Who We Are
Jonathan Huyck became the 21st rector of Grace Church on August 1, 2010. He holds degrees from Brown University, the University of Chicago Divinity School and the General Theological Seminary and is an honorary canon of the American Cathedral in Paris, where he served as canon pastor for six years before coming to Grace. He was born in New York City and raised in New York and Connecticut. Before his ordination to the priesthood in 2004, he was a comedy writer in New York and is still loyal to the American League baseball team of that city which shall remain nameless. He also loves the Beatles, cooking (Georgian food, especially), singing, and old buildings (Providence does very well on that score).
The Reverend Hartwell Hylton, Deacon
Hartwell has been with Grace Church since 2018. He served as a pastoral associate at Grace before his ordination to the transitional diaconate by Bishop Knisely on September 12, 2020. Prior to joining Grace, Hartwell served as a parish intern and as a pastoral assistant at Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York City. Hartwell was born and raised in Virginia and is a graduate of the College of William & Mary, the University of Virginia Law School, and Yale Divinity School. Hartwell and his wife, Elissa, live in Darien, CT; Sarah, their daughter, is a lawyer who lives and works in New York City.
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, Director of Administration
Chris joined the staff of Grace Church in 2015, following varied careers as a small business owner, professional writer, yacht captain and anthropologist. He resides with his family in Portsmouth, RI.
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 serves as Regional Vice President for the Clan MacLeod Society USA. He is an avid lay genealogist, curating one of the most extensive historical family archives known to exist in the Armenian diaspora.
Among his varied duties as Director of Administration, Chris is the main point of contact regarding events in the Pavilion at Grace.
David Heinze, Associate Director of Music and Church Administration
David Heinze completed graduate studies at the University of Cambridge where he was Graduate Organ Scholar at Selwyn College under Sarah MacDonald as well as Organist for St. John’s Voices at St. John’s College. A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, he is an alumnus of Interlochen Arts Academy and Hope College and has studied with Thomas Bara, Huw Lewis, Margaret Phillips and Jeremy Tarrant. David won First Prize and Audience Prize in the L. Cameron Johnson Young Organists Competition and First Prize in the Annamae Rotman Organ Competition. During his time at Hope, he served as Organ Scholar at Trinity United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids and then as Edwards Organ Scholar at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Detroit. Following his studies in Cambridge, David was appointed the 2018/2019 AAM Gerre Hancock Fellow in Church Music at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. As a recitalist and accompanist, he has performed throughout the US, UK and Europe, and is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists.
Mayeth Blanco, Sexton
Pedro Quinilla, Assistant Sexton
Lori Brown (Class of 2022)
Joel Goloskie (Clerk of the Vestry, Class of 2022)
Emily Pera (Class of 2023)
Liz Messier (Treasurer, Class of 2023)
Carissa Mills (Junior Warden, Class of 2022)
Anaezi Modu (Class of 2021)
Doug Powell (Class of 2022)
Sandra Read (Class of (2021)
Adrienne Southgate (Senior Warden, Class of 2021)
Diane Stamp (Class of 2021)
Frank Ward (Class of 2023)
Jeff Williams (Class of 2023)
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. Archbishop Justin Welby became the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury in 2013.