The Very Rev. Todd Foster was born in North Carolina and raised in Chester County, Pennsylvania (with a few years in Nashville). He received his B.S. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech, and M.S. and M.Div. from Abilene Christian University (with some classes at General Theological Seminary along the way).
From 1998-2007 Todd served churches in the American Restoration tradition (Christian Churches and Churches of Christ), in rural and urban contexts, in English and in Spanish. Todd was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church in 2016, serving a curacy in the Diocese of Olympia. Todd and his family moved to the Diocese of New Jersey at the beginning of 2018 to serve as Rector of St. Thomas’. In 2022 he began to serve as Dean of the Woodbury Convocation (an association of Episcopal Churches in the nearby region).
Todd has a wide range of interests, among which are languages, reading, hiking, and motorcycles. Todd and his wife, Becky, have been married since 1997 and have two children: Aviva and Elisha.
The Rev. Deacon Dr. John H. Hanson is a life-long Episcopalian. A graduate of the Diocese of New Jersey School of Deacons, he was ordained to the Diaconate in 2002 and serves as Chaplain for the Episcopal Campus Ministry at Rowan University. He served eight years as Archdeacon for Pastoral Care of Deacons in the diocese under retired Bishop George E. Councell.
Deacon Hanson is a veteran journalist and educator. He is a former section editor at the Asbury Park Press in Neptune, N.J. and reporter for the Syracuse (N.Y.) Herald Journal. A graduate of the University of Liberia, Hanson holds a master’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. in mass communication from Florida State University. He retired in December 2017 after teaching journalism for 18 years at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Vivian, have two daughters and five grandchildren.