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Last Updated: May 19th, 2024

Announcing Our New Priest-in-Charge

Dear Grace & Holy Trinity Family,

Throughout the search for a new Priest-in-Charge, Grace & Holy Trinity’s Vestry, Congregation, and Discernment Committee worked prayerfully and diligently with support from the Bishop’s office. The Vestry authorized the Discernment Committee to conduct the search and recommend a candidate. The process is now complete and the Vestry is delighted to introduce The Reverend Doctor Brent Alan Melton as our new Priest-in-Charge.

A message from The Rev. Dr. Brent Melton:
I am grateful and thrilled to become the Priest-in-Charge of the Grace & Holy Trinity community. Thank you to the Discernment Committee and Vestry for their time and for our conversations that felt curious, holy and welcoming. I observed in my discernment how your community is positioned well both physically in the park and spiritually as disciples. You are like the anchor in your logo, ready to steady the ship while allowing the movement of the Holy Spirit to guide additional multi-generational opportunities and enhance your established ministries such as music, outreach and with VCU students. Hebrews 6:19-20 says, “We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus, a forerunner on our behalf, has entered…”

I, along with my wife Monica, our teenage children Harrison, Leah, Kieran, and John David, look forward to jumping into our new church community. I am eager to begin on July 1st our work that Jesus calls us to. Until then, Grace & Holy Trinity will be in my prayers for your continued healing. I am hopeful of what God will do next in God’s Episcopal Church on Monroe Park. Blessings!

Brent Alan Melton,

Let us pray:

O God, as we enter this time in the life of Grace & Holy Trinity Church, refresh us with a new vision and help us to meet well all duties and responsibilities that come to us.

May we show hospitality to our new Priest-in-Charge Brent and welcome him and his family with our support and prayers. Fill him, O Lord, with the knowledge of your will in all wisdom and understanding.

Grant that your servant Brent may find his strength and dedication from the leading of your Holy Spirit. We beseech you for the touch of your Spirit, that his heart may yield to you in obedience, reverence and confidence.

Endue our hearts with gratitude and love for the blessings of this new ministry that will not only give joy and comfort but also by example and influence lead others to love and serve you.

Impel us constantly to gracious acts of kindness done to others in our Savior’s name, and for his sake, may we become strength to the weak, hope to the despondent, joy to the sorrowing, and power to the tempted, so that through us your kingdom may in part come and your will more fully be done among all people.

We thank you for our new opportunities. Help us meet them with courage and trust in you. May we be filled with gratitude that our savior, Jesus, lifts us from the burden of sin and anxiety. Gather this family about yourself and protect us.

In the name of the One who calls us beyond ourselves, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


Yours in Christ,
Meredith McGuire, Senior Warden
Chuck Bleick, Junior Warden

The Rev. Dr. Brent Alan Melton

A native of Wilmington, North Carolina, Brent Melton felt called to the priesthood as an adolescent. He earned a degree in elementary education at the College of Charleston and taught in public schools in North Carolina and Virginia before going to seminary at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he earned Master of Divinity and Doctor of Theology in Preaching degrees.

The Rev. Dr. Melton has served parishes in Elizabeth City and Fayetteville, North Carolina, as well as seven years as rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Richmond. Most recently, he has been chaplain at Trinity Episcopal School in Charlotte, where he came to miss ministering to a parish, especially one in an urban setting. He is honored to share the joys of parishioners as well as times of grief and growth.

Brent has expertise with Christian education for all ages, from children, through college students, to senior adults. He says that music has profoundly shaped his life. He has worked with people of all economic backgrounds and ethnicities on issues of domestic abuse, racial reconciliation, and pastoral care provided both by clergy and lay leadership.

Brent’s wife Monica teaches French at Collegiate School in Richmond and annually travels overseas with her 8th graders to immerse themselves in French language and culture. Monica and Brent enjoy their lively blended family of four teenagers and their dog, Layton.

Priest-in-Charge Discernment Procedures

Priest-in-Charge Discernment Committee Members

The Vestry is pleased to announce the formation of the Priest-in-Charge Discernment Committee, composed of the following parishioners: Clay Hilbert, Chair, Debra Cole, Susan Hankins, Megan Lecky, Chase Peak, Courtney Scottow, & Harold Williams.

Please keep the Discernment Committee in your prayers as they begin their important work together on behalf of Grace & Holy Trinity Church.

Debra Cole

Debra ColeI have attended Grace & Holy since I was a freshman at VCU in 1973. I’m an X-Ray technologist at Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Hospital having worked in angiography, CAT Scan, and ultrasound and now the Interventional Pain Clinic for 43 years so far.

I have been a fifth and first grade teacher at Grace & Holy Trinity, helped with Sunday RamNation student dinners and at exam time over the years. I served on the Vestry from 2017-2019. I have also been a chalice bearer, greater and usher.

Susan B. Hankins

Current: Belize Mission Trip for four years. In charge of the Vision Team in 2023. The 11-member group of missioners and Belizeans screened more than 800 children at six schools. In 2006, I was part of a mission team sent by St. Mark’s Church to help with the relief effort in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina.

Three years ago, I started the Holy Strollers walking and fellowship group. I also participate in Bible Study/Lectio Divina and am a member of the Sunday breakfast crew.

