Leadership

 

Clergy

Born and raised in Michigan, The Reverend Richard Maxwell (known as Max) landed in New York City after his college years to attempt a career in the theater. This eventually led to a career as a fundraiser at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum, and as a foundation officer at the Dana Foundation, before he heeded his call to the priesthood. Max is a graduate of Stanford University, Union Theological Seminary, and General Theological Seminary, and was a postulant and novice at Holy Cross Monastery where he served as a spiritual director and retreat leader.  Before being called to Grace, Max was the interim rector of St. Timothy’s in Fairfield, CT, the rector of Grace, Hartford, and the assistant minister at Church of the Incarnation in New York City.  Max arrives in Madison with Paul Kline, his spouse of seventeen years, their cat, Lyndon, and their dog Cosmo.

The Reverend Canon Michel Belt recently retired from a long term ministry at St. James, New London, Connecticut.  He returned to Madison, where he owned a house, and began regularly attending Grace.  When the position of Priest Associate became vacant, Michel was available and willing to serve as the Interim Priest Associate, in order to facilitate the transition from Mother Lauren’s retirement, until the new Rector is hired.  He is a graduate of Wichita State University, the University of Miami, and seminary at the Episcopal Divinity School, having been ordained in the Diocese of Newark in 1997.

Staff

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Dr. Anne Matlack (Choirmaster & Organist) holds a B.A. in Music from Yale University, and M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in Choral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College – Conservatory of Music. She is Artistic Director of the acclaimed Harmonium Choral Society. Dr. Anne is on the faculty of the Royal School of Church Music’s summer camp at King’s College, Wilkes-Barre every July. She serves on the New Jersey Board of the American Choral Director’s Association as Repertoire and Standards Chair for Community Choirs. She has taught at Kean University, Lafayette College, and conducted the Yale university Freshman Chorus. Her conducting teachers have included Fenno Heath, Elmer Thomas and Earl Rivers, and workshops with Robert Shaw and Eric Ericson. She studied organ with Charles Krigbaum, Michael Schneider, and David Mulbury. She has sung in the Robert Shaw Festival Chorus at Carnegie Hall, and with the Yale Alumni Chorus at the Kremlin in Moscow. She is the 2003 recipient of the Arts Council of the Morris Ares’ Outstanding Professional in the Arts Award.
Mike Kostial (Parish Administrator) has been a member of Grace Church since 2008. Mike joined the vestry in 2010 and became a warden in 2013. He stepped down from that position in March of 2016 to assume the role of parish administrator after a long and rewarding career in the I.T. field.
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Susan Harris (Communications Assistant) joined the Grace Church staff in January 2015. She has lived in Long Hill Township over the years with her husband, Harry, two children, Natalie and Tyler, and trusty beagle, Rusty. She also works part-time as the Parish Administrator for All Saints’ Church in Millington.
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Barbara Hughes (Interim Director of Children’s Ministries) grew up in Princeton, NJ where she was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church. Along with her husband Jim, she has been an active member of Grace Church since moving to Madison in 1994. Her three children Tom, Bill, and Grace were baptized at Grace. Barbara received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. In addition to her position as interim Director of Family Ministries, Barbara is the Manager of the Madison Farmers Market.
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Susan Steel (Bookkeeper) was born in England and has lived in the USA since 1989. She became a citizen in 1998. Susan has been married to Martin for 27 years and they have two children, Jack aged 25 and Alice aged 23. They have lived in New Jersey since 2003 and are active members of St. Mary’s Church, Sparta where Susan served as Treasurer for 5 years as well as Vestry member. She joined the staff at Grace Church in April 2014.
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Kit Cone (Sr. Verger & Sacristan) Kit has been a member of Grace Church since 1986, and was asked to serve as volunteer Verger ten years later. From 1989 to 2004, Kit was a volunteer Episcopal missionary in Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire. In addition to serving as church handyman and columbarium attendant, Kit is a licensed lay preacher, and maintains his interest in Liberia through fund-raising and a recent book collection for the library named in his honor at the Goll Farm School in Suakoko, Liberia.
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Mike Muller (Ministry Intern) Mike Muller was born in Australia and moved to the US in 1990. He lives in Denville with his wife, Liz and has 5 children aged 23 to 6. Michael is preparing for ministry in the Episcopal priesthood.

 

Vestry

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John Garde (Warden)

Tom Honohan (Warden)