An Episcopal Church vestry serves many of the functions served by boards of directors or trustees at other non-profit organizations. As its primary responsibility, the vestry oversees the parish’s financial health. In partnership with the rector, it develops and approves the annual parish budget. The vestry also serves as an advisory council to the rector who by church law is the parish’s chief liturgical and pastoral officer. Although in the past a rector tended to be autocratic, today he or she forms a partnership with the vestry in order to assure the health of the parish.

The St. Paul’s vestry consists of 16 elected members of the parish. Four vestry members are elected by the parish each spring for a term of four years, after which they cannot be reelected until they have been off the vestry for at least one year. The parish has four officers: a rector’s warden, a parishioners’ warden, an accounting warden and a secretary. These four, and two other vestry members elected by the vestry, make up the coordinating committee, which serves as both the executive committee of the vestry and as its personnel committee. Other standing committees mandated by the by-laws are finance, property and stewardship. In addition the vestry has formed other permanent standing committees: education (known at St. Paul’s as spiritual formation), hospitality, outreach, evangelism and communications among them. All vestry members serve on many committees and each committee must either be chaired by a vestryperson or have a vestry liaison.

The vestry at St. Paul’s maintains an open-door policy with everyone in the parish. Posted on this Web site and in Dixon House on campus are the minutes of the vestry meetings. Parishioners and others can contact the vestry through a link on this site. All regular vestry meetings begin with a 15-minute “Right of the Floor,” an open forum to which a parishioner may bring any concerns, ideas or proposals he or she feel need vestry attention.

2016-2017 Vestry Members include:

Madeline Schroth, 2020
Rector’s Warden

Nicole Tullo, 2018
Accounting Warden

Stephen Pearson, 2018
Parishioners’ Warden

Valerie Chikwendu, 2019

Cynthia Clowery, 2018

Michael Latini, 2018
Coordinating Committee

Charlotte Biddle, 2019

Chesley Lightsey, 2019
Coordinating Committee

Stephen Stone, 2019

Tim Albert, 2020

Christine Fitzpatrick, 2020

Tabitha Oman, 2020

Lisa Budd, 2021

Cheyenne DeMulder, 2021

Charles Lower, 2021

Amanda Scates-Presinger, 2021


Adult Education Committee

Altar Guild

Bread Bakers

Breakfast Teams

Budget Committee

Capital Campaign Committee

Children’s Education Committee

Christmas Pageant

Diocesan Pledge

Endowment Committee

Eucharistic Ministers

Finance Committee

Flower Delivery

Flower Guild

Healing Ministers

Hospitality Committee

Lectors & Intercessors

Meditation Group

Music Guild

Music Receptions

  • James Pope

Offering Counters

Outreach Committee

Parents’ Exchange

Pastoral Care Ministry

  • TBA

Property Committee

Room at the Inn (refugee resettlement)

Rummage Sale

Stewardship Committee

Ushers & Greeters

Worship Committee

Youth Committee