Vestry & Officers
Faithful followers of Jesus are called to leadership in the church. The Vestry is like a board that is responsible for maintaining the building, property, and finances of St. John's. These dedicated members discern the vision and ministry of St. John's and encourage all members to serve and worship.
There are several committees which help the Vestry in fulfilling these ministries of the church including the Finance Committee, the Nominating Committee, and the Building and Property Committee or other appointed task-forces.
Membership on the Vestry is through an election that 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 Pastor-in-Charge with specific responsibilities. 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 Pastor-in-Charge 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 appointed by the Pastor-in-Charge with consolation from the Vestry and maintains 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 faithful members-in-good-standing. 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 Pastor-in-Charge.
Current Vestry and Officers:
Margie Paulen, Senior Warden
Dennis Beardall, Junior Warden
Darla Miller, Clerk
Joan Straight, Treasurer of operations
Jim Burkert, Treasurer of foundation
Ed Battjes, Vestry-2019
Ann Davis, Vestry-2019
Margaret Davis, Vestry-2019
Katie Meyer, Vestry-2020
Judy Robinson, Vestry-2020 (appointed to fill a vacancy) Louann Smith, Vestry-2020 Beth Hall, Vestry - 2021 Betty Loomis, Vestry 2021 Rob Wenger, Vestry 2021
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 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
2017 - Present Terri L. E. Peterson
The Parish Staff are paid personnel who attend to the day-to-day ministries and duties of St. John's.
Current Parish Staff:
Terri L E Peterson, Pastor-in-Charge
Becky Martin, Parish Administrator
Heejin Kim, Director of Music and Organist
Victoria Fraser, Cantor
Jim Wogoman, Housekeeper and Custodial
Candace Mitchell, Childcare attendant