The Rev. John Jeffrey Purchal, Class of 2004, has been called to serve as the Interim Rector at St. Thomas of Canterbury Episcopal Church, Smithtown, NY in the Diocese of Long Island. He has been serving for the past four years as Vicar of both St. Andrew’s in Mastic Beach, NY and St. Andrew’s in Yaphank, NY.
Purchal was previously Assisting Priest for Mission and Outreach at St. Ann’s, Sayville, Priest in Residence at The Church of St. Mark the Evangelist in North Bellmore, and Chaplain and Director to the Church Without Walls Ministry at St. Andrew’s, Long Meadow, MA.
Purchal has also served as a Chaplain for the Hamden County Sheriff After Incarceration Support Services and Intake Specialist for Friends of the Homeless in Springfield, MA., as well as Vicar of Saint John’s, Millville, MA.