Candidates for Vestry and Convention Delegates
Voting for Vestry members and delegates to the Diocesan Convention will be held in conjunction with the Annual Parish Meeting in the Sanctuary on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 9:30 AM.
There are three ways to vote in the upcoming parish elections:
- Online by going to saintjameslancaster.org/vestry between 1 PM on Sunday, January 21 and 10:30 AM on Sunday, January 28.
- Using a paper ballot available in the narthex at the Saturday 5 PM, 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM masses on January 26 – 27.
- 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 January 25.
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.
You will be voting for four (4) candidates.
I grew up outside of Manheim and lived in Lancaster County my whole life. I graduated from Manheim Central High School (Class of ‘75). After graduation I entered into the construction trade and in 1980 started working for my father in law at Zimmerman’s Hardware in Strasburg. I am currently the manager/owner of the store. I also am a part- time student of HACC’s Lancaster Campus.
We have been part of Saint James for about 10 years. We were introduced to Saint James by a neighbor/friend. A Christmas Eve service was our first time at Saint James and heard Father David speak. We knew after the service that this is where we want to make our new church home. We attend the 10:30 AM Mass and have been part of the Forum Sunday School. This year was my first-time helping Winter Shelter. Prior to Saint James, we had been long time members of First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg. At First Presbyterian I had been on the Board of Trustees and attended a weekly prayer breakfast. Outside of church I was a past member of the Paradise Rotary Club and board member of Sunshine Corners Day Care in Strasburg.
Outside of church I enjoy competing in running and triathlon races. We also are blessed with three, soon to be four, grandchildren. If elected to Vestry, I will use my talents to help keep Saint James the special holy and caring place that it is today.
My husband and I moved to Lancaster from New York City six years ago after our first son, Benjamin, was born. My husband’s family has been a part of the Saint James community for two generations. I was born and raised in Brazil, I moved to the United States in 1999 to attend graduate school at Philadelphia University. After graduating, I moved to California for a couple years before meeting my husband Andy on a flight from San Diego back to Philadelphia.
We have been married for almost 10 years and after living in North Carolina, Connecticut and New York, we have settled in Lancaster with our two little boys, Benjamin and Samuel. I am a Sales Director for large trade show management company with offices in Atlanta, High Point and Las Vegas. Although my traveling schedule can get hectic at times, I am grateful to be able to work from home for a majority of the year. The nomination for Vestry took me by surprise! We attend the 10:30am Sunday services (trying our best not be a distraction with two active young boys!) and try to participate as often as we can in different events at church.
Saint James has been my first Episcopalian experience and the level of connection and community I felt from the beginning is what fills my heart. As a Christian, I believe that our common faith and love for Christ is what brings us together, aside from our different views and life perspectives. The level of inclusion and respect I feel and see while being at church, either at one of Father David’s sermons or at a Bridge dinner, is the reason why I want to serve in the Saint James community.
I welcome the opportunity to serve on the Vestry and look forward to contributing to the church’s overall mission and future outreaches.
My family moved to Lancaster when I was two years old. By 24, I was married with two children and resided in rural Lancaster for the next 43 years.
Baptized and confirmed in the Methodist church, I remained a member for 35 years. For the next 19 years, I joined a Mennonite church to explore their perspectives and gained many new insights. After my husband’s death, the radical hospitality and spiritual freedom drew me next to St. Edward’s Episcopal Church. The 12 years as a parishioner there, brings many fond memories. Two years ago, I transferred to Saint James to worship with my new husband. Again, I received a warm Episcopal welcome. I especially appreciate Adult Forum and the emphasis on a contemplative life style.
In terms of service over the years, I taught and directed children’s educational programs; pastored a “House Church” in a Lancaster city neighborhood; mentored teenage girls; was parish Treasurer and Eucharistic Minister; and lead a Spirituality Formation group. My career positions involved working with residents in a long-term care facility and later serving that organization in an administrative capacity. I also adjudicated claims for the Bureau of Disability Determination. Now retired, I offer spiritual direction.
I hold a BS in Therapeutic Recreation from York College, an MS in Human Organizational Science from Villanova, Nursing Home Administrator License and Certification in Spiritual Direction.
I believe Saint James and the Church at large has a significant role in offering hope and strengthening individuals to meet the challenges of our changing world, one loving act at a time.
