Part of the glossary definition from the Episcopal Church website for “vestry” is “the legal representative of the parish with regard to all matters pertaining to its corporate property.” However, we feel that even more than legal representative, the vestry is a ministry team acting on behalf of and leading the other members of the parish.
The St. Chad’s vestry is comprised of nine member, each of whom serve three-year terms. Each year, three members retire while three new members are elected. Each vestry member is the chair or liaison for a major ministry area of the church: leading the vestry, membership, stewardship, outreach, building and grounds, worship, fellowship, communications and Christian education committees. Two of the vestry members have further designations: senior and junior warden. Again from the Episcopal Church glossary, “the senior warden leads the parish between rectors and is a support person for the rector.” The junior warden also meets with the senior warden and rector about church business, but also heads up one of the committees. “The basic responsibilities of the vestry are to help define and articulate the mission of the congregation; to support the church’s mission by word and deed, to select the rector, to ensure effective organization and planning, and to manage resources and finances.” We are lucky to have our vestry members dedicated, hard-working service to our congregation.
In addition to the vestry, a treasurer and a clerk attend the vestry meetings. These other two important positions act to support the work of the vestry, managing the finances and recording the meeting minutes.
New members are elected each January during the church’s annual meeting. If you feel called to serve in such a capacity, please contact the current senior or junior warden for more information.
The 2019 vestry members and their areas of responsibility are shown below. To reach a Clergy member, or a member of the Vestry, please contact the church office.
Father Jeremiah C. Griffin, Rector
Mother Jan Hosea, Associate Rector
Sue Casarez, Senior Warden
Betty Wilson, Junior Warden/Building & Grounds Committee
Cindy Frost, Treasurer
Andrea Cobb, Outreach Committee
John Turney, Worship Committee
Kiley Wiemeri, Christian Formation
Jamie Steele, Communications Committee
Larry Kincaid, Membership Committee
Jo Degener, Fellowship Committee
Rosalie Rice, no Committee Assignment
Leslie Garland, Clerk of the Vestry
St. Chad’s Bylaws
A copy of the St. Chad’s Bylaws with amendments as of January 31, 2017 can be found here.