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

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. Robert P. Izzi, Liturgical Deacon

The Rev. Beth Sherman, Vicar and Chaplain. Starting December 1. 2018

Beth just returned to Rhode Island after serving as Rector of St. Francis, San Francisco, for the past 7 years. In her 14 years in Rhode Island, she was Vicar of Christ Church, Coventry (now St. Francis), Priest-in-Charge at St. David’s on the Hill, Cranston, and was the Episcopal Chaplain at Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design. She was also involved with the Episcopal Conference Center.

The Rev. Nancy A. Willis, Priest Associate




Rod Luther, Music Director
Rod Luther

Rod plays piano music for all types of functions including wedding receptions and fundraisers. He teaches jazz piano, accompanies vocalists, and performs in solo concerts. Rod has studied improvisation techniques with David Darling and taken jazz studies at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. He has studied jazz piano privately with Stanley Cowell and Norman Simmons. He is a founding member of the Providence Piano Club.



Susan Stiles, Priest Associate


L. Gail Wheelock, Deacon


The Reverend Gail Wheelock, a retired Deacon, assists as needed on our clergy team. St. Augustine’s was her home parish when she was ordained in 1989. During her active ministry years she served liturgically in several South County parishes and worked in homeless shelters, at meal sites, at the Episcopal Conference Center and as a college chaplain.

Gail graduated from St. Lawrence University. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She completed an MA in history at URI and taught in the URI Continuing Education Program for several years. In 1977 Gail became an RN and was employed at Scallop Shell Nursing Home for 25 years.

Gail lives in Jamestown with her husband Richard Ayen. They are avid fans of URI basketball and enjoy a large family, most of whom live in Rhode Island.

Cheryl Petrosinelli, Parish Administrator

Cheryl was born and raised in Rhode Island. After graduating from the University of Rhode Island, she began a career in teaching which would continue for twenty years. After earning a Master’s Degree from Providence College, she worked as a school administrator in Rhode Island and Massachusetts for twenty years until retiring in June 2017. In her spare time, she has always enjoyed reading, cooking and baking. She loves to walk and takes advantage of the many trails and bike paths in RI as an opportunity to appreciate the outdoors. It has been a goal for her to visit each of the states in the US. To date, she has traveled to thirty four.


Bishop’s Committee

Jane Bates , Carolyn Davis—Senior Warden, Victoria Escalera—Treasurer , Roy Heaton—Junior Warden, Dwight Giles, Annie Kammerer, Margaret Rostrup—Clerk,  Patty Steere-Fox, Mary Walsh, Richard Youngken

Delegates to Diocesan Convention 2018

 Carol Miro  and Zeke Olsen

Alternate Delegates to Diocesan Convention 2018

Kathie Gibson and Anne Ravenscroft

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