- About Grace
Grace’s Annual Meeting: Jan. 25, 2015
On January 21, 2015
Be a part of the plans for Grace’s future as we gather for our 156th Annual Parish Meeting, Sunday, Jan. 25 at 9 a.m.
We’ll elect new Vestry members, hear reports from our leadership and adopt our 2015 budget. Coffee and rolls will be served. Childcare will be available in the Nursery for infants through 4-year old children. Elementary age children are welcome to enjoy movies, popcorn and activities in LaVielle Conference Room.
We will be electing 4 Vestry members and 2 convention delegates this year. The following members have been nominated to serve:
I was born and raised an Episcopalian in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and have been married to my high school sweetheart for nearly 50 years. In 2005 Dick and I moved to St. Louis (for the third time!) to be closer to our children and grandchildren. After many years living away from family, it was wonderful to worship in the same pew with the kids and so we rejoined Grace soon after. (We had been members of Grace in the early ’80’s during our first stint in St. Louis.)
Over the years, and especially when making frequent moves due to Dick’s work, we found that having a church home made such a difference in our lives. Dick and I share the philosophy that it is both a joy and a responsibility to actively participate in God’s church and community, as we are able. To that end I have been involved in a variety of activities (not all at once!) including Vestries, Altar Guild, ECW, Seasonal Decorating and serving as Lector/Chalice Bearer. At Grace I am now a Eucharistic Minister and Visitor, member of Community of Hope, Altar Guild and board member for Women of Grace. In the larger community I volunteer for Bethesda Dilworth Hospice and NODA programs, drive for the Shepherd’s Center and get to join Dick in restocking Kirkcare Food Pantry shelves as often as I want. I enjoy sharing my love of sewing, cooking, drawing and crafting with my grandkids and others. Traveling to visit far-flung family, friends and places is also a favorite activity.
I began attending Grace Episcopal in the fall of 2005 after relocating to Kirkwood from New Orleans. I was baptized at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Biloxi and confirmed at St. Philip’s Episcopal in Algiers (New Orleans). I was attracted to Grace Church by the warm reception from Grace parishioners during visitation in 2005.
In New Orleans I was a volunteer with St Philip’s Boy Scout troop and the Boy Scout Jamboree Committee. Here at Grace I serve as an usher and I am just completing a three-year term on the Vestry. My interest in continuing on Grace’s Vestry is in the development and growth of programs to attract youth and youth adults to the church, as well as programs that serve the local community.
I am an insurance agent with AAA Insurance, licensed in auto, home, life and health, and a member of Kirkwood Chamber of Commerce. Prior to moving to Kirkwood I was employed by the National Safety Council where I promoted health and safety in the workplace, home and community, activities which included serving as board member for area traffic and bicycle safety committees. I was also past board member of a swim and tennis facility and involved in areas of finance, property management and administration.
I grew up in the Catholic Church but began attending Grace Church in 1975 while dating my late wife Janet. Janet was a life long member of Grace and I became a member in 1978. Janet and I were married at Grace in 1977 and have two daughters (Jenny and Megan) who were baptized and confirmed at Grace. Jenny, my oldest was also married at Grace Church.
After graduating from high school, I enlisted in the US Army for 3 years (spending 2 ½ in Germany) achieving the rank of Sergeant. I graduated from UMSL with a BSBA degree in Finance and Accounting and have an MBA from Webster University.
I spent over 32 years working in various accounting positions with several companies – LaBarge Inc, Anheuser-Busch and United Soybean Board. Currently, I am retired. I have served on the Citizen’s Finance Committee for the City of Kirkwood. Also, I have served on the Finance Committee for the Habitat for Humanity organization in St. Louis. And I am currently serving on the Board of the Shepherd’s Center. Finally, I speak at various high schools once a year about my time served in the military.
