Meet The Rev. Thomas Skillings

Thomas first served St. Paul’s as a youth minister in 1981.  After his ordination, Rev. Skillings served three parishes in the East Bay before returning to St. Paul’s as Rector in 2002.

A native of Walnut Creek and Concord, Rev. Thomas Skillings spent his early years in the Roman Catholic Church, and joined the Episcopal Church at the age of 13.

Had he not been called to the priesthood, he might have been a diplomat or a pilot or a park ranger.  He did obtain a private pilot’s license a few years ago.  His favorite pastimes are reading, traveling and enjoying the great outdoors, especially Grand Teton National Park.

What do you like most about coming to church?

It is a place where you can ask big important questions about your life, and find the friendship and support to live an intentional, joyful and purposeful life.

Favorite Liturgical Season? 

The Sundays after Pentecost.  Thomas likes hearing the parables of Jesus and learning about his ministry wandering around Galilee with common folk.

Favorite physical space at St. Paul’s?

My favorite place in our church (outside of the sanctuary) is the Columbarium Garden.


B.A.  Human Development - Cal State Hayward

M.Div.  - Yale Divinity School

Thomas's quote:

This is a church of unpretentious ‘real’ people who are living out their faith in both amazing and ordinary ways.