Grace Church in Salem

385 Essex Street Salem MA 01970 978-744-2796 The Rev. Deborah Phillips, Rector Mark Engelhardt, Lay Associate

Our Staff

The Rector

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

We have been privileged to have some of the finest musicians in the Greater Boston area join us at Grace Church to share their gifts, including  Mark Engelhardt, MS/Organ Performance, Ryan Patten, MSM, and Dr. Eileen Hunt,  Vice-President of the American Guild of Organists.  We are currently engaged in a search for the next person who will bring their own unique talents to our worshiping community. If interested in more information, please direct your inquiries to The Rev. Debbie Phillips at

Our Sextons

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.