The Rev. Grace Pritchard Burson, Founder, is an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of New Hampshire. She is the daughter of noted writer, artist and Christian educator Gretchen Wolff Pritchard; born and raised in New Haven, CT, she received her BA in English and Classics from Williams College in 2000 and her MDiv from Yale Divinity School in 2004. She served as youth minister of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Simsbury, CT, Curate of Grace Episcopal Church in Manchester, NH, and Rector of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in Plymouth, NH. As a priest, writer, doula, and farmer, she is passionate about the care of the land, the nurture of children, and most of all about connecting the stories people tell to make meaning of our lives with God’s story of creation, redemption, and abiding love. Grace is currently serving as Associate Transitional Pastor at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Newington, NH, and working on a musical script with composer Felice Kuan. She lives in Nashua, NH, with her 8-year-old son.
Rev. Melissa Kessler, Technology Wizard, is the Minister to Students and Missional Activities at Grandin Court Baptist Church in Roanoke, Virginia. She began at the church in 2014 after earning her Master of Divinity from Wake Forest University School of Divinity and being ordained by First Baptist Church of Kernersville, North Carolina. Born in central New York and raised in North Carolina, Melissa has always loved people and exploring new places. During her undergraduate career at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro she studied Maori music at the New Zealand School of Music before obtaining her Bachelor of Music in Music Education. She then moved to Southern India to work at an international Christian school and partnered with organizations throughout the country and around the world during her tenure. She strives to help the church engage their immediate and distant communities through conversation, learning, and action, bridging differences and finding common ground.
Rev. Eliza Buchakjian-Tweedy created the artwork and promotional materials for the curriculum. She lives in Rochester, NH, with her wife and two boys, and is the pastor of First Church Congregational, Rochester. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, Star Trek and awesome shoes. See more of her work here.