A Message from Reverend Grant Barber

I arrived here to be the Rector in April of 2005. I was joined a few months later by my spouse, Denise Fox-Barber who has a doctorate in clinical psychology and a private practice Hingham primarily with children, and my daughter. We also arrived with our several dogs. Previously I was Rector of the parish in Oxford, Ohio, and Chaplain for the Episcopal Church at Yale, a full-time position with mostly undergraduates. I grew up in southwestern Ohio; my BA in philosophy is from Baylor University in Waco, TX, where I also joined the Episcopal Church as an undergraduate. My Master of Divinity is from Yale/Berkeley Divinity Schools.

My interests include reading widely in fiction, poetry, and literary non-fiction; my dogs, which include a large, leggy mutt and three wire-haired dachshunds; art museums; and travel, so far mostly in Mediterranean Europe. My family and I can also recommend several Ethiopian, Indian, Spanish tapas, and Mexican restaurants in the area. After growing up as a passionate fan of Cincinnati sports teams I have happily transferred my loyalty to the teams of Boston. Should the Patriots ever face the Bengals in the Super Bowl I might be torn; However it would be more likely that Jesus will return before the Bengals ever make it past post-season play.

I feel truly blessed to be here as priest for the people of this community. I have found a congregation of involved people of faith, open to deeper spiritual engagement and outreach to those in need. My personal professional passions include pastoral care and preaching. I enjoy getting to know newcomers and longer term members by visiting in homes, work places, and in small groups. I look forward to getting to know you further.