Warden (2017 - 2019)
In our very sophisticated New York culture, Sam notices that we are usually unwilling to discuss and deeply explore our most valuable gifts (no, he's not talking about money!) He's talking about relationships, with each other and with God. “To share the love of Jesus Christ…” is the mission of St. James’. If we can’t talk about it, how can we share it? Our recent emphasis on small groups and spiritual development is definitely the right direction for this church at this time. Sam believes that if we learn to talk more freely about our spiritual lives we may even learn to talk about our stewardship!
Warden (2018 - 2020)
Jennifer Charrington is a member of the Executive Committee, Audit Committee, Altar Guild, Adult Formation Committee, and Renewal Works Committee. She is also Chairperson of the Parish Weekend Away Working Group and a leader of the Tuesday Morning Small Group. Mom to two boys and wife of Peter, she is also a member of the New York Weill Cornell Medical Council. Jennifer is a former member of the American Women’s Club, London, the Kensington & Chelsea Women’s Club, London, and the Fundraising and Organizing Committee of the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity Christmas Party for Children. She previously worked for Citibank and Citi Private Bank. Jennifer believes each of us has a call to continue to grow spiritually. No matter where we might find ourselves on our journey, Jennifer believes that together, the Vestry, the clergy, and the staff of St. James’ need to ensure that members of our congregation have the support and tools to take the steps that are needed to deepen our relationships with God, our neighbors, and the world. Of particular interest to her is how we can continue to support the many parents of children of all ages in our midst.
(2016 - 2019)
David is currently the Vestry liaison to the Music Committee and sings in the Canterbury Choir at the 9:10 a.m. service. Previously, David was a member of the Vestry from 1998 - 2001 and has served as a lay Eucharistic minister, lay reader and chalice bearer, and a volunteer for our meal programs. Prior committee service includes Worship Committee, Adult Education Committee, and Search Committees for the Sixteenth Rector and the Music Director. David is a former member of the Board of Resurrection Episcopal Day School.
(2018 - 2021)
Sue is a mother and freelance Creative Project Director. As a vestry person, Sue believes that it is so important that the doors of St. James’ are open every day. By having the doors open St. James’, parishioners have the opportunity to worship, grow spiritually, deepen their relationship with God, and can spread the Good News of the Gospel outside of the doors of the Church. Sue affirms that we warmly greet all who come in the open doors; St. James’ is a welcoming place to worship, to belong and to grow. We are a strong community with many ways to be involved; from worship services, to the amazing children’s programs for kids of all ages, to adult forums and small groups, to mission and outreach beyond the doors of the Church. All of these elements of St. James’ are essential to our continued growth, as a church and for individual members. It is her hope to continue to support all that we do and also explore new ways to reach out even further. Sue believes we all have a responsibility to keep the doors open with our financial gifts to the Church. By giving financially we receive so much in return. With the doors of St. James’ open we can fulfill our mission statement as a community that actively shares the love of Jesus Christ with each other, our city, and the world.
(2018 - 2021)
Hugh is a husband and father of two young children and works in finance and marketing. Hugh feels enriched to be a part of St. James and inspired and grateful each time he enters our church to worship or to engage in work or fellowship. While as a parent of young children, he is closest to the children’s and family ministries, he sees and is appreciative for the work of this church across its diverse congregation. Hugh believes our church is strong due to the work of so many who have gone before us, and that it is our responsibility to continue the Lord’s work in this place now and in the future. At St. James’, “we are welcome here” and so is everyone who seeks to join us in our walk of Christian faith.
(2017 - 2020)
Gerlinde was first drawn to St. James’ because she needed a church home, and the sanctuary reminded her of the churches in the Austrian Alps near where she grew up. Before she knew it, Gerlinde was drawn into a range of community services and was amazed with how much energy serving returns. She believes in life-long learning and that the ongoing spiritual direction received at St. James keeps her “out of trouble”, and a productive member of the community. She believes that being part of the Vestry is one important way to give back, and support our thriving community.
(2017 - 2020)
Most important to St. James’, Tristan believes, is building a sustainable future to ensure all the ministries, community, opportunities, and resources remain available to this generation of parishioners and many to come. The spirited family and youth programs and homeless outreach, such as the Friday Night Dinner Program and Overnight Shelter, is the cornerstone of our community. Tristan believes that our mission ministries are vital locally, nationally, and globally and must continue to be engaging. To do so, he encourages the generosity of each parishioner while nurturing new members to enrich our ministries. His leadership is motivated by his believe that it is important that we take steps now, large and small, to secure a bright future for all who come here to worship, and invest their participation in our mission.
Stephen de Francesco
(2017 - 2020)
Stephen's leadership at St. James' is motivated by his sense that we are called to live in love, not fear, and to stand as a community. He takes joy in seeing the wide diversity of new faces in the pews every week, the increasing number of baptisms and confirmations, and the growing interest in exploring what scripture really has to say about how we are to live in the world and to treat each other. Now more than ever, he believes we must strengthen these commitments, stand with all “the others” who are unjustly persecuted, and declare unequivocally that in Christ -- and in our nation -- there is no division and we are all created equal. Stephen proclaims St. James’ admirable history as a “mission” church, a progressive leader in expanding God’s domain, through feeding the hungry, caring for the poor, sick and elderly, and advocating for social justice in our city and our world, to name just some of our programs and activities. He pledges to continue that mission in his service on the Vestry.
