Priest Associate the Reverend Charles Deacon
In 2001 I began a 16 month interim ministry at St. John’ Grace. After the calling of Fr. Dougharty as rector of the parish, I told the congregation that I would not be back. My first wife Ann had a different idea. Because St. John’s Grace is such a loving parish, she had to come back once a month to be replenished with the love.
After she died, I was given the title of Priest Associate, an honor I cherish. This parish has the best Healing Team in the diocese. We have the Spiritual Café, and the Fish Fry group, which is a social group. The congregation has many talented people here and they use those skills to help us move forward.
Music Director Kevin Durkin
Kevin Durkin began serving at St. John’s-Grace Episcopal Church in February 2016. At St. John’s-Grace, he directs the music program and plays the Austin pipe organ. Kevin returned to his hometown in 2012 to serve as the Chair of the Fine Arts Department at Canisius High School, after holding church music positions in Washington, DC, and suburban Boston, MA. In addition to departmental duties at the school, he teaches group piano, directs two hand bell ensembles, and conducts two curricular and two co-curricular vocal choirs. He holds a master's degree in organ performance from the State University of New York at Buffalo where his principal teacher was Roland E. Martin. Following the completion of his degree, he continued studies in choral conducting, voice, and vocal pedagogy.