Our Campus

Enjoy a visual walk around our St. Thomas, including our beautiful array of stained glass windows in the nave of the church.  

History of St. Thomas Episcopal Church

St. Thomas was conceived in 1957 under the leadership and direction of the Right Rev. Randolph Claiborne, Bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta, and Rev. Colin Campbell, then rector of Trinity Episcopal here in Columbus.  The diocese had deemed that Columbus needed another Episcopal church and in 1958 a group of Trinity Parishioners petitioned the Bishop to begin the work of building the new church and St. Thomas was formed.  
St. Thomas’ early years had humble beginnings.  Organizing began in various locations ranging from parishioners homes to the old Trinity School.  The original vestry was formed with Grover Willis Jr. serving as senior warden.  The charter members of the church had many tasks on their hands, the most paramount being securing land and the services of a priest!  At the very first official service on July 6, 1958 it was announced that land had been purchased on Hilton Avenue.  St. Thomas sits on this land today.   St. Thomas’ first priest, Fr. Dewey Gable, newly ordained and newly relocated to Columbus from Britain, celebrated his first Sunday service on October 26, 1958.
At our Annual Meeting in 2018 we enjoyed a video interview with Charlie Roper who was the longest serving Rector at St. Thomas from 1978-1994. Click here to see the video.
Enjoy this brief video of our first rector, the Rev. Dewey Gable, pictured with John Fullmer, Mary Fullmer, Janice Taunton, and baby Jimmy Taunton (brother of Sonny Taunton) on the day of Jimmy’s baptism in 1963. It was filmed in front of the original church building, now the Outreach Center. Sonny Taunton prepared the video to share with us. Click here to see the video.
LOCATION: 2100 Hilton Ave, Columbus GA 31906 OFFICE HOURS: 9am-2pm M-F
SERVICES: Wednesday – 5:30 PM // Sunday – 8 AM & 10:30 AM,  First Sundays at 5 PM
EMAIL: office@stthomascolumbus.org  PHONE: (706)324-4264