Previously, I served on the adult formation ministry team, taught Sunday School/Godly Play for 10 years, served as a lay reader, CARITAS volunteer, and volunteer with Summer Camp on the Hill.

Professional experience: Reporter, writer and editor for news organizations and state agencies. Proofreader and proposal writer for a consulting engineering firm. I also own and manage rental property.

Education: Richmond Public Schools, St. Margaret’s School, University of the South/Sewanee (B.A.), Virginia Commonwealth University (M.S.)

Interests: Walking, travel, reading, sewing. Since 2015, I have taken five long distance walks, each between 60 and 190 miles long.

GHTC: I’ve been a member of Grace & Holy Trinity Church for most of my life. My husband is Rick Hankins, who also grew up attending GHTC. We have one son, Richard.

Clay Hilbert

I married into Grace & Holy Trinity Church in 1999 and have attended ever since. All four of my children were baptized at GHTC. Over the years, I have become increasingly involved with the church community and currently lead the usher ministry. Getting to welcome our parishioners as they prepare to worship is one of the highlights of my week. I am in my third year on the Vestry and serve as a Trustee for GHTC’s Endowment.

Outside of church, I cherish time with my family – Stewart (my wife of 24 years), Cleighton (21), Luke (17), Wright (17), and Janie (17). I am active in the community and devote much of my free time to St. Andrew’s School where I serve as Past Board Chair. I graduated from Wake Forest University in 1996 and received my MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. I am the Managing Partner of Alpha Omega Wealth Management where I work with an incredible team to serve families and institutional (non-profit) clients.

Megan Lecky

Megan LeckyI am a relatively new member of Grace and Holy Trinity Church, having just become a member approximately four years ago. A lifelong Episcopalian, I was raised in Philadelphia and lived in both Washington DC and New Orleans before moving to Richmond. I am a graduate of Wake Forest University and earned a Master’s of Education from Harvard University. My professional work has included management consulting, teaching at independent/Episcopal schools, school administration, and educational consulting. I currently serve on the Board of Directors at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School.

My husband, Mason, and I are joined by our three children (Patrick, Carter, and Mary) who enjoy all of the youth programming including the youth orchestra, communion class, confirmation retreats, and acolyting. I am an avid reader and enjoy running on the trails along the James River.

Chase Peak


Chase Peak was born and raised in Richmond, VA. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University for his undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance, graduating in 2011. He currently works as a financial consultant for Fidelity Investments and gains great joy bringing confidence in retirement planning to his clients. Chase has been a member of the Grace & Holy Trinity parish choir as Bass Section Leader since 2012. In 2015, he was confirmed by Bishop Shannon Johnston and became an official member of Grace & Holy Trinity Church. He married his wife, Erica, in the church in 2015 and his son, Wells, was baptized at GHTC in 2021. Chase’s father, The Rev. Dr. James Peak, Jr, served as Professor of ethics and church management, and was the CFO of the Baptist Theological Seminary of Richmond for 20 years. His mother, Paige Peak, is a known television personality from the Richmond area in the 1980’s, and is well-known for her marketing roles at HCA and Short Pump Town Center. His wife, Dr. Erica Peak, is a physician at VCU Health and practices Infectious Diseases for both pediatric and adult patients. Chase is excited and honored to serve Grace & Holy Trinity in this capacity and help lead the parish into a new chapter with a new rector.

Courtney Scottow

Courtney Scottow is a life-time member of Grace & Holy Trinity, bringing her family, including husband, Garrett, and two children, James and Emily, into our church community. Courtney has maintained a consistent presence within our church since her childhood. Over the last 12 years, she has contributed her voice to the church choir. She is also serving on the newly formed Formation Committee.

Alongside Courtney’s involvement in the choir, her husband is on the property committee. Courtney’s two children, James and Emily, have enjoyed our children’s activities including the children’s choir. Courtney and her family continue to value their involvement and blessings within our church community.

Outside of church, Courtney is a graduate of University of Virginia and University of Richmond. She currently works in Marketing at Altria.

Harold J. Williams III

Harold WilliamsI was born and raised in Richmond and have been a lifelong member of Grace & Holy Trinity Church. I have served on the Finance Committee for over 15 years, and I am a Trustee of GHTC’s Endowment. I recently joined the Property Committee, and I regularly usher and read at the 10:30 service.

I attended St. Christopher’s School before earning a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia, and later, an MBA in International Finance from Georgia State University. I began my career in Atlanta where I lived for 15 years, met my wife, Suzanne, and where our two children, Drew (30) and Caroline (27) were born.

I have worked in the investment banking field since returning to Richmond in 2000, both at Harris Williams and Dickinson Williams, a firm that I co-founded over twelve years ago. Dickinson Williams provides merger and acquisition advisory services to lower middle market companies across the U.S.

Outside of work, Historic Richmond continues to be another passion of mine. I have served on the Board of Trustees for almost a decade, including as both President and Treasurer.

“Come Holy Spirit. Open our ears to hear your quiet whispers, our eyes to see clearly the challenges and possibilities before us, and our hearts to feel your loving presence. Guide us in this search process so that we may seek to do your will. Give us the mind of Christ. Bestow upon us the gifts we need to do the task that has been set before us. Hear our prayers, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.”