Saint James Vestry

2022 Candidates for Vestry

Intro Fr. David

Gene Clark 5:28

Ginjr Humphreys Robinson 8:49

Kit Slaugh 12:13

Lewis Thayne 14:20

Andrew Flinchbaugh 20:35

John Hershey 22:12

Bruce Nickles 25:46

Closing Fr. David 28:52

Vestry Candidates

You will be voting for four (4) candidates.

Voting begins this Sunday, January 23rd and continues through the week until it closes on Sunday, January 30th at 10:30 AM.

Voting for vestry members will be held in conjunction with the parish annual meeting in the sanctuary on Sunday, January 30, 2022 at 9:30 AM.

There are three ways to vote in the upcoming parish elections:

  1. Online by going to saintjameslancaster.org/vestry between 12 PM on Sunday, January 23 and 10:30 AM on Sunday, January 30.
  2. Using a paper ballot available in the narthex from 8:30 AM through the end of the annual meeting on January 30.
  3. Absentee paper ballot by contacting the parish office at 717-397-4858 and requesting a ballot which must be returned no later than noon on Friday, January 28. It can be dropped off through the mail slot at the parish house. If mailed, please mail in plenty of time so it may be counted.
Cast your ballot here!

2022 Vestry Candidates

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Gene Clark

My passion for music and trumpet is what initially brought Saint James into my life. First to sit in the back pew and watch Wynton Marsalis give a master class to School District of Lancaster students in 2006, then to play taps underneath the big American flag in the sanctuary, and later hired to play a Christmas Eve mass with a brass group (never played a gig where I sat on someone’s grave at the altar). I’ve often wondered why I have such vivid memories of those early encounters with Saint James. I like to think that it was a sign that I was supposed to be here. Fast forward to 2016, my wife Kristy and I began attending and haven’t looked back since!

Growing up Presbyterian and Methodist as a life-long Lancastrian, I was intrigued and excited by what I saw Saint James doing. It seemed like a place that was honoring the past, yet adapting for the future. Speaking as someone in their thirties, I feel that I’m young enough to have the energy and tools to make a difference in what that future will look like. I don’t want to be sitting in an empty church in 50 years. So 50 years from now, I want to feel good about the role I’ve played in creating the outcomes I see in the church.

My wife and I have 4 boys: Mason (12), Liam (9), Timmy (3) and Andrew (1) that keep us very busy. Our large family allows us to cast about half of the annual Christmas Pageant, with Andrew filling the role of pandemic/virtual Baby Jesus in 2020. We enjoy our church family especially through our long standing ‘table for 8’ group and have all gotten progressively more engaged through some committee work, music related projects, acolyting, hosting house church and more!

Professionally, I’m the CEO of Clark Associates in Lancaster which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2021 and has grown to become the nation’s largest distributor of food service equipment and supplies. In that work, I really focus on providing a place where employees can have their best careers, because then I think everything else takes care of itself.

Andrew Flinchbaugh

I have lived in southern Lancaster County all my life. Upon graduation from Lampeter-Strasburg High School, I pursued a biology degree with emphasis on secondary education from Lebanon Valley College. After receiving my degree, I returned to LVC to earn a master’s degree in business administration, graduating in 2019. During my college years at LVC, I held several leadership positions including president of BBB, the National Biological Honor Society; and president of KDP, the International Honor Society in Education. I also provided tutoring services for students in high school biology courses while at LVC. I served three years as a peer mentor for incoming college students and was an active member with the local Habitat for Humanity chapter at LVC.

I am employed by Emerge Education, LLC, an online program management company based in Camp Hill, and serve as Director of Corporate Outreach for Messiah University. In my role, I establish partnerships with local and national organizations to create professional and workforce development pipelines for Messiah’s online adult degree and graduate degree nursing and business programs.

I began attending Saint James with my parents and have been a member for six years. Saint James became our church home because of the rich history and tradition of the service as well as its community outreach. I felt especially comfortable getting to know members of the congregation and working alongside many of them as part of the Churchyard Committee. I currently serve as an acolyte director for the 10:30AM services. Saint James has provided me with ongoing spiritual growth and will continue to enrich my life with new opportunities in my faith. My vision for Saint James is to continue to meet the needs of its parishioners as well as serve the community.

I am truly honored to stand for a vestry nomination.

John Hershey

Places of worship comprised of historic structures and cultural landscapes benefit the broader communities in which they are located. Saint James is obviously one of these significant places that provide parishioners, staff and church neighbors with layered spiritual, social and environmental benefits. In 2012, I had the pleasure of leading the site design efforts that resulted in the present cloister and rectory garden spaces.

