St. Thomas Lutheran Church
A cradle Lutheran, Pastor Ken Albright was baptized in 1968 and ordained in 1994. He is a graduate of
Lenoir-Rhyne University and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. His first call was as Associate
Pastor at Faith Lutheran, Knoxville. In 1999 he moved to the Atlanta metro to serve Living Word,
Jonesboro. There he led through a congregational merger to form St. Luke Lutheran Church in
McDonough, GA. In 2006 he became the first full-time pastor/developer of Grace and Glory, Palmyra,
VA, the newest congregation in the VA Synod. They dedicated their worship center in 2012. In 2018 he
accepted the call to serve St. Thomas.
He enjoys biblical storytelling as a means to share the gospel, and delights in helping people discover
and use their gifts for ministry in the building up of the church for the sake of Christ’s mission.
Pastor Ken married his wife Charlotte in 1991. Charlotte works in the field of Human Resources. He has
two adult daughters, Julia and Meredith.
He enjoys recreation in a variety of forms—from biking to kayaking, hiking, tennis, photography,
archery, and more. The South Florida climate proves to be a perfect setting to enjoy all the outdoors
has to offer. By the way, he has scarcely met a pet he didn’t like!
St. Thomas was incorporated in 1968. As a mission church, St. Thomas was commissioned by the Florida Synod to ascertain whether or not the area of our present parish boundaries would support the presence of another ELCA congregation. Following many hundreds of family and neighborhood contacts, St. Thomas was given the blessings of the FL Synod, and a charter was granted. The name, St. Thomas Lutheran Church,was decided upon because in the minds of the Synod body there was “doubt” that a new Lutheran Church would succeed.
In the past 30 plus years since her founding, St. Thomas has been served by six Pastors; her current shepherd, the Rev. Ken Albright became our spiritual leader in September 2018. St Thomas membership peaked in 1992. Then Hurricane Andrew caused measurable demographic changes in South Florida, and St. Thomas was not spared. The closing of Homestead AFB, and subsequent relocation of many of her members, saw a resulting downsizing of St. Thomas’ flock. We have made a measurable recovery, and are serving our Lord and community with a confident and positive attitude. Come worship with us and enjoy the spiritual growth our congregation offers.