The St. James’ Vestry, our elected governing body, is comprised of parishioners who represent a broad spectrum of our community and are responsible for the “temporal affairs of the parish,” for stewardship of church money and property, and program development and oversight. Their work often goes unnoticed, but each member has a passion for, investment in, and commitment to our life together in Christ. So when you come to worship, you can focus on what’s really important.
YOUR CHURCH. YOUR LEADERS. YOUR CALL.
At the Annual Meeting, the parish will elect a Warden and five Vestry members. This year Jennifer Charrington will complete her second two-year term as Warden, is eligible and has chosen to stand for re-election. Richard Brown, Dolly Geary and Bob Stinson have each completed one three-year term. Eligible for re-election, they have each chosen to stand again. Hugh Boston has completed one year of his second three-year term and has resigned due to professional obligations. Marcy Sendax has completed her second three-year term and is ineligible for re-election.
Who can vote
All baptized parishioners of 18 years or older who have been in regular attendance at worship services at St. James’ and are contributors of record are encouraged to vote. Rules of eligibility will be enforced per the parish by-laws.
A note on Fixed Slate Elections
At the Annual Meeting in May 2018, the parish approved a change to our By-laws, to move from contested elections for Vestry service to having the parish elect a fixed slate of candidates, in which the number of candidates proposed by the Nominating Committee matches the number of open positions.
The Nominating Committee met in January. The committee consisted of Lisa Smith, Chair, Tristan Bultman, Missy Condo, Norris Daniels, Stephen de Francesco, Patrick Kidd, Marc Rice, Marcy Sendax and Anne Strassner. Brenda Husson served ex-officio. The Committee received several nominations from the congregation, all of which were thoughtfully and prayerfully considered. In our work together, we discussed the criteria that we felt was important for the slate given the continuing and current Vestry membership, as well as the Expectations and Responsibilities of all Vestry members.
THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE PRESENTS THE FOLLOWING SLATE FOR THE ST. JAMES' 2022 ANNUAL PARISH ELECTION:
Name: Ying Garcia Bory
Family: Victor Garcia Bory (husband); Victor Miguel Garcia Bory (son)
St. James’ ministries: Grants Committee Co-Chair (2020/2021 – present); Grants Committee Member (2018 – present); Youth Committee (2017 – present)
Personal statement: Born and raised in Shanghai, P. R. China, Ying discovered St. James’ in 2012 when she and her husband were searching for the right church for their family. Since then, St. James’ has been the “home away from home” for the Garcia Bory family, providing them with opportunities to deepen their faith. After participating in the Catechumenate program, Ying was baptized at St. James’ in 2014 and confirmed in 2015. During the past ten years, Ying has served as committee members for the Children’s and Family Ministries, Youth Group and Grants Committee. She has been the Co-Chair of the Grants Committee since 2021. Ying’s career as a Commercial Banker within the Real Estate Banking Industry has allowed her to develop financial, analytical and communication skills to work with diverse groups and projects. Ying is honored to serve as a Vestry Member at St. James’ Church and look forward to contributing to the betterment of the parish and community.
Name: Justine P. Keithline
Family: Roger Keithline (husband); Nora Keithline (daughter)
St. James’ ministries: Current | Parish Life, Co-Chair; Sunday School, Third Grade Teacher; Bible Study, Tuesday Moms’ Group and Wednesday Group with Clergy. Former | Children’s and Family Ministries, Co-Chair; Vestry Nominating Committee; Parish Weekend Away Committee; Sacred Ground, Revive, and The Way
Personal statement: When she signed up Nora for a toddler playgroup at St. James’ in 2009, Justine never anticipated becoming actively involved in the parish or having her dormant Christian faith revitalized. Her life is enhanced and her soul is nourished from volunteering with other parishioners on committees such as Children’s and Family Ministries, Parish Life, and Parish Weekend Away and from teaching Sunday School. She relishes the many opportunities to learn and grow her faith through weekly Bible Study, special courses like Revive and Sacred Ground, and Sunday Eucharist in the sanctuary. By becoming a Vestry member, Justine is committed to faithfully serving St. James’ in old and new capacities as it shares God’s love with parishioners, neighbors, and the world.