As Interim Rector, Bill began serving at Christ and Grace in December 2016 and will remain for about about a year, until the search for a new Rector is completed. Having served in the ordained ministry for 23 years, Bill also worked in business and has taught at the Osher Institute at the University of Richmond. His hobbies are writing, photography, and the outdoors. Bill studied philosophy at Eckerd College, International Business at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and prepared for ordination at Virginia Theological Seminary. He has served churches in the dioceses of Florida, Southern Virginia, and Virginia, most recently as Interim Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Washington, VA. His wife, Lynn Ellen, owns Queen and Associates, a leadership development consulting firm. Bill and Lynn Ellen live in Richmond. They have three adult children Thomas, Anna, and Philip, and a Wheaten Terrier, Finn.
Claire began serving Christ and Grace in July, 1996 as a Lay Assistant. As life-long Episcopalian in the Diocese of Southern Virginia, Claire’s love for Christian Education and Pastoral Care developed when attending St. John’s Hopewell from 1979-1991 where she read and studied under the direction of David Bercaw, Rector. She furthered her studies through Presbyterian School of Christian Education and completed numerous workshops and courses offered within the diocese. She and her husband Gene reside in her family home in Dinwiddie County where she enjoys visits from her children/grandchildren and her porch swing.
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Mr. Thomas W. D. Guthrie joined Christ and Grace as organist and choir director in the fall of 2013. Previously he had been organist and accompanist at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda, Maryland. Thom is a trained vocalist and composer of liturgical music and has served Lutheran, Episcopal, Congregational, United Methodist and Roman Catholic churches. He was invited to play two organ recitals in 2005 for the 50th Anniversary National Convention Celebration of the Organ Historical Society in southeast-em Massachusetts. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Asbury University in Kentucky and a Master of Sa-cred Music degree from Wittenburg Universi-ty in Ohio.