The Rev. Timothy B. Thomas

Position: Rector of St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Pompano Beach

Other job experience: Former associate rector, Trinity Church, New Orleans; associate rector, St. Francis Episcopal Church, Potomac, Md.; assistant rector, Church of Our Savior, Chicago.

Other community posts: Member, Medical Ethics Committee, North Broward Medical Center, Pompano Beach.

Education: Bachelor of arts degree, with double major in psychology and religious studies, Indiana University, Bloomington; master's degree in divinity, Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Evanston, Ill.

Personal: Age: 58. Born in Portland, Ind. Raised in Portland and in Traverse City, Mich. Florida resident since 1993.

Family: Wife, Marguerite. Son, Michael, died in 2002.

How did you get into your vocation?

I was 13 and reading a book one evening, and there was a brilliant light. I felt a sensation that was pure love. From that moment onward, God was calling me to the ministry.

If you couldn't be a minister, what would you be?

A musician. I grew up in a musical household, and as a kid I played piano and violin.

What book have you been recommending lately?

The Gospel of Thomas. It's an ancient text not included in the Bible. The book presents Jesus encouraging everybody to seek the experience of God.

Favorite vacation spot?

Flagler Beach. It's one of the few remaining funky little old Florida beach towns. It's very relaxing.

Favorite TV shows?

Law and Order. The characters are real people struggling with real, gritty life situations.

Favorite film(s)?

City Lights, with Charlie Chaplin. I found in his character a symbol of the eternal pilgrim.