Rev. Father Thomas Bartz, Proistamenos (Presiding Priest)
Phone: (361) 883-9843
Fr. Thomas Bartz grew up in Streamwood, Illinois. He was baptized in the Catholic Church as an infant but raised in the Lutheran Church. He and his wife Karen met at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. They desired to pursue Bible Translation work. Fr. Thomas received his B.A. in 2008 double majoring in Biblical Greek and Hebrew. Karen received her B.A in Linguistics in 2010. They were married in 2008 and began further studies at Dallas Theological Seminary in 2010. However, as a result of studying Church History and early Christianity, Fr. Thomas and Karen became Orthodox at Holy Trinity, Dallas in 2012. He began working at UPS as he attempted to better discern his calling. He went to Holy Cross Seminary in 2015 and received his M.Div. in 2019. He was ordained to the diaconate in January 2019 and to the Priesthood in July 2019. He was the assistant priest at St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church, in Greenwood Village, CO for 3 years before being assigned to St. Nicholas in August of 2022. In his free time, Fr. Thomas loves reading Church Fathers, and Church History, but most importantly he has been enjoying walking the beautiful beaches in Corpus Christi with his lovely wife Karen.