Clergy & Staff
The Reverend Lavonne Seifert, Associate Rector
Vince Edwards, Director of Music
Vincent Edwards became the Director of Music at Grace Church in September 2015. Vince has served parishes in Connecticut and New York, most recently St. Paul’s on the Green in Norwalk, CT. His choirs have performed and sung services in New York City and throughout England and Scotland.
In addition to directing the Grace Church Choir, Vince will found and direct the Grace Church Choristers, a choir for boys and girls from grades 2 through 12. Vince holds degrees from Bethel College (Music and Religion) and Yale University (Choral Conducting and Organ Performance).
Christopher Barker, Parish Administrator
Chris has traveled extensively and lived abroad, is fluent in Spanish, and worked with tribal communities in the Amazon rainforest and elsewhere. He is a sailor, vocal performer (1st Tenor), and fitness instructor. He is also an avid lay genealogist, curating one of the most extensive historical family archives known to exist in the Armenian diaspora.
Polly Daly, Senior Warden
Bill Galligan, Junior Warden
Liz Messier, Treasurer
Jimps Jean-Louis Joshua Klemp Doug Powell
Sandra Read David Reedy Marc Schrank
Adrienne Southgate Pam Stephanopoulos Ryan Weimer
Diocese of Rhode Island
“Live in Christ, transform the world” is the mission statement of The Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island, which consists of approximately 60 Episcopal churches. The Bishop of the Diocese is the Rt. Rev. W. Nicholas Knisely, who was consecrated as the 13th Bishop of Rhode Island on November 17, 2012.
The Episcopal Church
The Episcopal Church is made up of between 2 million and 3 million worshipers in about 7,500 congregations across the United States and related dioceses outside the U.S. The Episcopal Church is based on New York City, and the current Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church is the Most Reverend Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori.
The Anglican Communion
The Episcopal Church represents the United States in the Anglican Communion, which is made up of more than 85 million worshipers in 44 regional and national member churches around the globe in more than 160 countries. The center of international Anglicanism is Canterbury, England, the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, who current is the Most Reverend Justin Welby.