You are welcome at this table.



Members and friends of Grace come from two blocks away, from the far corners of the world, and everywhere in between. We have straight folks, LGBTQ folks, singles, couples, nuclear families and other kinds of families. We have babies and plenty of children.​ Some of us come from conservative religious backgrounds, some us from progressive ones, and some of us do not come from any religious background. We are recognizable as an Episcopal Church in the way we worship and we have an evangelical joy about the Good News of God in Christ.



We believe in Jesus.

Our longing for Him brings us here

and makes us family.

We don’t all believe the same things about Jesus, but we do find Jesus present,

just like He promised,

every time we break bread, study Scripture together, visit someone who is sick or imprisoned, or make breakfast for our hungry neighbors. 



Following Jesus,

we love, we extend mercy,

we spread outrageous joy.

We feed the hungry in spirit, mind, and body.

We practice loving each other because Jesus said the world will know we are His

because of our love. ​

We strive to help people know Jesus

and give everyone an opportunity to experience God's love whether they are members of our congregation or not.

Our Staff


The Reverend Laurie Jean Wurm has been the Rector of Grace Church Van Vorst since 2013. Rev. Laurie is the President of Grace Community Services, which provides meals to food insecure and homeless people and health and wellness programming to seniors. She is also the President of Family Promise of Hudson County, a program in Jersey City that offers temporary housing to homeless families, including adult men and is an active member of Jersey City Together, a coalition of congregations and neighborhood groups collaborating on social justice on the local and state levels.​ Rev. Laurie and her wife Rosemary McLaughlin have been married since 1993 and have two children, John and Lucy.    

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DR. COLIN BRITT, Music Director


Colin holds degrees from The Hartt School, the Yale School of Music, and Rutgers University. He has served as music director for Marquand Chapel at Yale Divinity School and assistant music director at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, CT. In addition to his work at Grace Church, he is the choir director at Rutgers Preparatory School and the artistic director and conductor of the West Village Chorale in New York City.

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Associate Pastor


Brother John-Henry is a member of the

Brotherhood of St. Gregory, a recognized religious community in the Episcopal Church. He made his Life Profession of Vows in 2007.

He has served in various ministries in the Long Island diocese and Newark diocese as Sunday school director, teacher, preacher, pastoral care ministry facilitator, Lenten program facilitator, spiritual counselor to vestries, and as associate of liturgy and spiritual life.

John-Henry came to Grace Church in 2017 and the Holy Spirit moved, connecting him with the rector, vestry, and congregation to serve alongside them. 

TOM RANKIN, Parish Administrator


Tom has been with Grace Church Van Vorst since 2014. What started as a part-time job has expanded into full time work as he has taken on additional duties which include managing the renters and Grace Community Services' Breakfast Plus! program. Contact him with any basic questions about Grace and its ministries.

As of this writing, he has seen Bruce Springsteen 70 times.

The Vestry

Vestry members lead and serve the congregation as legal representatives of the parish. The vestry works with the rector to oversee the health and vitality of Grace Church. They manage the financial and property needs of the church and approve the annual budget. The vestry helps discern God's mission for our church and they carry that mission forward. 

To be on the vestry is a calling. All members are asked to dedicate time to prayer and thoughtful consideration before serving.  

Henry Faulkner, Warden

I joined the Vestry to help enable the amazing work this church does in the community and to deepen my faith through service.


Kim Holl, Warden

I'm here because God repeatedly put the phrase "servant leadership" in front of me.

Lucia Zhanje
Grace Church Van Vorst is home to my family. It is a rock to us and many others.
Patrick Hambrecht

I love being a part of the Vestry, and being able to learn from the other members and the  greater congregation regarding the intersection of faith and its practical application.

Charlie Metzger
Jenn Dickinson

I joined the Vestry to support the welcoming and joyful community of Grace Church that has become my church family.

Shanita Rapatalo
Grace is my home; its
the spiritual foundation for my family.
Jorge Gonzalez