At St. Jude’s, the vestry is an integral part of strategic planning and goal setting for the mission of the parish. The vestry has fiduciary responsibility for budgeting to achieve these plans and goals and for taking care of the building and grounds. Four members are elected at the annual meeting for a 3 year term of office. The group meets monthly to discuss the goals and programs of the church and to allocate the funds for outreach and ongoing church activities.
Pictured above: Clergy (Rector Wilma Jakobsen) and 2016 vestry: Mike Landis, Pat Coles, Paul Hayter, Mary Hultquist, Lana Foladare, Wilma Jakobsen, Sherry Snow, Margot Jacobsen, Laura Bryson, Mary Lyn Azar, Carlos Estrada, Terri Hoornstra, Dennis Lee. Inset: Jeffrey Pugh, Kris Austin.
The 2016 vestry was elected at the Annual Meeting at the end of January. Members of the vestry are:
2017: Kris Austin, Paul Hayter, Mike Landis, Jeffrey Pugh
2018: Carlos Estrada, Lana Foladare, Mary Hultquist, Margot Jacobsen
2019: Mary Lyn Azar, Laura Bryson, Pat Coles, Dennis Lee
Jeffrey Pugh is our Senior Warden. He acts as the Chair of the vestry. Mary Hultquist serves as the Junior Warden. The clerk of the vestry is Terri Hoornstra, and the treasurer is Sherry Snow. You can read more in the Vestry Profiles.
“The vestry is the elected lay leadership of the parish. The vestry is entrusted with the temporal affairs of the church, tasked to work with financial aspects of church life, work with the rector and other lay leaders on program, mission, and evangelism for the good of the church locally, regionally, and nationally. They function as a “trustee” body, making sure the best interests of the local church are being managed on a regular basis. As trustees, they carry a dual responsibility: to carry out a set of legal mandates as officers of a chartered corporation; and to be the decision-makers of a congregation that is committed not merely to the preservation of a physical institution but engagement in ministry and mission that is constantly changing.”
[Vestries in the Episcopal Church, by Robert Hansel, Forward Movement Publ. 1993]
“In each Parish the Rector, Wardens, and Vestry shall be the directors and officers authorized by law or by the Articles of Incorporation to manage the affairs of the Parish as a corporation.”
[Canon 19.1 of the Canons of the Diocese of El Camino Real]
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