Pastor and Rector
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
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.
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.
Minister for Christian Formation, Children and Youth
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.
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