The Reverend Marjorie A. Gerbracht – Rector
The Reverend Dr. Marjorie Ann Gerbracht 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 14, and Zachary, age 13. 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.
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.
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.
Mark A. Cleveland – Choirmaster
Music and Choir Director, Mark Andrew Cleveland, began his church music career as a member of the professional choir at All Saint’s Episcopal Church, in Princeton NJ, while a Church Music major, magna cum laude, at Westminster Choir College. Following his graduation, he served as a Cantor and Choir Director in Roman Catholic churches in NJ, and in Manchester, NH (St. Ann, St. Jean Baptiste), before accepting the position of Director of Music at Grace Church in 2002.
Additionally, as a bass soloist, he has performed extensively throughout the Northeast, including performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Baroque, Cantata Singers, and many of the leading choral organizations in Boston, as well as performances with the Bethlehem Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and the Southwest Symphony, Florida. He has performed at Tanglewood, Ravinia, and at the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California. In addition to his frequent appearances as an oratorio soloist, Mr. Cleveland has appeared on the operatic stage in Spoleto, Italy and Charleston, S.C. with the Festivale dei Due Mondi, the June Opera Festival of New Jersey, Granite State Opera and Monadnock Festival.
A respected collaborative musician, Mr. Cleveland has performed in recitals and chamber music concerts throughout New England. He has toured Europe with La Donna Musicale, a Boston based chamber ensemble which specializes in the historically informed performances of women composers from the Baroque era. In repertoire ranging from the Baroque to the 20th century he has recorded with New World Records, Telarc, and most recently with MSR Classics.
Mr. Cleveland also maintains an active vocal studio as member of the voice departments at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH, and at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire.
As the Director of Music at Grace Episcopal Church, Mark utilizes a synthesis of his baptism, education as a Church Music Major, experience as a performer, and commitment as an educator in the ministry of planning, preparation, and presentation, that in all aspects of the music ministry at Grace Church, Soli Gloria Dei.
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.
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 Allan Knight, and Jane Van Zandt.