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"They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of the bread and the prayers.”
- Acts 2:42

Grant AmbroseGrant Ambrose, Rector
The Rev’d Grant Ambrose answered the call to become the 19th “called” rector of Ware Parish in November 2014, coming to Ware Church from St. Mary’s, Arlington, Virginia.  He began his association with St. Mary’s while attending Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) in Alexandria to earn his Masters of Divinty degree. Following graduation from VTS, Grant was ordained to the sacred Order of Deacons at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Washington, NC, on June 11, 2011, by the Right Reverend Clifton "Dan" Daniels, 3rd, Bishop of the Diocese of East Carolina.  Grant was asked to stay on at St. Mary’s as Asssistant and eventually Associate Rector.  He was ordained to the sacred Order of Priests at St. Mary's on January 25, 2012, by the Right Reverend J. Mark Dyer, retired Bishop of Bethlehem (PA).  While serving at St. Mary's, Grant had responsibility for adult education, mission and outreach, pastoral care, and of course regularly leading worship and preaching.

Grant is a fifth-generation Episcopalian who grew up in Eastern North Carolina.  He was an active member of Galilee Mission Episcopal Church church in Creswell, NC, where he was elected to Vestry as a high school student, and elected Senior Warden at the age of 21. 

Grant has a strong personal interest in history, particularly early American colonial history and church history. He graduated from college with a double-major in English and in History. He taught AP English and History at an independent school in Merry Hill, NC. He was also employed as an interpreter by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. In Northern Virginia, Grant has taught adult education classes on church history, with one activity being Saturday field trips to historic Episcopal churches.

Grant was married to his wife, Martha, by Bishop Shannon Johnston in April, 2013.

Theodore Grant Ambrose, Rector, rector@warechurch.org

 

Beth RichardsonBeth Richardson, Christian Education Director
Beth Richardson began as Christian Education Director in 2008. She brings a high energy level and a desire to work with our young people. She is a journalist and a native of Gloucester. She and her family make their home in Gloucester near the York River.

Beth Richardson, Christian Education Director, sundayschool@warechurch.org

 

Michael MonacoMichael Monaco, Music Director
Michael Monaco began his calling to be the new Music Minister at Ware on September 6, 2015.  Michael has been keyboardist in residence for Colonial Williamsburg since 1997.  One of his duties there is to interpret for visitors early organist Peter Pelham of Williamsburg through talks and concerts.  He will continue to work at Colonial Williamsburg part-time while serving Ware Church as organist, choir director, and music minister.  He has office hours at Ware on Wednesdays.

Michael holds a certificate in hymnody from Union Theological Seminary; a B.S. and Masters of Music in Organ Performance and minors in harpsichord, voice, and harp from The Mannes College of Music; and a Masters of Divinity and Masters of Sacred Music from The College of the Immaculate Conception. He has served as principal organist and choral director for Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian churches as well as Temple Mount Neboh, New York.

Michael and Shari, his wife, make their home in Williamsburg.

Michael Monaco, Music Director, music@warechurch.org

 

Kristin BrooksKristin Brooks, Parish Administrator
Kristin Brooks began working as the Parish Administrator in 2016.  She is highly-motivated to assist with the church’s needs and is looking forward to building many new relationships.  Kristin, who was born and raised in Gloucester, resides here with her husband, Will, and son, Nolan.  Kristin enjoys spending time with her family and 2 black labs.

Kristin Brooks, Parish Administrator, office@warechurch.org

Sexton
Vincent Pryor of Pryor Cleaning Services is the Church Sexton with responsibility for the Church and parish house.