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 2016 Vestry members are:
Kevin Tydings, Melissa Siler, Mark Becker, Ian Binns, Tim Cavins, Thomas H. Cooper, Penny Crawford, Sally Jenkins, Bill Livingstone, Matt McDuffie, Wright Meyer, and Carol Redfern
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 2016 Endowment/Foundation trustees are:
Pat Mynatt, Lisa Anderson, Beth Hardin, and Doug Shaw
Congratulations to our new 2017 Wardens and Officers. Effective January 1, Melissa Siler begins serving as our Senior Warden, Tim Cavins as Junior Warden and Sally Jenkins as our Clerk. Chris Ravenberg continues as Treasurer and Neil Coghill continues in his role as Chancellor. Felicitaciones a nuestros nuevos Guardianes y Oficiales de 2017. Desde el pasado 1 de Enero, Melissa Siler comenzó a servir como nuestro Guardián Senior, Tim Cavins Guardián Junior y Sally Jenkins como nuestro Oficial de Oficina. Chris Ravenberg continúa como Tesorero y Neil Coghill continúa en su función como Canciller