Clergy, Staff, and Vestry
Lauren’s ministry focuses on deepening people’s relationships with God, hopefully growing and having fun along the way. She delights in developing new ministries for families, children, and youth often through intergenerational activities and programming. She loves ‘pastoral care’, walking with people through the highs and lows of life. As a trained spiritual director, she often finds her way into conversations about where people see God active in their life.
Lauren grew up in Alabama, and most of her family still resides there. Her mother is also an Episcopal priest, ordained in 2009 and serving in Tuscaloosa. Her husband, Ryan, is an Episcopal priest as well. He works for the Diocese of New York as the Campus and Young Adult Missioner for Harlem, Uptown, and the Bronx (often called “the Uptown Chaplain”), based out of Columbia University. Ryan completed his PhD in religion from Emory University in 2018. Lauren and Ryan have three boys: Wystan, Simeon, and Yeats. Lauren enjoys running, cooking, hiking with her family, and cheering for Auburn football.
Lauren is currently out on parental leave following the birth of Yeats. She will be back full time in January, and you can see her at the Annual meeting in October, the Alternative Gift Market in November, and at all our Christmas Eve services.
The Reverend Stephen Trever will be ministering at Grace Church during Rev. Kuratko’s maternity leave. Reverend Trever was ordained in the Diocese of Massachusetts. Stephen moved to New York City in 2018 from the California Bay Area, where he served as Rector of St. Anne’s in Fremont and previously Assistant Rector at St. Mark’s in Berkeley. In addition to spending time with his wife Lisa and daughter Maddie he enjoys vegetarian cooking and playing bass.
Mark Browne joined Grace Episcopal Church in Hastings on Hudson in 2013. He was previously a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Madison, Wisconsin where he lived for twenty-one years. He is a professor of risk management and insurance and chair of the faculty of the School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science at St. John’s University. He and his wife, Daria Hrynick, have four adult children: Chelsea, Zachary, Rose, and Beatrice.
James DeVita has been a parishioner at Grace Episcopal Church for over 35 years. He has served several terms as a member of the Vestry, and has served as both Junior and Senior Warden in the past. He is an attorney at law, now practicing in his own firm after many years of law firm practice and government service. He and his wife Elsa have five adult daughters (Kate, Sarah, Joanna, Tory and Julia) and seven grandchildren.
Ms. Jennifer Griesbach, Ph.D.
Music Director Jennifer Griesbach studied fortepiano and harpsichord at the University of Toronto with Colin Tilney and harpsichord with Davitt Moroney in Paris. She took up the organ as part of her interest in historical keyboards and was organist and music director at several churches in the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to New York and coming to Grace Church in 2001. Jennifer holds a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of California at Berkeley.
Diana Mias is originally from Astoria, Queens. She has a BA in Computer Science from Queens College and worked as a Programmer/Analyst for ten years before “retiring” to start a family. Diana began volunteering in her children’s schools, later becoming a preschool teacher and eventually summer program director. She has been working as Grace's parish administrator for five years. Diana and her husband Ken have three children: Christopher, Katie, and Lauren.
Wardens and Vestry
The Vestry at Grace Church is composed of the Rector, two Wardens and nine members of the parish. Vestry terms are staggered so one third is elected every year to serve a three-year term. Wardens are also elected for three years: one year as junior Warden, one year as Senior Warden and one year as Vestry member and Stewardship chair. The Rector looks to the Wardens and Vestry members for support and guidance, and parishioners look to them for leadership. Their effort and commitment bring the parish together to further our common goals.