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Vestry

In the Episcopal Church, the Vestry is the group of lay members elected by their fellow parishioners to serve with the Rector (head priest) as the leadership and governing body of the Church. Through monthly and other special meetings, the Rector and Vestry are responsible to set and oversee the vision of ministry for the Church, and to conduct the business of the Church as required by Canon or civil law. All committees, commissions, or other church groups and their ministries come under the oversight of the Vestry.  Vestry members are espected to....

  • Attend regularly scheduled meetings of the Vestry (the 3rd Thursday of every month)

  • Pray daily for the church and its ministry

  • Support and encourage the staff and Rector

  • Maintain responsible communication (which excludes gossip or hearsay) with the congregation

  • Participate in special events and gatherings of the parish as best as possible

  • Serve on one of four Oversight Committees of the Vestry

  • Attend three leadership training sessions offered by a “consultant” or the Rector

  • Be a Pledging member of the parish

  • As much as possible, be a visible participant in regular worship of the parish
     

2014 Vestry Members

ROBERT BARBER (2014)

bowensisland1946@att.net

ELLEN DOBBINS (2015)
esdobbins@att.net

WENDY DUNIGAN (2016)

zoeemama@yahoo.com

ELIZABETH HILLS (2015)

ehills0222@gmail.com


NANCY MULLER (2015)

nancymuller10@gmail.com


DUSTY PARKER (2014)
boat10boy@aol.com

BETSY RACKOFF (2016)
brackoff@gmail.com

WILLIAM RAVENEL (2016)
vickiandwilliam@ravenel.us

PAUL SYKES (2014)

paulc17@aol.com

SENIOR WARDEN
JOE SYLVAN (2014)
joe@thesylvangallery.com

JUNIOR WARDEN
JAN VAN NORTE (2015)
janvannorte@gmail.com


NICOLE WATTS (2015)
nwattsq@aol.com
 


(Note: The years above indicate the final year of each Vestry Member's elected term.)

 

 

BERNARD “BEN” MACK, CHANCELLOR & BY-LAWS (Non-Voting)
ben@attorneyscharleston.com

 

VIRGINIA ARTHUR, VESTRY RECORDER

ginnyarthur@yahoo.com

 

BRIAN HUSSAIN, TREASURER & FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIR

Brian@CoastalCommunityFoundation.org

 
The Responsibilities of Vestry Members


Serving on the vestry is a call to a sacred ministry. As the governing board of our church, it requires the application of baptismal vows to business experience in carrying out the mission and ministry of our congregation.

To be eligible to serve on the vestry, one must

• Be a confirmed or received member of the Episcopal Church enrolled as a member of the parish, 18 years of age or older
• Have been regular in attendance at church services in the year preceding election
• Made and maintained a financial pledge or have been a contributor of record in the year preceding the election

A vestry member is expected to

• Participate in the monthly vestry meeting held on the third Thursday at 6:00 pm
• Pledge financial support early in the stewardship campaign
• Serve as agents and legal representatives of the parish in all matters concerning corporate properties and the relations of the parish to its clergy
• Ensure that standard business methods as outline in canon law will be observed
• See that worship continues when a parish is without a Rector, and to call a new rector
• Serve as a leader of standing committee, such as Finance, Outreach, Personnel, Communication, Education, Hospitality, Pastoral Care, Building/Grounds, or Worship
• Serve on a rotating service schedule as a greeter and lock up the church afterwards
• Provide a welcoming presence to visitors at services, wearing an identifying name tag
• Elect delegates to attend the annual diocesan convention
• Participate in the annual vestry planning retreat in February
• Write committee reports for the web site, Deacon, and annual report of the parish
• Respond in a timely manner to all vestry-related business, preferably via e-mail
• Work with the Rector to develop the spiritual life of the congregation
• Learn about the governance and responsibilities of the vestry
• Support, attend, and volunteer in as many parish events as possible
• Be enthusiastic and fair, and respect the dignity of every member of the parish

Vestry Minutes

Please click below to download minutes from Vestry meetings.

 

Downloads

Title Date
Vestry Minutes - March 2014
04/17/2014
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Vestry Minutes - February 2014
04/17/2014
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Vestry Minutes - January 2014
02/27/2014
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Vestry Minutes - December 2013
01/15/2014
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Vestry Minutes - November 2013
01/15/2014
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Vestry Minutes - October 2013
12/04/2013
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Vestry Minutes - September 2013
11/21/2013
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Vestry Minutes - July 2013
11/21/2013
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Vestry Minutes - June 2013
08/01/2013
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Vestry Minutes - May 2013
06/27/2013
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Vestry Minutes - April 2013
05/30/2013
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Vestry Minutes - March 2013
04/25/2013
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Vestry Minutes - February 2013
04/11/2013
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Special Vestry Meeting Minutes - January 10, 2013
02/28/2013
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Vestry Minutes - January 2013
02/28/2013
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Vestry Minutes - December 2012
01/24/2013
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Vestry Minutes - November 2012
01/10/2013
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Vestry Minutes - October 2012
01/10/2013
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Vestry Minutes - September 2012
01/10/2013
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Vestry Minutes - August 2012
01/10/2013
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Vestry Minutes - June 2012
07/25/2012
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Vestry Minutes - May 2012
07/25/2012
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Vestry Minutes - April 2012
05/22/2012
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Vestry Minutes - March 2012
05/22/2012
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Vestry Minutes - February 2012
04/12/2012
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Vestry Minutes - January 2012
02/16/2012
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Vestry Minutes - December 2011
02/16/2012
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Vestry Minutes - November 2011
02/16/2012
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Vestry Minutes - October 2011
02/16/2012
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Vestry Minutes - September 2011
10/27/2011
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Vestry Minutes - August 2011
09/14/2011
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