The Rev. Benjamin Thomas (M.Div. '07, Th.D. '11) has joined Saint Francis Community Services as Director of Church Relations. Saint Francis, an Episcopal ministry, serves over 10,000 children and families in Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma through foster care, adoption, and family preservation programs, as well as a psychiatric residential care facility for minors and a residential rehabilitation program for children who have been victims of sex-trafficking. Saint Francis also serves adults with mental or intellectual disabilities through Bridgeway, an independent living community located in Picayune, Mississippi. Prior to joining Saint Francis, Thomas served as Dean of Christ Cathedral in Salina, Kansas from 2010 to 2016 and as Assistant Rector at Grace Church in New York City from 2008 to 2010. He holds an M.A. in Philosophy of Religion from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and his undergraduate studies were completed at the University of Oklahoma. For the Bishop Kemper School of Theology—a collaborative initiative of the Dioceses of Kansas, Nebraska, West Missouri, and Western Kansas—he teaches courses in Scripture and Sacramental Theology. His dissertation, An Anglican Hermeneutic of the Transfiguration, was published as a book (Peter Lang Inc., 2013); and last year, St. Vladimir's Theological Quarterly published his article, “Preaching Theology: the Communicatio Idiomatum and Four Sermons from Leo the Great,” which shows the impact of Leo's popular preaching on the christological debates of the 5th century.