Staff

Pastor

Grace Howard

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Grace Howard is a Minister of the Word and Sacrament of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She was ordained in 2011. Before coming to Mt. Vernon, she was a pulpit supply pastor for National Capital Presbytery. She also served as Dean of Academics and Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at World Mission College of the Greater Washington, in Fairfax VA.

Pastor Grace grew up in South Korea. Her faith was nurtured by her faithful grandmother. She earned a BA of Agriculture in 1988. She worked for public and private education. She dedicated her life to God in 1990. And she followed her passion for worship, Christian education, evangelism, and mission to Hanil Theological Seminary where she earned her Master of Divinity in 2001. She served churches in South Korea as a director of children, youth, and college ministries.

Grace came to America in 2001. In Los Angeles, she developed an international student’s ministry and a new worshipping congregation. Grace received a Master of Arts in Youth, Family, and Culture from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2003. In 2007 she received a Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary.

In Maryland, she started a new church, Crossroads International Fellowship, and a campus ministry at University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. She served as Adjunct Professor and Admission Counselor for international students at Salisbury University, MD where she also started a campus ministry, All Nations for Christ. And, in Delaware, she served as Pastor of Delaware City Presbyterian Church.

Grace's husband, Rev. Jeffrey T. Howard, is an Honorably Retired pastor of the PC (USA). Jeff has an MBA from George Mason University and an MDiv. from Fuller Theological Seminary. He primarily served as a Transitional Pastor for New Castle Presbytery. Jeff and Grace have done ministries together and supported each other’s ministries. They read the Bible, pray, and sing to the Lord together every day. They complement each other.

Jeff and Grace were married in Pasadena, CA in 2005. Grace has two sons living in Philadelphia and Boston. JaeCheon is a pharmacist who graduated from Temple University (Pharm.D.) is married.. Grace became a grandmother in September. JaeHyon is a physicist who graduated from Harvard University (Ph.D.).

Pastor Grace likes praising God, playing the guitar, and cooking. She hopes to learn worship dance. loves serving churches and being guided by the Holy Spirit in prayer ministries. She prays continually to advance in her journey with Jesus, our Lord, and The First Presbyterian Church of Mt. Vernon.




Organist

Dennis Carr




Clerk of Session

Walt Brunton




Administrative Assistant

Jeff Howard