Clergy & Staff
The Rev. Dr. D. Jonathan Grieser
(608) 255-5147, ext. 21
I grew up in a small town in the northwest corner of Ohio. My educational and spiritual journey took me to Indiana, Germany, and Boston. I taught Religious Studies at colleges in Tennessee and South Carolina for fifteen years before transitioning into full-time parish ministry. Rector of Grace since 2009, I love ministering a downtown church in a vibrant urban environment. I'm married to Corrie Norman and enjoy reading historical mystery novels, listening to great music, and (when I have the energy) working on projects around the house and garden.
The Rev. Deacon Carol Smith
I have been Deacon at Grace since 2008 when my husband and I moved from Kenosha to Madison. Ordained in 1987, my ministry has centered on teaching, pastoral care and adult formation. The diaconate is a servant ministry, and my work includes recruiting and training worship ministers and Lay Eucharistic Visitors, hospital and home visits. This year I will be helping to organize the Sunday morning adult forums. Although I come to Grace during the week, and do not keep regular office hours, I am happy for you to call me at home. Please let me know if you or someone in your family is ill or would like for me to visit, and please let me know if you would like to be a part of lay ministry at Grace either as a worship minister or in assisting with pastoral care.
The. Rev. Margaret Irwin
Beyond serving as an assistant priest, I co-chair the Healing Prayer Group with Kara Pagano. I feel honored to participate in this ministry because it was such a vital part of Jesus' ministry, and he charged us to carry on his work. Healing is a process that involves the totality of our being, directing us to become the person God is calling us to be at every stage of our living and dying. Accordingly, the Healing Prayer team offers prayers for healing or for any other request during Communion at the 10 o'clock service. If you would like to participate in this ministry, please let me know.
(608)-255-5147, ext. 24
I grew up in the Episcopal Church, attending St. Dunstan’s, where I was very active. I served as an acolyte, senior acolyte, and youth group member. I also chaperoned an Appalachian Service Project trip to North Carolina and was very involved with Camp Webb as a camper, LIT and staff member from 1999 to 2002. I attended MATC and Luther College and studied Religion and Communications. For the last 8.5 years, I worked for St. Vincent de Paul in Madison. As an assistant at four stores, I helped open two new stores, and for the last four and a half years I was the Assistant Processing Center Manager of Pricing and Sorting at the main SVdP warehouse. I've always wanted to work helping others, so I feel as though this position is the perfect niche for me. I'm very excited to be working in the church and able to help serve the community in a more hands-on role here at Grace. Feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (608) 255-5147 X 24. My office hours are M-F 8am to 4:30pm.
Food Pantry Coordinator
(608) 255-5147, ext. 12
Vikki Enright started as the Food Pantry Coordinator at Grace in late February, 2017. She also has her own consulting business which focuses on non-profit fundraising.
Before pursuing non-profit work full-time, Vikki worked as an archivist and Senior Legislative Editor for the State of Wisconsin. Vikki earned her BA at Tulane University, and also has an MA in English Literature from Duquesne University, and an MLIS from University of Pittsburgh. She and her husband Tim moved to Madison in 1993 so he could pursue his PhD in English.
Vikki has been involved with many aspects of the Madison community. Her public policy work for the state gave her a deep understanding of various issues facing the community, and she is happy to have the opportunity to engage with the people and institutions that make Madison a special place. Vikki has been involved with the museum, library and various organizations that address poverty, education and food insecurity.
(608) 255-5147, ext. 29
I'm grateful to be part of the Grace community and to serve as the communications coordinator. After a successful and fun design and advertising career, where I had the opportunity to work on exciting projects from craft beer packaging to branding to sports team logos, it's rewarding to shift my skills to work for a spiritual organization that offers so much to the Madison community. Outside Grace Church I am a certified hatha yoga instructor and own True Nature Yoga and Evansville Mindfulness Co-op. I feel that my position here aligns with my yoga business because part of my schedule is devoted to teaching mindfulness and yoga to homeless teens and juvenile offenders in Rock County, incarcerated women in Dane County, at-risk youth in Beloit, and elderly residents of Evansville and Brodhead. My husband and I moved with our three kids to Evansville from Chicago's south suburbs 20 years ago and I'm blessed with two grandchildren (so far!). Please feel free to contact me if you have information for the bulletin, GraceNotes, the website or our Facebook page, ...or for a yoga class!
As music director at Grace, I have the fortunate opportunity to work with the talented and generous singers, instrumentalists, and music supporters from the parish and the Madison area to plan and oversee the musical expressions within the services of the church year. Since music at Grace church finds its primary expression within the framework of the liturgy, it is a blessing to work with the vibrant, beautiful, and meaningful expressions of our Anglican musical resources including psalmody, choir anthems, organ voluntaries, hymns, and other musical settings of liturgical texts as the spiritual community of Grace offers these expressions to God. If you are interested in either participating or supporting the musical experiences at Grace, please contact me for more conversation.
Mark Brampton Smith
I began my church music career as a boy soprano at St. Paul's Parish (K St.) in Washington, D.C., eventually serving on the music staff of churches in seven states. My degrees in organ performance come from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Michigan.
As an organist, I've won prizes in the Fort Wayne, Ann Arbor, and American Guild of Organists National Competitions, and I've performed solo recitals at venues such as Overture Hall. As a collaborative pianist, I've worked with numerous singers, instrumentalists, and ensembles, including the Ann Arbor Cantata Singers, University of Michigan choirs, Colgate University Chorus, and (currently) the Wisconsin Chamber Choir.
My wife, Catherine Arnott Smith, is Associate Professor at UW-Madison School of Library & Information Studies, and we reside in Stoughton. I am so pleased to be part of Grace Episcopal Church!
I feel truly blessed to serve in two different capacities at Grace Church: Interim Christian Formation Director and Grace Church Wedding Coordinator.
I have been a member of Grace since 1984. As the Interim Christian Formation Coordinator, it seems like my life is coming back around since I held the same position in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when I was the Christian Education Director under the previous rectors Weidrich, Myrick, and Fetterman. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and was formerly a kindergarten teacher and a school administrator for the Deerfield School District through the Bridges to the Community program. This previous experience, and having been actively involved in this parish for 30 years, has given me the administrative skills and familiarity and understanding necessary to work with the children of this congregation.
In addition to this position, I have also been the Wedding Coordinator at Grace since 2005. As Wedding Coordinator, my role is to help couples coordinate the details leading up to their ceremony. I will respond to all initial wedding inquires, meet with prospective couples to give them a tour of the church, answer any questions, and provide helpful resources in planning their wedding. I am on-site during the rehearsal and on the wedding day to help orchestrate the flow of the day, provide support to the wedding party and guests, troubleshoot any issues that might arise, and will help make sure the ceremony runs as smoothly as possible.
The best way to reach me for either of these roles, besides email, is my cell phone: (608) 213-7558.
Brian has worked for Grace as a Kitchen Assistant Substitute for a few weeks, and has decided to help us out by becoming our Kitchen Supervisor and running (preparing) the First Monday Meals as well!