We will be electing three members to serve on Grace’s vestry at our Annual Parish Meeting on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 9 a.m. The following members have been nominated for the open vestry positions:

John Adams

John Adams_optJohn Adams believes Grace’s greatest strengths are our parishioners and their gifts. John and his wife Jana have been attending Grace for five years and he has served as an usher. The past few years have shown growth in Grace’s
leadership for John. He believes Fr. Todd has directed our parish for growth in our spiritual journey.

The church’s challenge for John is growth by attracting young people. New families and parishioners will be able to sustain and guide Grace Episcopal.

John believes his experience as Kirkwood’s Director of Finance will be an asset to our parish. As a vestry member, he looks to focus his time, energy and financial management skills into working for the betterment of Grace.

Liz Allen

Liz Allen_optLiz Allen has been a member of Grace since 1976. She has served as a Sunday School teacher, as a member of the Altar Guild as well as a Vestry Member in 1986 and Junior Warden in 1987.

Grace’s new ministries and programs have been encouraging for Liz. New ideas and ministries have kept our church vital. She believes parishioners are encouraged to join all aspects of church life. The Magnetic Church committees, Circle of Hope, Women of Grace and growing Christian education programs have all added to the growth of our parish.

Liz’s focus as a vestry member would be to support fiscally responsible policies and support the decisions made by the St. Matthew’s discernment committee.  She believes Grace is entering an exciting transitional period and is honored to serve.

Mary Merriweather

Mary Merriweather_optMary Merriweather has attended Grace Church for 53 years. In that time, she has served in as a Church School teacher, Acolyte, Eucharistic Minister, and in the Altar Guild and Not Just Donuts ministry.

Mary says she finds Peace at Grace Church and that the people here are like her second family. She believes our ministries and our ability to reach out into the community are our parish’s strengths. In the coming year, Mary says she would like to see us get more families involved in church activities and find ways of showing our community that Grace Church cares.


We will be electing two members to serve as Diocesan Convention Delegates at our Annual Parish Meeting on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 9 a.m. The following members have been nominated for the open delegate positions:

Becky Coulter

Becky Coulter_optBecky Coulter began attending Grace in November, 2010.  As a former Catholic, she was looking for a place to worship that was closer to her beliefs, but maintaining some Catholic tradition.

After coming from a huge Catholic parish, Becky enjoys the closeness of our smaller congregation.  She believes Grace is an inclusive church with a lot to offer newcomers.

Becky attends the 10 o’clock services and has been involved with Women of Grace, Holy Ground, Trinity Lunch and pitching in when there is a need.

Grace’s challenge, according to Becky, is to grow our membership so we can better serve our needs and find more opportunity for our youth as a tool to sustain growth.

Pat O’Brien

Pat O'Brien_optPat and her husband Doug have attended Grace since 2001.  Previously, they attended Church of the Good Shepherd in Town and Country.

Pat was confirmed an Episcopalian at St. Stephen’s in Ferguson in 1968, participated in Cursillo in the late 1990s, served in various Vestry positions at Good Shepherd including Senior Warden and Diocesan delegate and has sung in choirs and served at the altar in multiple capacities for two decades.

Pat served as an alternate delegate in 2011 and 2012. She says she very much likes participating at the Diocesan level, working with delegates from other Episcopal churches, and attending Convention.  Pat says she would be
honored to represent Grace.




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