The Reverend Marjorie A. Gerbracht-Stagnaro – Rector

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The Reverend Dr. Marjorie Ann Gerbracht-Stagnaro joined the staff of Grace Episcopal Church as Priest-In-Charge on July 9th, 2011 and installed as the Rector of Grace Episcopal Church on October 9th, 2013.  She came from a thirteen year ministry at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC, where Marjorie served as the parish’s Associate Rector with primary responsibilities as Day School Chaplain to over 500 children at the parish’s day school.  Prior to that, she 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 is the proud parent of Fiona, age 13, and Zachary, age 12.  She and her two children live in Hooksett, New Hampshire.

In her spare time Marjorie is an avid potter, knitter, crocheter, quilter, reader, and lover of Broadway musicals.  As the rector of Grace Episcopal Church she is especially grateful for the diverse and dynamic nature of being a leader for a downtown congregation.  She deeply admires the parish’s welcoming spirit, love of food and gathering time, 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 and on June 16th 2018 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. After over 40 yrs in the High Tech industry, Deacon Mike changed careers and became a hospice chaplain. Deacon Mike has been volunteering at the VA medical center in Manchester, and he also volunteers at the State Veterans Home in Tilton. He finds visiting with veterans to be very rewarding.

Marlene Thompson – Parish Administrator

Marlene joined the staff at Grace Church in September 2000 as parish administrator. She was raised in Manchester, was baptized, confirmed and married in Grace Church. Following high school she worked as a legal assistant for law firms in Manchester and Boston. While working in Boston she met and married Dick Thompson. She was an at home mom to their son during which time she was active in the PTAs, community television and a charter member of St. Peter’s church in Londonderry. She has served as clerk, warden and vestry member at St. Peter’s. She was a founder of the Apple Country Craft Fair and served as a part of the fair including chair for 25 years. She was a supervisor of the voter check list in Londonderry for 10 years. You can reach Marlene at: gracechurchmanchesternh@gmail.com

 

Lyn Marino – Assistant Parish Administrator/Lay Ministry Coordinator

Lyn has been attending Grace Church since 1984. Born in New York and raised in New Jersey, Lyn began her teaching career after graduating from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a major in Secondary Education/English. She held teaching positions in New Milford, New Jersey; Hopewell, Virginia; Plano, Texas; and Milford, New Hampshire, retiring from the profession in 1997. After retiring from teaching, she was Practice Administrator for her husband’s periodontal office in Nashua. She is an active member of the Rotary Club of Nashua and is an administrative and performing member of its Music Committee.

Lyn has been a member of the choir since she came to Grace Church. She is also a member of the Music and Worship Planning team; scheduler of worship participants; coordinator for the Flower Ministry; facilitator for the Adult Bible Study; lector; Eucharistic Minister; and Official Cat-Herder.

Lyn and her husband, Dr. Ernie Marino, have five children, ten grandchildren, and one very spoiled cat named Tito who has no idea he is a feline.

Emery Freethey – Sexton

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

Carter has been a church organist and musician for 40 years in 2021. Over these many years, he has only served 3 churches, and the first one was for 1 year. only as a college student. The other 2 parishes have been for nearly 20 years each. Carter received his Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude, in piano and organ from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati and his juris doctor from the College of Law, University of Cincinnati. As a lawyer, Carter worked for a law firm in Cincinnati for 10 years. Subsequently he worked for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield as an executive in the company’s legal department for 22 years prior to his retirement at the end of 2018.

Carter enjoys living and working in Manchester, and enjoys home renovations, community service and travel to Italy. Carter is thrilled to be on the music staff of Grace church and contribute to the congregation and the broader Manchester and New Hampshire communities.

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.