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'. In those days, the role of the vestry extended beyond their church walls. It acted also as their city's council.
The vestry has often been called the unique
American contribution to Church governance. 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 click on their photo to send an e-mail or you may call our church office at 817 386-3000.