Vestry Nominee Class:
January 2018- December 2020

All nominees have agreed to the following.

At the Annual Parish Meeting on January 21, 2018, five (5) new Vestry members will be elected to serve a three-year term, 2018-2020. Canon 22 of the Diocesan Constitution specifies, “... members of the Vestry shall be confirmed Communicants, at least 21 years of age, canonically resident and actually presiding in the parish and entitled to suffrage at its annual meeting at which they are elected.” Additionally, a Vestry policy adopted in 1985 requires the following:

I solemnly declare that I do believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God, and to contain all things necessary to salvation; and, I do solemnly engage to conform to the doctrine, discipline, and worship of The Episcopal Church.

Are you willing to make this declaration?

Vestry meetings are at 5:45 p.m. on Monday after the third Sunday of the month. Will you commit to arrange your work and travel schedule in order to attend regularly?

Will you commit to attend the annual Vestry Retreat each year? (The 2018 Vestry Retreat is scheduled for February 2-3, 2018)

Will you commit to serve as a Vestry liaison to one of our standing committees or ministries and attend the meetings?

Will you commit to attend Safe Church Training?

Will you abide by the by-laws, policies, and guidelines adopted by the Vestry?

Will you support the Vestry’s commitment to faithful stewardship?

Do you believe God is calling you to serve as a member of the Vestry at this time?

Ben Bryant

My name is Ben Bryant, and I’ve been coming to St. Andrew’s since 2011. Some of you may know me from my time as an usher or a lector, some of you may know me from EfM, and some of you may know me as Morgan’s husband and Teddy’s father.

I first of all want to say that I’m deeply flattered to have been nominated for the Vestry and humbled to be included among such a capable contingent of my fellow parishioners. I know that anyone who’s elected from this group will do a fantastic job.

My own desire to serve is rooted in my experience here.

I’ve found the Cathedral to be a place where hospitality is practiced not as a recruitment strategy, but as a radical imitation of God’s love for the world in Christ.

I’ve found it to be a place of challenging questions that always end in reaffirmation of our community.

I’ve found it to be a congregation that strives to serve as Christ’s voice in our community, as well as his hands and feet.

And I’ve found it to be a place where I can sojourn with others who are trying to determine how to be true to God and true to themselves.

My time here has shaped my spiritual journey profoundly, and I’d like to help make sure that it remains a place where others can have an equally meaningful experience.

Elizabeth Bush

I would be honored to serve a member of the Cathedral’s vestry. I have called the Cathedral home since 2010. I am very thankful this was my first and only church I visited when I moved back to the Jackson area. I felt at home because of the people I met and the worship experience. Yes, all Episcopal worship is similar, but there is something special about the Cathedral and it drew me in.

It took me a bit to get involved because I was living in Clinton and working in Vicksburg, so all I could do is was Sunday church and Women’s book club on Wednesday night. Once I took a job at Batson’s children hospital as a pediatric Sonographer, I was able to have more time with church work which I had been missing since I joined the Cathedral. I started out in the familiar world as a Sunday school teacher with Jr. and Sr. high students and have been slowly trying new avenues. I became a licensed lay Eucharistic visitor, completed my EFM courses, and was a delegate for Diocesan convention. I am currently serving as Lay Rector for St. Andrew’s Ultreya and Vice-chairman for the Cursillo secretariat.

I have been praying about what my next adventure will be as a servant of God. I have been looking for an outreach opportunity that works with my crazy schedule, but now I believe it might be serving within the St. Andrew’s community as a vestry member. I look forward to seeing where God is leading me.

Kelly Butler

Thank you for the opportunity to be considered for vestry membership and to tell you why serving interests me now.

Through generations, the people of St. Andrews have stepped up and stepped out to welcome the stranger, to bridge severe gaps in goods and services for our neighbors, and sometimes to be a brave voice of love and fairness when it was not always popular to do so.

As our nation, our state, and our city wade through the civic discord of our times, I believe the Jesus people (as our Presiding Bishop calls us) on Mississippi’s Capitol Street—are called to “hold fast to that which is good.” Working with my Episcopal brothers and sisters, I want to solidify St. Andrew’s steadfast stewardship in our service to others, continue to demonstrate our acceptance of differences, and raise our collective voices of reason.

