Staff and Vestry

Picture of David and Jan

Priest-in-charge: The Rev. W. David Dobbins

 David was  born and raised in Litchfield Connecticut, attended public schools and was baptized and nurtured at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in that town.  Surrounded by three generations of family who introduced him to international travel and the arts, his developing faith was deepened through participating the spiritual resources in Al-Anon.  At the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, he met with a vibrant and personal relationship with the sacred through a house church fellowship, and became aware of the Holy Spirit as guide and comforter even as he continued to complete an Architecture degree.  

Conversations with his local priest and with the Bishop of the Diocese of Connecticut about exploring his call to sacramental ministry led to seminary training at Oak Hill College, London, England and General Theological Seminary in New York City.   Together they provided him with a broader awareness of the Anglican Communion and a desire for education and training in theology and spiritual direction.  Ordained a Priest in 1988, he serving parishes in New York and Connecticut while completing post-graduate certificates in Pastoral Counseling. After this education, he established Greenwoods Counseling Referral Services, Inc. (GCRS) which still exists today as a unique non-profit organization that serves individuals, couples and families in northwest Connecticut.   

After serving as the Executive Director of GCRS for 10 years David trained in 2002 to be an Intentional Interim Minister. He served four parishes in New Hampshire and Rhode Island before being called to St. Augustine’s in Kingston. This vocation has engaged his skills, talents, and experience.  His capacities for this work have been enhanced by being in partnership in this work with the Venerable Jan Grinnell, a deacon he first worked with in 2006.  Together they have discovered resources to address a variety of challenges in diverse settings.  They have found that careful attention to the challenges and the people of the parishes they have served has been met by a movement of the Holy Spirit that has allowed for congregations to realize increasing vitality, unity and joy as they enter into the next phase of God’s mission and ministry.   

Dave is married to Jane Reid Schick, who is a skilled interim consultant, and through their marriage he has three step-children and six grandchildren. Dave commits early morning hours to meditation and study, engages in physical exercise regularly, and enjoys hiking, camping, traveling and time with family and friends.

Deacon: The Venerable Janice L. Grinnell, Archdeacon of Diocese of RI and Deacon for the Interim, St. Augustine’s

Jan grew up in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Shippensburg University with a B.S. in Secondary Education.  She chose to enter the computer industry instead of teaching when she found her career in Information Technology while pursuing her Math major.  She took a job as a computer programmer in Washington, D.C. after graduation and was quickly transferred to New Jersey for a special project.  While in New Jersey, she received her Master’s in Business Administration at Fairleigh Dickinson University.  Jan moved to Newport, Rhode Island in 1974 and worked at the Naval Research Lab as a contractor.  She discovered her love for the Episcopal Church when she attended her first service at Trinity Church Newport, and then attend St. Columba’s in Middletown until her ordination to the Diaconate in 1991.  She has served at St. Michael’s, Bristol, Trinity Church, Newport, St. Paul’s. Wickford, and now at St. Augustine’s.  She became Archdeacon in January, 2013 and is thrilled about the future growth of the diaconal community in Rhode Island.

Jan is married to Ann Hamm, and has two adult children, two stepchildren, and is  blessed with three grandchildren.

Jan’s passion is helping others to know that they are loved by God just as they are, and that God wants to be in relationship with them.  She also loves sports, including playing golf and cheering for the Red Sox and Patriots!

Minister of Music: Mr. Edward Seaholm

Ed spent his formative years in Framingham, MA where he taught himself how to play the piano (though he had to  to unlearn everything when he started taking lessons.)  He got his start playing for Mass when he was 18 and the organist started teaching him how to play the organ so that he would have someone to cover for him.

After attending the former Barrington College and graduating in 1974 with a BM in Church Music, Ed spent 23 years as a Cobol programmer.

Ed has served in several worship traditions, having been Minister of Music at Faith Lutheran Church in Central Square Cambridge; First Baptist Church, Central Square; Christ Church, Swansea.  He  also has been an interim musician at St. Zepherin Catholic Church in Cochituate, MA and Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Warwick.  Ed has also played in UCC, United Methodist and Presbyterian Church USA parishes.

Ed is married to Linda, and has two children, three step-children, and three granddaughters.

Ed’s passion is good liturgy and worship, and getting the people involved in worship emotionally.  He feels it should not be a dull, boring experience and feels that St. A’s is the perfect place for him!

Like Jan, Ed is a sports fan, following the Sox, Patriots, Celtics and especially the Bruins!

Parish Administrator: Ms. Kate Okula

Kate has been living in RI for the past eleven years, a transplant from Brooklyn, NY.  Most of her career has been involved with children’s services, both directing agencies, and working as a consultant.  Kate has done strategic planning, program development, board and staff retreats, etc.  Her studies include social work and spirituality, and she enjoys sailing, writing, and photography.  She is married and has one cat.

  

Elected Leadership

 

Senior Warden David Masse

Junior Warden Roy Heaton

Clerk of the Vestry Marianna Richardson

Treasurer Jane Grenier

 

Vestry

Jane Bates  (2015)

Jane Grenier (2015)

David Masse (2015)

Amy Tully      (2015)

Carolyn Davis (2016)

Steve Garnett  (2016)

Roy Heaton (2016)

Carol Berggren (2017)

Marianna Richardson (2017)

Mary Walsh  (2017)

Delegates to Diocesan Convention 2014

  Anne Ravenscroft and Carol Miro

Alternate Delegates to Diocesan Convention 2014

Zeke Olsen and Kathie Gibson.

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