The Rev. Thomas A. (Lonnie) Lacy II
The Rev. Thomas A. (Lonnie) Lacy II is currently the rector of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Tifton, Georgia. He has served there since 2009.
Before being called to his current position, the Rev. Lacy served as assistant rector at Trinity Episcopal Church, Statesboro, Georgia and as College Chaplain for Georgia Southern University.
The Rev. Lacy has acted as a Trainer for the Diocesan Church Development Institute, served as the Chair of the Diocesan Examining Chaplains, and served as a member of Diocesan Council. He continues to support the work and potential of diocesan youth ministry because of his conviction that “diocesan youth ministry – when well done- is our greatest resource for forming devout, lifelong Christians in the Episcopal Church”.
He was ordained as a priest in 2006, after earning a Master in Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary. His undergraduate degree is a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Reinhardt University. The Rev. Lacy draws from two wells of spirituality: the liturgical traditions of the Episcopal Church and the spiritual traditions of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
A lifelong Episcopalian, the Rev. Lacy grew up in Georgia. He is married with two daughters, and enjoys cooking, running and graphic design.
In his words…
“Family. That is the first word I think of as I read your profile. Some dioceses function as ecclesiastical corporations run by bishop-as-CEO. That’s one way to do it, I suppose, but it seems you in Upper South Carolina have held to a more excellent way. You strike me as an extended family, woven together by God’s grace and the bonds of Episcopal Worship, ethos, and affection. You crave not a CEO but a chief pastor. I love that about you.”