We are rich in talent, time, energy, and resources—therefore, share a special responsibility to be the hands and feet of Jesus in Jackson. We do this today through the work of many who are drawn to the Cathedral from far flung zip codes.

I am excited that we offer a new Dean a congregation whose center has held and is emerging strong and vibrant. Our liturgy is rich. Our preaching is prophetic, often poetic, and regularly challenges us to move beyond ourselves. Our focus on spiritual development for all ages remains a centerpiece of our life together.

My desire to serve comes with a promise to listen and to sustain the Cathedral’s leadership and relevance in all of these important areas. And, with each of you, to be faithful to my Baptismal covenant to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves, and proclaiming the Good News of God in Christ.

Thank you.

Robert Langford

This is a dynamic time in St. Andrew’s history. We’re embarking on a search for a new dean, we’re discerning our role as the Cathedral in the City, we’re working to achieve greater transparency in our parish governance and practices, and we’re striving to better support our current parishioners while being more inviting to prospective parishioners and the community at large. It’s my hope that as a member of the Vestry—should that be the will of my fellow parishioners—I could help this vital place continue to grow more fully in its service to our parish family and to the rest of our community.

My faith journey here at St. Andrew’s began in early 1964 when I was baptized in the nave—wherever the wandering font was at that time. My parents joined the church as soon as they moved to Mississippi from Virginia in 1955. The Cathedral community was for me, as a child, a place that was safe, nurturing, affirming and fun—as long as my mother didn’t sing too loudly during the service or talk too long to folks after church, both of which she had a gift for doing. St. Andrew’s was also a place that gave me permission to ask hard questions about the intersection of what we say we believe and how we actually live out that belief in our lives.

The way this congregation wrestled with and continues to discern its role in the Civil Rights Movement, the ordination of women to the priesthood, the early AIDS crisis, homelessness and poverty, and with scores of other weighty social and theological issues, has had a profound impact on me and my understanding of God’s love and my role as a husband, father, member of the community, parishioner at St. Andrew’s, and as a laborer in the building of God’s kingdom.

My wife Betsy Bradley and I were married at St. Andrew’s just over 20 years ago, our children Martha, 19, and William, 16, were both baptized here, and we continue to feel deeply connected to the Cathedral as our spiritual home and community family. I’m a former Vestry member, a long-time chalice bearer and have recently become engaged with the Cathedral’s outreach ministry through the Community Partnership Commission (formerly the Outreach Commission). I’m the executive director of Operation Shoestring, a faith-based nonprofit serving children and families in central Jackson through afterschool, summer and parent engagement programs. I have nonprofit management experience both as a staff and board member.

I am excited about the trajectory we’re on at the Cathedral, and I look forward to working with my St. Andrew’s family to help it continue on that trajectory.

Ed Oliver

I have been a member of St. Andrew’s for almost thirty years. During that time I have been blessed with lifelong friendships, love and support from countless members of this congregation both now and in the past with members who are no longer with us. As a member of a “new and improved” Vestry it would be my honour to assist the lay leadership and clergy in this period of transition in order that this marvelous and transforming Cathedral remain a vibrant part of this city and the diocese.

Recent areas of involvement: Vestry Class of 2013, Breakfast Club, Chalice Bearer, Cathedral Greening Coordinator, Ultreya, Front Desk Volunteer.

Prior activities: Council delegate, Habitat Build x 2, Cursillo Staff x 5, various small groups, Inquirer’s Class and Catecuminate Table leader, Founding Board Member of Grace House, former Chair of Episcopal AIDS Committee, Founding member of Committee on Ministry with LGBT Persons.

Retired Registered Nurse from UMMC GYN Oncology and Surgery Department. Volunteer at Hospice Ministries.

Carol Penick

When George and I moved to Mississippi in 1990 the first church we visited was St. Andrew’s and we never considered another option. Thank you for the very warm welcome! For 27 years we’ve seen good times and not-so-good times, and today it feels like we’re entering an exciting period of positive change.

