Gretchen Umholtz – Faith and the church have always been a part of Gretchen Umholtz’s life. Gretchen was born in 1959 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, the eldest child of a Presbyterian minister. Her interest in the Bible and its original languages led her to study Greek in college. Ultimately earning a PhD in Classical Archaeology, she now teaches at UMass Boston, where she sometimes has the privilege to teach Biblical Greek.
While studying in Athens, Greece during graduate school, Gretchen found a church home in St. Paul’s Anglican Church. Her love of English Commonwealth music and traditions grew when she worshipped at Central Presbyterian Church in Ontario, Canada.
Upon moving to Massachusetts in 2002, she joined the Episcopal tradition. She was confirmed by Bishop Bud Cederholm and became a member of Church of Our Saviour, Middleborough. Gretchen moved to Brockton and joined St. Paul’s Episcopal Church’s Executive Committee. Since St. Paul’s closure and GCB’s establishment in 2010, Gretchen has been a deeply faithful member and advocate. She has at various times been a choir member, childcare provider, Clerk, Warden, and now, Treasurer.
GCB has enriched Gretchen’s life with powerful experiences of the word and sacraments, new styles of worship, and working with inspiring people of faith from diverse backgrounds. She is grateful to be part of this lively adventure and challenging faith mission.