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'. 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.

  • Steve Phillips, Senior Warden

    Steve has served on the vestry as the Stewardship Chairman for 2016 and 2017.  In 2018, he will serve as the Senior Warden. The Senior Warden is chosen by the Rector, and they work closely together. Steve wanted to serve on the vestry because he felt God's calling to serve using his spiritual gifts to help spread God's Word. 

  • gary loffland, junior warden

    The Junior Warden is chosen by the vestry and it is the Junior Warden’s primary responsibility to look after the church property.  Gary wants to do what he can to contribute toward CTR’s continued growth, spreading God’s word via community involvement, and through its ministry.


  • Joel Bailey, Treasurer

    Joel began serving on the vestry in 2016 and serves as the Treasurer. The Treasurer maintains the financial and business records of the church.  He loves being part of our growing Christian community at Christ the Redeemer and looks forward to what God has in store for us.


  • greg oliver, secretary

    Greg began his term in 2017.  In 2018, he was elected by the vestry to serve as Secretary. The Secretary, sometimes referred to as clerk in some parishes, is responsible for keeping the minutes of vestry and parish meetings. He and his family searched for years and went to many churches. Finally in 2011, they found a home at CTR and love it. Greg grew up in the Episcopal Church and likes the liturgy

  • elizabeth mccoy, stewardship chair

    Elizabeth will serve as the Stewardship Chairman for 2018. The job of the stewardship chairman is to plan and implement the annual campaign to generate the revenue that fuels the mission of the church. Elizabeth enjoys serving on the vestry and "working to move the church forward with such an incredible group of smart, spiritual and vision oriented people."

  • caron overbeek, prayer intercessor

    Caron is our prayer intercessor on the vestry. Prayer is an important part of the life of the church, and is therefore an important part of the life of the vestry. She is looking forward to what the Lord is going to do at CTR and through our members as we continue to live out Acts 2:42-47. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”

  • christine martin, communications

    Christine began her term in 2017. Her responsibility is communicating the mission of CTR to those inside the walls of CTR and beyond. Christine and her family joined CTR 4 years ago. They were looking for a church that is mission driven and thinks outside its walls, and knowing Fr. Chris for many years, they knew CTR would be that church.

  • Tony rutigliano, member at large

    Tony began his term in 2018. He serves the vestry as a Member at Large, which means he serves where his gifts are needed. Tony’s passion is in building community, which will make for a perfect place for his gift to be utilized as a member of our vestry. 


  • mary jane edwards, member at large

    Mary Jane began her term in 2018. She serves the vestry as a Member at Large, which means she serves where her gifts are needed. Mary Jane is looking forward to serving CTR on the vestry for she believes it is a wonderful opportunity to serve our church & our community by praying for & seeking out God's will for our present & our future.