About the Church
- The Rev. Duane J. Nettles, Rector
- The Rev. Bruce Birdsey, Assisting Priest
- Kyle Bomar, Youth and Adult Formation Minister
- Kate Given, Children and Young Families Minister
- Dr. Elizabeth Melcher Davis, Associate for Music Ministries
- Judy Bowman, Financial Secretary
- Roland Boone, Sexton
- Tyler Brady, Communications Assistant
- Ann Norvell Gray, Assistant to the Rector
- Mark Koontz, Assistant Organist
The Rev. Duane J. Nettles
The Rev. Duane J. Nettles joined Grace and Holy Trinity Church as Rector in January of 2021. Duane served as Rector of the Free Church of the Annunciation–Episcopal in New Orleans for six years and Vicar of Mount Olivet Episcopal Church (New Orleans) for four years. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University and his Master of Divinity degree from Nashotah House Theological Seminary. Prior to ordination in 2014, he was Executive Director of the Annunciation Mission, a non-profit established to respond to the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Duane is the proud parent of two children.
For more about Duane and his passion for connecting people to God, one another, and the community, read A Visit with the Rector.
Phone: (804) 359-5628, ext. 17 • To email Duane, please choose Duane Nettles as the recipient on the form on our Contact page.
The Rev. Bruce Birdsey
The Rev. Bruce Birdsey is a native of Macon, Georgia, and a lifelong Episcopalian. Bruce became a priest in 1978 through the Diocese of Atlanta. After serving two congregations in the metro Atlanta area, he accepted a call from The Church of the Mediator in Allentown, PA. Bruce and his wife Brenda agreed it was time to experience a different part of the country; their two sons, Robert and Laurence, grew up in Allentown but attended southern colleges where they met their future wives. After a dozen years in Allentown, Bruce served congregations in North Carolina and Michigan. He and Brenda moved to Richmond in 2006, where he has held long-term interim ministry roles with local churches. Bruce’s son Robert and family live within a 15 minute drive; son Laurence and family live in New York City.
Youth and Adult Formation Minister
Kyle Bomar grew up in Roanoke VA, studied at Emory & Henry college, and received his MDiv from Memphis theological seminary. As a youth pastor, Kyle has experience with lock-ins, drama, and passion. In addition to his work as a senior pastor, Kyle has served as an associate pastor in Christian education, sharing the joy of lifelong learning with people of all ages and backgrounds.
Kyle, his wife Caitlin, and their two daughters Anna and Mary Clare moved to Richmond from the Shenandoah Valley. He invites people to engage the stories that shape our lives and “learn how to learn” from others, the past, and themselves.
Phone: (804) 359-5628 • To email Kyle, please choose Kyle Bomar as the recipient on the form on our Contact page.
Children and Young Families Minister
Kate Given has worked as both a teacher (at the New E3 School) and in family ministries (at Christ & St. Luke’s Episcopal Church) in Norfolk. Kate and her husband Theo are originally from southeastern Virginia; they moved to RVA in 2018 so Kate could pursue her recently completed graduate degree at VCU. In addition to her work with children and families, she is a theatre artist who specializes in dramatic literature and remains active in Richmond’s theatre community. Kate values the individuality and grace of each child and person, and is dedicated to supporting young children and young families as they grow in faith together. In her spare time, she loves to sew, cook, and read.
Phone: (804) 359-5628, ext. 15 • To email Kate, please choose Kate Given as the recipient on the form on our Contact page.
Dr. Elizabeth Melcher Davis
Associate for Music Ministries
Beth directs the Parish Choir and plays the organ at our 10:30 a.m. worship service, supported by committed volunteers, professional section leaders, and Assistant Organist, Mark Koontz. She also plays the organ at the 8:00 a.m. worship service, other worship services throughout the year, for funerals, and for weddings. Beth oversees the Children’s Choir which sings on Children and Youth Sundays at the 10:30 a.m. worship service. She organizes a concert series, “Music at Grace & Holy Trinity,” which includes a variety of special worship services and free performances provided as outreach to our Richmond neighbors. Beth enjoys bringing joy to people’s lives through God’s gift of music.
Phone: (804) 359-5628, ext. 18 • To email Barb, please choose Dr. Elizabeth Melcher Davis as the recipient on the form on our Contact page.
Judy has worked for our church since 1991, handling the church’s books and other administrative tasks. Contact Judy to find out the status of your financial giving, online and mobile giving, and our online membership center through ShelbyNext. She just celebrated 30 years at GHTC. When not at work, Judy loves spending time at Myrtle Beach with her husband, Harry and spending time with her family. In her spare time, Judy loves to read and cook.
Phone: (804) 359-5628, ext 14 • To email Judy, please choose Judy Bowman as the recipient on the form on our Contact page.
A native of North Carolina, Roland began working at Grace and Holy Trinity Church in the fall of 2018. When he is not keeping our facilities sparkling clean, he enjoys movies, being outside in a park, and fresh vegetables.
Phone: (804) 359-5628
Tyler Brady brings a wealth of hands-on experience to the church as a photographer, designer, and creative guru. His part time work at GHTC will involve work with publications, e-communications, video, print and social media.
Tyler is an artist that volunteers at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. Utilizing a number of the VisArts Center’s creative studios, he is exploring various mediums including darkroom and alternative process photography, screen printing, frame making, and more. Tyler will be teaching classes at VisArts beginning in the Spring of 2022.
To email Tyler, please choose Tyler Brady as the recipient on the form on our Contact page.
Ann Norvell Gray
Assistant to the Rector
Ann is a second-generation member of Grace & Holy Trinity. For years before wrangling the Rector’s office, she scheduled the 10:30 Sunday lectors and wrote for church publications. In her youth she earned degrees in theatre, English lit, and gerontology; and later studied architectural interior design in Boston and publishing procedures in Cambridge, MA. She has worked at MCV/VCU, for AARP in Washington; for an oil executive, a bank, and a theatrical agent in Los Angeles; for Boston University and the AIDS Action Committee in Boston, and for herself as a freelance writer and editor. She’s a pretty decent cook, and is fond of rearranging other people’s furniture.
Phone: (804) 359-5628, ext. 23 • To email Ann, please choose Ann Gray as the recipient on the form on our Contact page.
Mark Koontz has spent many years as a church musician, most recently serving as interim music director for Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and Emmanuel Episcopal Church. He has a B.A. and M.A. in Theatre, and majored in church music at Azusa Pacific University in California. He maintained an IT career, and wrote software for a major plumbing supply company. Mark and his wife Joyce live in Henrico County, and have three grown sons and a new granddaughter.