St. Paul’s Vestry


St. Paul’s Vestry manages the affairs and conducts the secular business of our parish.  The Vestry also supports the rector in promoting the spiritual welfare and growth of our church.  Comprised of the rector, treasurer and nine (9) lay members of the congregation, St. Paul’s vestry meets on the third Tuesday of each month.  Three (3) members of the congregation are elected at the annual general meeting to serve three (3) year vestry terms.  

Our current Vestry consists of the following members:
The Rev. Annie Mertz
Barbara Jewell,  Senior Warden
Del Baker-Medlock, Junior Warden
Art Schipper, Treasurer (non voting member)
Anne Seed, Clerk
Mark Sally
Bill Smiglewski
Yann Jouvenot Sells
David White
Charlie Kilbourne
Kim Rodekohr

Barbara Jewell, Senior Warden

I have been a member of St. Paul’s since 1983.  This congregation is tremendously important to me. It has nurtured me and my family through good and bad times. Our lives are richer because we belong to this incredible community of people.  

I am grateful to St. Paul’s because everyone is welcome here, regardless of where they are on their faith journeys.  I think it is marvelous that our parish community accommodates both traditional and contemporary worship services, and that we make our buildings available for many community groups such as AA, NA, Weight Watchers, LifeRing, Cub Scouts, the Meditation Group, and the weekly Community Meal.  I am glad that with the Abraham Path program we are reaching out to other faiths, and that our Grateful, Glad & Giving group helps us use our talents and treasure to support a Christmas Giving Tree, Fifth Sunday Food Bags, and a Backpack project.   I am so glad that St. Paul’s supports the Sierra Service Project year after year because it allows our teens to experience the value of service and community.  Finally, I love KVA, and our Sunday School programs, and the music we sing every week!  We are so lucky to belong to such an active parish.

As a member of the Vestry I will do everything I can to insure that St. Paul’s continues to be a vibrant faith community here in Benicia in the future, and that it inspires our children to share our faith.

Del Baker-Medlock, Junior Warden

Del Baker-Medlock, Junior Warden

Del has been with St.  Paul’s for about 5 years along with his husband Jason and two boys, Jayden and Kody.  Del’s family has been very involved with Acolytes, as Ushers, as a LEM and Lector, providing care in the nursery and teaching Godly Play.  Del has been a volunteer for Peddlers’ Fair as we as one of the bakers of fine goodies for the Share Our Strength bake sale.  Del and his family are proud to be devoted to the St. Paul’s Family of friends and will continue to show their commitment to the faith by their active participation in the community of St. Paul’s.


Anne Seed, Vestry member and Clerk of the Vestry


Over the years, the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ has been made evident to me in many, many ways, none more than in our sharing of the bread and wine on Sunday.  Flowers, stained glass, the words of our liturgy and strains of “Amazing Grace” fill me with joy beyond measure.  I am passionate about equality and social justice issues and rejoice that the Sacraments of this church, I love beyond words, are available to all. I bring skills of organization and hospitality and characteristics of perception and integrity to the vestry.  My educational background is in History and Communication and my chosen profession is education, working at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland.  On a personal note, I love cats, the color pink, anything British, paper products and my beloved Green Bay Packers.

Mark Sally, Vestry member


Mark J. Sally

 Mark likes the way the Episcopal Church blends the early Christian worship styles with contemporary culture.  Mark and his wife Suzanna, began worshipping in the Episcopal tradition in 1986.  Job location assignments have taken them to multiple communities over the years, with Benicia being the place they plan to stay in retirement.  Mark believes that Vestry members need to support & encourage the work of the Holy Spirit through the clergy and congregation.  He also brings some Christian & secular organizational  skills to the team including past Vestry/church council experience, leadership roles in volunteer and professional organizations (scouting, youth sports, Christian education & youth leader, budgeting, and professional societies), and leadership of small & large teams for projects in the semiconductor & energy industries.  Mark is also a member of the Gibb’s Society at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and believes in supporting those that are called to religious vocations.