I have previously served in a number of capacities at Grace including the following. I have served two terms on the Vestry and one year as Senior Warden. I have served on Todd’s Executive Committee. I have served twice on the Rector Search Committee, serving once as co-chair. I have served several terms on the Finance Committee, serving as chair for one of those terms. Currently, I am still serving on the Finance Committee. In addition, I have served as Treasurer. Also I currently am serving a second term as an Endowment Fund Trustee. I have been an adult leader of the teen mission trip for 14 years and am planning to go again in June. I was a teacher in the church school for many years. Finally, I was an usher for many years.
I have been a member of Grace Church since 2003. I have a degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri, am fluent in Spanish and went to Lindbergh High School. I’m a certified Black Belt in “Lean / 6 Sigma,” and am an Operational Excellence Deployment Leader for Canon. Early in my career I studied under Dr. Ed Deming, one of the least-known yet most-influential shapers of the 20th century. That experience instilled me with a passion for quality, which has been the focus of my career with Pepsi, Nabisco, Snapple, Bank of America and Express-Scripts.
My wife Belinda and I met in church and were married at Christ Church in Greenwich, CT. Upon returning to St. Louis, we were guided to Grace by an internet search for a new church home. As newcomers, we enjoyed the warm welcome from parishioners and clergy in Albright Hall. I soon became an usher, chaired the Communications Committee and served on Vestry during the pivotal years of 2005 – 2007. Belinda helped launch the grocery card programs at Grace. Many of our enduring friendships share a connection to Grace.
More recently, I have been commissioned by Grace as a Visiting Lay Eucharistic Minister and have been trained and certified through the Community of Hope as a Pastoral Care Lay Minister. Belinda and I have four grown children: Daniel, Francesca, Alex and Marisa as well as two joyful dogs: Valerie and Jackie.
Values I can bring to Vestry include objectivity, creativity and an optimistic drive to keep meetings on time, on track and productive. My interests include combining science & art through photography, painting and making copper mobiles. I’m also a pretty good cook.
Convention Delegate Candidates:
I learned to be flexible as a Navy child and as an Air Force wife/mother living in many U.S. locales and in Europe. My background includes a physical therapy career and many years of volunteer work as a military wife, La Leche League leader, PIE school volunteer, Girl Scout Leader, Cub Scout Leader, Religious Education Teacher and in Physical Therapy organizations in four states.
My husband Vince and I are cradle Roman Catholics who joined the Episcopal Church in 2001; members of Grace since January 2007. At Advent, I participated in Discernment Committees, various outreach activities, and as volunteer/coordinator for Episcopal Habitat for Humanity Project. This work continued at Grace until 2011. I coordinated Deaconess Anne House bedroom rehab with Vince in 2013. As co-chair of Grace Outreach, I am involved in many outreach ministries, and also have served as a Metro III delegate from 2011-14, attending three conventions. I have served as Women of Grace secretary, and have assisted with Grace on the Go, Hands on Kirkwood, Women’s Book Group, Funeral Reception Committee, KirkCare, Greeter, Foyer Group, Holiday Jewelry Sale, the Fundraising Oversight Committee and face-painting at special events. Vince and I have two married children and two granddaughters.
John Dotson (alternate)
I became a member of Grace Episcopal Church during Holy Week April 2014. I was confirmed in the Episcopal Church in 1968. I made my Cursillo in 1978. I made my life vows in the Third Order Society of St Francis in 1978.
I serve as a Eucharistic Visitor, Eucharistic Minister and Lector at Grace Church. I am a Confirm not Conform mentor. I am active in the Paseo con Cristo community at Grace. I serve on the Diocesan Commission on Dismantling Racism.
I am native of Kingsport, Tennessee. I was member of the Methodist Church until college. I married Margie Norris when we graduated from East Tennessee State University 1969. I was an Army infantry lieutenant in Vietnam from 1970 – 1971. My children James and Virginia were born in South Carolina. I received a MBA degree University of South Carolina 1978. Margie died of breast cancer 1997 in Kingsport. I married Nancy Jo Brown in 1999. We moved to Kansas City, KS in 2012. I divorced Nancy in 2014. I moved to St Louis in 2014 to live near my daughter, Ginny.
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