Rev. Mark Schol, Pastor


Mark has been a paperboy, chicken carver, bartender, and pastor serving churches in Washington, DC and Chicago, IL. He has served at Grace Church since 2012. Here, the congregation has been revitalized by understanding church is something you do, questions are good, and community can be built anywhere.

Mark believes that church is a verb--an organic way to be involved within our neighborhoods and its people--rather than a static building. He invites people to rethink the way they have viewed church in the past and envision what the church could look like, inclusive of all people.

Mark loves photography, graphic design, biking, Crab Rangoons, his wife Meredith and their energetic daughters, Elise and Nora.  

Mark Has Community Office Hours!: Do you have a question you want to ask Mark about faith, want to check in with him about what’s going on @ Grace, or just want to talk? You can meet up with him most Wednesday mornings between 7 and 11a @ New Wave Coffee and Thursday evenings between 6 and 8p @ Hopewell Brewing. Check our Social media for updates


Boston University: Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Administration 2003

Boston University School of Theology:  Master of Divinity 2012

Karen Heeringa, Administrative Assistant 


Karen has reviewed obituaries, weeded plants, and taught animal CPR before working at a library and being the administrative assistant at Grace Church. She attended Grace for three years before joining the staff, and likes how the Grace Church community embraces imperfection.

She loves telling stories, writing stories, and listening to Iggy Pop.