Fr. Howie Sasser

The Rev. Dr. Howell C. Sasser, Jr.
704-578-4724 or
The Reverend Dr. Howell Sasser has been the Rector of St Thomas’s Church, Newark, since March 2019. Before coming to Delaware, he served churches in Pennsylvania and New York. He grew up around the world and in the Episcopal/Anglican church. Over the years, he has served as acolyte, chorister, reader, chalice bearer, Sunday School teacher, vestry member, youth leader, senior warden, cook, dish washer, Christmas pageant sheep, and probably a few other things now lost in the past. He aims always to model for the faithful that the joy of the Lord is our strength, and joy is a renewable resource. See the Rector’s Message. Your presence is a blessing to us – add your story to ours.

Deacon CecilyThe Rev. Deacon Cecily Sawyer Harmon
302-530-3493 or 302-220-9680
The Reverend Deacon Cecily Sawyer Harmon, LCSW, is St. Thomas’s first deacon, and has been at St. Thomas’s since August 2009. She served as the chaplain of the Episcopal Campus Ministry from 2009 until 2018.  Deacon Cecily, a social worker for more than 50 years and a retiree from the University of Delaware, has a part-time private practice. Active in our national church, she has been elected to represent our diocese six times as a Deputy or Alternate to General Convention. Presently, she serves on the board of the Episcopal Women’s History Project. Deacon Cecily says, “I see God’s love in the many faces of my brothers and sisters.”

The Rev. Juan George
Priest Associate

Marc Cheban
Organist and Choir Director
302-368-4644 or

Cana HartmanCana Hartman
Parish Administrator
302-368-4644 or
“It is the duty of the office to live out Invite Welcome Connect.  Everything we do supports that mission of fostering and growing God’s Kingdom.  I heard a nagging voice in my heart, and followed its call to this position.  I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity to live out that call with a warm smile and an open door.“ Cana Hartman is a native Newarkian, and she and her husband are happy to be raising their two children in this diverse and vibrant community.  She is a “cradle Episcopalian” and has been involved with St. Thomas’s Parish since childhood; from attending youth group, to serving on the Vestry.  She has a BA in Art from UD, and MEd from WilmU. When she is not in the office, she can be found celebrating the domestic arts, and getting way too excited about fellowship activities with family, faith family, and neighbors.