A native of the Pittsburgh area, I have been a member of Saint James since 1998. Martha and daughter Kathryn and I moved to Lancaster County in 1995 when I was named Executive Director of the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County, a private, countywide non-profit organization founded in 1966.
I served for three years on Saint James’ Building & Grounds Committee and on the Mission & Justice Committee for four years. As an Anchorage Program dishwasher and as church photographer on a voluntary basis for several years, I became friends with many fine parishioners and volunteers and became familiar with many of the Church’s functions. In recent years I have served as an usher, volunteered for Power Packs, and organized walking tours in the city that feature Saint James Church and its cemetery as one of 12 properties that have compelling associations with the community’s African American heritage. I am an ad hoc advisor on the church history project now in progress.
With encouragement from Martha, I was welcomed into the Anglican Communion at Calvary Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh in 1989. We were married at Calvary and Kathryn was baptized there.
I am a self-employed consultant who specializes in projects and initiatives that focus on community revitalization through the preservation and reuse of historic buildings, creation of heritage tourism sites and programs, and other sustainable land use practices.
Saint James has been a beacon of hope for many in this community for centuries. Its impact today and its rich history as a center of social justice and humanitarian causes extends throughout the city, county, and beyond. I look forward to working with vestry to help bring our heritage to greater levels of awareness and to support the vision of our church as a center for contemplative prayer and a leader in sustainable practices in the stewardship of our historic building and grounds.
A cradle Episcopalian, I was raised attending St. Paul’s Church in Westfield, NJ, where both of my parents were active in a variety of lay leadership roles. After graduating from Annapolis, I served as a naval aviator, left the Service to pursue an MBA, and then began a nearly 30-year career in the aerospace industry. Between the Navy and business, my family and I have literally lived all around the country, and we have been members of many Episcopal churches. Along the way I have been a lay reader, a vestryman, and a church treasurer. Through all of the moves and changes, one thing that has remained a constant, thank God, is my 48-year marriage to Anne! We have two grown, married children and four grandchildren.
Five years ago Anne & I made what I hope is our last move in order to retire in Willow Valley. We joined Saint James on the first Sunday we attended. We were drawn to the wonderful rector and clergy; the beautiful, historic space; the traditional liturgy, and the quality and variety of the music programs. We are Team Leaders in the Power Packs program at Carter and MacRae, and we are members of the Saint James Tower Society.
Anne and I recognize that we are far from being “old hands” at Saint James, but we are now happy and satisfied to call Saint James our church home. If elected to the vestry, I will do my best to support our remarkable record of growth, continue our tradition of community service, and preserve our physical structure. for the benefit of generations to come.
I grew up in New York City, received my bachelor’s degree from Penn State University and my law degree from Villanova University. I started my career as a legislative aide to a New York City Councilmember. Eventually, I joined a large engineering outfit headquartered in NYC and became a government contract specialist and certified compliance and ethics professional. My firm relocated me to Lancaster for a two-year stint and I worked out of its new Ephrata office. In 2015, as my assignment came to an end, my husband, Pablo, and I decided we did not want to return to New York. So, we stayed in Lancaster and I became a stay-at-home mom to Josiah (13); Amalia (10); and Joaquin (6). It is indeed the toughest job I have ever loved.
I have been attending Saint James for nearly five years now. I served as Secretary of the church’s Education Ministry Working Group and I am a member and previous Secretary of the Harriet Lane Johnston Chapter of the Daughters of the King. In addition, I sit on the Board of The Arc of Lancaster Lebanon, a non-profit that supports individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and their families. I am also a CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocate – for abused and neglected children who have been removed from their homes and placed in foster care.
Over the past several years in a surprising spiritual journey at Saint James, my greatest realization has been my most renewing: despite what I may think about myself, God loves me still. And so, when I am presented with an invitation to run for Vestry, I believe that it too is part of my journey. I am praying to God for the courage and strength to do His will and humbly offer my fellow parishioners my time, treasures and talents to continue the work that others have started – God’s work.
If elected to Vestry, I will gladly serve our parish once again. Originally, I was baptized into the Christian faith at Oxford First Presbyterian Church, also founded in 1744. Judy and I came into Saint James when Father Peter Eaton was our Rector. We have been committed to this parish ever since.
My interests and strengths are strategic planning and corporate organization. My business career involved serving as a gas company executive, and on many water company boards, as well as with other non-utility businesses.
