Who We Are

Grace is part of the Episcopal Church, a branch of the Jesus Movement.  We seek to walk the Way of Love -- Loving God and our neighbor.

Our prayer life is rooted in ancient traditions, yet alive with contemporary focus.  Our services follow the patterns found in The Book of Common Prayer.  You can get a fuller understanding of the ways we think and talk about God by listening to some of our weekly sermons.

Come worship with usJoin us in service to others.

Grace welcomes all.  We strive to be a community which seeks to nurture and grow the lives of the faithful, wherever they may be on life's journey.

Deeply Rooted

The history of Grace Church is intertwined with the history of the United States and the local Yorktown community, from pre-Revolutionary days.  For information about the history of Grace and the nearby church graveyard, plesae visit the Grace Historical Church Preservation Foundation website.

Our bimonthly Newsletter offers a current snapshot of the vibrant, joyful life that continues at Grace Church today.

The Rev. Seldon M. Walker, Rector

Reverend Walker arrived at Grace in mid-August 2020, about 13 months after the retirement of longtime rector Reverend Carleton Bakkum. Reverend Walker is a lifelong Episcopalian and Virginian. He earned a B.S. in Geological Science from James Madison University in Harrisonburg and practiced as a geologist and environmental specialist with a focus on policy, permitting and regulation. He is a graduate of the Virginia Theological Seminary, and served as an associate priest at Historic Christ Church in Alexandria before answering Grace's call. He and his wife April, whom he met at JMU, have twin sons, Levi and Hayes.




The Rev. Carleton B. Bakkum, Former Rector

The Rev. Carleton Bakkum retired as rector of Grace Church on June 30, 2019, after 30 years of faithful service.










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Staff Directory

Rector, Rev. Seldon Walker

Denise Wash, Parish Administrator                            

Suzanne Daniel, Choir Director/Organist

Bob Frady, Financial Director 757-349-8425 (direct)

open, Director of Facilities

Kim Lenz, Communications Coordinator

Diana Moreland, Director of Children and Youth Ministries

Mrs. Elsa Bakkum, M.Div., Resident Spiritual Director

Diana Mason-Smelt, Database Manager           

open, Parish Nurse

Mrs. Brenda Moore, Archivist                                                          

Dr. David Miller, Cemetery Director                                    


Administratively, Parish operations are directed by the Vestry, an elected board whose members serve staggered three-year terms. Vestry members, and their respective commission assignments for the 2020 calendar year are:

Marlene Bryan, Senior Warden
David O'Brien, Junior Warden and Stewardship
Jerry Twigg, Stewardship
Matt Chamberlain, Stewardship
David Douglas, Worship
Jim Giesken, Mission
Bonnie Baffer, Mission
Ed James, Shepherding
Kim Lenz, Shepherding
Christine Mahan, Christian Formation
Diana Mason-Smelt, Christian Formation
Ellen Thacker, Christian Formation
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