If elected to the vestry, my commitment is to listen … to the Dean, to fellow vestry members, to the congregation, to those outside the church, but especially in prayer. I am an imperfect Christian and have a lot to learn from all of you.

Professionally, I have worked for many years as a teacher, a fundraiser for non-profits, and for the past ten years as the Executive Director of the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi. Last January I retired.

During the past 27 years at St. Andrew’s I’ve volunteered as a Sunday School teacher, Greeter, Meals on Wheels cook, Flower Guild member, Tuesday morning breakfast server, Habitat worker, and a few other intermittent jobs.

I look forward to the next stage in the life of our church – The vestry is strong; Ron is helping us solidify in so many ways, especially by giving us confidence in ourselves as a church; and a search for our next Dean will be forthcoming. It’ a good day to be a member of St. Andrew’s Cathedral!

Rose Lee Robinson

My family became members of St. Andrew’s when we moved to Jackson in 1977. This is our church home and we have loved sharing in the life of this place. St. Andrew’s has directed my spiritual journey through the liturgy and countless programs, through speakers, teachers and priests. This is a place where all are welcome and where our spirits can be fed. Here we are inspired to find our own way to “go in peace to love and serve the Lord”, and then given a myriad of opportunities to do just that.

It was one of the great blessings of my life to lead the partnership between St. Andrew’s and Rowan Middle School from 1990 until the school’s closing last spring. I have served on Partners In Education boards at local and state levels. I managed my husband’s medical practice, served as president of the Central Medical Alliance, and served on the board of the State Medical Association Alliance. I’ve taught Sunday School, chaired the receptionist desk volunteers, served on the Outreach Commission, chaired the Cathedral bazaar, served on the Vestry and as an usher. Currently I serve on St. Andrew’s Community Partners Commission and All Angels Guild.

This is an exciting time for the Cathedral. I feel such energy in the pews! We are a powerful family! “We know a few things because we’ve seen a few things” as the TV ad says… and we are ready to go. I’m thankful to be a part of this family!

Dan Roach

To the best of my recollection, I first became a communicant of St. Andrew’s Cathedral parish in 1970, when I started attending church services there with my parents. I was confirmed by Bishop Allin in 1973, and became active in both Sunday School, Jr. & Sr. High EYC, and served as an acolyte until I graduated high school and matriculated to Sewanee in 1978.

After graduating college and returning to Jackson, I once again settled back into life at my home parish of the Cathedral. Upon marrying and starting a family, my wife Holli and I assisted with the teaching of high school Sunday School, and served as adult sponsors of the Sr. high EYC program through the mid to late 1980’s, until the birth of our second child in 1990. We have had four children baptized and confirmed at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, and the funeral for both of my parents, and Holli’s father were celebrated there. I served previously on the Vestry during the early 2000’s

Sara Ann White

My husband, Brandon, and I joined the church in 2009 right after we were married. We were welcomed by John Anderson and immediately felt at home at the Cathedral. We have since had two children, Neil and Harvey. Over the past eight years, the parishioners at St. Andrew’s have become are closest friends.

Brandon and I have been involved in various activities or programs at the church. I am a regular volunteer for Children’s Chapel and Catechesis. This time with our son, Neil, and all the young children at our church has been so special to me. The children’s ministry has shown me why it is so important for parishioners to be active and volunteer. The more involved the parishioners are in activities in the church, the more dedicated and committed they will be to the Cathedral.

I am a Senior Relationship Manger at Trustmark Wealth Management. I practiced law for three years prior to joining Trustmark. My principal areas of practice were estate planning, real estate, and business formation and transactions. I represented clients with both modest and complex estates through the preparation of wills, trust agreements, power of attorney, living wills and other planning documents. I am a frequent presenter on Trust and Estate related topics for a variety of audiences. I received a B.A. from the University of Southern Mississippi where I was a member of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Team and was awarded Academic Excellence Among College Athletes. I received my J.D. from Mississippi College School of Law, and studied Criminal Law and Intellectual Property in Prague, Czech Republic, through a program offered by South Texas School of Law. In 2014, I was recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 honoree by the Mississippi Business Journal.