Parish Staff & Vestry

The Rev. Dr. Regina L. Walton

The Rev. Dr. Regina L. Walton

Pastor and Rector

Regina came to Grace Church in July 2014. Ordained in the Diocese of Massachusetts in 2007, she served previously at parishes in Weston, Waban (Newton), and Concord, Massachusetts. She received her B.A. from Hampshire College, her M.Div from Harvard Divinity School, and her Ph.D. in religion and literature from Boston University.

She serves as Denominational Counselor to Episcopal/Anglican students at Harvard Divinity School, where she is also an adjunct instructor. Regina has published scholarly articles on seventeenth-century religious poetry and liturgy. Her poetry collection The Yearning Life was published by Paraclete Press in 2016.

Regina has a passion for preaching, and for helping children, youth, and adults to grow in faith no matter where they are on their spiritual journey. She enjoys quilting, playing music, and rooting for the Red Sox with her family.

Amelia Fannin

Amelia Fannin

Parish Administrator

Amelia’s administrative experience comes from working her way through school in university offices and organizing classical music festivals. Trained as a bassoonist, she earned degrees at the University of North Texas, Eastman School of Music, and Florida State, but only her mother calls her “Dr. Fannin”. After years of travel and late nights as a freelance performer and teacher, Amelia is excited to put down roots and support the good work of the Grace Church community.
Amelia grew up in Houston but Cambridge has been home for almost five years. She is a Master Urban Gardener, has a vegetable plot at Rock Meadow in Belmont, and writes about gardening on her blog, ameliafannin.com. Amelia also enjoys web development and has built a series of gardening apps. She loves crafting, cooking, and playing banjo-mandolin duets with her husband, Dylan.

Jeff Gotham

Jeff Gotham

Sexton
Heather Kirkconnell

Heather Kirkconnell

Organist and Music Director

Heather Kirkconnell has degrees in music from the Conservatoire de Versailles (2013) and Oberlin Conservatory (2011) in Ohio. While in France, she studied Dalcroze Eurythmics, choral conducting and harmony, all of which she incorporates into her work at Grace. She also has had the opportunity to teach piano, organ and choir privately and in music schools and churches. Heather has performed nationally and internationally on organ, harpsichord, and handbells. In addition to her musical pursuits, Heather loves to knit, speak French and sew.

Tom Marsan

Tom Marsan

Minister for Christian Formation, Children and Youth

Tom Marsan graduated as Northeastern University’s first Religious Studies major, with a minor in Electrical Engineering. He went on to live with the monks of SSJE, and spent the last five years as their Guesthouse Manager. In that time, he was trained as a Spiritual Director, and completed a two-year distance program with the Living School for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque. His fun and contemplative spirit has been fed by time as a Sunday school teacher, and as a leader at The Crossing, an emerging church community that meets at the cathedral. Tom is an avid Boston sports fan, board game enthusiast and foodie.

The Rev Dr. John Townsend

The Rev Dr. John Townsend

Priest Associate

John serves as a volunteer celebrant at the 8:00 Rite I Sunday Eucharist. In place of the usual sermon, he discusses various aspects in the readings with plenty of opportunity for all attending to ask questions. He also remains active in retirement, writing and in presenting papers to academic groups.

John is widely published in the areas of Bible and Rabbinic Judaism. He was ordained Deacon and Priest in 1952, then received his doctorate in New Testament from the Harvard Divinity School in 1959. While at HDS he served as priest-in-charge for various troubled parishes in the New Bedford/Fall River area, as well as in the Diocese of Rhode Island.

In 1952 the Philadelphia Divinity School, which merged into the Episcopal Divinity School invited him to teach New Testament and biblical languages, where he also taught Jewish studies. In addition, during much of this time, he served as Chaplain to the Sisters of St. Anne. After his official retirement Harvard Divinity School invited him to teach a course in Advanced Rabbinic studies, a one year appointment that continued until his second retirement in 2010.

Vestry Executive Committee:

Sallie Dunning, Senior Warden

John Heywood, Junior Warden

Jennifer Mendelsohn, Treasurer

Carol McNally, Clerk

Vestry Members

Gillian Isabelle, Jim Volcker, Mary Swezy, Nancy Sharby, Ryck Lent, Carolyn Wong, Carolyn Blanks, Bob Loomis, Diane Droste, Dylan Crook (youth member)