Pictured above: How our Vestry Meetings look these days!
What is a vestry? If you are new to the Episcopal Church, “The vestry is the legal representative of the parish with regard to all matters pertaining to its corporate property. The number of vestry members and the term of office varies from parish to parish. Vestry members are usually elected at the annual parish meeting. The presiding officer of the vestry is the rector. There are usually two wardens. The senior warden leads the parish between rectors and is a support person for the rector. The junior warden often has responsibility for church property and buildings. A treasurer and a secretary or clerk may be chosen. These officers may or may not be vestry members. 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.” (Definition taken from “The Episcopal Church” website (www.episcopalchurch.org).
The vestry of St. James consists of the following individuals who generously donate their talents and time for the good of our parish and community:
- Jessica Hinchliffe (Co-Warden)
- Cheryl Robinson (Co-Warden)
- Milt Boyd (Treasurer)
- Carl Much (Assistant Treasurer)
- Laura Greer-Cowan
- John Anderson
- Mark Prescott
- Bob Rocheleau
- Hap Cronin