Staff and Bishop’s Committee

The Rev. W. David Dobbins, Vicar

 David was  born and raised in Litchfield ConDavidnecticut, attended public schools and was baptized and nurtured at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in that town.  Surrounded by three generations of family who introduced him to international travel and the arts, his developing faith was deepened through participating the spiritual resources in Al-Anon.  At the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, he met with a vibrant and personal relationship with the sacred through a house church fellowship, and became aware of the Holy Spirit as guide and comforter even as he continued to complete an Architecture degree.  

Conversations with his local priest and with the Bishop of the Diocese of Connecticut about exploring his call to sacramental ministry led to seminary training at Oak Hill College, London, England and General Theological Seminary in New York City.   Together they provided him with a broader awareness of the Anglican Communion and a desire for education and training in theology and spiritual direction.  Ordained a Priest in 1988, he served parishes in New York and Connecticut while completing post-graduate certificates in Pastoral Counseling. After this education, he established Greenwoods Counseling Referral Services, Inc.( which still exists today as a unique non-profit organization that serves individuals, couples and families in northwest Connecticut.    After serving as the Executive Director of GCRS for 10 years David trained in 2002 to be an Intentional Interim Minister. He served four parishes in New Hampshire and Rhode Island before being called to St. Augustine’s in Kingston. This vocation has engaged his skills, talents, and experience.  His capacities have been enhanced by being in partnership in this work with the Venerable Jan Grinnell, a deacon he first worked with in 2006.  Together they have discovered resources to address a variety of challenges in diverse settings.  They have found that careful attention to the challenges and the people of the parishes they have served has been met by a movement of the Holy Spirit that has allowed for congregations to realize increasing vitality, unity and joy as they enter into the next phase of God’s mission and ministry.    Dave is married to Jane Reid Schick, who is a skilled interim consultant, and through their marriage he has three step-children and six grandchildren. Dave commits early morning hours to meditation and study, engages in physical exercise regularly, and enjoys hiking, camping, traveling and time with family and friends.

The Venerable Janice L Grinnell, Archdeacon, Diocese of RI; Chaplain to URI

Venerable Janice Grinnell

Jan grew up in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Shippensburg University with a B.S. in Secondary Education.  She chose to enter the computer industry instead of teaching when she found her career in Information Technology while pursuing her Math major.  She took a job as a computer programmer in Washington, D.C. after graduation and was quickly transferred to New Jersey for a special project.  While in New Jersey, she received her Master’s in Business Administration at Fairleigh Dickinson University.  Jan moved to Newport, Rhode Island in 1974 and worked at the Naval Research Lab as a contractor.

She discovered her love for the Episcopal Church when she attended her first service at Trinity Church Newport, and then attended St. Columba’s in Middletown until her ordination to the Diaconate in 1991.  She has served at St. Michael’s, Bristol; Trinity Church, Newport; St. Paul’s. Wickford, and now at St. Augustine’s.  She became Archdeacon in January, 2013 and is thrilled about the future growth of the diaconal community in Rhode Island.

In 2008, Jan formed her own IT Consulting company, Grinnell Appreciative Consulting and became a RI Certified Woman Owned Business.  Her company offers quality IT consulting services to large corporations who do system design, development, and implementation contracts that require a MBE/WBE partner.  Grinnell Appreciative Consulting provides staff experience in IT Consulting for large system implementation, including Child Support Enforcement, Department of Public Welfare, Department of Tax and Revenue, and Department of Health.

Jan is married to Ann Hamm, and has two adult children, two stepchildren, and is  blessed with three grandchildren. Jan’s passion is helping others to know that they are loved by God just as they are, and that God wants to be in relationship with them.  She also loves sports, including playing golf and cheering for the Red Sox and Patriots!


The Rev. Nancy A. Willis, Priest Associate


The Rev. John Hall, Vicar Emeritus



John spent the heart of his ordained ministry at Saint Augustines and U.R.I. – and at the Episcopal Conference Center. He also served as Rector of All Saints, Warwick, as Editor of  the diocesan newspaper, and as Director of the conference center for the Diocese of Atlanta. After he retired he served in a series of interim positions and he currently covers as supply priest in parishes and missions on Sundays. He says, “Of course my heart is at St. A’s and I am more than pleased to be Vicar Emeritus.”

Rod Luther , Music Director

Bishop’s Committee

 Jane Bates , Carolyn Davis – Senior Warden, Richard Hathaway – Treasurer , Roy Heaton – Junior Warden, Marianne Mernick-Sullivan,  Marianna Richardson, Margaret Rostrup – Clerk,  Patty Steere-Fox, Mary Walsh, Richard Youngken

Delegates to Diocesan Convention 2016

  Carol Miro  and Zeke Olsen

Alternate Delegates to Diocesan Convention 2014

Kathie Gibson and Ann Hamm

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