The Rev. Thomas Hawkins
Fr. Tom was called to St. Paul’s in February of 2022. He previously served in Ohio, as well as the northeast. Fr. Tom’s expereience in adult formation and evangelism will serve as a basis for helping St. Paul’s return to full parish operations in the post-pandemic time. He and his family reside in the city of Payson.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Payson, Arizona was formed in 1969 when twelve communicants began meeting in the Payson Women’s Club on Main Street. At the time of the dedication of our original church building (1000 N. Easy Street) on June 25, 1972, the congregation had grown to fifty.
On October 14, 2011, under the guidance of Father Dan Tantimonaco, St. Paul’s moved to full parish status in the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona.
In June 2017 we moved into a larger church building at 401 E. Tyler Parkway in Payson. St. Paul’s is a vibrant congregation serving Payson and the surrounding area.
In addition to the main building, a columbarium is nestled in the woods on our property. The Columbarium holds the cremated remains of some of our parishioners and remembrance plaques for those who have passed. It also contains a pet cemetery. Many find the Columbarium a special place to meditate.
Also on the property is a horseshoe pit and over an acre of wooded land that is routinely fire-wised. The total property is over two acres. Solar panels sit on the roof and St. Paul’s engages in best practices for conserving and using water effectively. A drip system provides water for plants. Vegetation is mostly native to the area and heat and snow tolerant. To read more about the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona approach to creation go to Creation Care.