Vestry

The Vestry is the elected governing body of the church. In accordance with the National Canons of the Episcopal Church, the Vestry acts as the legal and financial body of the parish. Vestry members are elected at the Annual Meeting.

At the Annual Meeting, a slate of four candidates is presented by the Vestry to the congregation. The candidates are confirmed on the recommendation of the Rector and Wardens. The slate of candidates is carefully chosen to ensure the Vestry has a good balance of skills and perspective.

It has been the practice of St. Bartholomew’s not to have contested elections. This means that no nominations are made from the floor. If you are interested in serving on the Vestry or nominating someone for the Vestry, please speak to Father Jeff or Matt Russell, the Rector’s Warden, by December 1 so that you can be considered for Vestry.

Roles and Responsibilities

People often have questions about the role of the Vestry and the role of the Rector.

Following is an overview of the responsibilities shared by both the Vestry and the Rector, responsibilities of the Vestry and responsibilities of the Rector:

Shared Responsibilities

    • Work together to promote the spiritual welfare of the parish.
    • Oversee an effective stewardship program that ensures adequate funding.
    • Ensure effective and timely parish communication by listening to all voices.
    • Establish and monitor ministries and services.
    • Communicate with the community outside of St. Bart’s.
    • Advocate for St. Bart’s as a whole.
    • Practice healthy and honest communication with the parish and leaders.

Vestry Responsibilities

    • Create and manage the budget of the parish.
    • Oversee and maintain the buildings of the parish.
    • Provide leadership within the parish.
    • Serve as a “Council of Advice” for the Rector.

Rector Responsibilities

    • Leads and oversees the ministries of the parish.
    • Plans and leads for the worship of the parish.
    • Manages the staff and leadership of the parish. (Both paid and volunteer)
    • Manages the use of parish property.
St. Bartholomew’s Vestry

Matt Russell – Rector’s Warden
Nathan Smith – People’s Warden

Class of 2018
Nancy Dawson
Kathryn Oliver-Garnett
Nathan Smith – People’s Warden
Karen Warren

Class of 2019
Marjorie Garnett
Dee Mahuna
Susan Sands McClain
Matt Russell – Rector’s Warden

Class of 2020
Rachel Gerber
Anne Madden
Debbie Raber
Peter Tiegs