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 second Thursday 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. Jeanne Forte, Presiding Officer
Tom Mader,  Senior Warden
Del Baker-Medlock, Junior Warden
Art Schipper, Treasurer (non voting member)
Anne Seed, Clerk
Leslie Soughers
John Healy
Lori Friday
Mark Sally
Bill Smiglewski
Barbara Jewell
 
Tom Mader, Senior Warden

Tom Mader, Senior Warden

 

Following a 30-year career in the US Navy, Tom taught marine engineering technology at the California Maritime Academy until he retired in 2011.  He is the Senior Warden of our church and represents the Wingfield Deanery on Board of Trustees for the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California.
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.

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Leslie Soughers, Vestry member

 
Leslie grew up in a military family and moved around quite a bit. She was born in Japan and lived 27 years of her adult life in Alaska where she and her husband raised their son. She is a graduate of Sonoma State and a retired English Teacher. She settled in Benicia in 2013 to be near her son and family after the death of her husband.
 
The Episcopal church has been at the center of her spiritual journey and she is happy to be serving at St. Paul’s.
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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.
John Healy, Vestry member

John Healy, Vestry member

 
My name is John Healy and I have been a member of the St. Paul’s vestry for just over a year.  Heather and I started coming to St. Paul’s when we moved to Benicia in 2009 with our two sons, Colin and Evan.  We chose St. Paul’s for two reasons, we were welcomed by everyone we came in contact with and we felt it would be a good fit to introduce our children to religion.  Shortly after joining St. Paul’s Elizabeth was born and welcomed into the St. Paul’s family.  Jeanne baptized her and the entire congregation welcomed her into our community shortly after she was born.  I love the outdoors; camping, snowboarding and scuba diving are my passions.  I love the community at St. Paul’s and the fact that we are thriving in so many areas as a congregation.  Our youth groups and programs have become very strong and I am passionate about continuing this into the future.  I am proud to be a member of the current vestry and to serve you all in that role.

Lori Friday, Vestry member (Jake, Rosalie and Emily)

My name is Lori Friday.  I first came to St Paul’s in 1997.  Father Harold Clinehens was the rector at the time.  After the first service I attended, Father Harold said “Come back!”  It was the first time I felt wanted in a church even though I had been going to church with my family since I was a child.  It was the start of many life experiences at St Paul’s that have brought me community,  spiritual growth and healing.   I love the traditions of the Episcopal church.  I am especially grateful for weekly Eucharist.   I have deep respect for the leadership of Jeanne Forte and the dedication and generosity of the congregation.  I serve on the Altar Guild and appreciate the quiet time that comes with those duties.  I am enjoying new experiences with SSP and look forward to my first trip in June.   Over the years, St Paul’s has also brought me opportunities to serve in KVA and the Peddlers’ Fair.  Just as I have grown up at St Paul’s, so have my three children.  I am grateful for the haven St Paul’s has become for them.  It is an honor and a gift to be a part of St. Paul’s vestry and congregation. 

I am passionate about growth, health and fitness.I am blessed with three great kids….Emily, Jake and Rosalie.  I love being their mom. I work full time in San Francisco as a commercial insurance broker.  I graduated from UC Berkeley.  I play softball twice a week and can still turn a double play.  I love running the trail in the Benicia hills even though it kills me every time.  I have a very full life and I am grateful for every bit of it.

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.

Barbara Jewell, Vestry member

I have been a member of St. Paul’s since 1983 when my husband, Jim, and I moved to Benicia.  I practice law in Danville, and am in the process of retiring after 35 years.  Our involvement in St. Paul’s community has enriched us in countless ways. Currently I enjoy serving as a LEM and singing in the choir. I  served on the Vestry and as Senior Warden in the 1990s, and was a member of the Rector search committee that recommended Jeanne to serve as our Rector.  I have also provided legal services to the Diocese. I have agreed to serve on the vestry because my work career has slowed down, and I want to again serve in the leadership of the church.  

Bill “Ski” Smiglewski, Vestry member

I’ve attended St. Paul’s since 1993.  I served as Jr. Warden for two terms for a total of seven years.  I’ve been a member of the 11 am choir since 1997.  I was on the search committee during Rev. Wendy Watson’s interim at St. Paul’s.  Carol and I were married here in 1995 by Fr. Harold Clinehens.  I’ve either repaired or refurbished just about everything on the church property.  I have also been an usher and I am currently a lector.