What is a vestry?
The vestry is the legal representative of the parish with regard to all matters pertaining to its corporate property. The number of vestry members and the term of office varies from parish to parish. Vestry members are usually elected at the annual parish meeting. The presiding officer of the vestry is the rector. There are usually two wardens. The senior warden leads the parish between rectors and is a support person for the rector. The junior warden often has responsibility for church property and buildings. A treasurer and a secretary or clerk may be chosen. These officers may or may not be vestry members. The basic responsibilities of the vestry are to help define and articulate the mission of the congregation; to support the church’s mission by word and deed, to select the rector, to ensure effective organization and planning, and to manage resources and finances.
Vestry members are confirmed adult communicants in good standing (confirmed or received; sixteen years old or over; “faithful in corporate worship, unless for good cause prevented,” and “faithful in working, praying, and giving for the spread of the Kingdom of God”).
Clerk of the Vestry
Sandi Behrens – Pastoral Care Liaison
Kristen Braid – Christian Formation Liaison
Neal Brunt – Finance Liaison
Judith Cunningham – Fellowship Liaison
Linda Hamilton – Worship Liaison
Jimmy Hyde – Stewardship Liaison
Jeff Tindall – Technology Liaison
The Episcopal Church seeks the welfare of all it serves with a commitment to organizational transparency. The Vestry of Ascension also strives for this transparency in our communication as a church and particularly in vestry decisions. The vestry’s secretary will record the meeting minutes, and we allow our parishioners full access to what is discussed, motions that are made, and motions that are carried out. Our vestry is here to serve and respond to any concerns.