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Our Leadership and Staff

Meet the Worship Team

The Rev. Tom Crittenden

Intirim Rector

Grace Episcopal Church welcomes the Rev. Tom Crittenden as Interim Rector.  Tom brings us 39 years of experience as an ordained clergy, 27 as a rector of three parishes and four full-time interim positions.   He lists as his strengths liturgy, music, teaching and administration with a personal heart for outreach. 

As a trained and experienced interim rector, Tom will guide us through this period before we call a permanent Rector.  Tom will oversee our day-to-day life together and collaborate with our staff and lay leaders during this important transition for Grace Church.

Tom and his wife Christi have four children, three young adults off making their marks on the world and a thirteen-year-old daughter.  His family will not be moving to Hinsdale, but Christi loves Chicago and looks forward to many visits.

This is a time of change and hope and great anticipation for our church community.  We are grateful for your support and participation as we open ourselves to God’s plans for our future.  We offer particular thanks to our staff who are the foundation of everything we do at Grace Church and essential to our daily life during this time of transition.

You are encouraged to contact Tom to introduce yourselves, include him in a family meal or meet him for coffee.   


Andrew Paul Fredel

Minister of Music

Andrew Fredel came to Grace Church in August of 2016 to serve as Minister of Music, having previously served an historic Episcopal church in Minneapolis.


The prayer of the Grace community, particularly as shared through music and liturgy, is a source of joy, life, and profound hope for Andrew. Hearing, nurturing, and accompanying the varied voices of the congregation, cantors, and choirs are some of his greatest delights; working with instrumentalists from the community provides a welcome accent.


Andrew heard the organ soon after he was born, fell in love with the instrument as a young boy, and started playing regularly for services while still in eighth grade. Years of formal training and education earned him undergrad (Oberlin Conservatory) and graduate (Valparaiso University) degrees, as well as a few awards for his playing.


Growing up a Lutheran Christian, Mr. Fredel attended seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, where he received an MA in Theology, with concentrations in Liturgy and Sacred Music.


God's voice and the breath of the Spirit have stirred Andrew to discernment about rostered ministry, and he is now an aspirant for the permanent diaconate. With the generous and collegial support of Fr. Tom and the Grace staff, he engages in a collaborative ministry serving the Grace community.

Our Staff


Stephanie Tuthill

Academy Director


Tera Sternitzke

Director of Finance


Sherry Thorburn

Church Administrator

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John Robinson

Technical Operations

Meet the Vestry

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Sara Clary

Senior Warden

Sara and Rob Clary moved to Hinsdale in 2012. They have four children: Oliver (12), Violet (11), Rose (9), and George (7). All the children went to Grace Preschool.
Sara went to Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, and then to law school at the University of Miami (Go ‘Canes!) where she and Rob met. After gradation, Sara was an attorney for Legal Services of Southern Piedmont in Charlotte, NC for several years. From there she worked at the National Council on Aging in Washington, D.C., doing policy and advocacy work on behalf of low-income older Americans. She continues to do consulting work for them. 
We have enjoyed being active members of the Hinsdale Community. Sara was co-president of the Monroe PTO and recently Sara and Rob co-chaired The Community House Ball. At Grace she was past President of the GEC and chaired the Holiday Market. The Grace Community has played an integral role in the lives of the Clary Family and we are grateful for the continued blessings this community has brought to us. 
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