The Vestry and the Officers
The lay resource leadership of St. John's is maintained under the supervision of the Vestry as permitted by the Diocese. The responsibility of the Vestry includes maintaining the building, property, and finances of St. John's. The Vestry is called to uphold practices of good stewardship (1 Corinthians 4:1-2) and seek decision making through decorum, mutuality, and consensus. All resource decisions are under the Vestry's supervision. The Vestry may delegate certain responsibilities to standing committees such as the Finance Committee, the Nominating Committee, and the Building and Property Committee or to appointed task-forces who report back to the Vestry.
Membership on the Vestry is through an election that typically takes place during the Annual Parish Meeting (typically the last Sunday in January). Three members to the Vestry are elected to serve three year terms.
The Officers serve the Vestry and work with the Staff and the Rector with specific responsibilities that ensure the Vestry's decisions are fulfilled. The Officers that are elected annually at the Annual Meeting with term limits include the Senior Warden and the Junior Warden. The Senior Warden provides advisory leadership, vision, and decorum, often working closely with the Rector in planning. The Junior Warden oversees the upkeep of the building and property and chairs the Building and Property Committee.
Additional Officers include the Clerk and the Treasurer. The Clerk is typically a member of the Vestry and is elected within the Vestry to in maintaining minutes and records of meetings. The Treasurer is elected by the Vestry to maintain and interpret financial accounts and records and chairs the Finance Committee. Additional Treasurers may be elected to assist.
All Vestry members and Officers must be Members-in-good-standing as defined by Parish Bylaws and the Constitution and Canons of the Diocese. The Vestry meets every second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in the St. John's Common Room, except in July. Vestry meetings are chaired by the Rector, or in absence, the Senior Warden.
Current Vestry and Officers:
George Biddlecome, Senior Warden
Denny Thompson, Junior Warden
Rob Wenger, Clerk
Joan Straight, Treasurer of operations
Jim Burkert, Treasurer of foundation
Tony De Dario, Vestry-2018
Judy Robison, Vestry-2018
Ellie Tom, Vestry-2018
Ed Battjes, Vestry-2019
Ann Davis, Vestry-2019
Margaret Davis, Vestry-2019
Katie Meyer, Vestry-2020
Margie Paulen, Vestry-2020
Louann Smith, Vestry-2020
The Parish Staff are paid personnel who attend to the day-to-day ministries and duties of St. John's.
Current Parish Staff:
Becky Martin, Parish Administrator
Emily Meixner, Director of Music and Organist
Sarah Noone, Cantor
Mitch Smith, Housekeeper and Custodial
Candace Mitchell, Childcare attendant
There are many lay ministry leaders at St. John's, serving God through a variety of gifts and talents. For more information on specific ministries, see Discipleship.
The word "rector" literally means "one who sets straight" - a leader or teacher. The rector at St. John's is an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church who oversees the pastoral and spiritual life of the church, celebrates the Mass and officiates at other public services of prayer, worship, and formation. The rector cultivates, encourages, and coordinates with the many lay ministries of St. John's. Administratively, the rector endeavors alongside the Vestry to not only work on the upkeep of the church but to envision the future of St. John's. Most importantly, the chief ministry of the rector is to pray for the church.
The current rector, Fr. Daniel Repp, will be concluding his much appreciated time with St. John's on June 12, 2016. From there, St. John’s will begin the search process to call a new rector. We ask for your prayers during this time of discernment and transition. From the Book of Common Prayer:
Almighty and everlasting God, from whom cometh every good and perfect gift: Send down upon our bishops, and other clergy, and upon the congregations committed to their charge, the healthful Spirit of thy grace: and, that they may truly please thee, pour upon them the continual dew of thy blessing. Grant this, O Lord, for the honor of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Almighty and everliving God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our prayers for this parish family. Strengthen the faithful, arouse the careless, and restore the penitent. Grant us all things necessary for our common life, and bring us all to be of one heart and mind within your holy Church;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O God, you led your holy apostles to ordain ministers in every place: Grant that your Church, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, may choose suitable persons for the ministry of Word and Sacrament, and may uphold them in their work for the extension of your kingdom; through him who is the Shepherd and Bishop of our souls, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The rectors of St. John’s
1867 – 1870 M. V. Averill
1870 – 1871 Richard Totten
1873 – 1875 A. E. Bishop
1876 – 1877 Gustav Arnold Carstensen
1877 – 1878 E. J. VanDerlin
1879 – 1880 M. C. Stanley
1882 – 1882 G. E. Purucker
1883 – 1884 E. J. VanDerlin
1884 – 1884 Augustine Prentiss
1885 – 1886 S. F. Myers
1887 – 1891 Franklin W. Adams
1891 – 1892 Stephen E. Prentiss
1893 – 1893 J. F. Milbank
1894 – 1903 William Galpin
1903 – 1906 Richard R. Graham
1906 – 1910 Charles S. Champlin
1910 – 1913 L. B. Hastings
1913 – 1919 W. W. Daup
1920 – 1937 Walter J. Lockton
1937 – 1942 Virgil Pierce Stewart
1942 – 1943 Reginald Williams
1943 – 1957 Leslie Skerry Olsen
1957 – 1974 Carl H. Richardson
1975 – 1981 John W. Thomas
1981 – 1986 Howard Richard Keyes
1987 – 2008 Richard A. Kallenberg
2009 – 2016 Daniel S. Repp