The Reverend Marjorie A. Gerbracht-Stagnaro – Rector
The Reverend Dr. Marjorie Ann Gerbracht-Stagnaro joined the staff of Grace Episcopal Church as Priest-In-Charge on July 9th, 2011. She came from a thirteen year ministry at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC, where she was the Associate Rector with primary responsibilities as Day School Chaplain to over 500 children at the parish’s day school. Prior to that, Marjorie was the Canon for Youth and Children’s Ministries for three years at Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Marjorie majored in Classical Languages and minored in theater at The University of the South (Sewanee) and graduated in 1992. She went straight from college to seminary and received her Masters of Divinity from the General Theological Seminary in New York City in 1995. She received her D.Min. in Congregational Development from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in 2008. Marjorie has been married to Brent Stagnaro, an architect, author, and inventor for nineteen years and they are the proud parents of Fiona, age 12, and Zachary, age 11.
Marjorie was installed as the Rector of Grace Episcopal Church on October 9th, 2013. She is an avid potter, knitter, crocheter, quilter, reader, and lover of Broadway musicals. Marjorie is grateful for the diverse and dynamic nature of Grace Episcopal Church, for its welcoming spirit, deep reverence of music and liturgy, and the congregation’s and leadership’s growing desire to expand its outreach footprint on the city of Manchester.
The Reverend Mike Andres – Deacon
Deacon Mike came to Grace in September of 2018. After being a lifelong Lutheran, he was received into the Episcopal Church in June of 2009 by Bishop Robinson. Deacon Mike graduated from the Province I School for Deacons in June of 2108 and on June 16th he was ordained to the diaconate. He is also a graduate of the Education For Ministry program, also known as EfM. He and his wife Pat live in Deerfield where they have been for over 30 years. They have 4 grown children, and 10 grand kids. Deacon Mike received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from Franklin Pierce University and for the last 8 years, has been working as a Tech Support Engineer at Oracle Corporation. For the last 3 years he has been volunteering with Chaplain Service at the VA medical center in Manchester. He finds visiting with these veterans to be very rewarding.
Marlene Thompson – Parish Administrator
Mark A. Cleveland – Choirmaster
Kenneth Grinnell – Organist and St. Michael’s Children’s Chimers Director
Ken has been involved in music his whole life; both of his grandfathers were organists-pianists-church musicians. During his teen years he became active at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, where he was baptized and confirmed. He received his undergraduate education at the Boston University School of Music and continued as a graduate student at the School of Theology; he served three years as Associate University Organist and Choirmaster and as a teaching assistant. During his thirty-eight years as Minister of Music at The First Congregational Church of Manchester Ken developed an extensive music ministry of multiple choirs and handbell choirs involving people of all ages, composed music of wide variety, and presented many years of public concert programs many of which involved interdenominational choirs drawn from many churches in the greater area, involved orchestra or jazz band, and which raised donations for many local and wider ministries. Pastoral Counseling Services of Manchester awarded him the Good Samaritan Award in Religion in 2008. Ken holds the Fellowship and Choirmaster certificates of the American Guild of Organists and has held leadership positions locally, regionally and nationally, most notably as a member of the AGO National Committee for Professional Certification. He has been an accompanist for many ensembles, a private piano and organ instructor, a choral adjudicator, and a theater musical director. Since 2014, he has continued his church music career part-time at Grace Episcopal Church, where he is organist and also directs the St. Michael’s Children’s Chimers. Ken also enjoys just being a parishioner. He and his wife, Nicole, have two children, Renée and Graham, who have their lives and careers in Richmond, Virginia. Ken has been a sailor since the age of ten; in season he enjoys the sport at the Massabesic Yacht Club where he cruises and races regularly and where he serves as Membership Chairperson.
Carter Beck – Organist
Susan Senneville – Nursery Care Provider
Susan Senneville, our nursery care provider, has given our little ones at Grace Church consistent, loving care since 1984. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education, with a minor in Psychology, from the University of New Hampshire. She has had experience working with infants to pre-teens, having worked at an infant center, alternative school, and a resource room at a public school to day care centers, teaching pre-school. She has been teaching pre-school/kindergarten in her home for the past several years, on a smaller, more personal level. Having raised two daughters has also provided her with much insight. Susan has also been noted for her patience and for treating children as she would her own. She provides quality care at Grace Church for children up to three years of age. The safe, cheery, environment at the nursery allows parents to enjoy Mass in its entirety without having to worry. Parents are respectfully requested to volunteer on a once a month basis to assist. It’s a fun way to contribute. Come check it out!
Clergy Residing in the Parish
In addition to our Rector and Deacon, several Episcopal/Anglican priests reside in the parish and occasionally assist with pastoral duties: The Reverends John Yen (pastor to the Sudanese community), Allan Knight, and Jane Van Zandt.
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