Faith alone carries us through our lives. God has provided us the groundwork for our salvation in his son Jesus Christ. In order to sustain “when two or more are gathered in his name,” we have our parish body to support these gatherings. Thus, adherence to our mission is paramount to preserve the corporate body of Christ. Your Vestry and other volunteers are key to the temporal activities of our parish.
It is in this manner that I have served Saint James. Past volunteer activities include: Anchorage Program, Women’s Winter Shelter, Vestry and its Executive Committee, Junior Warden, Education Working Group, Design Committee, Buildings & Grounds Committee chair, a capital campaign co-chair, Strategic Discernment Committee, and Board of Endowment Trustees.
Saint James is blessed with the enormous talents contributed to our parish. Many of our members assist our clergy with spiritual matters. Today we take an important step to elect our voices on the Vestry and on diocesan committees. These volunteers will be tasked with representing us in church governances. Your vote is important.
Since being received into the Episcopal Church in 2013, I have been involved at Saint James as a volunteer for the Anchorage breakfast program, as a Winter Shelter intake volunteer, served on the Newcomers Committee and as a lead Eucharistic Minister at the Saturday 5:00 PM mass.
I was raised in Lancaster and graduated from Lancaster Catholic High School, received a B.A. from University of Pittsburgh and an M.A. from University of Baltimore. I worked as a bilingual writer and managing editor for several hospitals in the Baltimore area before returning to Lancaster in 1991 with my family. Later, I worked part-time as a Spanish teacher at Lancaster Country Day School. My husband Rich and I live near Millersville. We have a daughter, Michaela, living in New York with her husband Patrick, and a son, Ian, finishing his last year of college in Michigan.
Over the years I have volunteered in the community with the Power Packs program, the Human Rights Campaign and as an English as a Second Language teacher for The Literacy Council. I believe in the wide-ranging community service outlook at Saint James and the emphasis on the dignity, worth and difference every person makes in the world.
Diocesan Convention Delegates
You must vote for eight (8) candidates.
In the past, I have been a member of the Saint James’ Youth Group and served during Worship Services as an Acolyte and Crucifer. For the last five years I have served as Eucharistic Minister and Lector. In the past, I have served as a member of the Mission and Justice Committee.
My spiritual journey in the Episcopal Church began at The Cathedral Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, PA, where I was baptized and served as a member of the Boys Choir. When our family moved to Lancaster in 1971, we began attending Saint James. The Jazz Masses at the 5:00 PM services have ignited deep meaning in my spirituality through their unique approach to understanding The Gospel through popular music and Fr. David’s inspirational sermons, which often focus on issues of social justice. I look forward to sharing my inspiration with other members of our congregation and with new visitors to Saint James.
I recently graduated from Penn State University with a doctoral degree in Adult Education. Although I retired as a high school biology teacher in 2011, I currently teach Human Anatomy and Physiology and Microbiology full-time at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences here in Lancaster. I am an usher at The Fulton Opera House and an advisory board member to New Choices, a non-profit organization empowering woman in need by giving them the education and tools to find their voices.
Being elected as a member of the 2019 Diocesan Convention would allow me to make deeper connections with the Episcopal community and share my vision of fostering meaningful understanding of the Word of God through one’s daily cultural practices.
As a third-generation member of the church and where I was baptized, confirmed and married, Saint James has always been my church “home”, even though our family life has found us attending Episcopal, Lutheran, and Mennonite churches through the years. Most important for Rick and me has been that we worship together wherever that may be. Through our experiences at other churches as the “new” members, I have come to know that becoming involved in the life of the church even in the smallest way enhances your sense of spirituality, community and belonging. Here at Saint James, I have been involved with the Pathways to Parish Engagement, Faith, Food and Fellowship, Dinner for Eight, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, and other parish-wide events. I serve as the Hospitality Coordinator, so I maintain the Sunday “Coffee Time”, kitchen supplies, and assist/coordinate many events. Through Hospitality I have been interactive with all generations at the church, volunteers, staff members, and other groups.
By profession, I am a Registered Nurse and have worked in the areas of critical care, care management, office manager and presently, I work at a Surgery Center as a Post-Anesthesia Care Nurse, Quality Assurance and Patient Safety coordinator.
