The Reverend Matthew John Moretz joined the Saint Thomas Church clergy staff in September of 2018. A native of Augusta, Georgia, Father Moretz was baptized at the Church of the Good Shepherd and attended the Episcopal Day School, a ministry of that parish. While pursuing his studies at Davidson College, Father Moretz discerned a call to the priesthood. After college, his first job was in lay ministry where he worked as Director of Youth Formation at Christ Church, Frederica in St. Simon’s Island, Georgia (where Charles Wesley once served). He then received his Masters of Divinity at the General Theological Seminary in New York City and was ordained a priest by the Right Reverend Henry Louttit of the Diocese of Georgia in 2006.
For his first years of ordained ministry, Father Moretz served in Yonkers, New York for multiple parishes there: St. Paul’s and La Iglesia Memorial de San Andres. He was then called to be Curate of Christ’s Church in Rye, New York. In that time, Father Moretz began a light-hearted online video series introducing the life and teaching of the Episcopal Church called “Father Matthew Presents.” He also led a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
2012, Father Moretz returned to New York City to become Associate Rector for Christian Formation at St. Bartholomew’s Church. There he served in all sorts of capacities during a transition between Rectors.
In the Diocese of New York, he has served on the Board of Trustees for the General Theological Seminary, and he now serves on the Budget and Finance Committee of our Diocese.
Most recently, he was married to Megan Brandt-Meyer, who works for the financial services company, TP ICAP. Their household includes a dachshund named Beau, and they are the proud parents of Samuel James who was born on Tuesday, July 10.
Father Moretz tells us that he and Megan are eager to share in the life and ministry of St. Thomas Parish; they look forward to living and working among us. Their prayer is that we might know Christ ever deeply in each other, in our shared worship, and in our service within this great city.