St. Paul’s Vestry
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.”