owner, lead maker
Erin Van Buren is the owner and lead candle maker of Grit + Grace Candles, LLC located in Middletown, Virginia. She founded the company in 2021 while healing from her childhood trauma. Read more of Erin's story here.
Her vision is to provide healthy and safe candles that inpsire hope and encourage healing for those seeking refuge from sexual abuse. Grit + Grace is now a thriving company offering high quality candles and community for those healing from sexual trauma.
Erin has an education background with over 7 years experience teaching students with invisible differences. She is a proud mom of 2 toddlers who keep her days busy and joy filled. Erin is married to her highschool sweetheart, Scott. She is actively involved in her local church and enjoys being involved in the women's and children’s ministries there. When she's not pouring candles you can find Erin enjoying the outdoors with a good book and a cup of tea.
Digital Marketing Manager
Mariah Golde joined the Grit + Grace team in the spring of 2022. Through helping out with social media during Erin’s observation of lent, she sought healing from her own sexual trauma in the mission and direction of Grit + Grace, and simply wanted to be involved more.
Mariah graduated from Gardner-Webb University where she studied American Sign Language and Psychology. Since then she has worn many hats while working within the deaf community. Mariah is married to her college sweetheart, Robbie, and together they have lived in Japan, Colorado, Texas, and soon Hawaii, thanks to the Marine Corps!
She is embracing being a mama to three girls, 4 and under. Her heart right now is to be home with her babies, for her greatest joy in life, is simply being a mom. When she is not chasing toddlers and babies around, she is usually outdoors, drinking wine, or dabbing in her new-found hobby of sketching wildflowers.