May 2015. While at Saint Ambrose, Father Memba initiated and directed Hispanic Ministry, increased stewardship by 80% and expanded outreach ministries for the poor, homeless and jobless.
Prior to serving at Saint Ambrose, Father Memba became an ordained priest in September 2002 in the Roman Catholic Church and his field of expertise included full-time pastoral, liturgical, legal and administrative leadership.
Father Memba has several qualifications which make him a good fit for St. Thomas: namely, pastoral parish ministry, developing fundraising programs and strategies, increasing stewardship, attendance and growing outreach ministries. He is fluent in English and Spanish, having been responsible for Hispanic families (3500+) at various churches since 2004. He also directed bible study for two years.
On the Diocesan level in South East Florida, since 2014, Fr. Memba was a member of: the Union of Black Episcopalians, the Justice & Peace and Hispanic ministries.
We look forward to Father Memba’s leading our congregation in the further uniting of our English and Hispanic members, growing our membership across the board, and increasing our presence in the community.
On behalf of the Vestry, you are encouraged to join us in welcoming The Reverend JoseLuis Memba as our new priest in charge and spiritual leader as we walk together in the journey toward the joy of the Resurrection, for as Romans 6:14 says: “Just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father – we too might walk in newness of life.”
Father Memba’s wife, Rosalinda, will be joining us on April 8 and we look forward to welcoming her as well.
Welcome to the St. Thomas, Red Bank website
You have perhaps heard or seen the phrase, “The Episcopal Church Welcomes You.” Well, here at St. Thomas, Red Bank, we live that welcome each and every time we are gathered, be it for worship service, working together in service to the church or the broader community or celebrating life events. We are truly a welcoming church. St. Thomas, Red Bank, has earned and maintained the reputation of being a family centered, warm and hospitable parish throughout its 120 years in Red Bank.
We are happy you have visited our website, as perhaps a beginning of your discovery of churches in the area. We urge you to fully explore the website, but better yet, come to our worship service, and meet our congregation. Join us in living our mission, “To know God’s love and make it known through worship, outreach and pastoral care.”
26 East Sunset Ave, Red Bank, New Jersey, 07701
May the peace of the Lord be always with you.
Rev. Jose Luis Memba
Priest in Charge
Rev. Ramon Ubiera
Rev. Eddie Lillard