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 Grace Episcopal Church is a historic, diverse, and active parish of the Episcopal Church located in downtown Jefferson City. The parish is committed to sharing God’s grace with others since the founding of a mission church in 1836 and the subsequent founding of the parish as “Grace Church” by a handful of Episcopalians in 1840. We are a community of worshippers who seek to honor God by loving and respecting one another and by serving those in God’s needy world. There is a place at Grace Church for everyone, member or not, who seeks God and all of His blessings.

Introducing The Reverend Ian Lasch

Grace's New Rector

It is with great pleasure that on behalf of the vestry I can now announce that The Reverend Ian Lasch, currently Associate Rector for Formation and Fellowship at St. Peter’s Church, St. Louis, Missouri, has accepted the call to become the next Rector of Grace Church.

The process followed by our search committee as they listened to us as we met in large and small groups to talk about the kind of church which Grace has been, is now and what we hoped for Grace to become shaped the committee's priorities as they considered the kind of rector who could best help us achieve those hopes. It helped them form their conclusions as they reviewed candidates' Ministry Profiles and resumes. It guided them in their questions as they spoke with candidates, their references, and parishioners when they visited the candidates. It shaped the final steps when candidates visited Jefferson City and met the vestry.

The search committee was asked to recommend one candidate for the vestry's consideration, and the more they learned the clearer their choice became: The Reverend Lasch was their strong recommendation. The vestry considered the search committee's recommendation and was unanimous in its decision to call Ian.

Before Ian became a priest, he served for five years in the US Army as an Arabic and Kurdish language specialist and continued as a civilian language analyst for the military for an additional seven years until July 2013. He began his Episcopal Church ministry as a Sunday School teacher and youth ministry volunteer at St. Bartholmew's Episcopal Church in North Augusta, South Carolina, where he served from August 2010 until February 2012. At that time he became a volunteer youth minister at St. Augustine's Church in Augusta, Georgia, where he served until June 2013. While attending seminary, he served as a seminarian at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Washington, DC and Grace Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Virginia. He was student body president during the 2015 calendar year at Virginia Theological Seminary, graduating with a Master of Divinity, cum laude, in 2016.

From June 2016 until the present, he has been Associate Rector at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in St. Louis, where he has been primarily focused on developing formation and fellowship within the parish. During our discussions with Ian, his passion for Christian formation for all ages and his recognition of the importance of fellowship became increasingly clear. He worked as well to develop a ministry for young families at St. Peter's. That these passions are something that Grace shares with him is very evident from our most recent self-study. We firmly believe that he will lead us as pastor, priest, and teacher in the years ahead.

Ian is married to The Reverend Loren Lasch, who currently serves as Diocesan Youth Missioner for our diocese and will continue in that position working from Jefferson City. They have two sons, Elias, who is three, and Ezra, who celebrated his first birthday yesterday. Ian will begin his tenure at Grace on Tuesday, June 19 and will celebrate his first Sunday Eucharist with us on Sunday, June 24.

New to Grace Church?


 We at Grace Church extend a cordial welcome to you to worship with us. Whether you are a new Episcopalian in town or are looking for a church home, we invite you to join us.

Our congregation is a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion, of which the Church of England is the mother church. We are a member parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri and the Episcopal Church, USA. We have been a part of the Jefferson City community for more than 160 years. We cherish diversity in our congregation.

The Episcopal Church strives to live by the message of Christ, in which there are no outcasts and all are welcome. Walking a middle way between Roman Catholicism and Protestant traditions, we are a sacramental and worship-oriented church that promotes thoughtful debate about what God is calling us to do and be as followers of Christ.

The center of our common life is the altar. The Eucharist (Holy Communion) is celebrated twice each Sunday, mid-day Wednesdays, and Holy Days. We invite to the Lord's Table all baptized persons who confess the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, regardless of their particular church affiliation.

We try earnestly to live out our faith in our community.


Finding God's work beyond the red doors: JesusHacked podcast 23

Learn about how Grace's work in our community evolved over the last decade in this podcast from the Diocese of Missouri featuring Robyn Burnett and Ken Luebbering.

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Schedule of Services

Weekly Services –
September through May

  • Sunday - 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist (Rite I*) (without music)

  • Sunday - 10:30 AM Holy Eucharist (Rite II*) (with music, including choir on alternate Sundays)

  • Please join us for Coffee Hour in the parish hall following the 10:30 service

  • Wednesday - 12:10 PM - mid-day Eucharist - held in the chapel (enter on High Street through the red door)

Weekly Services –
June through August

  • Sunday - 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist (Rite I*) (without music)

  • Sunday - 9:30 AM Holy Eucharist (Rite II*) (with music)

  • Wednesday - 12:10 PM - mid-day Eucharist - held in the chapel (enter on High Street through the red door)

*Grace Church uses the Book of Common Prayer. If you are unfamiliar with our order of service, please be relaxed and give yourself time to learn. You are welcome at Grace Church.

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