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The Rev. Thomas Erskine Haynes is the Rector at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. He taught for thirty-two years and served in various capacities in different schools. He was Director of the Middle School at the Webb School in Bell Buckle, TN and Assistant Headmaster of the River Oaks School in Monroe, LA. From 2000 to 2013, he taught in the Math Department at the Culver Academies, Culver, IN, and he also worked there with technology integration, lacrosse coaching, and Religious Life. He served as the Director of Faculty Mentoring.

While working at the Academies, Fr. Tom started as a lay pastor at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Culver, IN, and he was ordained in 2010. In 2013, he was called to St. Thomas, and he left classroom teaching for parish work and the pulpit. The call has Padre Tomás officiating weekly services in Spanish, and he is working to improve his fluency.

Fr. Tom’s wife, Mtr. Susan Bunton Haynes, is also an Episcopal priest, and she is the rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Mishawaka. They live in South Bend and have two daughters.

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