(2018 - 2021)
St. James’ has been Susanna's home through both hard times and joy. She considers it an absolute privilege to serve and be a part this church family in a myriad of ways so far, and has especially loved getting to know our “next gen” by teaching middle and high school Sunday School, bonding with her peers in the St. Jamesians 20s & 30s group, and having opportunities to share with parishioners of all ages through the Catechumenate and other small groups. Growing up as a preacher’s kid, church has always been a constant for Susanna. However, she believes there is something about St. James’ that is truly special, whole-hardheartedly welcoming and dedicated to spiritual growth in Christ. Susanna looks forward to continuing our Christian journey together, as we challenge ourselves to grow both as individual followers of God and as a community. Susanna works as an attorney.
(2018 - 2021)
Elizabeth is a wife, mother, and independent art appraiser. She is honored and humbled to have been elected to St. James’ Vestry. Elizabeth and her family are extremely grateful to be part of this special community, and Elizabeth is proud to have contributed in numerous capacities over the years. In her role as vestry member, she looks forward to serving our congregation in an even more meaningful way. Spiritual growth -- as individuals and as a community -- is a priority for Elizabeth, as is continuing to make St. James’ a welcoming place for all newcomers, particularly families and the newly baptized. Although she currently a regular attendee of the 9:10 a.m. service, Elizabeth values St. James’ broad reach via its multiple services, liturgies and music programs -- all of which allow the greater congregation to feel connected to God and to each other.
(2016 - 2019)
I believe that the purposeful dedication of the clergy and the vestry to deepen the spiritual lives of our parishioners so that together we can become more faithful followers of Jesus, is crucial to the good health and continued growth of St. James’ Church. The opportunity to participate in an on-line assessment of the vitality of our spiritual lives has been a blessing for both the church and the parishioner. With the information from this survey, we will be able to take the measure of our success as disciples of Jesus. Together with the great gift of God’s loving spirit, we will develop opportunities that will continue to engage and delight us as we come to understand His abiding love for all of us, and with that, to discern what God has called us to do and how we will do it.
(2016 - 2019)
Lisa currently serves as Vestry liaison to the Children and Family Ministries and Youth Ministry committees. Lisa and her family are actively involved in many areas of St. James' life. Lisa serves on the Stewardship Committee, is a longtime member and former Chair of the Children and Family Ministries Committee, and helped develop the Family Fridays program, which combines service with monthly family activities and dinner. She also volunteers for the Gingerbread House Workshops, Homecoming Sunday, and Second Time Around Thrift Sales. On Sundays, she serves as a Greeter, welcoming new families and helping them find their way. In 2013, she and her husband Baker co-chaired the 2013 Community Festival. Her three children are highly and happily involved in St. James’ programs including choir, Sunday school, as acolytes, and in the Christmas Pageant. In all of her pursuits at St. James’, Lisa never loses sight of our mission: to share the love of Jesus Christ with each other, the city and the world. "In every task I take on, I remember that each task is — and we all are — part of something big . . . I believe, ultimately, that it is our nature to give, and that the parishioners of St. James’ do this from their hearts each day."
(2017 - 2020)
Anne serves as liaison to the Grants and Adult Education Committees. She was the Chair and Volunteer Coordinator of the Tuesday Lunch Program for several years, and is also a past Chair of the Mission Committee. Anne participates in PIM-Children activities and has made several trips to accompany children on visits to their mothers at Albion Correctional Facility in upstate New York. She has traveled to Malawi with PIM-Africa and participated in the 2007 and 2014 St. James' pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela. She has also volunteered at New York Common Pantry and the Children's Storefront School in Harlem. Anne and her husband, Sandy Feldman, have two children, Julia and Samuel. Anne feels fortunate to belong to a parish filled with thoughtful, spiritual, kind and dedicated people.
(2016 - 2019)
George is active in the church at the local and national level. At St. James’, he serves as a Youth Confirmation teacher, Bible Study Group Leader, and member of the Personnel, Adult Education, and Lilly Committees. He is also an Usher Team Captain. George has previously chaired the Worship, Stewardship, and Christian Education Committees and served on the Nominating, Search & Profile, and Partners in Mission - Africa Committees. George was a member of an earlier Vestry. He also serves currently as the Chancellor and Trustee of the Diocese of New York, and as a member of the Committee to Elect a Bishop, and the Canons and Convention Planning Committees. Prior to this, George has served the Diocese on the Search and Nominating Committees, Special Committee on Assessments and Budget, and the Committee on the Future of the Cathedral. At the national level, he is on the Property Litigation Advisory Committee and the Council of Advice to the Presiding Bishop’s Chancellor. St. James’ has long been a wonderful church home for George, providing an excellent liturgy, extensive Christian education program, a variety of opportunities for mission work and, perhaps above all, a vibrant, warm community of committed Christians.