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Clergy, Staff, and Parish Officers



Currently Grace North Church is in the process of identifying and calling an interim pastor.  In the meantime, our pastoral care team is available for needs and concerns. You can leave a message for us at 510-548-2153, or email us at grace.community.berkeley@gmail.com.

Previous Pastor (Assc. Pastor 1994 to 2009, Sr. Pastor 2009 to May 2021)

Our pastor, the Rev. John R. Mabry, PhD had been with us since 1994. Author of many books on theology and spirituality, he also serves as the Director of the Interfaith Spiritual Direction Certificate Program at the Chaplaincy Institute. 

Minister of Music

Lawson Barnes is a talented songwriter and performer. A carpenter by day (just like Jesus!), Lawson writes much of the music we sing at our services, as well as performing his own folk-rock compositions in other places. 

Co-Chair of Board

After being a graphic designer most of her professional life, Leonie Holzman has embarked on a spiritual creative journey reclaiming her artist/writer self by spending time meditating, reflecting and immersing herself in classes.

Co-Chair of Board

Elizabeth Jennings is a publishing consultant who has edited several theological books. Elizabeth serves on the Grace North board of trustees and hosts the monthly Reel Redemption movie night.


An Interfaith minister, the Rev. Laura Rolen is a professor of psychology, and is the former call center co-ordinator at the San Francisco Night Ministry. She serves as our representative to the United Church of Christ.

Parish Secretary

An Old Catholic priest, the Rev. Ric Reed served as many years as our sacristan and organist. Ric composes music for our services and serves as our representative to the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches.