From my early days as an acolyte, junior choir member, the Church School’s Treasurer, & leading the Youth Group’s Sunday Evening Compline Service, participation at Ascension & Holy Trinity (A&HT), Wyoming, has been essential for my lifelong Christian Formation. A&HT’s clergy and lay leaders, by their own examples, nourished and encouraged me to fully participate in the life of our parish and our community. I’ve been a junior and senior warden, occasionally a Diocesan Convention Delegate, and currently a Eucharistic Minister and the Endowment Fund’s president. My community service includes being the Planning Commission’s chair; a member of the Economic Development Commission & of the Community Improvement Corporation; and a trustee of the Wyoming High School Alumni Association and of the Wyoming School Foundation. I served on the Diocesan Staff for 14 years; was a member of the Standing Committee, & am president of the Trustees of the Diocese; a member of the Advisory Committee on Compensation & Resources, the Convention’s Dispatch of Business Committee, and of the Procter Center’s Board of Directors. I’ve served in several roles for Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS) since 1989 and am currently an ERS Foundation trustee.
God has blessed me in so many ways to be a “connector” and one who, thanks in part to the varied responsibilities I’ve experienced, recognizes when “collaboration” among different agencies of the diocese or in my community can accomplish so much more by working together. For example, as a Trustee of the Diocese, I’ve recognized that making a grant, or facilitating a loan, is more than just making financial resources available to a congregation. It is more about how that funding will further the congregation’s mission and ministry, and what other Diocesan support may be beneficial, too. I am graterful for the opportunity to serve.