Deceptively simple on its surface of recycled paving materials, the cloister courtyard now annually captures and infiltrates more than 125,300 gallons of roof runoff – stormwater that previously flowed into the City of Lancaster’s sewer system and often contributed to downstream problems. With its progressive environmental stewardship ethic, Saint James included green infrastructure prior to enactment of later municipal requirements to do so, and it received several local and national awards for this innovative courtyard design.

With other churchyard areas now playing a critical role in Saint James 275th Anniversary Capital Campaign, there are new opportunities for layered spiritual, social and environmental benefits. As a vestry candidate, I welcome the opportunity to honor our church’s past while planning for a more sustainable future.

My husband, Doug Zander, and I value the relationships that have resulted from church attendance, Saint James’ 2019 Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and our involvement in the local community. Presently a professional advisory board member for the University of Delaware’s landscape architecture program, I have previously served on the boards of the Lancaster Central Market Trust, the Historic Preservation Trust and the Overlook Park Foundation. Local volunteer efforts include service to Leadership Lancaster, the Lancaster County Community Foundation and the Strasburg Heritage Society. As a registered landscape architect and a member of Lancaster County’s LGBTQ community, I share Saint James’ stewardship ethic and I look forward to contributing to its leadership diversity.

Bruce Nickles

I was raised in a devout Christian home and taught the Bible from day one. My father made sure we attended church every Sunday for both morning and evening services. After high school I attended Stetson University in Deland, FL for two years but dropped out and traveled for a few years. I transferred to The King’s College in NY where I received a B.A. in English. I put myself through college by driving limousines in the New York City area.

I married after college, and since my wife ran a gymnastics school in State College, I decided to attend Penn State University where I obtained my M.A. in English. I also taught English composition and argument writing as a graduate assistant.

I’ve worked in various marketing positions and just retired as Vice President of Marketing at STV, a large architectural/engineering firm with offices all over the U.S., where I worked for 31+ years. For 10 years I wrote a column for the Ephrata Review entitled “The Aging Athlete.”

I came to Saint James 11 years ago during a difficult period in my life. I had been actively involved for 25 years at a large local evangelical church where I served as an elder, an adult Sunday School teacher and occasional preacher. I was drawn to Saint James because of the contemplative nature of the worship and because the Eucharist is celebrated every Sunday. I attend the 10:30 service. I have served as lector, participated in Winter Shelter and have served for the past several years as captain of the Saint James team for the Race Against Racism. I was narrator at several Jesus Christ Superstar masses, and I’ve also taught several classes in the adult forum.

I’ve been married to the beautiful Becky for 43 years and have 3 grown daughters and four grandchildren. Now that I’m retired, I’d like to utilize my experience in business and life to help Saint James continue to grow as a beacon of light, both locally and globally, while preserving its rich tradition. If elected, I would consider it a privilege to serve Saint James.

Ginjr Humphreys Robinson

Saint James has been my church home for 42 years. It is an honor to be included on the slate of candidates to serve on the vestry. If elected, I hope to bring my years as an active and grateful parishioner to help lead our church in the coming years and prepare for generations to come.

I was raised in Connecticut in the Catholic Church. When my late husband Jay Humphreys and I married in 1977, we began attending Saint James, our choice after visiting several churches. I was received into the Episcopal Church in 1980 where we raised our two children and were happily busy in the life of the church.

Jay died in 1998 from brain cancer. Saint James was our family’s anchor and I continue to be grateful for the spiritual guidance and support from so many people here to get us through those difficult years. In the years that followed, I served on vestry, the search committee for a new rector, the stewardship committee and the peace & social justice committee. I served as an usher and lector.

After having lived through the reality of bringing my husband to church in a wheelchair, I became actively involved in the Accessible Congregation Campaign. This was one of the first steps to help make Saint James more handicap-accessible.

In 2009, I married Jack Robinson. We were married by Father David and Rev. Randy Riggs, Jack’s minister at First Presbyterian Church. I have continued to be an active Saint James parishioner. I financially support Saint James and joined The Tower Society, naming Saint James a beneficiary in my estate plan.

Recently I retired from a 25-year career in development work at Lancaster Theological Seminary and Hospice and Community Care. Since my retirement, I have had more time to support the mission work at Saint James, volunteering for Head Start, Power Packs and Habitat for Humanity.

I support meaningful worship, a welcoming and diverse community of faith, education and spiritual formation for both children and adults, a vibrant music program, mission initiatives which provide for changing needs in our community and meeting the expanded challenges and demands required during the era of COVID. I applaud our good stewardship practices and the successfully planned and recently completed capital campaign which allows us to provide much needed improvements to our campus. Contemplative prayer and Compline have been bright spots for me during dark, difficult COVID times.

