About the Church
- The Rev. Duane J. Nettles, Rector
- 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
- Barb Dodd, Associate for Generosity, Discipleship, and Communications
- Peter J. Knecht, Office and Facilities Manager
- 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 from 2014-2020 and Vicar of Mount Olivet Episcopal Church (New Orleans) from 2016-2020.
Ordained in 2014, Duane received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University and his Master of Divinity degree from Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Wisconsin. He is pursuing an Advanced Degree at the School of Theology, University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.
Duane’s background as a parish administrator and executive director of a non-profit prior to his work as a Rector have ignited his passion about connecting the congregation to the community.
Phone: (804) 359-5628, ext. 17 • To email Duane, please choose Duane Nettles as the recipient on the form on our Contact page.
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 Adult 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 is a resident artist at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond through October of 2021. Utilizing a number of the VisArts Center’s creative studios, he is exploring various mediums including darkroom and alternative photography, screen printing, frame making, and more.
To email Tyler, please choose Tyler Brady as the recipient on the form on our Contact page.
Associate for Generosity, Discipleship, and Communications
Originally from Georgia, Barb has a background in government and business. She holds a bachelor’s degree and has extensive experience in public and private sector communications. Barb is a faithful, energetic, outgoing, and talented person who joined our staff in 2018. When she’s not at the church, she can often be found in her Bon Air garden.
Phone: (804) 359-5628, ext. 16 • To email Barb, please choose Barb Dodd as the recipient on the form on our Contact page.
Peter J. Knecht
Office and Facilities Manager
Peter brings a background in theater, the arts, and management to our staff. He manages office operations, facility use and maintenance of our historic building. Peter, a 20-year native of Richmond, began working for the church in 2016.
Phone: (804) 359-5628, ext. 12 • To email Peter, please choose Peter Knecht 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 has also maintained an IT career, currently writing 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.