Meet Our Clergy Team

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FR. JONATHAN FRENCH

Rector

Father Jonathan is passionate for Christ and the growth of His Kingdom. He is committed to seeing Jesus known, worshiped and obeyed at Grace Church, in Ocala, and beyond.  Through faith, he believes many will find a deep, meaningful, and vibrant life in Christ at Grace. 

Father Jonathan has been rector since 2008. Prior to that he was the assistant rector at Grace, immediately following his graduation from seminary at the University of the South in Tennessee. Before that he worked for 8 years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship on college campuses across Central Florida.

Fr. Jonathan's free time is filled with family activities as he is blessed with an incredible wife and six wonderful kids. When there's a bit of down time, he likes to read about culture, run half marathons, and travel with his wife.

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REV. FRANS VAN SANTEN

Associate Rector​​

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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REV. MARY DELANCEY

Deacon

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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REV. SUSAN MOOREHEAD

Deacon

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.

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ERIN VAN SANTEN

Children and Families Minister

Erin is from in Maitland, FL and attended Winter Park High School (class of '99). She attended Palm Beach Atlantic University ('03) and Florida Atlantic University ('12) where she earned degrees in Psychology, English, and Creative Nonfiction Writing. She worked and studied at l'Abri, Switzerland, which is how she met her husband, Frans, currently the assistant rector at Grace.

 

Erin and Frans spent 2012 to 2020 raising their family in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and moved to Ocala in November of 2020. Aware of the importance of communicating Good and True things well, Erin switched gears to join Grace's team and become their Children and Family Minister. Erin hopes to encourage and join in alongside families as they raise their kids in the light of God's forever kingdom.

 

Erin is the happy mama of Estella and Moses, loves bare feet and the outdoors, reading and discussing, small groups and games, thrift stores and flea markets.

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ROSEMARY GROOMS

Parish Administrator

Bio coming soon

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CATIE HOURIGAN

Media Administrator and Administrative Assistant

Bio coming soon

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DAVE RUBIN

Verger

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.

Meet Our Support Staff

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KEVIN REED

Janitor & Maintenance

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MARIO ZALDIVAR

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Meet Our Staff Team