Traditionally and by canon law, the vestry, consisting of wardens and other members, is the legal representative of the parish “in all matter concerning its corporate property and the relations of the Parish to its Clergy, “except as may be provided by state law or diocesan canons. (Constitution & Canons of the Episcopal Church, 1.14.2)

The Vestry of the Church of the Holy Comforter meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month in the Parish Hall from 6 – 8 p.m. Any member of the parish may attend a meeting; however, we do ask that you contact the Senior Warden prior to the meeting so you can be added to the agenda.

The minutes from monthly Vestry meetings are stored in a binder in the church office. Anyone wishing to review the minutes may do so during church office hours.

Do you feel a call to serve on the Vestry?

“The Vestry is responsible for the parish finances, buildings and programmatic direction. These members are representatives of the church who are leaders willing to learn and engage others to participate in the work of the church. They are the chief decision-makers. In corporate lingo, they are members of the Board of Directors who oversee the activities of a company, whereas the vestry is really about overseeing God’s spiritual work.” *

Vestry members are elected at the Annual Meeting by the congregation for a term of three years. Although our Annual Meeting does not occur until January, this is the time of year we look for new candidates to serve in place of those rotating off in January. Each year we elect 3 new members to serve on this nine (9) member group of leaders. Are you seeking a ministry by which you will give your time and talents to CHC? Do you see yourself as a leader and looking to grow spiritually through service? Do you support and envision CHC as a vital community presence and representative of what it means to be God’s people? Perhaps this is your opportunity to offer your service to be a part of the vestry. Take some time during coffee hour and chat with some of our current vestry members and listen to what they have to say about their overall experience. If you decide you are interested in serving on the Vestry, simply let any Vestry member or the Junior or Senior Warden know.

This is an exciting time to serve as part of our key leadership and take a more active role in helping to shape the future priorities and growth of our church community. Please consider sharing your time and talents to this vital ministry.

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Elected Church Officers & Vestry Members 2023

Denise Noll
Senior Warden

Chris Sabino
Junior Warden

Robin Rouse

Will Shaw

Vestry Members

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Beth Avil, Vestry Member
I grew up in suburban Philadelphia and am a cradle Episcopalian having been baptized, confirmed and married in the Episcopal church. When I moved to Maryland, I started “church shopping” and found my way to Holy Comforter through an invitation from Betsy Barclay. That was about 30 years ago! [Read more...]
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Arlene Fatzinger, Vestry Member
I grew up in St. Thomas’ Church in Baltimore City. It was where I was baptized, confirmed, and married. When my parents moved to Timonium in 1957, our family began searching for a new church and eventually joined the Holy Comforter parish. [Read more...]
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Hunter Hanley, Vestry Member
I grew up attending Immanuel Highlands Episcopal Church in Wilmington, Delaware. I sang in the youth choir, attended Sunday School and was active in the Youth Group. I buried my father there in 1981 and married my husband, Paul, there in 1990. [Read more...]
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Blaine Hawley, Vestry Member
I was raised a Roman Catholic and attended the Cathedral of Mary our Queen throughout my childhood until I reached the age to be confirmed. I went through the classes but in the end, I chose not to be confirmed Catholic and with my mother sought another church home. [Read more...]
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Nick Knuth, Vestry Member
I was raised Catholic in a small town in southwest Minnesota. I participated in mass as a server before confirmation. I was also an active member of the Newman Center at the University of Michigan during graduate school. [Read more...]
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Martha Lessner, Vestry Member
I was born and raised in Baltimore. I was a long time member of St. Johns Mount Washington Episcopal Church until I joined Holy Comforter about 4 years ago. My husband and I raised two children, both of whom are now married and live on their own. [Read more...]