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Grier Booker Richards '97 receives Alumni Service Award

Presented to an alumnus/a who exhibits dedication and achievement in service to Greensboro Day School.
Grier Booker Richards ’97 was awarded to Alumni Service Award at Alumni Weekend in April.  This award is presented to an alumnus/a who exhibits dedication and achievement in service to Greensboro Day School through exemplary leadership in voluntary service to the school. 

Grier graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2001. After college, Grier began to pursue a career in film and media production, securing internships and job opportunities in North Carolina and Hollywood, CA. Grier eventually made her way back to Greensboro for a position in event planning at Triad Stage, central North Carolina’s not-for-profit regional professional theatre. 

In 2002, First Presbyterian Church Greensboro called Grier out of the production and arts world and into youth ministry where she served as the Director of Youth Ministry for four years. In 2006, Grier began her studies at Princeton Theological Seminary where she received the Presbyterian Leadership Award for students who have demonstrated a high level of academic achievement and are outstanding candidates for pastoral ministry in the Presbyterian Church (USA). While in Princeton, Grier also completed her Clinical Pastoral Education for hospital chaplaincy at JFK Medical Center, where she served as lead chaplain for the Brain Trauma Unit of the Center for Head Injuries. 

Upon graduation in 2009, Grier was hired by Princeton Seminary to serve as its Assistant Director and Program Coordinator for the Institute for Youth Ministry. Grier and her family returned to Greensboro a year later where she continued to work for Princeton until she began serving as chaplain for UKirk Greensboro (Greensboro’s Presbyterian campus and young adult ministry.) In 2013, Grier became UKirk Greensboro’s Executive Director. 

Grier now serves as Associate Pastor for Discipleship at White Memorial Presbyterian Church, a 4,000 member congregation in Raleigh, NC where she and her husband Rich have been charged with co-creating and co-leading a creative, casual and family-friendly worship service each week. As associate pastor, Grier also oversees the church’s small group and fellowship ministries and serves as the primary pastor for visitors and new members. 

In service to Greensboro Day School, Grier has served on the Upper School Director Search Committee, the Strategic Priority Task Force, was an assistant coach for the Varsity Cross Country team in the fall of 2011 and 2012, was a member of the GDS Alumni Board from 2011-14 and was President from 2012-14. She has been on the Advancement Committee since 2013 and served as the committee chair this past year. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees at Greensboro Day School.
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