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The Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas is the rector of All Saints Episcopal Parish in Hoboken, New Jersey in the Diocese of Newark. Prior to her arrival in Hoboken, she served at St. Paul’s Memorial Church in Charlottesville, Virginia, as Associate Rector and Chaplain of Episcopal Student Ministries at the University of Virginia and was a central figure in the clergy response to the white supremacist events in the summer of 2017. 

A graduate of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale (M.Div.) and Drew Theological School at Drew University (D.Min.), she spent time at Coventry Cathedral in England and in Cape Town South Africa at the Institute for Healing of Memories, studying and training in reconciliation methodologies which are central to her ministry. Prior to ordination, she worked as part of the executive leadership team at Episcopal Community Services in Philadelphia and served for many years as an organist and choirmaster in southeastern Pennsylvania. 

In addition to her duties as rector of All Saints, Elaine is heavily involved in local ministry as coconvener of the Hoboken Clergy Coalition, chaplain of the Hoboken Fire Department, and membership on the boards of the Hoboken Shelter and the Jubilee Center of Hoboken. She is president of the Standing Committee in the Diocese of Newark, attended the 80th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, and was a member of the Presiding Officers’ Working Group on Truth-Telling, Reckoning, and Healing.

Elaine is married to Timothy, founding partner of Makarios Consulting, a leadership and management consulting firm he launched 18 years ago. Her daughter Rachel lives in Ambler, Pennsylvania with her senior rescue pets. Her son, Seth, died by suicide in 2009. His struggles with depression deeply inform her ministry and advocacy for treatment and care of those with psychological and emotional challenges.

Through her spouse, a native of Willoughby, Ohio, Elaine inherited the long-suffering sports-fandom that is part of living near Cleveland. She loves baseball, animals (you can find a daily dose of her Great Pyrenees, Ella, every morning on social media), travel, music, and reading.

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