Who We Are
Grace Loves Laughter
Stories and laughter are as much a part of the community at Grace as sunlight in the gardens.
We invite you to linger for refreshments after the service and share your story with us.
“Humour is, in fact, a prelude to faith; and laughter is the beginning of prayer …” Reinhold Niebuhr
The Rev. Sarah Smith HalloranRector
Sarah Smith Halloran joined us in the spring of 2021 and loves being a part of the warm and inviting environment of Grace (Church) and the warm and inviting spirit of grace present in the “here-ness” of this space. An Air Force brat who ultimately came to call northwest Florida home, Sarah and her husband, Colin, moved to the Pike Road area after a decade on the east coast of North Carolina. Sarah graduated from Centre College with a degree in Physics and worked in both astronomy research and environmental consulting while working on a degree “just for fun” in Philosophy from the University of West Florida. After a career in camp and retreat ministry, focusing on environmental stewardship and synergy and leadership development, she received a Masters of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School where she concentrated in Christian Formation.
Sarah spends every morning and evening outside on the porch and is often looking for other excuses to be outside. She enjoys hiking and kayaking, trying out new vegetarian recipes and wabi sabi style quilting. Sarah and Colin live in Old Cloverdale with their daughter Arden, and three loveable mutts, Eli, Otter and Olive.
Sandra AllenOrganist & Choirmaster
Sandra has a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Applied Organ from Huntingdon College in Montgomery. She studied with Dr. Harald Rohlig both during college and after completing her undergraduate degree. She also studied with Warren Hutton at the University of Alabama. She has a Master’s in Music Education for N-12th grade from Auburn University. Sandra attends the Sewanee Church Music Conference annually. Sandra also taught music at Dannelly Elementary School for 25 years and has taught piano and worked in churches for 54 years. Her breadth and depth of experience is complemented by her lively style and high energy.
The Rev. Judy Kay NeilDeacon
Deacon Judy Kay Neil received a BS in Business and a Masters in Business/Finance from Samford University and a Masters in Project Management from George Washington University before being ordained to the diaconate in October of 2016. Judy lives in Wetumpka near her family, most notably her three grandsons. She is a lifetime Girl Scout and was a leader for 25 years, as well as a Boy Scouts of America leader for 6 years. Judy likes arts and crafts and is a member of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Judy is involved throughout the ministry of Grace but particularly enjoys leading Bible studies and discussion groups and has been trained in Grief Recovery and Facilitation.
Ms. Diane Cauble, Administrative Assistant
334.215.1422 (church office)
Sandra Kelley, Bookkeeper
Leadership & Governance
The church is governed by the Vestry and the Rector. The Vestry operates according to the Canons of the national Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Alabama, meeting monthly to manage the secular business of the parish; the Rector provides leadership for the congregation. Officers of the Vestry are Senior Warden and Junior Warden; the Treasurer and Clerk for the Vestry may or may not be members of the Vestry.
The Vestry is composed of seven members, who are elected by the parish for three year terms. Two or three members are elected each year, after nomination by members of the parish from members in good standing.
2021 Vestry Members:
2022: Jack Graham, Jon Payne (Junior Warden), Rich Muller
2023: Maggi Odell, Cindy Bisbee (Treasurer)
2024: Russ Dean (Senior Warden), LeRoy McEntire (Junior Warden)