My vision for Saint James would be to grow as a church through small personal and group interactions, so that those sitting in the pews are not just attending church but belonging to the church. With a sense of belonging or a sense of family, we will inspire others to become involved and volunteer within the walls of the church and then be able to share Saint James with the community and beyond. I have felt that sense of belonging and family at Saint James and with my experiences and skills, I am ready to venture beyond as your delegate.
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 in Business Administration. I will complete my degree this August and will be seeking full-time employment in Central Pennsylvania. 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. Within these roles, I coordinated a community “Pumpkin Walk” for local children as well as a “Literacy Alive” program for local nursing home residents. 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 began attending Saint James with my parents and have been a member for three years. Saint James became our church home because of the rich history and tradition of the service as well as it’s community outreach. I felt especially comfortable getting to know members of the congregation and working with Father David and other members within the Churchyard Committee. 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 moved to the United States from Liverpool, England, in 1977 for a nursing career, but I ended up working in banking. I worked for Bank of Lancaster County beginning in 1980 and continued with BLC, and later with PNC, until I retired in 2012.
Initially, I was a bit bored with retirement, until a fellow parishioner suggested I try spending some time as a volunteer at Carter & MacRae School. About the same time, I was invited to join the Friday morning team serving breakfast for Anchorage. Sometimes now I feel so busy volunteering I don’t know how I would have had time for a job.
I still mentor two afternoons a week at Carter & MacRae, and have accompanied the students on some extra field trips. When my husband, Rex, retired I talked him in to serving at Anchorage also, and we both continued doing that when the program moved to First United Methodist Church. We started ushering a few years ago. Noticing that we were regulars at the Saturday evening mass, Carol Hartley asked me if we might be interested in serving as Eucharistic Ministers and I immediately said we both would be happy to do that. When the Altar Guild expanded to include Saturday, it was an easy extension for us to do that as well. Our participation in the Mission and Justice committee is a big focus of our involvement at Saint James.
Last year, I was a delegate and found it a moving experience to meet and interact with people from other parts of the diocese, to have opportunity for conversation with our bishop, and to participate in the decision-making process for the diocese.
My family has been in southern Lancaster County for generations, and I still live just outside of Quarryville. After high school I attended Penn State where I graduated with a degree in psychology. I have worked in social services, sales, and customer service.
I first came to Saint James in the late 1980’s, but eventually drifted away from church. Moira and I have been back at Saint James for about ten years and have become active in a number of groups. One of my attempts at a joke is to tell people I’ve been to church on Sunday only about 3 times in the past few years…because we attend almost every Saturday evening!
We are ushers, eucharistic ministers, and serve on the Altar Guild. What engages a lot of our “church time” is that we are members of the Mission & Justice Committee, where I am co-chair. And, as something of a carry-over from the past, we serve one morning a week at Anchorage Breakfast at First United Methodist Church.
What I think we do at Saint James, in ministries ranging from contemplative prayer to a Saturday night mass with incense and accompanied by music played on a sitar, and in all the opportunities for missions and service, is invite people to feel loved. Maybe that has something to do with why we are a growing church.
I grew up in the Palmyra area and attended St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Lebanon, just a few short blocks from my grandparent’s house on Chestnut Street. I was a member of the St. Luke’s men’s and boys’ choir until my voice decided to change, and actively participated in services as an acolyte, crucifer and thurifer. Some of my fondest memories of St. Luke’s are of the high masses such as Christmas Eve, Palm Sunday or Easter when I would be the second thurifer with my dad who was lead thurifer. If you think it gets smoky with just one of us swinging the thurible, you should see it with two!
When I moved to Lancaster, just prior to marrying Lori, I wanted to find an Episcopal church that made me feel at home. I found Saint James. From the very first, Fr. David and the parish were welcoming and inviting. I thoroughly enjoy being an active member and participant in services, whether as a Eucharistic Minister, Verger or for those special high mass services, your thurifer. We typically attend the 5:00 PM Saturday services, but also can be found at 8:30 AM on Sundays from time to time.
Outside of my life at Saint James, I work as a programmer analyst with RRD and enjoy my life with Lori and our cats.
I was born and raised in Frackville, PA, but have lived in Lancaster since 1995. I work as a computer programmer analyst currently employed at Donegal Insurance Company. I share my Lancaster Township home with my husband and our adorable and very spoiled clowder of cats.
