The vestry is the agent and legal representative of the parish in all matters concerning its corporate property and the relations of the parish to its clergy.
The vestry consists of the rector, the senior warden, the junior warden and 12 members of the parish, who are elected for three-year terms.
Access our directory of vestry members.
Diocesan delegates represent St. Columba’s at the annual diocesan convention, which brings together clergy and lay members from all 88 congregations under the Bishop’s leadership each January to decide the diocesan budget, elect members of various diocesan bodies and vote on special resolutions. They are elected as alternates for one year, and then elected as full lay delegates for two additional years.
Currently serving as diocesan delegates are: Chris Schumann, Annette Edwards and Deborah Kennedy Coster, with Robert Oetting and Patricia Riley as diocesan delegate alternates.
Vestry Meeting Notes
There are currently seven standing committees of the vestry:
The Finance & Property committee is chaired by the parish treasurer, who has the responsibility for maintaining all parish funds, receiving and disbursing monies in accordance with approved budget, maintaining accounts. Membership on the Finance committee is open to vestry and non-vestry members.
The Governance committee is a vestry committee appointed to examine and suggest ways to improve the work of the vestry and vestry committees, to develop leadership in the parish and to support the work of non-vestry parish committees.
The New Leadership committee is charged with helping to identify the next generation of leaders within our parish.
The Nominating committee is charged by the parish bylaws with proposing candidates to stand for election to the vestry and as delegates to the diocese. Committee members assess the vestry seats to be filled, the skills and talents required, and then recruit the required number of candidates.
The Rector Evaluation Format committee has been tasked with formalizing the outline for vestry feedback to the rector.
The Stewardship committee leads the parish’s annual stewardship campaign, which raises the funds needed to maintain the church property, pay the salaries of clergy and staff and support the ministry of the church.
The Transition committee has been assisting the vestry with smoothing the transition to a new rector.
Prior to the November Annual Meeting, the Nominating committee puts forth a slate of candidates for election at the Annual Meeting. A directory of Candidates will be posted here, with a downloadble handout for more information and bios.