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.  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.

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.”