About the Church
Church Vestry Elections
Grace and Holy Trinity Church will elect four new members to the Vestry at the annual meeting on February 6, 2022. Please review the bio of each candidate. For more information, contact any member of the Nominating Committee (Vestry class of 2022).
Class of 2025 Candidates, in alphabetical order
Mary Ann Blankenship
Last year, Mary Ann was elected to the Vestry where she served for one year filling an unexpired term. During 2021, she fully and prayerfully participated in every Vestry meeting as the group set direction for the church, dealt with physical and fiscal issues, responded to the ever-changing pandemic, and helped support Duane’s first year as our rector. Mary Ann helped the Vestry understand our restricted funds by doing research in Vestry minutes and creating a document summarizing those funds’ histories and uses.
In addition to her membership on the Vestry, Mary Ann is active in GHTC’s adult formation, Spirited Sisters and its book club, and CirclesRVA. Once COVID reduces its grip, Mary Ann plans to return to the choir. She loves GHTC where she finds comfort, inspiration and companionship as she lives her calling to love God and our neighbors as ourselves.
Mary Ann and her husband Cary live on the Northside of Richmond, and she thanks you for your continued support for a new full term on the Vestry.
Susan B. Hankins
A lifelong member of GHTC (except for four years as a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tappahannock), Susan is active in the Adult ministry formation team, the Breakfast team, Zoom Bible study, and founder of the Holy Strollers walking group. Susan taught Sunday School and Godly Play for a decade, has served as a lay reader, and participated in a variety of mission work (Hurricane Katrina through St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Belize in 2018-2020, Summer Camp on the Hill and CARITAS).
Professionally, she has worked as a reporter, writer, editor and proofreader; she also manages rental property. Susan and her husband Rick have one son, Richard, age 27.
According to Susan, “GHTC’s history of ministry and service to Richmond and its supportive leadership and congregation mean that the work of our church will continue far beyond its walls — an exciting time to serve the Lord, help those in need, and improve our community.”
Mary Ryan “Molly” Howle
Molly Howle has been a member of Grace and Holy Trinity for more than 40 years. A native of Norfolk, she became a full time mom after working as a Licensed Practical Nurse in central Virginia. She also delivered Meals on Wheels for two decades. Molly has served the church as a Sunday School teacher, plum pudding maker, Vestry member, and most recently served on the Caroling in the Park committee. Known at the Red Door for her leadership every Friday, Molly started making cornbread two decades ago and now serves as head of the Red Door Steering Committee, helping VCU students and parishioners provide a meal, clothing and more for Richmond’s homeless.
As a volunteer, Molly is known in the community for her work with Shood (a shoe ministry with origins at GHTC). Molly is a sustainer member of the Junior League of Richmond. Molly is also a member of Therapy Dogs Associates for 15 years where she visits nursing homes. Molly is proud of the work Grace and Holy Trinity does in the RVA community, especially through the Red Door Ministry.
Jean DeShazo Jumet
Jean Jumet has been a member of Grace and Holy Trinity Church for 37 years. She has served in various capacities, including Treasurer and President of the Grace and Holy Trinity Child Care Center Board, Sunday school teacher, member of the Property Committee and the Vestry, and leader of several trips to Belize for the Missionary Society. After 35 years of Altar Guild membership, she now serves as head of the Altar Guild.
Jean has four children, Emily Horne, Charles Jumet, Willie Jumet, and Barclay Jumet, who were baptized and confirmed at Grace and Holy Trinity. They have been active participants in the parish through acolyting, Sunday school, youth activities, mission trips, and pilgrimages through the years. Now, all five of Jean’s grandchildren have been baptized at Grace and Holy Trinity.
Jean is very active in the Richmond community. She participates on the Science Museum Liaison Committee, is a sustainer in the Junior League, and graduated from the Leadership Metro Richmond program. Currently, she is on the Council for Historic Richmond. Professionally, Jean is Head of Regulatory Affairs for Raymond James, an international investment firm. Prior to Raymond James, she was an executive in compliance and risk for securities firms for almost 40 years with various institutions, including Merrill Lynch, NationsBank, SunTrust, and Wells Fargo.
Meredith McGuire has been a member of Grace and Holy Trinity for 44 years. She has been an active member over the years and has given her time, talent, and treasures in a variety of ways. Most recently, she chaired the Caroling in the Park committee which was a successful first annual caroling event involving four local choirs and brought over 350 people together in Monroe Park. Meredith was a member of the recent Discernment Committee that brought our new Rector to GHTC. Meredith served on the vestry in the early 2000’s. She has been very involved with the youth at GHTC. Meredith has taught Sunday School and led international pilgrimages for the church.
She is married to Billy McGuire; together they share six children. Professionally, Meredith earned her nursing undergraduate degree from Clemson and her graduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Meredith currently teaches the Nurse Aide Program at Goochland County High School.
Dan is a third generation and lifelong member of Grace and Holy Trinity. Hill Brown baptized him as an infant and officiated at his wedding 35 years later. Dan has helped oversee the acolyte program for over two decades and he served on the vestry in the early ‘10s. His family has been deeply involved in the life of the parish for a century. Dan’s wife Dawn is currently on her way to be ordained as a deacon, and their son Thomas has been an acolyte for seven years. Dan’s parents were very active in the church. His grandfather joined Holy Trinity Church 100 years ago and sang in the choir for 55 years.
Currently, Dan is employed as a financial claims reviewer with BrownGreer, LLC. Over the years, he has volunteered for many community service projects and continues to do so.
During his nearly 50 years as a Grace and Holy Trinity congregant, Fielding has held numerous positions in the church, including Senior Warden, Stewardship Chair, President of the Endowment Fund, and, most recently, member of the Discernment Committee and Trustee Emeritus of the Endowment Fund. His knowledge of parish operations gained from his roles would help him as a Vestry member.
Fielding has benefitted from the caring atmosphere of GHTC. He was first led to the church in the 70s by his late wife, Kay, a newcomer to Richmond. He says, “The feeling of caring for others that emanated from clergy, congregation and staff enhanced the beautiful services and enveloped us as visitors. That feeling resulted in our membership and is something to be built on and nurtured.”
A proud father of adult twin daughters and a grandfather of four, Fielding is an attorney at Williams Mullen.
The Vestry is an elected body that sets the course for mission and conducts the business of the congregation. Vestry members are elected for three-year terms and cannot immediately stand for reelection. New Vestry members are elected each year at the Annual Meeting.