The Rev. Kathryn Costas
Rector in the Interim
The Rev. J. Kathryn Costas began serving as Interim Rector of Grace Episcopal in Oct. 2017. Prior to her arrival at Grace, she served as Interim Rector at St. James Episcopal Church in Lenoir, NC. Kathryn was ordained in the Diocese of Western North Carolina and is canonically resident in the Diocese of Indianapolis.
Kathryn has focused on intentional interim ministry, believing that it is important for churches to take the time to discern who they are and who God is calling them to be as they move into the process of calling a new rector. She enjoys working with congregations during this time of healing, change, and looking to the future. Before being ordained, Kathryn was a licensed clinical social worker in Asheville, NC, and co-owned a private group practice that served children, adults, and families.
She has two adult children and three grandchildren and enjoys reading, painting, walking on the beach, and hiking in the mountains. Kathryn looks forward to helping Grace through its transitional period.
Buildings and Grounds Coordinator
Ann and her husband have been members of Grace Church since moving to the area from the East in 1973. She has participated in a variety of church activities and ministries, was elected to the vestry in 2005, and served as senior warden for two years. In 2008, Ann was appointed Interim Coordinator of Lay Ministries by our interim rector. Currently full time, Ann is responsible for developing, facilitating and strengthening the various ministries of Grace Episcopal Church.
Ann has a BA from Chatham College and a MA from Michigan State University. In 2005 she retired from teaching after 34 years. She and her husband, Jamie, have raised 3 daughters, and she is G’Ma to 4 grandchildren. When she is not in the office, her passion
for gardening draws her to digging in the dirt.
Ellen has enjoyed multiple careers over her working life, each providing unique opportunities for enhancing her education and skill set in communications, finance, management, strategic planning, data analysis, project management, event planning and compliance auditing. She has experience working as a travel agent, nurse, health care manager and hospital planner. Ellen arrived at Grace in 1995 and has served in a variety of ministries over the years. She began a period of spiritual formation in 2010, which culminated in becoming a spiritual director in 2013; and she completed a four year Education for Ministry curriculum in 2016.
Ellen earned a BA in History from Goucher College, an Associate’s degree in Nursing from Howard Community College, and a Master’s in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan. She has been an active volunteer in the Order of the Daughters of the King (currently Province V secretary) and serves as a judge and trial secretary for the Teacup Dogs Agility Association. Her three Pembroke Welsh Corgis – Ruby, Pippa and Cricket – keep her on her toes.
Director of Grace Harmony
In addition to her role as Director of Grace Harmony at Grace Church, Kathryn is a chaplain at Munson Medical Center. Kathryn writes music for prayer, meditation and healing which she has named, Sacred Meditational Music.
Known for her lovely voice, talents as a composer, and her knowledge of scripture, theology and medieval women mystics, Kathryn’s vision is to bring the nurturing love of God into the heart of people’s pain, healing and rebirth. Her music is based on sacred writings from scripture and women saints and mystics of the church, with imagery of the sweet, tender love of God enfolding each one of us in our joy and in our struggle. Kathryn’s music has been played at churches, retreat centers, conferences and in private settings around the world.
Kathryn leads the musical group Grace Harmony at Grace Episcopal Church, which is a group with a vision to lead the congregation in singing a mixture of praise, contemporary, folk and Taize style music. The group is small and has a wide range of musical experience. Mostly, they share a spiritual connection and desire to lead the people in a meaningful experience of the Holy.
Kathryn lives with her husband and two wild and wonderful daughters in Northern Michigan near Grand Traverse Bay.
Rosemary Hagan and her husband Greg have been members of Grace since 1987. She offers individual spiritual direction through Grace Episcopal Church. She holds a Doctorate in Ministry, a MA in Educational Administration and a BS in Psychology and Sociology. Rosemary studied for three years at the Dominican Center at Marywood in Grand Rapids, MI , receiving certificates in spiritual formation and spiritual direction. She facilitates the training of spiritual directors through Grace Church’s GraceSprings Center for Christian Spirituality. Rosemary is also a Spiritual Care Counselor with Hospice of Michigan.
Special Events Coordinator