by The Rev. D. Rebecca Dinovo

Greetings in the Name of Christ! I am so honored and excited to have been called to serve as your Associate Rector and to have the chance to work alongside Fr. Todd McDowell and the excellent staff members and lay leaders of Grace. This call is truly serendipitous for my family and me because my husband, Salvatore, was recently offered a postdoctoral research fellowship at Washington University. Our daughter, Charlotte, is six years old and will be entering 1st grade and is very excited about the idea of snow in winter and our new “old” house in Webster Groves. It appears that our dog, a Boston Terrier named Bonnie, and our cat Franz, are also enjoying the house with the extra space and yard (which we did not have in California!).

I had been the Rector of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in San Diego since 2007. Before that i served as both Associate Rector and Priest in Charge of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Worthington, Ohio, where I met my husband while he was completing his PhD in psychology at OSU (he is an extreme Buckeye fan!). I have also served as a campus chaplain at Canterbury House at the University of Michigan and as a youth and young adult minister for several congregations and have ministered with homeless and refugee populations extensively.

I have a Master of Divinity from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and a Master in Sacred Theology from Nashotah House. I was ordained to the priesthood seven years ago in 2003. One of the first questions I am usually asked is, “What should we call you?” Please know that I happily respond to simply “Rebecca” or, if a title is preferred, to “Mother Rebecca.”

A little trivia about me: I have lived in Thailand and in nine states: California, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Arkansas, Washington, Montana, and now Missouri. I have visited 48 states and seven countries. I am an animal lover and vegetarian and love to eat healthy, exotic, spicy food (the spicier, the better!). I love to travel but really enjoy “escaping” with a good film or book over a cup of tea.

I look forward to seeing how the Holy Spirit will work among, with, and through us as I join you in ministry together at Grace! One of my favorite sayings is “It’s all grace.” Truly, at the end of the day, everything we do, are, and accomplish — it’s all grace! Thank you for this gracious opportunity!

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