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Meet Our Team


Priest In Charge

Frans was born and raised in the Netherlands, the country of windmills, tulips, and Van Gogh. On his first visit to the USA in 2011, he met a girl from Florida at a wedding and married her thirteen months later. Frans and Erin started their life together in Amsterdam, where their children Estella and Moses were born.

Starting his career as a business consultant, in 2012 Frans felt that God was calling him to the ministry. He became the director of a Dutch ministry for young professionals, discipled young Christian leaders all over Europe, and created a Dutch course about faith and work. During these years, Frans studied at Tyndale Theological Seminary, graduating with an M.Div. in 2020.

Frans and Erin were members of the Anglican Church in Amsterdam and started a discernment process for the priesthood with the Church of England. In the midst of this process and before the world had any inkling of a pandemic, they decided to move their family to Florida and transfer to the Episcopal Church.

Frans is passionate about the beautiful message of the gospel and desires for everyone to know and experience God’s love. He enjoys preaching, good beer, classical music, theological discussions, time with his family, and Ajax soccer matches.

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Brian Stankich

Associate Rector

Brian and his wife Dona have three grown sons and two grandchildren. Brian grew up in Northwest Indiana and his favorite place to live has been Denver, although, Florida has become home. Dona was born in Mississippi and moved around the country.


They served in missions in Macedonia and Egypt doing church planting and leadership. More recently, Brian’s missions ministry included missionary care, training, and financial administration. Brian worked in the banking industry and Dona in auto insurance before their ministry years. They joined the Cathedral Church of Saint Luke in Orlando in 2019 and Brian sensed a call to the priesthood in 2021. He feels amazingly blessed to start his Episcopal ordained ministry at Grace as a resident.


Brian likes dark roast coffee, porter beers, red wines, reading theology, writing, basketball, tennis, and soccer. His favorite thing to do is hang out with people and mutually share life.



Mary has been a member of Grace Church since 2009 and was ordained a deacon in December 2012. Mary is Chaplain of our chapter of the Order of the Daughters of the King. Serving in the Philippines, ministering to teenage girls who were victims of human trafficking, has strengthened her resolve to see that all are free from modern day slavery and she continues to work toward that goal. Recently Mary became a Coordinator on the International Justice Mission Central Florida Volunteer Team and looks forward to helping others to get involved in this work.


Mary served as a nurse, educator and administrator with the Veterans Health Administration for 28 years. She loves the arts, especially music, and enjoys singing whenever she can.

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Susan graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree from the University of Florida- College of Ag,  Animal Science Equine Industry.  She is currently employed as Nuclear Medicine Technologist for a large cardiology group. Married to a wonderful husband, George; mother of Holly and Sue-L, and grandmother to eight. A wannabe farmer of vegetables, flowers, and poultry. Susan is a lover of God’s Word and so very privileged to proclaim the Gospel of Christ. Susan was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons in September of 2020.



What is a Verger, you might ask? The Verger is the one who works behind the scenes to ensure that the Service has Ushers and Acolytes and Readers and Chalice Ministers; that the myriad of details required for a Church Service are covered, so the Priest can concentrate on worship. Dave is that kind of a detail guy. A retired Letter Carrier, he has a deep interest in studying Scripture and the details of our Liturgy. A bit of a perfectionist, Dave will be there on Sunday morning ensuring that your worship experience is as smooth and holy as possible. Some Sundays, you'll see him at the Altar in his black and grey vestments; but most of the time, he'll be in the pews, worshipping with his wife Janie.


Parish Administrator

Rosemary Grooms is Grace’s Parish Administrator and has been with Grace since July 2017.  She moved to Ocala Florida in 2016 from Bradenton FL where she was an Administrator for another church.  She received her BS degree in Business Administration from UFS. She brings a vast array of experience and knowledge to Grace, which consist of being a Property Appraiser, Legal Assistant and banking. 


Rosemary has been married to Robert for 31 years, they have 3 sons, 16 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. She loves to spend time with her family, taking family trips, working in her garden, reading and looking forward to traveling to different countries.


Children's Ministry Coordinator and Branding Coordinator

Catie Hourigan has many hats at Grace. She has been working at Grace since 2019 and since then she has been the Aftercare Teacher at Grace VPK, Administration Assistant, Livestream/Media Director, Branding Coordinator and Children's Ministry Coordinator. She grew up in Ocala, and is married to Brett Hourigan and they have four children. Catie has previously had administration experience as well as Children's ministry experiences for many years at her previous church.

Catie and her family really enjoy being outside, going on trips and especially love going to Disney and anything Star Wars.

Meet Our Support Staff



Janitor & Maintenance



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