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Church Vestry Elections
Grace and Holy Trinity Church will elect five new members to the Vestry at the annual meeting on February 21, 2021. Please review the candidates bios below. For more information, contact any member of the Nominating Committee (Vestry class of 2021).
Candidates, in alphabetical order
Mary Ann Blankenship
While we have not been able to be together physically, Mary Ann has participated via Zoom in weekly Bible study, Spirited Sisters and its book club, coffee hour, Sacred Ground Circle, Mission and Ministry Group, and Circles RVA. Mary Ann misses being able to sing in GHTC’s choir and worship with others right now.
She joined Grace and Holy Trinity Church in 2016, after moving to Richmond when she retired. Mary Ann loves GHTC because it provides opportunities to serve our neighbors and our city. The daughter of a Southern Baptist seminary professor, Mary Ann grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. She converted to the Episcopal Church at St. Anne’s in Annapolis.
Mary Ann completed the EFM (Education for Ministry) program through the University of the South, an intense four-year program focusing on scripture, church history and service. She was active in her parishes in Maryland, Tennessee and Kentucky.
Mary Ann spent her career in education and organizational development, culminating in a dozen years as Executive Director of the Kentucky Education Association, a position in which she coordinated the organization’s staff, field offices, budget and strategic planning. She holds a certificate in organizational development from NTL. Prior to working for KEA, Mary Ann worked for the teachers’ associations in Maryland and Tennessee and for their national organization.
She and her husband Cary, a retired history professor, happily live with their two terriers in Bellevue on Richmond’s north side.
As a lifelong member of Grace and Holy Trinity Church, Brad has served in many roles: on the Vestry, as both junior and senior warden, and as chair of the annual fundraising campaign. He is currently a member of the Adult choir, a lector, and serves as an Ally for CirclesRVA.
In addition to his many years of experience at GHTC, Brad has served the Diocese of Virginia in multiple capacities, including two terms on the Standing Committee, one on the Executive Board and several on the Commission on Ministry. He was lead counsel for the Diocese in the property litigation several years ago. For the Episcopal Church, he was legal counsel to the trial court in the trial of a bishop for misconduct.
He earned his undergraduate degree at Yale and his law degree at the University of Virginia. He is married to Suzanne and the proud father of five children, all of whom grew up at Grace and Holy Trinity Church.
Brad looks forward to working with our new Rector as GHTC and the Episcopal Church face existential challenges.
Michael (Mike) Hale
Mike and his wife, Sandie, began attending the 11:00 a.m. service at Grace & Holy Trinity in 2017, and immediately discovered GHTC to be a Christ-centered and welcoming church. After transferring their membership from River Road Presbyterian Church in early 2018, Mike looks forward to new opportunities to participate in Grace & Holy Trinity’s vital ministry!
Before becoming an Episcopalian, Mike was a life-long Presbyterian, serving several terms on both the Session and Diaconate at First Presbyterian Church, Morristown, TN, and on the Diaconate at River Road Presbyterian. Mike also participated in Chancel Choir and Handbell Choir, taught Sunday school, ushered, and played on the church’s softball team.
Mike grew up in east Tennessee, attended high school at The McCallie School in Chattanooga, and graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1975, with a degree in Marketing. After college, Mike joined the family foodservice distribution business in Morristown. In 1995, he accepted an opportunity to work in foodservice in Richmond, and he and Sandie moved their family to Short Pump.
He has continued to work in foodservice distribution, as well as in the retail and wholesale wine industry.
Mike is also a very proud dad and granddaddy, and he and Sandie enjoy spending time with their family! Their son, Jonathan and his wife, Carolyn, live in Lynchburg, and their daughter, Sarah and her husband, Chris, live in Mechanicsville with their three children, Emma (6), George (3), and Lydia (19 months).
Teresa (Terry) Hathaway
Teresa “Terry” Hathaway and her husband Mark first visited Grace and Holy Trinity Church in 1993. They quickly knew they had found a church and church family that would nurture their faith, provide a variety of opportunities for worship, and actively support their belief in community outreach.
Terry served as a board member and president of the GHTC Child Care Center and as a Sunday school teacher. Until the pandemic, she was a regular at the 7:45 a.m. service where she was a lector. She has continued to assist as a lector in the online Sunday services.
Terry holds a B.A. in French from Mary Washington College and a M.A. in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University.
She has enjoyed a career in education that began as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana and has continued into retirement as a support specialist for the AVID college and career readiness program for Chesterfield County Public Schools. Terry has worked at both the building and central office levels, serving as a French, English, and sociology teacher, department chair, dean of students, ESL specialist, and high school assistant principal.
Clay has been a member of Grace and Holy Trinity Church since he and his wife Stewart were married at the church twenty years ago. His four children (Cleighton, Janie, Luke and Wright) ages 18-14, have all been baptized at GHTC and will be confirmed at the church.
Clay has served as a greeter and usher at GHTC and taught classes on Sundays in the youth program. A family man, Clay is involved at Episcopal schools (St. Andrew’s and St. Christopher’s), and he desires to faithfully serve the city and grow in faith.
During the day, Clay is a principal at Alpha Omega Wealth Management where he helps individuals and non-profits steward their assets wisely. He earned his B.A. from Wake Forest University and his M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Mary Cay Kollmansperger
Mary Cay and her family joined GHTC when they moved to Richmond in 2003. What attracted them most was GHTC’s warm and welcoming congregation, along with its dedication to service as a community of faith. As a parishioner, Mary Cay has served as a Sunday school and Godly Play teacher, Christmas Pageant director, usher and lay Eucharistic minister for many years. In addition, the Kollmanspergers have participated in a number of mission trips to Belize as a family. From 2012 to 2017 Mary Cay served part-time as GHTC’s Assistant for Christian Education. During that time she worked with children, teens and families coordinating education programs, along with special activities including Youth Mission trips, GHTC’s Family Day of Service and the Family Mission Trip & Youth Pilgrimage to Belize.
Mary Cay is the Director of Family Engagement for Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School, where she has worked since 2017 and has volunteered since 2010. She, her husband Frank and their sons, Kirby (23) and Matt (20), are devoted to their GHTC family, have confidence in its future, and look forward to being a part of GHTC’s next chapter.
David Lewis is a high school history teacher. He studied religion in Williamsburg and New Haven before reading church history at Cambridge where he met his wife, Ratna.
David has been a member of Grace and Holy Trinity for about 9 years. He misses attending the 11:00 a.m. service with his children, Sita Clare and John Hanuman. Since COVID closures began in March, he has attempted to stay engaged by reading more lessons with his daughter for the online services and by participating in the Zoom Bible studies on Matthew, Mark, and the Parables of Jesus.
He currently serves as the Vestry’s register and is on the property committee.
David looks forward to reopening and the day he can sing a hymn with substantial assistance from the church organ.
The Vestry is a 15-member body that sets the course for mission and conducts the business of the congregation. Together with the clergy, staff and all the members of the parish, the Vestry is responsible for leading the church into faithful discipleship in the service of our Lord Jesus Christ.