The Vestry is the governing and decision-making body of an Episcopal church, consisting of elected lay representatives. But who are these people? Vestry members must be “Voting Members,” which means they are official members at Holy Comforter, confirmed, 16 or older, and faithful in attending worship, and in giving of their time, talent and treasure.
But that’s just the official stuff. Vestry members are people who love God, the church, and this faith community that is Holy Comforter. People with a diversity of spiritual gifts and practical skills who feel called to offer themselves for service and are able to commit their time and effort to this community.
As to what they do, Vestry members have responsibility for the financial condition and physical assets of the Parish. They approve the annual operating budget and oversee the hiring and compensation of the Rector. They are also ambassadors for Holy Comforter with visitors and newcomers, identifiable by their Vestry badges on Sundays. They are a friendly presence eager to help all parishioners get connected or be heard. They advise the Rector on strategic planning for the parish’s overall well-being, spiritual as well as temporal.
Your 2017 Vestry members are:
Melissa Siler, Tim Cavins, Ian Binns, Thomas H. Cooper, Penny Crawford, Mary Lindsay Evans, Sally Jenkins, Faison Knox, Bill Livingstone, Bradley Patterson, and Russell Weil
As for the Board of Trustees for the Endowment/Foundation, they get to grant money! The Endowment grants funds to Holy Comforter-related ministries for Outreach, as well as outside agencies and individuals in the greater Charlotte area whose primary focus is caring for those in need. The Foundation is all about the bricks and mortar of our beautiful church. The Foundation grants funds for projects that help maintain the physical church and the surrounding grounds. The Board of Trustees meets quarterly, manages both accounts and is responsible for being good stewards of the available funds.
Your 2017 Endowment/Foundation trustees are:
Gail Fennimore, Brad Follett, Beth Hardin, Jacqueline Howells, and Doug Shaw