I am in awe of the history of Saint James as it continues to meet the needs of its parishioners and the community and would like to share in its future development.

Kit Slaugh

Saint James has been my church home for 40 years. I find it a place of comfort where diversity is welcome, accepted and understood. I find it rich in history, beauty and spirituality.

My husband Pete and I were married in the Saint James chapel in 1983. We renewed our vows there on our 25th anniversary, surrounded by our seven children and many grandchildren.

I believe in giving back to the people and places that have meant much to me. At Saint James, I have served on the vestry, two rector search committees, and the communications and nominating committees. I currently serve on the personnel and nominating committees. I am proud of having been a 25-year volunteer in our Anchorage Breakfast Program. My recent role as one of the chairs of our 275th Anniversary Capital Campaign was a positive experience in every way.

I have served in the community on the boards of the Fulton Theatre, YMCA, Milagro House, the Samaritan Counseling Center and LEEC (formerly the Lancaster Day Care Center).

We are at a turning point in our lives at Saint James given the growth of the campus and the addition of the Urban Well to our programming. The opportunity to create a plan for the care and beauty of our memorial garden is especially meaningful to me. I believe I could lend a unique perspective to vestry based on my years of involvement here.

Lewis Thayne

Dorry and I moved to Lancaster with our three (now grown) children in 2005 when I became the vice president for advancement at Franklin & Marshall College. Through sheer good fortune, we became neighbors and then friends of Ellen and Bob Groff whose radical hospitality eventually led us to Saint James. Along with Dorry, I was confirmed at Saint James in June 2011 by Bishop Nathan Baxter and Father David Peck. Thank you, David.

Unlike those who were baptized in the Anglican Communion, I came to Saint James as an adult who was raised in the Roman Catholic Church. It was a revelation to me that I could be confirmed at Saint James, that my spiritual growth and the exercise of my faith could be expressed here. I see in Saint James and in my fellow congregants a broad and very real commitment to Christianity, an openness to others, an ecumenical approach to worship and prayer, a worldliness that mirrors the Gospels, a commitment to the City of Lancaster, a love of learning consistent with the exploration of faith.

In June 2020, I completed eight years as president of Lebanon Valley College. My professional career in higher education administration began in 1981 at Columbia University and has taken our family to six different institutions, including two women’s colleges, and from Amherst, Massachusetts to Atlanta, Georgia. In addition, I served as a trustee at three independent schools and on the board of directors of two professional organizations.

When the nominating committee called, I readily accepted a nomination to serve on the vestry. If elected, I will contribute all that I can and to the best of my abilities. I can begin to imagine the practical and challenging considerations of running an institution that serves so many varied individuals and families so well. I value greatly the leadership that has enabled Saint James to do the work of today and to continually prepare the work of the future. I would like to be part of that work.

Judy Ware

I grew up in the Lutheran tradition. When I was 8 years old I received my 6-year perfect attendance pin – so you know how important church life was in my small town in northern Montgomery County. I graduated from Elizabethtown College with a degree in education and began teaching in Hershey, PA, then Charlottesville, VA, and Philadelphia, and in 1983 I moved to Lancaster. My final teaching post was at Lancaster Country Day School where I was able to combine my avocation of painting with vocation teaching middle school art.

It was in Lancaster where I began my faith journey in the Episcopal tradition. Ellen Groff introduced me to Saint James which felt like home. I joined Saint James in the mid 1980’s. During an event at Country Day I met Paul Ware. We married in 1990. Shortly after he embraced the Episcopal life and joined Saint James. We have 5 children and 10 grandchildren.

I served on the initial board of the Lancaster County Convention Center Authority, two terms on the Lancaster Country Club board and three terms as trustee at Elizabethtown College. At Saint James I played a role in the inception of the Tower Society for planned giving, of which I am a member. I also served several years as a Lay Eucharistic Minister.

In 2014 Paul and I joined then Dean Peter Eaton’s pilgrimage to Scotland to learn about the very early churches in the northern lands. Paul and I have since been on one Anglican pilgrimage to the United Kingdom and two pilgrimages to Israel, all with Fr. David. These have been rich experiences where the Bible came alive.

I am currently particularly enjoying the contemplative practices which, joined with the beautiful liturgy of the Episcopal services, has deepened my faith and opened me to my inner voice.

If elected I will advocate for preservation and restoration of our beautiful gem on Duke and Orange, and our place of rest in our city garden welcome to all. I would hope to discover other ways that our Urban Well can provide benefit to serve others not only in our church community but also in our larger community.

The candidates will also be introduced at our worship services over the next two weeks. If there is someone with whom you are not familiar, you are encouraged to introduce yourself to the candidate and ask any questions you may have.

Diocesan Convention Delegates

You must vote for eight (8) candidates.