PARISHIONER OF THE MONTH – MARCH 2020 BRENT GRIMES

Written by Betsy Taylor Calender

For those of you who have been a member of St. Bartholomews for several years, I’m sure you know that Brent and his lovely wife, Stevie, have been members for a long time  —- in fact, almost 41 years!

Born and raised in Montgomery County, Brent graduated from Gaithersburg High School, and spent 3 years in the Air Force (2 in Florida, 1 in Vietnam and 5 months in Colorado). THANK YOU, BRENT, FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY!

Having lived in this area, basically his entire life, Brent has seen the many changes to this area. He and Stevie were “just friends” in high school, but that all changed in 1970 when she moved back to this area, and he had just been discharged from the military. He was successful in sweeping her off her feet; they married at the Church of the Ascension in Gaithersburg in 1972; and he went on to graduate with a journalism degree from University of Maryland in 1975. Together they have 2 daughters (Emily & Laura), and 3 grandchildren, Owen & Alice from mom, Emily, and Olivia from mom, Laura!

When he was a child, he wanted to be a trumpet player when he grew up.

Brent has been retired about 13 years from Bell Atlantic/Verizon after holding several marketing roles with the company.

I’m sure you all see Brent at the 10:30 service as our Usher many times!

As seems to be the pattern with my interviews of the parishioners, they all seem to say basically the same “favorite” thing about our powerful, little church.  They don’t have a “favorite”, but they love the people, the culture, the traditional liturgy and the music. Not to mention the long and rich history of this church.

Brent listens to the music of his generation such as the Eagles & Jackson Browne.

Brent’s favorite quote: This is the day the Lord has made. Rejoice and be glad in it.

Next vacation:  They are heading off to Spring Training for the Nationals – GO NATS!

If he could go back in time and give advice to his 18-year-old self, he would say: Slow down. Focus. Don’t do so much stupid stuff.