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Aaron Benham

Aaron Benham is Grace’s Director of Music since September 2014. When not in church he is a local music director, conductor, arranger, and composer. Theatre credits include: The Wild Party, Carrie, Dessa Rose (Bailiwick Chicago); Always Patsy Cline, A Cole Porter Songbook (Theo-Ubique); Sweet Smell of Success (Kokandy, Jeff Nom.); We Three Lizas (About Face); Putting it Together (Porchlight); as well as work with American Theatre Co, Chicago Opera Theatre, Music Theatre Co, New Colony, NightBlue, Northlight, Timeline, and Writer’s Theatre. Also work with the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus and the Apollo Chorus; teaching artist at Roosevelt, Northwestern, Chicago Academy for the Arts, Harper College; performer with Second City and the Improvised Sondheim Project. BFA, Emerson College.  Please email us at Info@gracechicago.org for his contact information.

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The Rev. Amity Carrubba

The Rev. Amity is a true citizen of the world, a military kid who grew up in two countries (the United States and Germany) and several communities across the country. Trained as a scientist, she worked in pharmaceutical research before taking a leap of faith to take part in a young adult service program. This life-changing experience eventually led to studying theology at Episcopal Divinity School, mission work in Kenya and diverse American communities, and ordained ministry. Before being called to Grace, she served in three other Chicago-area churches and directed the Episcopal Service Corps, a network of year-long young adult service programs. Passionate about social justice and community engagement, the Rev. Amity is making her presence felt in Printers Row and the South Loop since starting at Grace in August 2016.

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Deacon Garth Howe

The Rector and Vestry are excited to announce that Grace has called the Rev. Garth Howe to serve as our Deacon for the next three years. His first service will be Sunday, August 6.

Garth was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons in the Diocese of Chicago on June 17, 2017. His home congregation was St. Peter’s, Belmont in Lakeview and was sponsored and completed his fieldwork at St. John’s, Old Irving Park. He works as Assistant Vice-President, Account Management for Church Pension Group (CPG). CPG’s offices are located in New York City, although Garth works from his home office and travels extensively throughout The Episcopal Church. Garth has extensive experience in the Accounting and Finance field and served as Pastor for Ministry Development at St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in La Jolla, CA prior to joining CPG. Born and raised in Southern California, he moved to Chicago in 2012 with his husband of 18 years, Michael. Garth also has one daughter and a granddaughter who live in Los Angeles, CA.  The focus of Garth’s diaconal ministry are social justice issues, HIV/AIDS support, and leadership development.