Mother Katrina Grusell Joins Us Friday, September 16!

The Vestry is happy to announce that Mother Katrina will be our Interim Priest on a full time basis as we start our journey to find a successor to Mother Elizabeth. Mother Katrina brings with her a broad range of experience and the necessary skill set to support and guide us during this transitional period. Please join us on Sunday, September 18 to welcome Mother Katrina to Christ Church and to our community.
The Rev. Dr. Katrina Grusell
5057 Stone Hill Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043

ministry profile
I seek interim ministry that utilizes my experience and training to guide congregations through significant transitions. My leadership is grounded in worship, scripture, and intentional relationship as we proclaim Christ’s love in Word and action.

ministry skills
Works with church leadership to rebuild and revitalize congregations unmoored by change or conflict

Trainer for the College for Congregational Development

Trained at the Center for Family Process in Bowen Family Systems and its congregational effects

Trained with Interim Ministry Network, one unit

Active listening & discernment

Organization diagnosis & intervention, common narrative construction, and strategic design

Traditional and innovative liturgy for corporate and small group worship

Experience in all size congregations

personal skills
Facilitates teamwork that identifies & supports common goals

Fosters the creation of sacred spaces that assist individuals to mutually understand differing perspectives

Focuses on wellness in systems to build on strengths

Pastoral focus; trained Stephen Ministry Leader

personal life
Married to David; two children, two grandsons; enjoys Pilates, hiking, yoga and watching basketball & movies.

professional experience
  • Administrator/Associate for Pastoral Care, John’s Episcopal Church, Ellicott City, Maryland; 2017-2022. Rejuvenated pastoral care programs; designed structure to support comprehensive pastoral care for a resource size congregation; recruited, trained, & encouraged leadership; nurtured community partnerships; liturgical leader, preacher, pastor & spiritual guide.
  • Episcopal Chaplain, UMBC (University of Maryland Baltimore County), Catonsville, Maryland; 2012-2022. Co-led the Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry. Led weekly program including dinner, discussion, and worship. Co-founder of Retriever Essentials, a comprehensive program to eliminate food insecurity on campus.
  • Chaplain, The Corporation for the Relief of Widows & Children of the Clergy in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland, 2017-2019. Ministered to the ill, dying, and bereaved.
  • Rector, Church of the Holy Apostles, Arbutus, Maryland, 2001-2015. Led a conflicted parish through transition; revitalized a stagnant parish through worship, preaching, and development of outreach; created and led a doctoral project of liturgical exploration examining the congregation’s identity, mission and systemic functioning; led congregation through successful capital campaign and development of capital improvement plan resulting in full accessibility; reorganized office administrative systems; mentored and supervised deacons, postulants and candidate for ordination; liturgical leader, preacher, pastor & spiritual guide.
  • Assistant Rector, Martin’s-in-the-Field Episcopal Church and Day School; Severna Park, Maryland, 1999-2001. Day school chaplain and teacher; in the parish, responsible for Christian education, hospitality, and communications commissions; established Journey to Adulthood program; created biblical storytelling guild; EFM Mentor; preacher, pastor, & spiritual guide.
  • Seminarian, Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Baltimore, Maryland, 1997-1999.
  • Parish Coordinator, Christ Episcopal Church, Columbia, Maryland, 1994-1996. Responsible for program development and newcomer integration.

Drew University, Madison, New Jersey
Doctor of Ministry, 2010; Identity to Praxis: Parish Narrative as
as Liturgical Bricolage
Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Virginia
Master of Divinity, 1999; Class President
Worcester State College, Worcester, Massachusetts
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, 1993, Summa Cum Laude
Anna Maria College, Paxton, Massachusetts
Associate of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences, 1984

diocese of maryland ministry
  • Episcopal Service Corps, Advisory Board Chair (five years)
  • Congregational Vitality Cohort (five years)
  • Bishop Transition Committee (two years)
  • Maryland Episcopal Clergy Association, Convenor (two years)
  • Maryland Clerica, Co-convenor (five years)
  • Suburban Pastoral Counseling Center, Board President/Member (three/five years)