Clergy & Staff

Canon Benjamin Twinamaani

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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).

The Revd Deacon Lynn Grinnell, PhD

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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! 


Educational Background: 

  • PhD in Curriculum & Instruction
  • M.S. in Organizational Business Management
  • B.A. in Spanish and History

Professional Accreditations:

  • LEED AP, Operations & Maintenance 
  • Ordained Deacon, Episcopal Church 

Career Highlights:

  • Twenty years USAF, retired Lt Col
  • Full Professor at St. Petersburg College, faculty lead and advisor for Sustainability Management BAS program. 

Interests:

  • Fighter pilot husband (also retired Lt Col) who teaches Architecture and Sustainability courses at SPCE
  • Two dogs: one Lab, one 1/2 Lab - 1/2 Golden Retriever therapy dog. 

Lisa Ross-Jones

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Parish Administrator

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.

Arthur T. Hinton III

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 Director of Children and Youth  

 Arthur T. Hinton III is the Director of Children and Youth at Grace Episcopal Church of Tampa Palms. He has been blessed to be in ministry for over 15 years and in which ministry work continues to be one of the major highlights of his life. His educational journey began at Berklee College of Music located in Boston Massachusetts, where he majored in Music Business and he went on to complete his Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Millikin University located in Decatur, Illinois. Arthur Hinton continued his education, completing Graduate school at Kaplan University where he holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Psychology. Hinton has been gifted to play the violin, piano, and sing in which he uses these gifts to serve the Kingdom of God. He has a deep love for youth and believes that God has given him a unique mandate to disciple those that have been rejected, not just by the world but also by the church, helping them to find and understand their place and purpose in Jesus Christ. 

Dee Loftman

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Nursery Attendant

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. 

Martha Louise Haeusler

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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.