What is a Vestry?

Episcopal congregations are generally governed by their Rector/Priest-in-Charge and the Vestry. The Vestry, consisting of wardens and other members, is the legal representative of the parish in all matters concerning its corporate property and the relations of the Parish to its Clergy.

The Vestry performs both secular and canonical responsibilities. As a body, the Vestry is responsible for the church’s finances and resources; governance of the parish’s business; the determination of appropriate programs, policies and procedures; and performance assessment. The Vestry is elected by the congregation and is led by the Rector/Priest-in-Charge. At St. James’, our vestry members serve two year terms. Our Junior Warden is elected to a one-year term and has specific oversight of Building & Grounds. Our Senior Warden is appointed by the Rector/Priest-in-Charge. The Treasurer is an appointed position by the Vestry.

Members of the Vestry may have committee responsibilities including education, worship, building & grounds and finance.

Our Vestry members, who may be reached via the parish office, are as follows:

Evarts Fox, Sr Warden, 1 yr 2016

Vaughan Winborne, Jr Warden, 1 yr – 2016

Tim Bostock, Treasurer, 1 yr – 2016

Members-at-Large (2 yr terms)
Brian Burke, January 2016 – 2018
Paul Lee, January 2016 – 2018
Scot Plunkett, January 2015 – 2017
Tom Robertson, January 2015 – 2017