The Rev. Benjamin Allen Thomas, Jr. was born in Virginia and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Literature and Philosophy. He received a Master’s Degree in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University where he wrote his thesis on French refugee policies and the 1994 genocide in Rwanda in order to unearth the ancient question posed in the scriptural Cain and Abel narrative – am I my brother’s keeper? He completed his theological training at Sewanee: The University of the South’s School of Theology, where he received his Master of Divinity Degree. Prior to ministry, he lived and worked in New York City for 12 years in social entrepreneurship, international economic and community development, and investment and finance. He is an Oblate in the Benedictine Community of St. Mary, a contemplative Episcopal community that links care for the environment with Christian spirituality. He serves on the boards of Metropolitan Ministries, an organization dedicated to helping those on the edge of homelessness, and the Community of St. Mary, Southern Province. He is a member of the Boca Raton Interfaith Clergy Association. His poetry has appeared in the Anglican Theological Review, Curator Magazine, and the Sewanee Theological Review. He loves running, tennis, and yoga, has traveled to over 35 countries, and is a passionate human rights advocate. He and his wife Anna have five children.