St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Tuesday, February 09, 2016
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Our Vestry

Democratic structures are an important part of governance in the Episcopal Church--including vestries. A vestry is a group of lay people elected by the parish to work with the rector to oversee the temporal health of their congregation. A new group of vestry members is elected at each Annual Congregational Meeting (in February), and all communicants of St. Stephen's are eligible to vote.
St. Stephen's is blessed with an active, working vestry made up of 18 dedicated parishioners who give generously of their time and talent. Our vestry includes people with a variety of skills and backgrounds, ages, and length of time as parishioners of St. Stephen's. Some are lifelong Episcopalians. Others are relatively new to the Episcopal Church.
The vestry of St. Stephen's Church meets at 4:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month. Each meeting contains presentations about and discussion of various areas of parish life, and is attended by staff and clergy. Visitors are always welcome to attend any meeting, excepting, of course, executive sessions of the vestry.
To communicate with the vestry, you may contact any member individually by phone or in person, or send the senior warden an email.
Current vestry members
Term Expires 2/2016
Lucy Ackerly
Roger Boeve, Register
Bruce Evans
Jay Moore
Donnan O'Keefe
Earl Roney
Term Expires 2/1017
Kathryn Angus
Beth Brubaker
John Crowder
Debbie Dunlap
Mac Hines
Mike Locher
Term Expires 2/2018
John Barr
JB Burtch, Senior Warden
Mac Purrington
Taylor Raquet
Laurie Rogers, Junior Warden
Beth Smith
Treasurer: Peter Pastore     
Duties of the Vestry
In cooperation with the Clergy, the vestry:
  • Promotes the spiritual welfare of the parish;
  • Supports the programs of the church;
  • Manages parish property and its financial resources:
  • Reports to the Bishop on the state of the parish;
  • Certifies candidates from the parish for ordination.
The Vestry elects
  • The Rector;
  • The Wardens, Registrar, and Treasurer;
  • Delegates to Diocesan Council;
  • Delegates to Region 12 Council (the churches in Western Richmond);
  • Superintendent of Sunday Church School;
  • Trustees of church property;
  • Representatives to various related boards (e.g., St. Stephen's Preschool);
  • Members of regular and special committees
The duties of the vestry, and their election, are discussed in the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.

Lay Delegates to Annual Council (January 2015) 

The following people have been elected by the vestry to represent St. Stephen's Church at the annual council meeting of the Diocese of Virginia, January 23 and 24, 2015. More information about this meeting is available on the diocesan Web site.

Mark Burnett

Richard Clary

Karen Glasco

Calle Luke

Alice Meadows  

Bill Mears

Allison Koschak

Emily Krudys

Earl Roney

Sandy Roney

Anne Townsend

JG Wood