Timothy H. Grayson, Trustee
Tim was first introduced to Listening Hearts through reading Listening Hearts: Discerning Call in Community, and became involved in the organization after meeting Suzanne Farnham at St. James’ Episcopal Church in West Baltimore, where he served as assistant to the rector. He became a trustee in 2008, completed the Training for the Trainers week in 2009, and now serves on the executive committee, with responsibility for communications, and the administrative committee. He is the co-author, with Suzanne Farnham, of Keeping in Tune With God: Listening Hearts Discernment for Clergy.
Born and raised in New Zealand, Tim has a Masters degree in English Language and English Literature from Victoria University in Wellington. He worked as a journalist in New Zealand before beginning his career in medical publishing in London in 1975, and seven years later transferred to his company’s head office in Baltimore. In 2003, Tim answered the call to ordained ministry and returned to New Zealand to study at the College of St. John the Evangelist in Auckland. He returned to Baltimore in 2005 to marry Kathy, whom he had met just one month prior to his departure for New Zealand. He completed his Masters in Divinity at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA in 2007 and has served as rector of the Episcopal Church of the Messiah in Northeast Baltimore since January, 2010.
Tim served as convener of the Board of Directors of the Maryland Episcopal Clergy Association (MECA) for seven years and is a former member of the Order of Urban Missioners. He is a facilitator with the diocese’s Fresh Start program and a mentor with the Sutton Scholars High School Enrichment Program.
Tim’s work with Listening Hearts Ministries introduced him to the intimate experience of collaborating with others using spiritual consensus.