It brings me great joy to write to you with the results of our 2018 Vestry Selection. It was an excellent process that was undergirded with faithful and overt prayer.
The selection process began with several dozen nominees. The Vestry Discernment Team (VDT) was thrilled with the number of people who were offered as potential servant leaders for vestry. We were also humbled by the number of people and the task of discerning the few out of the many who could be put on the slate. I am so grateful for the number of people who WANT to serve AND the number of people who are ABLE to serve. Restoration has a rich resource of gifted servant leaders and it is the reason we have such excellent leadership through our advisory teams (personnel, facility, outreach, finance, church planting); and discernment teams (for people considering vocational change– especially to ordained ministry); and vestry. Thanks be to God!
During the “Restoration Annual Meeting” that was open from November 25 to December 2, members of Restoration voted for 3 of the 7 candidates. Here are the results: Erica Chapman, Mary Breed, and Brad Jones now comprise the vestry class of 2021.
The Restoration Vestry will look like this next year:
The Vestry Class of 2019
- Leigh McAfee (liaison to Incarnation Anglican Church)
- Sean Burke
- Chris Belen
The Vestry Class of 2020
- Kevin Marshall
- Danny Lee
- Johanna Montague
The Vestry Class of 2021
- Erica Chapman
- Mary Breed
- Brad Jones
Every year, we are asking God for clarity about people with the right gifts for whom vestry is the right time. There are always multiple people who could fill these roles– and for that we are grateful that there is a rich choice. Thanks be to God that He sees the future and He knows what our church needs and He guides the heads and hearts of His people to select and to choose and to faithfully follow. Thank you to all the people who considered serving on vestry. I appreciate your courage and humility and willingness to serve.
Over the next few weeks, the old vestry will be meeting with the new vestry through informal coffees and lunches in order to begin the process of orientation to this team. On January 22, 2019 the new vestry will meet for the first time. On January 26 the vestry will leave town for a day retreat at Meadowkirk as we begin to anticipate all that God might do this year.
To the One who always does more than we can ask or imagine: glory and honor, thanks and praise.
From the One who knows what we need before we even ask: grace and peace; faith, hope, and love.