Leadership & Administration
The pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church is Revered Matthew C. McGinness. Fr. Matt’s staff includes his Associate Pastor Reverend Derek J. Thome, the Business Manager, Church Office Manager, Director of Stewardship & Pastoral Planning and the Parish School Principal. Staff is responsible for supporting Fr. Matt in running day-to-day operations of the parish so he can focus on providing spiritual guidance for parishioners.
Acting in an advisory capacity to the pastor, the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Council provides advice and direction in supporting and promoting the mission of the parish. The Parish Council consists of nine to 12 members who each serve three-year terms. Members serve as leaders of each Pillar of Stewardship or as at-large members. They are responsible for listening and representing the wisdom and many perspectives present in the parish community. The Parish Council is also responsible for cooperating with other parishes and the Diocese of Wichita in the fulfillment of the universal mission of the Church.
The purpose of the Stewardship Council of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church is to promote all activities pertaining to stewardship as a priority and way of life. Acting under the authority of the pastor, the Stewardship Council consists of nine to twelve members who are appointed by the pastor and who each serve three-year terms. Members who serve as leaders of each Pillar of Stewardship are responsible for promoting and instilling stewardship as related to the hospitality, prayer, formation and service. At-large members are responsible for supporting the overall efforts of the Council.
The role of the Finance Council at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church is to assist and advise the pastor in overseeing and controlling the financial affairs of the parish. The relationship between the pastor and Finance Council members is one that is advisory, supportive and collaborative. The Finance Council consists of seven to 10 members who are appointed by the pastor and each serve three-year terms. The pastor consults with the Finance Council over matters related to the temporal goods of the parish.
Acting in an advisory capacity to the pastor, the Building & Grounds Committee is responsible for overseeing all activities associated with the operation, maintenance, safety and security of all buildings, grounds, furnishings and equipment owned by St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. The Committee consists of five to nine members who each have specific knowledge related to the operation and maintenance of buildings and grounds.