Leadership team @ctr

our vestry

The term 'vestry' originated in colonial times. The name comes from the only place in the church building where church leaders could meet, the 'vesting room'. The role of the laity in the affairs of the Church, reflected not only the American experience, where Christians were crucial to the survival and health of the Church before Independence; it also was important theologically, since, all baptized are responsible to God for carrying out the mission of the Church and for stewardship of the resources God has given the Church for this mission.  


Today, our vestry's primary responsibilities are to take care of the temporal business of the church – parish finances and property; and to be a 'council of advice' to the Rector. Together, our vestry and our Rector form a 'Team Ministry'. In addition, our leadership is committed to prayer and Bible study before each vestry meeting and at each meeting there is a sincere desire to discern the direction of the Holy Spirit. In adherence to our Diocesan canons, our vestry is elected by the members of the parish at our annual meeting in January. They serve a three year term, and one third of the vestry is elected annually.

If you have questions for any of our vestry members, simply send the church an e-mail, call our church office at 817 386-3000 or see them on Sunday!.

our vestry by office

  • Sandy Tisdale, Senior Warden

    Sandy began her term in 2020. Sandy serves as our Senior Warden. The Senior Warden is chosen by the rector. Together, they share the mission and vision of Christ the Redeemer and manage its operations as well. The Senior Warden also acts as an advisor to the rector. She has had the privilege of serving on vestries in the past and looks forward to another opportunity to serve God in this manner. Sandy has a heart for mission, and we are so fortunate to have her on our vestry and as our Mission Chair.

  • Stephen O'Neal, jUNIOR wARDEN

    Stephen began his term in 2020. He has served as our Stewardship Chair and secretary since his term began. This year he will serve as our Junior Warden. The Junior Warden is elected by the vestry and it is the Junior Warden's primary responsibility to maintain our church property.

    Stephen and his family have been members of CTR since 2016. He wanted to serve on our vestry "because I want to play an active role in the continued growth of this church family.”

  • Brett Oliver, sECRETARY

    Brett began her term in 2021. She served as a Member at Large in her first year, and this year she will serve as our secretary.The Secretary, sometimes referred to as clerk in some parishes, is responsible for keeping the minutes of vestry and parish meetings. She and her family joined Christ the Redeemer in 2011 and she has served in the nursery, children’s Sunday school, and fellowship committees. Art is one of her passions and you can see some of her work on our youth walls. 'Seeing Christ the Redeemer grow as a congregation has been amazing to watch over the last 9 years and I am looking forward to help contribute to the planning and future growth of CTR.'

  • Mary Katherine Tetirick, Treasurer

    Mary Katherine began her term in 2022 and she will serve as our Treasurer. The Treasurer maintains the financial and business records of the church; prepares the monthly financial reports for the vestry; and prepares the annual financial reports.

    Mary Katherine has been a member since 2009. She grew up in Waco but has lived in Fort Worth since 1984 with her husband, 3 adult children and 1 grandchild! Serving is important to her and she has volunteered her time in many areas including working with children.CTR has felt like home since the day we attended the first Sunday service at LMRA, and it’s been exciting to be a part of the growth of our parish.  I’m excited to be a part of the vestry as we see what God has in store for us next!”

  • Bill Martin, Intercessor

    Bill Martin began his term in 2021, fulfilling a vacant seat. He will serve the remaining two years, Bill has been a member of CTR since 2014. He also serves on our Ministry Council as the LEV coordinator. He is married to his lovely wife, Christine, and they have two wonderful daughters - both Baylor grads.

  • Becky Powell, Member at LArge

    Becky began her term in 2021 and will serve as a Member at Large.

    She lives in Weatherford, and came to CTR in 2016 with her husband John, and their two boys. She just completed her 6 years on the Camp Crucis Board, and is looking forward to being more involved at CTR. 'My heart is for mission, and I have enjoyed working on the Mission Committee for the last few years.'

  • Casy Abel, Member at large

    Casey began his term in 2021 and will serve as a Member at Large. In 2016, he and his lovely wife, Lauren, became official members of the CTR family.  Their family has grown since then. Casey and Lauren now have two beautiful daughters. Much of his ministry work has been focused around youth. Whether it’s volunteering for a weekend retreat at Camp Crucis, or serving on the Bishop Iker Golf tournament board,

    'My passion has always been growing our young men and women in Christ. I am so honored to be considered to be a part of the CTR Vestry. God has truly blessed our lives with an amazing church family.'

  • Isaac Manning, Member at Large

    Issac began his term in 2022 and he will serve as a Member at Large, which means he serves where his gifts are needed. Isaac has been a member of CTR since 2018. He has been married to Libby for 32 years. They have 4 grown sons (one married), and now a granddaughter! “I am part of CTR because in the beginning it was as close to the first century church as I could get and CTR is about mission and ministry. CTR is also the first church I have ever attended where the people are happy to see each other. I have been asked to serve and am honored to do so look forward to working with Father Chris, the staff and the other Vestry members.”

  • Hank Pereth, member at large

    Hank began his term in 2022 and he will serve as a Member at Large, which means he serves where his gifts are needed.

    Hank has been a member since 2008. He has lived in many places (South Dakota, California, Alaska, New Jersey and now Fort Worth). Hank was married to Donna, until she passed away from cancer some years ago, and now to Linda. Hank has two grown sons, one with Donna and the other with Linda. Hank and Linda also have a daughter, Zoey. Hank retired in 2016 from his job as a management consultant, which has given the time to spend with family and serve as our Usher coordinator and now on our vestry.

    “I am part of CTR because of fortunate circumstances that led us there during the division of the Fort Worth Episcopalian Diocese.  Now that I am retired, I have time to serve on the Vestry and discover what God would have me contribute.”