January 2019

What is the Vestry?

The vestry is the legal representative of the parish with regard to all matters pertaining to its corporate property. Vestry members are 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. The Vestry elects a treasurer and a register. These officers are not 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.

CANON 14: Of Parish Vestries

Sec. 1. In every Parish of this Church the number, mode of
selection, and term of office of Wardens and Members of the
Vestry, with the qualifications of voters, shall be such as the State or
Diocesan law may permit or require, and the Wardens and Members
of the Vestry selected under such law shall hold office until their
successors are selected and have qualified.
Sec. 2. Except as provided by the law of the State or of the Diocese,
the Vestry shall be agents and legal representatives of the Parish in
all matters concerning its corporate property and the relations of the
Parish to its Clergy.
Sec. 3. Unless it conflicts with the law as aforesaid, the Rector, or
such other member of the Vestry designated by the Rector, shall
preside in all the meetings of the Vestry.

John Thompson, Sr. Warden
Cassandra Coleman, Jr. Warden
Joy Chapman, Chyrel M. Cutler, Michael Joshua,
Otha Myers, James Norman, Nancy Ross, Joyce Small