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 after worship once a month. Each meeting contains presentations about and discussion of various areas of parish life. 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.
Prior to our parish meetings we will link the agenda here when it is available. Another parish meeting takes place in January. The purpose of the meeting is to review the annual budget. Here is a copy of the agenda of the January 30, 2022, meeting.
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
Leslie Patrick Ladd
John Henry Brooks III
William E. Skinner
William Kennon Drew
Harwell Ellis Coale, Jr.
Ronald Albert Snider
CLASS OF 2022
Serving until February 2023
John H. Brooks III
John N. Ferguson
Christopher G. Hume III
Leslie P. Ladd
Margaret R. Mattei
William E. Skinner
CLASS OF 2023
Serving until February 2024
Allison D. Gamble
Megan O. McCall
John S. McClelland, Jr.
Frederick I. Rendfrey
Lara S. Sherer
Leigh R. Taylor
CLASS OF 2024
Serving until February 2025
Carl G. Cunningham, Jr.
Alison S. Mitchell
Kristyn S. Seawell
Lucy Pryor B. Slaton
Bragg Van Antwerp
Lucy R. Wright
David Quittmeyer, 2024
The Rev. De Freeman, 2023
St. James’, Fairhope
Phyllis Findley, 2025
St. Andrew’s, Mobile
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
FROM THE CANONS OF THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN THE DIOCESE OF THE CENTRAL GULF COAST, INC.
CANON 19: PARISH VESTRY
Section 1. The Vestry shall consist of such number of Communicants entitled to vote in Parish Meetings, not less than three (3) nor more than thirty (30), as shall be determined by the Congregation. The election of Vestry members shall be held at a Parish Meeting and this election shall insure adequate representation for the Parish and adequate qualifications for those elected.
Section 2. It shall be the duty of the Vestry to take charge of the temporal concerns of the parish. It shall elect a rector. Upon selection by the rector, and with the concurrence of the Vestry, curates may be called. Curates and all other staff and employees shall serve under the authority and direction and at the pleasure of the rector. It shall keep order in the church during Divine Service and work with the clergy for the furtherance of the Church's program. The Vestry shall be responsible for seeing that reports and registers required by the Canons are kept in order. All reports to be sent in to the Diocese shall be the responsibility of the Vestry and Rector working together.
Section 3. The officers of the Vestry shall include a Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Clerk, Treasurer, and any other offices as they may become necessary. The Clerk and Treasurer may be members of the Vestry but are not required to be.
Section 4. The Rector shall preside over and conduct the Vestry meetings which shall be held a minimum of once a quarter. In the absence of the Rector, the Senior Warden or if the Senior Warden be not present then the Junior Warden, shall conduct the Vestry meetings.
Section 5. The Rector may cast a vote when the Rector’s vote will affect the outcome.
Section 6. The Vestry shall report to the Annual Parish Meeting each year on its activities from the previous year.