Rev. J. Kathryn Costas
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. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Contact: email@example.com
Administrative Assistant and Outreach Coordinator
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.
Music and Worship Director, Youth and Adult Choir Director
Katherine Loyer Will has been working with children and music for the past 30 years. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, with a Master’s of Music degree from the University of Michigan School of Music, Mrs. Will has spent most of her career teaching instrumental and vocal music in a public school setting. She is a founding teacher of Concord Academy in Petoskey, one of Michigan’s first and most successful charter schools. While there she created the music curriculum for grades 5-12, directed four vocal ensembles, and co-directed a project which culminated in the production of student-written operas. She also spent time as an administrator at Concord Academy Antrim in Mancelona, and most recently taught elementary music for the Benzie County Schools.
An accompanist and church musician, Mrs. Will has also taught piano and bassoon privately for many years and is on the teaching staff of Marshall Music. She is the founder and director of “Joyful Noise”, the children’s choir at Grace. As Director of Music and Worship she also directs the Chancel Choir, and coordinates the music and liturgy for worship services at Grace. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Children and Youth Formation
Donna is a teacher, editor, and information technologist with a lifelong interest in the spiritual development of children. After 28 years in publishing she moved to Traverse City with her husband, Don, and took a job at TCAPS, where she taught student technicians and managed the West Senior High One2World program that provides a school-issued computer to every student in the school.
Donna has been an Episcopalian since 1979 when her daughter steered the family back to Sunday worship. At St. Luke’s parish in Utica, she served as clerk of the vestry and delegate to several diocesan conventions. Here at Grace, she served as Sr. Warden for two terms and also works as the church web master. She has a graduate degree in Early Childhood Education from Eastern Michigan University, an MA in Creative Writing from Wayne State, and an MIS degree, with a concentration in Library and Information Science, from the University of Michigan. Contact: email@example.com
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. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 231-313-9915.
Jennifer grew up in the Upper Peninsula and was the oldest girl in a family of 7 children. She took great pride in being her mother’s helper and helping with her brothers and sisters growing up. Jennifer babysat a lot at home and was also a favorite babysitter in the small town she lived. Jennifer was raised Catholic, and she was always very active in her church. While growing up, she participated in a worship dance group and also helped teach dance at her local dance studio. The group’s most loved dance was the candle dance to the Song of Isiah at Christmastime.
Teaching children is a major part of her life: Jennifer taught Sunday school to pre-school aged children throughout high school; in college, Jennifer was a lifeguard and a swimming instructor. Jennifer says that children are the light in this world. She has two beautiful daughters who are her entire world. Jennifer is currently an English teacher and has been teaching for more than twenty years. Jennifer has been attending Grace Church for almost 9 years now. Jennifer says that she likes to be involved, and contribute in a positive way, as much as she can. She feels that God has called me to this ministry in the nursery.
Jennifer earned a B.S. in English and psychology from Northern Michigan University, an M.A. in humanities from Central Michigan University and an M.A. in counseling from Western Michigan University.
Special Events Coordinator