About Our Vestry
All Saints has a wonderful group of leaders that form what is called the vestry. The Vestry is the legal representative of the parish. Vestry members are elected by the members of the church. The presiding officer of the vestry is the rector. There are two wardens. The senior warden leads the parish between rectors and is a support person for the rector. The junior warden also assists the Rector and Senior Warden. The vestry helps define and carry out the mission of the congregation–by word and deed. They also select the rector, ensure effective organization and planning, and manage resources and finances.
The term vestry originated in Great Britain and referred to the room next to the name of the church where the sacred vessels and vestments were kept. Those conducting parish business met in this room and came to be known as the vestry. The work of the Vestry is done in partnership with the Rector. The Vestry and Rector are to co-create a vision for All Saints that is a response to God’s call and a plan to carry out that vision. The Vestry is a leadership team both in material matters of the Church and in spiritual matters. The executive committee of the vestry is made up of the two wardens, the treasurer and the rector. The principle behind this, as well as the whole structure of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, is one of ordered and diffused authority.
According to the Canon Law the vestry’s responsibilities are:
- to share with the Rector in promoting the spiritual welfare of the parish.
- to aid the Rector in the institution, conduct, and development of the program of the Church both within and without the Parish.
- to be an agent and legal representative in all matters concerning property: maintain the buildings and furnishings, maintain other property (rectory, parking lot, grounds, etc.), provide adequate insurance,
- to be responsible for the finances of the parish, raising money, prompt payment of salaries and bills, prudent care of trust funds, endowments and bequests, sale and transfer of securities and other assets, maintain records, annual report, budget (approve expenditures and recommend and approve salaries)
- to recruit, encourage, train, and guide candidates for Holy Orders
- to represent the parish in its relations with the Rector
- to elect a Rector if there is a vacancy
To serve on the Vestry in the Episcopal Church, one must:
- be 16 years of age or older
- be an active communicant of the parish for at least 6 months
- be a pledging member of the parish
- be confirmed or received in the Episcopal Church
- participates in the Eucharist every Sunday “unless for good cause prevented.”