MISSION

Inspired by Christ’s love for us and joyfully united through our worship and ministries, we are enriched by our diversity and seek to be Christ’s faithful servants, striving for a community accessible to and respectful of all people.

VISION

We believe that Grace church is called to be that “city on a hill” where people of all races and cultures come to build their relationships with God and others.

Established in 1855, Grace Church is an Episcopal community of faith. Through worship, music, fellowship, education, service and stewardship, we strive to deepen our connection with God and each other. In all we do, we try to exemplify the words of Jesus: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And the second is like it. Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Looking around our pews during worship, you will notice we come from many different backgrounds and cultures. Our community includes people from different parts of North and Central America, as well as from Africa and the Caribbean Islands. Some people were brought up in church, while others had little church experience before finding their way here. We welcome everyone at Grace, regardless of race, culture or sexual orientation. No matter your background or where you are on your spiritual journey, we believe Grace is a place where you will feel comfortable and be able to seek a deeper relationship with God and others.

LEADERSHIP

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The Rev. Sarah Odderstol, Rector
Rev. Odderstol answered the call to Grace while acting as rector of St. John’s, Broad Creek in Fort Washington, Maryland. Her interest in Grace stemmed from her days as a seminarian when she visited the parish with her seminary class. [Read More...]
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The Rev. Yaa Addison, Associate Rector
Rev. Yaa oversees formation for all ages and Grace’s Youth Group. [Read More...]
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The Rev. Aaron R. Dunn, Associate Rector
The Reverend Aaron R. Dunn is thrilled to be joining the Grace Church community and returning to Montgomery County after having just completed his M. Div. at Virginia Theological Seminary. [Read More...]
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Heather Adelsberger, Director of Music Ministries
Heather holds an undergraduate degree in Piano Performance from the Catholic University of America and a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano from the University of Maryland. [Read More...]

VESTRY

The vestry is the elected governing board of Grace Episcopal Church. Its members provide a vision for our life together. They oversee resource development, staff, facilities, and finances in support of the mission of Grace Church.

Paul Purnell

Senior Warden

Laura Parks

Jr. Warden

Keith Allen

Treasurer

Aileen Moodie

Clerk

Uchenna Alexander

Angela Austin

Mike Bader

Linda Baily

Cheryl Peterson

Stephanie Gray

Ross Frischmuth

Lori Perine

Will Turner