Our Pastor

Fr. John Grace - Pastor

Email: frjohn@icchampton.org

Email: frjohn@icchampton.org

Fr. John was born in New York City, but was raised all over the country. He grew up in a military family and finally settled in Northern Virginia. He received his BA in history at St. Meinrad College in Indiana, and later his MDiv from St. Meinrad School of Theology. Fr. John was ordained for the Diocese of Richmond in May of 1979. His first two assignments were at Blessed Sacrament in Norfolk and St. Nicholas in Virginia. By 1990, he began working in Campus ministry and university life at JMU and Virginia Tech. He served on national boards and training programs in campus and young adult ministry as well as faith-based volunteer programs both nationally and abroad. He believes that the local community of faith is where the ideals of the faith touch the world. The parish community is where the Church becomes the sign of God’s love for the world, and the place where mercy can be most experienced, shared and celebrated. Jesus called together a community of disciples to witness the power of God’s promise; we as a parish follow that call also. He is looking forward to sharing in the ministry and vitality of the ICC community.