Manakin Episcopal Church is excited to welcome the Rev. Dr. Thomas D. Bauer as our Interim Rector. Dr. Bauer brings with him extensive experience – as an interim rector, parish priest, counselor and educator. He has served parishes in Maryland, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Virginia and the Bahamas. He was a counselor and teacher at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C. and headmaster of Grace & Peter’s School in Baltimore. In addition, he taught ethics and psychology courses at the College of William and Mary and has counseled students in Baltimore public high schools and middle schools. He’s also worked at Safe Harbor Christian Counseling, LLC and spent time as a family life counselor for Magellan Corporation, serving military bases at Fort Meade, Maryland (serving also as a chaplain) and in D.C.
Dr. Bauer graduated from the McDonogh School in Maryland, and then attended Yale University, where he graduated with a Bachelors of Art degree. He studied at the General Theological Seminary in New York City and was ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in Maryland in 1961. He went back to Yale, where, in 1965, he earned a master’s degree in Religious Sociology and Urban Studies. In 1986, he was awarded a doctorate in Developmental Psychology and Moral Education from Harvard University. He received a Certificate of Advanced Study in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University.
Dr. Bauer was married for 47 years to Ann, who passed away in 2008. The Bauers have two children, Tom Jr., who lives in Florida and manages multiplex theaters, and Margaret, who is a graphic designer in Washington, D.C. When he’s not busy helping others, Dr. Bauer enjoys singing. He is a member of the Yale Alumni Chorus and has traveled around the world with the group.
Dr. Bauer officially began his tenure as Interim Rector with Manakin on June 4, 2016.