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"Keep watch over yourselves and over all the flock, of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God that he obtained with the blood of his own Son."
-- Acts 20:28

Vestry and Associate Vestry

In all Episcopal parishes, the Vestry is the elected governing body of the parish. In addition to the rector, the Vestry is composed of the Senior and Junior Wardens, the clerk and, at St. James, 15 other elected positions (six elected each year for a three-year term), who represent a broad spectrum of the St. James community. As a whole the Vestry:

  • Helps to discern the vision toward which God is drawing St. James
  • Articulates and communicates that vision;
  • Holds the St. James community accountable for its realization of the vision;
  • Keeps the mission of the church and that of the individual congregation clearly before the parish community.

Individually, vestry members are expected to, “… further his/her spiritual growth, be regular in attendance at meetings of the Vestry, serve on one or more committees or ministries of the church and/or Vestry, participate in the annual stewardship drive, abide by and support Vestry decisions in a positive way, and attend church-sponsored events and programs.”

(Photo is of the 2014 vestry.)

The 2017 Vestry members are:

Serving Third Year:

  • Margaret Culbertson*
  • Andy McCall*
  • Caroline Ross*
  • Manette Sammons* - Clerk
  • Chip Stirling*
  • Gerry Sulzer* - Senior Warden

Serving Second Year:

  • Charlie Frey**
  • Barbin Caldwell Graham**
  • Catherine S. Harrell**
  • Buzzy Heroman**
  • Bill Hines** - Junior Warden
  • Sue Larisey**

Serving First Year:

  • Barbara Irwin Garon***
  • Lee Griffin***
  • Kyle Landrem***
  • Jay Noland***
  • Anna Catherine Soule***
  • David Warrington***

The 2017 Associate Vestry of St. James Episcopal Church

The Associate Vestry is a unique body to St. James Episcopal Church, one focusing on hospitality and fellowship among parishioners through social events such as the annual Crawfish Boil, Parish Breakfast, and Fall Hospitality Party; or sponsorship of particular outreach events such as the parish Blood Drive, or Habitat for Humanity shifts.

Class of 2018:

  • Paul Buller - Vice-president
  • Megan Campbell
  • Don Capron
  • Betsy Hurst
  • Mary Pesses
  • John Soule - President
  • Chad Toups
  • Robin Toups

Class of 2019:

  • Steve Anderson
  • Whitney Banks
  • Katherine Thomas Inzer
  • Stephen Jung - Treasurer
  • Adam Kurz
  • Amy Gaudet Rabalais
  • Julia Spaht - Clerk
  • Earl Turner

Class of 2020:

  • Ben Dampf
  • Robert Heroman
  • George Holmes
  • Summer Keane
  • Charlie Provenza
  • Laura Rempert Kraeuter
  • Tracie Way
  • Catherine Hall Wilson




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