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Ponte Vedran of the Week: Tom Reeder

I spoke to Father Thomas, as he’s sometimes referred to, at a party a few months ago. Now, of course tomreederEpiscopal clergy are nice people, but Tom is also well-read, witty and fun to have a cocktail with. He’s someone I genuinely liked and could have over any day, and I’m not just saying that because he’s a man of the cloth!

And what — he’s also a Walking Dead fan?! It’s too much.  If you don’t know him, please seek him out. Lovely man (with a talented and interesting wife too).

Now, put your keyboards together for Father Tom Reeder!

Name:  Tom Reeder

Occupation: Episcopal Priest

Where I grew up: Fredericksburg, VA

A Ponte Vedran since: 2013

Other Places I have lived? VA, CA, TX, Turkey, MD, CA (again), TN, FL, PA, FL (again), in that order… whew!

My favorite thing about Ponte Vedra: The people… very nice, welcoming, generous and laid back.

My least favorite thing about Ponte Vedra:  Traffic on A1A

In my spare time I like too?  I’m a clergyman, what’s “spare time”?

Ponte Vedran you most admire:  Jim Cooper & Rick Westbury – the two priests who led Christ Church to be the fantastic faith community that it is today.

My favorite time in Ponte Vedra:  Christ Church Annual Oyster Roast / or Christ Church Coffee House

Dream Vacation other than Ponte Vedra?  Anywhere with white sand, blue water, hot sun, and cool drinks.

If I could invite anyone over to dinner – 2 Ponte Vedrans and one famous person – who would you invite?  Along with my wife of course, any two of my many lovely parishioners, and…. Jesus, who else!  We’d let Jesus bring a “plus one” as well, just to even out the place settings. 🙂

Last time you went to the beach:  Every day in my daydreams, last week in reality.

Last time you saw live music:  Every Sunday, when Lu Rubino & his band play at the Christ Church EPIC worship service!

Favorite Ponte Vedra organization:  Christ Episcopal Church, of course!

Favorite Ponte Vedra restaurant (or area):  Lunch – Aqua Grill; Dinner – JJ’s Liberty Bistro

Favorite place for a cocktail: At home, with my wife and friends… the booze is better and I fancy myself a bit of an amateur mixologist.

Favorite way to get exercise here: Walk on the beach or hike at the Guana Preserve.

Favorite movie:  Either Gandhi or Empire of the Sun or Star Wars or Schindler’s List or… too many.

Favorite TV show:  Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Game of Thrones… all the reverent, wholesome stuff.

Favorite book:  The Bible (duh)

Favorite band or music: U2 (not very interesting, I know, but what can I say, I grew up in the 80s.)

Idea for a Ponte Vedra mascot?  Squashed armadillo?  If not, maybe one of those weird, algae-covered turtles swimming at Bird Island Park.

Anything else our readers might want to know?

Just how much we’ve enjoyed getting to know this wonderful community!


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