I first attended Saint James when Jay and I were preparing for our wedding. The pastor who was going to celebrate our ceremony encouraged us to find a single church so that “church life” would be a common bond in our marriage. I was immediately taken with the beauty and history of Saint James. The second time we attended Saint James together, Father David accompanied us to the Parish House and introduced us to several Vestry members. I quickly learned that “radical hospitality” wasn’t just something they printed in the church bulletin. It’s a little scary to leave the religion you practiced your whole life, but my mom had been an Episcopalian, which helped to make my decision a little easier. I was joyfully received into the Saint James congregation in June of 2014.
Jay and I regularly attend either the Saturday 5:00 PM or Sunday 8:30 AM service. We have participated in a variety of events and have met so many amazing people. I have been a member of the Altar Guild for about 4-1/2 years, currently serving mostly at the Saturday 5:00 PM service.
As a native Lancastrian, I grew up in the Methodist tradition but as a young adult left Lancaster and church behind in search of a career. After 50 years away, punctuated with periodic visits home, I am very happy we found our way back to Lancaster, now seven years ago. Saint James is the 5th Episcopal Church in which Jeanne and I have been involved. Each departure was a very sad occasion. However, each move also brought us to a still better church situation, especially the last one.
Since returning to the church more than 30 years ago, I have served in many capacities and learned as much as I could of the Bible and church/Christian history. What we found at Saint James is a place where many of those experiences would find a welcoming home. At Saint James I am honored to serve with my fellow vergers and Eucharistic ministers; I also enjoy working on Bible study forums and our Men’s Spirituality Group. As a verger, we work with all the groups that make our liturgies beautiful. As Eucharistic Ministers, we interact directly with our parishioners as we offer the blood of Christ. As anyone who serves in these ways will tell you – it is a very wonderful and highly recommended experience.
I was taught that ‘liturgy’ translates as ‘the work of the people’. We have found that to be taken very seriously at Saint James. It is that level of participation and community that is what deepens our lives as Christians. The variety of experience available here is remarkable, and for me it is a call to greater service.
I was brought up in a strict fundamentalist Christian home and was taught the Bible from day one. After high school, I attended Stetson University in Deland, FL, for two years. I dropped out and traveled for a few years. I resumed my studies at The King’s College in NY where I received a B.A. in English. I married my college sweetheart Becky and then attended Penn State University where I obtained my M.A. in English. I also taught English Composition and Argument Writing as a graduate assistant. I am currently Vice President of Marketing at STV, a large architectural/engineering firm where I’ve been working for 28 years. Married to Becky for 40 years, we have three grown daughters and four grandchildren.
I came to Saint James six years ago. I had been actively involved for 25 years at a large local church where I served as elder, adult Sunday School teacher, member of bylaws committee, and occasional preacher. At Saint James, I serve as lector, participate in winter shelter, and was Captain for the Saint James team in 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 support Saint James’ emphasis on community service, enjoy the 10:30 AM service, and appreciate their willingness to pursue new avenues of spiritual development. I have been encouraged and strengthened by the focus on the Eucharist. I look forward to serving Saint James as a Diocesan Delegate as well as using my gift of teaching.
Br. David Rutledge, CFC
I am a retired high school counselor and college instructor and a professed Anglican Franciscan Friar in the Community of Francis and Clare. I have been active in a variety of ministries in education, worship and helping the poor. I am a long-time member of the Saint James Mission & Justice Committee and volunteer at Power Packs at Carter and MacRae School and help with the Head Start program at the parish. Recently, I helped plan Mission Trips to Jersey Shore, PA and Puerto Rico.
I enjoy co-leading Wednesday Evening Prayer at Saint James and Wednesday Morning Prayer at St. Luke’s in Mount Joy. I serve as a Eucharistic Visitor at Saint James and Eucharistic Minister at Saint James and St. Luke’s. Over the years, I have facilitated a variety of half-day, full-day, and multi-day silent retreats for various groups in the United States and the Diocese of Manchester in the United Kingdom.
I served for two years as Assistant Convener of the Lancaster Convocation and was a member of the Diocesan Council of Trustees and continue to serve on the Social Justice Network of the Diocese. I was elected to represent the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania as a member of the House of Deputies at the 2018 General Convention of the Episcopal Church held in Austin, Texas.
I have a strong commitment to the parish and greater diocese and have found the variety of worship and educational experiences to be our greatest strength moving forward. The people of Saint James are passionate about the City of Lancaster and our ministries of service and that level of enthusiasm bodes well for the future of our parish!