Grace Episcopal Church

Parish History - Clarke Parish: Grace Church Tower

Welcome to Grace Episcopal Church!
All are welcome to join us every Sunday for our weekly service.
View our worship schedule.

Grace Episcopal Church
110 North Church St.
Berryville, VA 22611

Mailing Address:   PO Box 678, Berryville, VA  22611
Parking is available on N. Church Street, the Courthouse complex or in the church’s parking lot on Liberty Street.


Rev. Justin A. Ivatts

Rev. Julie Harris
Priest Associate

Robin Trumbower McFillen
Parish Administrator
Director of Christian Education & Youth Programs

Wendy Oesterling
GEC Director of Music
Organist/Choir Director

Mark Elyea

Bette Milleson
Treasurer Emerita

Kim Davis
Senior Warden

Ben Newlon
Junior Warden

Penny Poe
Vestry Register

Sarah Cobb Hoptman
Council Delegate

Ted Culley
Alternate Council Delegate

Suzanne Donner
ECW Treasurer

Darrell Chapman


The Grace Vestry, the governing body of the parish, shares the leadership of the church with the Rector, and consists of members who are nominated and elected by the congregation for three-year terms. They meet to oversee the temporal affairs of the church, as well as to support the Rector and staff in promoting the spiritual welfare of the church. In addition, the Vestry, in conjunction with the Trustees, is accountable for the fiscal responsibility of Grace.

Vestry members are elected at each annual meeting in January to replace members whose terms are expiring. Therefore we have new members each year on a rotating basis. Once in place, the Vestry annually selects a Senior Warden and a Junior Warden to serve as vestry leaders for a one-year term or until the following year’s vestry nominations and election.

The Vestry usually meets on the third Monday of each month in the Conference Room at Grace Parish Hall. Meetings are open to the public and parishioners are encouraged to attend (except during Executive Session).

The current vestry is made up of the following members:


  • Kim Davis, Senior Warden
  • Ben Newlon, Junior Warden
  • Penny Poe, Register
  • Patrick Cheatam
  • Ted Culley
  • Sarah Dunn
  • Marge Gill
  • Keith Seekford
  • Patricia Simons

Finance Committee

Mark Elyea, Chairman, Treasurer
Bette Milleson, Treasurer Emerita
Kim Davis, Senior Warden
Ben Newlon, Junior Warden
Patrick Cheatam
Lee McCloud
Johnny Milleson
The Rector is an ‘ex officio’ member

Audit Committee

Mark Elyea, Treasurer
Bette Milleson, Treasurer Emerita
Margaret Burks
John Lincoln
Priscilla Lowe

Christian Education

Sunday School Classes are now on Summer Hiatus.
Classes will resume in September 2024.

Vacation Bible School is scheduled for July 15-19 from 9-noon daily.
VBS is free and open to all area youth age 3-13.

Youth Sunday School

Grace Church

Currently on Summer Hiatus
A new program year will begin in September 2024
Sunday Mornings @ 10 am
In the GEC “Gracement”
Everyone Welcome!

Adult Sunday School

Clarke Parish

Sunday Mornings @ 10 am
Program Year runs from
September – June
In Parish House at
St. Mary’s
Everyone Welcome!

Wednesday Morning Bible Study

Clarke Parish

10 am – Coffee
10:30 – Class Begins
Conference Room
of GEC’s Parish Hall
Everyone Welcome!

Please call the office at (540) 955-1610 if you have any questions or wish to volunteer.

Stewardship Campaign

It often seems that our modern society is so distracted and so fast-paced, with insistent multiple demands for our attention and dizzying opportunities for entertainment, that people are less inclined to think of church as an essential part of their lives.  We acknowledge these aspects of everyday life.

We assert, however, that many people still yearn for a deeper purpose in life, a sense of being part of an unchanging truth, even though it is not very fashionable to say so.  On reflection, they would like to belong to a lasting community of spirituality that will offer support, friendship, hope, and guidance through the transitions of life that we all must make – from birth to childhood, adolescence, to young adulthood and maturity to elder years, and death.

We believe that Grace Church can offer that sense of belonging to a spiritual community that is deeply rooted in faith and the promise of abundant life in Christ.  We should be bold to say so and plan accordingly.

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