The Rev. Andrew W. Walter
The Rev. Andrew W. Walter began his ministry as Rector of Grace Church in early 2011. As Rector, Andrew works with the clergy, staff and Vestry in leading the church to pursue its Vision for the Future. Andrew loves to preach, teach and be with people of all ages.
In addition to his work at Grace, Andrew is active in the wider church. He currently serves on Executive Council’s Investment Committee, which oversees the Episcopal Church’s endowment portfolio, and the Economic Justice Loan Committee. Within the Diocese of Washington, he is a member of Diocesan Council and the Commission on Ministry. Previously, he served on the diocesan Finance Committee.
Prior to arriving at Grace Church, Andrew was Associate Rector at Saint Luke’s Parish in Darien, CT where his ministry focused on families, youth and children, and included oversight of the Saint Luke’s Parish School. Under his guidance, the parish’s Come As You Are contemporary worship service became very popular and saw significant growth.
Before ordination, Andrew spent ten years in investment banking, working as a derivatives trader, before serving on the faculty of the Upper School Mathematics Department at the Rye Country Day School.
Andrew earned his Masters of Divinity at the General Theological Seminary in 2007 and is a graduate of Bucknell University and the Groton School. He has studied at the University of Chicago and Teacher’s College, Columbia University. Andrew is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree at Virginia Theological Seminary.
Andrew is married to Susan, a civil engineer who manages major transportation infrastructure projects throughout the United States, and together, they have three sons: Thomas, James and Timothy.
The Rev. Amanda A. Akes-Cardwell
The Rev. Amanda Akes-Cardwell began her ministry with Grace in August 2013. As Associate Rector, Amanda primarily engages with children, youth, and their families. She is passionate about young people, collaborative ministry, and creative ways to participate in God’s mission.
Before her ministry at Grace, Amanda was Assistant Rector for two years at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Glastonbury, CT, where she focused on youth and adult formation. Prior to her ordination, Amanda engaged in mission work through her involvement in the Office of Women’s Ministries at the Episcopal Church Center in New York City and as a Young Adult Service Corps missionary in Cape Town, South Africa. She earned her B.A. in Religious Studies and Women’s Studies from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas and her M Div. from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Amanda loves music, reading, and exploring the greater Washington area with her partner Sarah.
The Rev. Richard D. Meadows, Jr.
The Rev. Richard Meadows started his ministry at Grace Church in September, 2016. He serves half-time and focuses primarily on pastoral care. Richard has a tremendous passion for God coupled with a love for God’s people. He has a contagious spirit of joy and generosity that overflows through every facet of his ministry.
Richard was born in Buffalo, NY. He studied at Hampton Institute, earned his Master of Divinity at Virginia Union University, he completed both the Clinical Pastoral Education residency with Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and Graduate Certificate in Anglican Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary. Richard also has extensive experience and training in pastoral counseling.
Richard served as Assistant Rector at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Williamsburg VA and as Rector of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Orlando FL. Most recently, he served as Rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in New Haven, CT.
Richard is married to Linda Mose Meadows, and between them, they have six adult children and four grandchildren. He loves, the beach and flying kites.
Anna is a Minnesota native who has been living in the DC area for the past five years. Prior to her transition to graduate school to pursue a master’s in counseling psychology Anna worked for a youth missions organization that allowed her to serve with Christians from all different backgrounds all over the country including time on several Native American reservations in Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming and Minnesota. After finishing her master’s in counseling she worked at a runaway shelter for at-risk youth in Minneapolis. In 2010 Anna moved to DC to begin working as a youth and family therapist working with high-risk youth and their families to avoid out of home placement. Anna ended up specializing in working with youth with problem sexual behavior and loved supporting healing not only with the youth but the family and community as a whole. For the past four years Anna has been active in youth ministry at her home parish and was the interim youth minister before starting her time at seminary in the fall of 2015. In her ministry, Anna is passionate about social justice and about finding ways to bring our faith out into the world on a daily basis. In her free time Anna is an avid baseball fan (Go Twins!) and enjoys running, playing tennis, hiking and camping, dogs of any kind, reading and spending time with her family back in Minnesota.
Minister of Music:
A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Mr. Catalanotto has been on the staff of Grace Episcopal since November of 2006. A career accompanist and performer he has performed and recorded with many outstanding ensembles, including the Tulane University Choir, the New Orleans Opera Chorus, the New Orleans Gay Men’s Chorus, the Florida Boychoir, and the New Orleans Children’s Choir, and has performed in many pit orchestras playing operas and musical productions at the Le Petite Theatre in the French Quarter in New Orleans, and through the Jefferson Performing Arts Society in Jefferson, Louisiana. He has also served on the accompanying staff of the St. Petersburg Junior College, the University of New Orleans, and at Loyola University in New Orleans, performing many choral and vocal recitals with both faculty and students. Mr. Catalanotto has served as opera and musicals chorus director in many productions including Puccini’s La Boehme. He began playing organ for churches at the age of 13, and is now in his 33rd year as a church organist and choir director. Mr. Catalanotto studied piano at Indiana University with Karen Shaw, he earned the Master of Sacred Music degree from Emory University in Atlanta, where he studied with Timothy Albrecht, and holds a BA in organ from the University of New Orleans. He is married to Tina Catalanotto, a musician with the Washington Navy Band, they have a daughter, Mackenzie, and a son Sebastian.
Coordinator of Children’s Ministries:
Howard M. Fickling-Finley
Howard attended St. Mark the Evangelist, St. Thomas the Apostle, and Rice High School in New York City. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy for four years. His naval experience was rewarding. Upon receiving an honorable discharge from the service, Howard attended both New York and Howard University, where he worked with adjudicated youth in the Washington Metropolitan Area.
Since then his work with young people has widened to include various positions in youth-related non-profits, faith-based institutions, and schools. While a large part of his life’s work has been to cultivate and develop the best in young people, a deep call to serve God began to develop that required a deeper commitment. After much prayer and consultation, in 2004 he enrolled in the Samuel D. Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union in Richmond where he graduated from in 2008 with a M.Div. He was ordained in 2010 at the Florida Avenue Baptist Church in Washington, DC. Howard has served in a number of youth related leadership positions at: Florida Ave. Baptist Church, Asbury United Methodist Church, and Metropolitan United Methodist Church.
He is a proud father of two young adult males who he dearly loves and respects. The knowledge, skills, and experience from his secular and non-secular experience solidifies his commitment to the spiritual development of young people in the 21st Century to know “…God has not given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power and of love and self-discipline” 2 Tim. 1:7.
Fiscal Officer: George “Gib” Baily, Jr.
Parish Administrator: Sunny Simmons
Grace Episcopal Day School: Jennifer Danish, Head of School
Pennyworth Shop: Marilyn Seitz, Manager and Volunteer Coordinator