VESTRY AND CHAPTER
It is the responsibility of Vestry members to live a daily life reflecting the Christian faith;
to strive to grow spiritually through worship, prayer, and educational opportunities.
Democratic structures are an important part of governance in the Episcopal Church-including vestries. A vestry is a group of lay people elected by the parish to work with the rector to oversee the temporal health of their congregation. A new group of vestry members is elected at each annual congregational meeting (in December). All communicants of Christ Church Cathedral are eligible to vote.
Christ Church Cathedral is blessed with an active, working Vestry of 18 dedicated parishioners who give generously of their time and talent. Our Vestry includes people with a variety of skills and backgrounds, ages, and length of time as members of the Cathedral family. Some are lifelong Episcopalians. Others are relatively new to the Episcopal Church.
The Vestry meets at 11:30 am on the third Sunday of the month. Each meeting contains presentations about and discussion of various areas of parish life, and is attended by staff and clergy. Visitors are welcome to attend any meeting, except when the Vestry is in executive session.
To communicate with the Vestry, you may contact any member individually by phone or in person, or send the senior warden an email.
A PDF of the agenda for the annual meeting held on December 2, 2018, is available here. Another parish meeting takes place in January. The purpose of the meeting is to review the annual budget. A PDF of the agenda of the January 27, 2018, meeting is available here.
The duties of the Vestry, and their election, are discussed in the Constitution and Canons of Christ Church Cathedral and the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast.
THE CATHEDRAL CHAPTER
Robison Clarendon McClure, Jr.
John David Brady, Jr.
James Fatherree Watkins
William Kennon Drew
Harwell Ellis Coale, Jr.
Ronald Albert Snider
Gary Moore, 2020
St. Paul’s, Daphne
The Rev. John Riggin,2021
St. Paul’s, Mobile
Becky Schulte, 2022
St. Luke's, Mobile
CLASS OF 2019
J. David Brady, Jr.
Chambliss K. Brister
Julianne C. Hoffmeyer
Julia M. McClelland
Robison C. McClure, Jr.
James F. Watkins
CLASS OF 2020
Weathers P. Bolt
Jubal L. Hamil
Carolyn D. Israel
Laura S. McLeod
M. Stephen McNair, Jr.
Laura P. Rutherford
CLASS OF 2021
Ricky D. Bradford
Audrey W. Cunningham
Mary Carol Ladd
John N. Leach, Jr.
Erica L. McElhaney
Robert L. Mitchell
REQUIREMENTS OF VESTRY MEMBERS
To be a confirmed communicant of Christ Church Cathedral, 18 years of age or older.
To demonstrate meaningful and sacrificial financial support of the church, including making and fulfilling an annual pledge of support; to consider that Christ Church Cathedral Vestry upholds the tithe as the standard of giving; to encourage the parish to consider proportionate giving; and to work personally toward the tithe.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF VESTRY MEMBERS
To live a daily life reflecting the Christian faith; to strive to grow spiritually through worship, prayer, and educational opportunities.
To participate faithfully in the worship of the church.
To attend vestry and chapter meetings and retreats.
To work for unity among the clergy, vestry and congregation through open
communication; to accept the position of vestry member as an opportunity to serve our Lord.
To demonstrate meaningful and sacrificial financial support of the church including making and fulfilling an annual pledge of support; to consider that the Christ Church Cathedral vestry upholds the tithe as the standard of giving and encourages the parish to consider proportionate giving; and to be working toward the tithe.
To accept the role of leadership, work diligently and congenially at assigned tasks, and seek out ways to
improve the Cathedral Church including:
1. To make new and regular members and visitors feel welcome through personal greetings, visits, and an
invitation to participate in activities of interest to them, and
2. To encourage all members of the congregation to become a part of activities and ministries of the church and to attend parish meetings.
Resolution of Christ Church Cathedral Vestry
approved on October 10, 2005