Clergy and Staff

CLERGY

 

The Reverend Stephanie Batterman, Deacon

Stephanie was born and raised in Bath and lived in the Rochester, NY area for 40 years where she and her husband Dean raised three daughters.  Stephanie received a Master of Arts degree in Theology from St’ Bernard’s Seminary in Rochester in 1981 and served for many years as a lay minister in that area.

She and Dean returned to Bath in 2007 after Dean retired from Xerox Cooperation.  They have been. members of Grace Episcopal Church since 2012.  Stephanie was ordained to the Vocational Diaconate by Bishop Stephen Lane in June 2018.  She has served Grace Church since ordination.

Stephanie brings many years of experience in parish ministry, adult faith formation, and spirituality to her ministry at Grace.  She is a trained spiritual director, retreat director, prayer guide for the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius, and Stephen Leader.

In addition to her liturgical responsibilities, she serves the community as a volunteer chaplain at Mid-Coast Hospital in Brunswick where she works in the Behavioral Health Unit.  She also represents Grace church as a pastoral visitor at Hill House and provides a monthly Communion Service there.

STAFF

Julia Baker, Parish Administrator

Julia joined the staff of Grace Episcopal Church in January 2021.  She and her husband Nardin moved to Brunswick in December 2019 after spending the last 25 years in Needham, MA.  The move was to be closer to their daughter and son-in-law who were expecting their first baby in July of 2021.  As the silver lining to the Covid pandemic, Julia and Nardin were in “the family bubble” and  are completely enjoying being first time grandparents.

Prior to the move to Brunswick Julia served as Director of Parish Operations at an Episcopal Church in Natick, Ma and before that as Parish Administrator at an Episcopal Church in Needham, MA.  She brings with her a rich history of working with Clergy, staff, lay ministers and volunteers within the Episcopal Church.  Along with her work at the church, she has also served in many different roles in her “home” Episcopal Church… everything from Senior Warden, Chair of a Search Committee to cleaning the restrooms when the Sexton was not available.

Julia did have a lot of hobbies to fill her free time including long walks with Gracie, their rather petite 105 pound Newfie, reading, needlepoint, gardening, knitting and golf.  But all of those have been put on hold due to the arrival of the grandson, who has become her most favorite hobby…as Julia says “A baby’s giggle is the best thing to get you through your day”!

Julia is looking forward to the day when the Church can reopen and she can meet the parish in person!