About the Vestry
Originally “Vestry” referred to the room where the priest would put on his vestments. Local laity found this to be an opportunity to discuss the affairs of the parish. Eventually “Vestry” came to identify the group of members who governed a parish because it was where they met. .
Role of the Vestry
The vestry of an Episcopal church has three primary responsibilities. The first two are managerial: to take care of parish finances and the parish buildings. The third is to choose individuals to fill various positions of leadership: the choice of a rector, the choice of delegates to the diocesan convention, and the selection of others as the diocesan canons may stipulate. The vestry also serves as an advisory council to the rector who by church law is the parish’s chief liturgical and pastoral officer.
The vestry consists of lay members of the church elected by the congregation at the annual parish meeting. The vestry of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer currently has nine elected members. Each year, the vestry elects the Senior and Junior Wardens. The Vestry Clerk is chosen by the the vestry from among the members of the vestry or the congregation at large. Vestry members normally serve a three year term and must be members in good standing of the parish.
The vestry meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. It reviews and approves normal monthly operational expenses of the church, receives reports from various committees, plans and approves capital improvements and attends to concerns within the parish. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are open to members of the congregation. The annual parish meeting is held in February each year.
Members of the Redeemer Vestry for 2017
Rody Borg,, Sr. Warden
Camp Fitch, Jr. Warden