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.

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.

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.

Rowan Larson

Rowan Larson

Minister for Christian Formation, Children and Youth & Parish Administrator

Rowan wears many hats at Grace!

They started in September 2018 as Grace’s Minister for Christian Formation, then in January 2019, began a new role as Parish Administrator.

Rowan is a transplant to the Boston area, having graduated from Union Theological Seminary in New York City with their M.Div. in May 2018. Rowan has a particular interest in formation of children, youth, and young adults (though they firmly maintain that formation doesn’t end after graduating from high school!) and theology of and for LGBTQ people of all ages. Rowan is also a postulant for the priesthood in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut.

When not at Grace, Rowan can be found at the barn they ride at in Dedham, knitting, quilting, or otherwise crafting, or playing Dungeons and Dragons with some of their ECCT priest colleagues.

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Jeff Gotham

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Vestry Executive Committee:

Jean Papalia, Senior Warden

Carolyn Wong, Junior Warden

Jennifer Mendelsohn, Treasurer

Bob Loomis, Clerk

Vestry Members

Carolyn Blanks, Connie Conn, Wildon Farwell, Leah Gassett, Linda George, Yvonne Gomez-Carrion, Ryan Schlimgen, Molly Stearns, Nathaniel Woodward