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The Rev. Dr. Regina L. Walton
Pastor and Rector
(pastor@gracenewton.org)

The Rev. Dr. Regina L. Walton began as Pastor and Rector of Grace Church in August, 2014. Ordained in the Diocese of Massachusetts in 2007, she served previously at parishes in Weston, Waban (Newton), and Concord, Massachusetts. Originally from northern New Jersey, Regina has lived in Massachusetts since 1996.
She received her B.A. from Hampshire College, her M.Div from Harvard Divinity School, and, in 2013, her Ph.D. in religion and literature from Boston University. She has published scholarly articles on seventeenth-century religious poetry and liturgy. 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 and rooting for the Red Sox. Regina lives in Arlington with her husband Chris and their son and daughter.
The Rev Dr. John Townsend
Priest Associate

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.

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

Staff

Heather Kirkconnell
Organist and Music Director



Heather Kirkconnell has degrees in music from the Conservatoire de Versailles (2011) and Oberlin Conservatory (2013) 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 concertized nationally and internationally on organ, harpsichord, and handbells. In addition to her musical pursuits, Heather loves to knit, speak French and sew.



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.  



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, Sexton




Grace Vestry

Executive Committee:

 Senior Warden
 Sallie Dunning
 Junior Warden
 John Heywood
 Treasurer  Jennifer Mendelsohn
 Clerk  Carol McNally

 Vestry Carolyn Blanks
Dylan Crook *
Gillian Isabelle
Ryck Lent
Bob Loomis
Nancy Sharby
Mary Swezy
Jim Volker
Carolyn Wong
Jonah Yannis *

* youth member