Hello Grace Church,
I am thrilled to be here with you at Grace Church! D’aun (her name is pronounced Dee-AWN’) and I will be adventuring with you in the search for your new Rector. I will be your Interim Rector. That title of Interim means, of course, that I am temporary. I will be here to do all the usual things a Rector does – especially focused on being a shepherd and companion. But I will also be here to journey with you in this interim time of moving from the end of an era of your long time Rector’s tenure, to a new beginning with the Rector whom you will find and call to join and lead you here at Grace Church.
Here is some info about us so that you can get to know us a bit more:
- We are coming to you from a 6-month Interim pastorate at St. Lukes, Alexandria. Just prior to that, I had a 13-month Interim pastorate at Christ Church Capitol Hill in DC. Previous to that, I was a long-term rector myself in North Carolina. But D’aun and I are both native Californians. That means that we tend to be a bit more “laid-back” and say things like “dude,” “awesome,” and “totally.” (Also, personal sermon illustrations are often drawn from “out-West” rather than down-South.”)
- Some of our stats include: I am 71 years old, have been a pastor and priest for over forty years, and in the middle of that took “time-out” to be a public middle-school band and choir teacher. I received my Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and my Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary (part of the GTU in Berkeley).
- Hi, I’m D’aun, and I’m 65. My career spans work in Aerospace, Higher Education (USC! “Fight On!”), the LA Master Chorale in the Disney Hall, and I’m now an I T Consultant working with medical records software. We have been married for 45 years.
- Though we are officially “Empty Nesters,” we are occasionally blessed with visits by any one or more of our three children, their spouses, and our three grandchildren (We are super excited to have most of them living within an hour’s drive of us while here at Grace Church!)
- If I look at all familiar, you may have seen me on old reruns of “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?”
- We can’t wait to explore all that Georgetown, and the Lower Georgetown neighborhood and area around Grace Church has to offer, especially now that everything is reopening.
That’s us. We are looking forward to getting to know all of you!