The Rev. Pamela Bakal, Rector

The Rev. Pamela Bakal came to Grace Church Nutley in 1997 after having served Grace Church, Brooklyn Heights. She earned her M.Div. at the General Seminary, NYC. Her undergraduate degree was earned at Hunter College, N Y.

Rev. Pamela serves on the Diocese of Newark Prison Ministry (chair), Corporation for the Relief of Widows, Orphans, and Widows, Union of Black Episcopalians, is a member of the Nutley Clergy, and has served on the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Newark, the Board of Nutley Senior Manor (past president), Offender Aid and Reconciliation (OAR), in addition to other committees. During the Middle East war she organized the Military Family and Friends Group which continues to meet for support. During her time as rector two women of the parish were called to the priesthood and one to the vocational diaconate.

Rev. Pamela is married to Stuart Bakal, a retired photographer and trainer. They have three adult sons, two of whom have served in the Armed Forces (U.S. Army and the U.S. Marines). They have a yellow lab and three cats.

Randall Svane, Organist and Choir Director

Randall Svane's distinguished and expressive music has captured the hearts and minds of audiences across the United States and Europe. The New York Philharmonic, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Moravian Philharmonic, the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina, the Borromeo String Quartet, the Munich Chamber Choir, the Leipzig Vocal Ensemble, Santa Fe's Twentieth Century Unlimited, and the Minneapolis Artists Ensemble are just a few of those who have performed Svane's works to critical and public acclaim.

In 2014, Svane was awarded First Prize in the Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue Composition Competition. Additionally, his music has been recognized through grants, prizes, and awards from ASCAP, Meet The Composer, the American Music Center, the New Jersey State Council On The Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Astral Foundation, and the Jerome Foundation. His extensive catalogue includes orchestral, operatic, chamber, and vocal and choral works. Mr. Svane’s music is published by Encore Publications and Paraclete Press.

Anthony Ventura, Financial Administrator

LisaMaria Avino, Parish Administrator


Lillian Fen, Warden

Wayne Ruben, Warden

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Sunday School and Youth Group

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Diocesan Convention 2022

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