The Rev. Tommy Dillon, II, Class of 1996 and a member of General’s Board of Trustees, has been called as Priest-in-Charge at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A Baton Rouge native, Dillon graduated from Louisiana State University, and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University, before attending General, where he specialized in Anglican Liturgy. He was ordained deacon and priest at St. Luke’s Baton Rouge and served as Vicar of St. Augustine’s in Central City, Louisiana, for five years before serving 11 years on the West Coast as Rector of St. Aidan’s, San Francisco and Grace Church in Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Dillon has 16 years experience as a parish pastor, including responsibility for pastoral care, program development, stewardship, and administration. During that time, he became a leader in community engagement. He has a passion for helping people take ministry and spirit beyond the church walls and embrace new ways of being the church in a changing world.
Before moving to the West Coast, Dillon was the first Director of Prisoner Aftercare Services for the National Volunteers of America. Previously he worked with the Volunteers of America of Greater Baton Rouge for seven years in Mental Health and Homeless Services. He also served as Co-chair for Undoing Racism in the Diocese of Louisiana.
In the Diocese of California, Dillon served as a member of the Diocesan Executive Council, the diocesan Disaster Preparedness Coordinator, Nave Chaplain at Grace Cathedral, and a Spiritual Director for Cursillo. He also served as chaplain to the Diocesan Altar Guild, as a board member for Sojourn Chaplaincy at San Francisco General Hospital, and as chair of the Episcopal Bay Area Salvadoran Coalition. He is a frequent retreat leader, pilgrimage planner, and an instructor of liturgy. Under his leadership, parish food bank and elder ministries flourished; Diocesan, parish, and neighborhood Disaster Preparedness groups formed; and connections in El Salvador were created through the Anglican Church of El Salvador and Foundation Cristosal.