Clergy & Staff

The Reverend Canon Jonathan Huyck, Rector

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).

Hartwell Hylton, Pastoral Associate

Hartwell is a recent graduate of Yale Divinity School, and is in the ordination process in the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island. Prior to joining the staff of Grace Church, Hartwell completed an internship at the Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York City, where he helped create the “Grace to Go” program of meal boxes for those in need – a bonus for us here at Grace, as we are in the process of launching that very program! Hartwell lives with his wife Elissa in Darien, Connecticut and will be with us on Sundays and one or two days during the week. They have a grown daughter named Elissa who lives in New York City.

Vince Edwards, Organist and Director of Music

Vincent Edwards became Organist and 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 and St. Bartholomew’s Church in NYC. 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 founded the Grace Church Choristers upon his arrival at Grace. This choir, for boys and girls from grades 2 through 12, is based on the Royal School of Church Music training scheme. The Choristers sing regularly for services at Grace both alone and with the Adult Choir. Vince holds degrees from Bethel College (Music and Religion) and Yale University (Choral Conducting and Organ Performance).

Christopher Barker, Director of Administration

Chris comes to Grace Church 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.

Eric Tapia, Sexton

Pedro Quinilla, Assistant Sexton

Vestry

Lori Brown (Class of 2022)
Joel Goloskie (Clerk of the Vestry, Class of 2022)
Emily Madapusi Pera (Class of 2020)
Liz Messier (Treasurer, Class of 2020)
Carissa Mills (Class of 2022)
David Olsen (Junior Warden, Class of 2020)
Doug Powell (Class of 2022)
Sandra Read (Class of (2021)
Adrienne Southgate (Senior Warden, Class of 2021)
Diane Stamp (Class of 2021)
Polly Wall (Class of 2020)