The Reverend Deborah Phillips has been the Rector since 1997. A graduate of both Boston University and the Episcopal Divinity School (where she received the Excellence in Preaching Award), she was ordained a priest in 1992 and has served three other parishes in the Diocese. Prior to her ordination, Debbie was a math teacher serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malaysia, and teaching in the Woburn, MA Public Schools and at Shore Country Day School in Beverly, MA. Debbie enjoys serving the Diocese as co-convener of the North Shore Deanery. She has been co-chair of the Social Ministries/Public Policy Mission of the Diocese, on Diocesan Council and part of the Transition Committee for the Consecration of the Bishop. She is actively involved in her community. Debbie has served on the board of the Salem Harbor Community Development Corporation, and was past president of both the Essex County Community Organization and Help for Abused Women and their Children. She currently serves as Treasurer of the Salem YMCA. (She also plays tennis for Bass River Tennis Club in Beverly).
Director of Music
Ryan Patten comes to us from Bellevue, Ohio where he has been Director of Music at St. Paul's United Church of Christ. He is a published composer and a member of the American Guild of Organists, The Organ Historical Society and Phi Alpha Theta Historical Honor Society. He has a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance with a Minor in History from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Ryan has experience in piano instruction for students of all ages, and has done an internship at the Muller Pipe Organ Company. Ryan received a full-tuition Dean's Fellowship for a Master's Degree in Sacred Music at Boston University, with course work beginning September 2013. He studies organ with Peter Sykes, and his advisor, Andrew Shenton, has an extensive background in the Royal School of Church Music and the Anglican liturgical and musical tradition. Ryan began his tenure at Grace Church on Sunday, September 1, and is responsible for the Parish Choir, music for all worship services and is Director of The Choir School at Grace Church.
Tom and Karen Tucker are our Sextons who reverently take care of our buildings and grounds. The Tuckers also host many of our hospitality events, preparing the coffee each week for our Coffee Hour. Karen and Tom are not only members of Grace Church, but live in the apartment, so the Parish House is also their home. We are fortunate to have such wonderful stewards of our buildings and grounds.