Our Vestry

Diocesan Convention Delegates 2018

Leanne Bryan, Kyle Denison, Barbara Harber, Liz Kennedy, Keehna Sture. Alternate: Rich Staudt.

What is the Vestry?

The term vestry originated in Great Britain and referred to the room next to the nave of the church where the sacred vessels and vestments were kept. Those conducting parish business met in this room and came to be known as the vestry. The work of the Vestry is done in partnership with the Rector. The Vestry and Rector are to co-create a vision for St. Luke’s that is a response to God’s call and a plan to carry out that vision.The Vestry is a leadership team both in material matters of the Church and in spiritual matters. The executive committee of the vestry is made up of the two wardens and the rector. The principle behind this, as well as the whole structure of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, is one of ordered and diffused authority.

According to the Canon Law the vestry’s responsibilities are:

  • to share with the Rector in promoting the spiritual welfare of the parish.
  • to aid the Rector in the institution, conduct, and development of the program of the Church both within and without the Parish.
  • to be agent and legal representative in all matters concerning property: maintain the buildings and furnishings, maintain other property (rectory, parking lot, grounds, etc.), provide adequate insurance,
  • to be responsible for the finances of the parish, raising money, prompt payment of salaries and bills, prudent care of trust funds, endowments and bequests, sale and transfer of securities and other assets, maintain records, annual report, budget (approve expenditures and recommend and approve salaries)
  • to recruit, encourage, train, and guide candidates for Holy Orders
  • to represent the parish in its relations with the Rector
  • to elect a Rector if there is a vacancy

To serve on the Vestry of St Luke’s Episcopal Church, one must:

  • be 18 years of age or older
  • active member resident in the parish for at least 6 months
  • participates in the Eucharist regularly “unless for good cause prevented.”
  • work, pray, and give for the spread of the Kingdom of God

One-third of the Vestry members are elected for a 3-year term at the annual meeting of the parish in January each year.