The Rev. Warren Mace was associate rector at Epiphany for over a quarter of a century. Even after retirement he continued his ministry as “associate rector emeritus” until his death. When he first came to the parish in 1949, he had the thought of staying only a few years. Once he got to know the place, he became fascinated with the challenge that a downtown city church presented. For 30 years, Mace also served as the Episcopal chaplain at Washington Hospital Center. After his retirement, the hospital’s department of pastoral care established an interdisciplinary lecture series in his name.
The parish’s affection for Warren Mace was strong, celebrating his ministry at the 15- and 20-year marks. To celebrate the latter, the parish funded a trip to Europe for Mace and his wife. One parishioner described Warren’s “warm friendliness, always open door, and ever present interest in each of us.” Another found Warren “always there like a rock, the one to turn to when the going gets rough.” Warren Mace served through three consecutive Epiphany rectors. He died on the eve of Epiphany, the feast day of the parish he served so faithfully.