Rev. Thomas N. Mousin, Rector
Fr. Tom began his ministry at St. Peter’s in January of 2021. A native of Maywood, New Jersey, Tom was reared as a United Methodist. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where he received his BA in Art History as well as certification for elementary school teaching. After receiving his MDiv. from Union Seminary in the City of New York in 1983, he was ordained as a United Methodist minister. With a particular interest in the ministry of smaller churches, he served parishes in the towns of Danville, Walden, White River Jct, and Brattleboro, Vermont over the course of 20 years. He also taught elementary school while living in Vermont. It was in Brattleboro that he met his spouse, Thomas James Brown, and they have been married for 18 years.
Tom was ordained as an Episcopal priest in 2011, and then served as rector of St. John’s, Charlestown, in Boston for seven and a half years. He moved to Maine in 2019 when Thomas was elected to be the Tenth Bishop of Maine. In addition to his ministry at St. Peter’s, Tom works as a per diem chaplain with Hospice of Southern Maine.
As an artist and musician, he has a particular interest in using his gifts for the proclamation of the Gospel, as well as encouraging the creative gifts within a parish community. An example of his work has been the annual production with a clergy colleague of a devotional Advent calendar, which can be found here. He is grateful for the welcome he has received at St. Peter’s and is eager to welcome others and to cultivate the many gifts the parish has to offer to the larger community.
Mr. Herbert Taylor, Organist
A native of Falmouth, Maine, Herbert Taylor received his BA degree from Rutgers University where he studied music and English. He earned a Master’s degree from Colgate University and was a member of the English faculty, and department chair at Hamburg, NY high school for some 35 years. He also served as an adjunct professor of World Literature at Hilbert College. For 25 years he was organist and Director of Music at the Hamburg United Methodist Church, where he developed a concert series featuring choir and orchestra, chamber ensembles, and guest soloists from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. He has appeared as a recitalist in Western New York, New England, and New York City.
Herb has been organist at St. Peter’s since 2009, and enjoys gardening and hiking with his beloved Border Collie, Kodie. He has two daughters and three grandchildren, and is looking forward to connecting with them more frequently as travel restrictions ease.