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The Rev. Albert C. "Bertie" Pearson
Rector
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While I grew up far from Georgetown, down in the hinterlands of Central Austin, Williamson County is deep in my DNA. In the 1860's, after the Civil War went not quite as planned, my great-great grandfather Dr. Samuel W. Anthony left Georgia for a plot of land somewhere between Georgetown and Taylor, where he farmed and practiced medicine until the end of his days. Around the same time, another branch of my family moved to neighboring Milam county where in 1872 my great-grandfather, Clabe Pearson, was born. The family endured  various peregrinations which led them to less idyllic stomping grounds like Lorenzo and Lubbock, but in 1980 my mother had the good sense to bring me back to Central Texas.  I began to feel a call to ministry as a small child, and while my discernment was a constant feature of my prayer life through high school, it wasn't until college that I entered the process in earnest. In the late 90's I left Austin for Berkeley, California where I studied intellectual history (a convenient track for those of us who took too much history to be a philosophy major  and too much philosophy for a history degree). During my sophomore year, I studied abroad at the Sorbonne in Paris, and became very involved at The American Cathedral, the Episcopal church in Paris. There I began a series of conversations about the priesthood with the Pastoral Canon, and continued these with my parish priest in San Francisco. Through years of discernment, it became clear to me and to my church that I was indeed called to a life of ministry, and I began seminary at The Church Divinity School of the Pacific the following year. 

I seem to be one of very few clergy in the Episcopal Church to have put himself through seminary by DJ-ing electronic music and playing the drums in rock bands. One evening, waiting for a soundcheck before a performance, I was reading a church history book in the back of a nightclub. A young woman from Holland named Rahel, who was recently arrived in the US for a post-college year abroad, sat down next to me and asked what I was reading. A conversation ensued which has continued to this day. After I finished seminary, Rahel decided to return to Holland to do a Masters of Psychology and I followed her to Europe, doing further graduate study at Oxford University, where I also served as Assistant Chaplain at Hertford College. Rahel and I later returned to San Francisco where we were married and I was ordained. I spent my first two years as a priest serving on the staff of the Diocese of California, and later served as priest in charge of two churches simultaneously, Holy Innocents and St. John the Evangelist. One of the great dangers of marrying a Texan is that we almost always come home. In 2012 Rahel and I moved back to Austin where she began a PhD at UT in Clinical Psychology, and I was called as Vicar of San Francisco de Asís in South Austin. I was also called to serve on the adjunct faculty of both the Seminary of the Southwest and the Iona School for Ministry where I teach History. April before last, in our most exciting life event to date, we welcomed our daughter Helena into the world and have had a blissful (if at times sleepless) year of being mom and dad. Rahel and I can't wait to begin worshiping at Grace, and are thrilled at the prospect of raising Helena in such a wonderful community of faith!

Elizabeth Swan

Elizabeth Swan
Parish Administrator / Office Manager
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Born about 30 miles from London, England, Elizabeth lived in a hamlet in rural Surrey.  At age 7, she and her parents moved to rural west Wales; her brother continued working in London. Elizabeth and her mother attended services regularly at the local Church in Wales parish, and thus began her membership in the Episcopal Church.  She graduated from the University of Aberdeen (B.Sc.) and Robert Gordon University (M.L.S.) in Scotland, and started work as a college science librarian in Yorkshire.  In 1986 her husband was offered a promotion that relocated them to Pittsburgh, PA.  She was frequently reminded of Oscar Wilde's comment "Two nations divided by a common language!"  She worked as Museum Library Director for eight years at The Carnegie in Pittsburgh, then moved to Philadelphia for a promotion to work in two more non-profit historical research libraries.  

In 2003, Elizabeth moved to Texas; she felt as if she had moved to yet another country!  She worked as a Library Consultant then Coordinator for a consortium of 65 public libraries, covering 28 counties in southeast Texas; her first job not working as a science librarian. She was laid off in the summer of 2012, when the consortium closed due to severe cuts in state funding, and moved to Georgetown.  She soon attended Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown, and was welcomed into the choir.  Elizabeth also discovered an active Cursillo Community here, having made her Cursillo in Pittsburgh and served on teams.  She had found her new Church home.  In September, She started the four-year curriculum, Education for Ministry (EfM). After 30 years as a librarian, Elizabeth is still an avid reader and life-long learner, so she looked forward to having something spiritual to focus on while settling into her new life in Georgetown.  She expects to graduate from EfM in 2016.

Elizabeth served as part-time Office Administrator for Grace Lutheran Church in Round Rock from December 2012 until October 2015.  After closing down an organization over three years, it was a great relief for Elizabeth to work where the priorities were not dollars or quantities, but God’s work instead.  In August 2015, she was honored to be hired as Parish Secretary here at her home Church, Grace Episcopal.  Preparing weekly bulletins keeps her steeped in scriptures and she enjoys making a difference through her ministry of service and encouragement.  Elizabeth is thankful to be surrounded by a cloud of witnesses.  Far from her family in England, her friends and home Church have long been very important to her.

Dr. David Polley
Music Director
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David Polley began serving in the position of Director of Music at Grace in September 2015. He comes to this position after serving 17 years as Organist at University United Methodist Church in Austin. He is also an adjunct Professor of Organ at Southwestern University. After forty years of teaching secondary music education, Dr. Polley retired to pursue a more active career in church music. He earned degrees from Concordia University, Seward, NE; Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NE. He has served Lutheran, Catholic, and Methodist churches in Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Texas.

As an accompanist, Dr. Polley has toured with the Southwestern University Chorale and the San Gabriel Chorale to China, Hungary, Italy, and France where he played the largest organs in China (Shanghai) and Hungary (Budapest). He has also performed as a featured recitalist in concerts in the Georgetown Festival of the Arts playing the music of Schubert, Schumann, Saint-Saens, Vierne, as well as Gade, Grieg, and Larsen. His most recent invited recitals include Church of the Heavenly Rest Episcopal, Abilene, TX and St. Austin Catholic Church and Westlake Presbyterian in Austin, TX.

In the future, Dr. Polley plans to continue serving as an accompanist and clinician in the area public schools as well as playing recitals in Central Texas.

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Sandra Vedane
Bookkeeper
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Born in California, raised in small town Iowa, daughter of a junk dealer turned math teacher and a bus driver turned school psychologist, wife for 48 years of a coach turned insurance/real estate agent, Sandra can appreciate the phrase, "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as soon as I could."  As soon as she could was five years ago, after a varied career including teaching middle school and high school English, owning her own tax and accounting business, and working for the USPS for 27 years as a clerk and later postmaster in two different communities.  Sandra and her husband Clyde have two daughters, one in Pennsylvania and one in Missouri, two terrific sons-in-law, and four even more terrific granddaughters, two of whom are graduating from high school this year.  In her spare time she likes to read, do crossword puzzles, spend too much time on the computer, garden, golf; and, she never misses a single episode of Jeopardy!.  Since February of '07 she has been the bookkeeper at Grace Church and thoroughly enjoys both the challenges of the job and the many acquaintances she has made because of her association with Grace. 

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Patty Moyer
Sexton
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Patty has been working at Grace Church for four years as Sexton and the last two as the ARK Coordinator.  She is wonderful with the little children.  She has three grown children and four grandchildren.  She likes to garden, read and shop, but her first love is those grandchildren and that fills up most of her spare time. 

 

 

 

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