Bill “Ski” Smiglewski, Vestry member

Bill “Ski” Smiglewski was born and raised in Kansas City, MO.  He served three years in the Marine Corps, including 13 months in Viet Nam.  He started working at Chevron in the refinery as a mechanic in 1967, his last four years as a shop foreman.  He then transferred to San Ramon and worked in marketing, building, remodeling, and maintenance of service stations.  After 37 years, he retired.   He and his wife Carol started attending St. Paul’s in 1993 and married there in 1995.  During that time they’ve both served as ushers and sing in the 11 choir. This is his third time on the Vestry, and he has twice served as Jr. Warden.  Carol also serves as a Stephen minister.     To Ski, the most important thing here at St. Paul’s is the inclusion of our youth in any ministry in which they desire to serve. Ski says, “I love it when Jeanne invites all youth to sit around the altar during a service.” Ski’s hobbies are stained glass, wood-working, and golf.  He’s honored to be crew chief on a supercharged alcohol dragster.  “We do the quarter mile in 6.00 seconds at 234 MPH.  It keeps me connected to my son and grand kids.”

Yann Jouvenot Sells

I have been a member of St. Paul’s since 2009, when my husband Dave and our two sons, Albert and Thomas, moved to Benicia. St Paul has welcomed and embraced us since, and it has become an extension of our family. Our youngest son James was brought to St Paul as soon as he was in our care (three weeks old), and our three boys have been baptized and welcomed to the Episcopal Church by Rev Jeanne.                                                                                                                           My functions in St. Paul’s have mainly revolved around the choir and as an usher. We have also participated in a variety of family activities such as KVA and family weekends. As my sons grow older, I look forward to getting involved in the Sierra Service Project. In 2015, I started my path in the Cursillo community, and it has had a profound effect in my spiritual life. I am currently the Cub Master for Pack 128 of the Benicia Cub Scouts and was a Volunteer Firefighter in this town for five years (until 2016). 
                                                                                                                                                              I look forward to bringing my skills to the vestry, in particular around the areas of communication, leadership and financial planning, as well as my perspective as the father of young children and a gay man.  I am committed to working with the rest of the Vestry members to ensure St. Paul’s future as the welcoming and inspiring community that we all know it to be.

Charlie Kilbourne

I was raised in the Episcopal Church and my wife Dale and I have been members of St. Paul’s since 1990.  I served on the Vestry during the mid-1990s and helped coordinate the Lay Eucharistic Visitor ministry under Father Harold.   I served as the spiritual advisor for the Rector search in 2000 and was a member of the search committee that brought Rev. Jeanne to St. Paul’s.  I currently serve as a Lay Eucharistic Minister, Usher and am a member of St. Paul’s Parish Commission on Ministry.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         I retired from California state service last year, having worked 29 years as a public policy manager and analyst in job training programs for the Employment Development Department.  I am a passionate advocate for people with epilepsy and serve as a board member and volunteer educator for the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California.  I subscribe to Jackie Robinson’s observation that, “A life is not important except for the impact it has on other lives.”  I bring this philosophy and passion to my work as a Vestry member.


David White
 I have been coming to St. Paul’s since the mid to late 80s, first sporadically, then regularly in the 90s. I was recruited into the choir and found that my involvement made me more centered in the messages and liturgy.  I was asked to serve on the vestry and was senior warden for a two-year term, while a rector search was underway, eventually calling Jeanne Forte (after a trial rector didn’t work out) to our midst.
I have seen quite a few changes in this wonderful congregation, and I look forward to being able to serve God and the wonderful people here, and those yet to come. My mission will be to understand what will be the best for St. Paul’s and the people of the community. 

Kimberly Rodekohr

A little over 22 years ago while on one of our many bike rides through Benicia, my husband Steve and I would drive by this beautiful church at the corner of First and J Streets.  Both being Episcopalians since early childhood and now with two small daughters, we thought it time to return to church.  That first Sunday, we were welcomed by so many wonderful people and were filled with the grace of God.  We knew we had found a home!

We raised our daughters Shelby and Haley at St. Paul’s and were blessed to be involved in different ministries.  I learned about Cursillo from the many sisters and brothers at St. Paul’s who went through their own weekends and in 2003, I went on my weekend.  It had a significant impact on my spiritual growth which grew and developed deeper at St. Paul’s.

Steve and I also raised Steve’s two daughters Dianna and Dawn and they have blessed us with two grandchildren, Elijah and Nora Jane.  I retired as a Sergeant with the Alameda Police Department which opened up time for me to be more involved with service at St. Paul’s.  I am a member of Altar Guild, the Usher Ministry, Flower Guild, Godly Play and am a Lay Eucharist Minister.  I am privileged to be on your Vestry and look forward to serving this wonderful faith community here at St. Paul’s.