The Constitution and Canons of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the USA state simply that “… the Vestry shall be agents and legal representatives of the Parish in all matters concerning its corporate property and the relations of the Parish to its Clergy”. In practice, the Vestry is the Parish leadership team. Our Vestry is comprised of the Rector, the church officers (Senior and Junior Wardens; Treasurer; Registrar) and 6 members of the congregation. Other than the Rector and the Wardens, Vestry members are elected by the parish at the Annual Meeting in January of each year. To maintain continuity, only two new vestry members are elected each year; each vestry member serves for 3 years. Senior and Junior Wardens are elected on alternating years.
The Vestry supports the mission of the church and the Rector, and has three specific areas of responsibility:
At St. Peter’s, vestry members serve as liaisons between the parish, various operating committees, and the parish leadership.
Please feel free to reach out to Jeff, our Senior Warden, with any questions, concerns, or interest you may have in the vestry. Be sure to get to know our vestry members on Sundays at church, and ask them how you can participate in parish initiatives and activities
Jeff Glenn, firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish leader and partner with the rector regarding day to day management of parish operations. In the Absence of the rector, the Senior Warden runs the vestry meetings, and makes decisions as necessary for the staff and the church officers. Please feel free to contact Jeff with any questions or concerns regarding the vestry or vestry activities.
The Junior Warden is responsible for the facility, the buildings and land associated with St. Peter’s, including rental properties and parking areas.
John Francis, (Assistant Treasurer- Tracy Stuart-Paul)
The Treasurer manages the finances of the parish, paying salaries, maintenance and operating costs and funding outreach programs, in addition to other functions.
The registrar takes notes at vestry meetings, and is required to sign parish documents intended for the Diocese.