Rector since May 2005
Fr. Benjamin B. Twinamaani and his family joined Grace Episcopal Church in Tampa Palms as the First Rector on May 1, 2005 where he serves as a vessel through which God can use his spiritual gifts, experience, skills, education and personality to contribute to the overall capacity of the church in fulfilling The Great Commandment of Luke 10:27 (Loving God and Neighbor) and The Great Commission of Matthew 28:18-20 (Making Disciples of all People). He is married to Lady Camilla, a CPA; they have three children.
Benjamin is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. In his 28 years of ordained ministry, he has served as parish clergy under various dioceses (Dallas, Delaware, Southwest Florida). He is an honorary canon of the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware. He holds keen interest in the life and witness of the Anglican Tradition in the age of globalization. His favorite Bible verse is John 12:8 –
"Then Jesus spoke out again, 'I am the light of the world. The one who follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life'." (NET Bible).
His ministry Bible verse is 1 John 1:1 and Colossians 1:28-29 – "This is what we proclaim to you: what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and our hands have touched (concerning the Word of Life - We proclaim Him by instructing and teaching all people with all wisdom so that we may present every person mature in Christ. Toward this goal I also labor, struggling according to His power that powerfully works in me." (NET Bible).
Deacon since January 2015
I am so humbled to be part of this congregation! My role as a Deacon is to bring the problems of the world to the Church so that we take action. I am privileged to lead the First Fruits Committee (giving grants to qualifying projects), help with the Homeless to Hopeful Ministry (H2H started by one of our members), support the Amazing Grace Committee , accompany Dominican Republic missions (using my rusty knowledge of Spanish) and help with other tasks as needed by the Rector and the congregation. This is a volunteer position, I believe God has put me in this place for a reason, whether at Grace or at my job at St. Petersburg College: to bring people together to find common ground, even if we don't usually agree on politics or international issues. I love the Anglican Tradition, in which we talk through issues until we find consensus. It is important to find win-win solutions to all challenges life presents to the church today!
Lisa has been with Grace Church since 2008. She was born and raised in Ohio, lived in Southern California and now resides in Florida. She's been married for over 25 years, has two grown children and five grandchildren. She's responsible for overseeing and facilitating all administrative aspects for the church with her background in managing corporate offices. She loves greeting both members and visitors to Grace.
Director of Christian Education
Leanne and her son came to Grace in 2013, and Leanne became the Director of Christian Education in 2016. She has 20 years of experience teaching the Bible to children, youth, and adults in other Tampa area churches. She first caught a love of studying God's Word in college ministries, at Furman University and The University of Georgia. She believes we read the Bible to know God.
Her favorite book of the Bible is Ephesians. She agrees with Sally Lloyd-Jones, who wrote, "No, the Bible isn't a book of rules, or a book of heroes. The Bible is most of all a Story. It's an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It's a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne - everything - to rescue the one he loves. It's like the most wonderful fairy tales that has come true in real life!" (The Jesus Storybook Bible).
In her work life outside the church, Leanne is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and former Hillsborough County Public Schools middle school teacher. She and her son live in Lutz with 2 dogs, a parrot, and a couple of hermit crabs.
Hello. I'm blessed to be able to mind the precious children of Grace Church Nursery.
They call me Miss Dee. I'm from London England. I've previously worked as a nurse and in a special needs career.
I am a mother, grandmother and aunt. I love being
with all ages.
Director of Music
Music has always been my passion with several mentors along the way. After my two children were born and in elementary school, I attended Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) then transferred to Messiah College. In 1980 I graduated with honors. I have always worked with the Episcopal church and in the following parishes: St Johns in Marcellus, New York; St. Luke's in Mechanicsburg, PA; St Giles in Upper Darby near Philadelphia, PA; St Mary's in Philadelphia, PA; St Clement's in Tampa, FL; and currenly Grace Episcopal in New Tampa. I like in Carrollwood with my dog Mitzi and cat, Oliver John. My two grown children live out of state along with my three grandchildren. I enjoy photography, and quilting as hobbies.