The Vestry

Lay Leadership at All Saints’

All Saints’ vestry is responsible for the business affairs of the parish and represents the congregation in every area of decision-making. Meetings are generally held at 4:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month and are open to all members of the church.

Vestry members are elected at the annual parish meeting from a list of candidates presented by the vestry nominating committee made up of outgoing vestry members. To be eligible for election, a person must be at least 18 years of age and a communicant in good standing. The vestry is composed of 18 people serving staggered three-year terms.

The senior and junior wardens of the church are selected from and elected by the vestry. All Saints’ ministries are led by parishioners with the support and guidance of clergy and other pastoral and program staff members. Vestry members oversee areas of ministry that may include committees, projects, or task groups and other ad hoc arrangements.

These areas usually include Christian social ministries, buildings and grounds, adult formation, youth ministries, children’s ministries, parish life, pastoral care, personnel, finance, stewardship, and worship. In addition, parishioners serve as endowment trustees, cemetery trustees, and memorial committee members.

Meet the 2016-17 Vestry

Ken StewartKen Stewart
Senior Warden
All Saints’ member since 2006.

Recent Parish Activities Include:
All Saints’ Foyers Group, Stewardship Committee, All Saints’ Planning Committee, Eucharistic Minister, Covenant Community (from Rise and Shine Days).

Strengths and skills I can offer the vestry:
All Saints’ history of very strong and diverse vestry leadership is not only a core strength but it sets our church apart. My desire is to bring all of my life, work and church experiences together to compliment those of the other vestry members for the continued growth and development of our congregation and the community at large. I have had the honor to serve as a member of and/or chaired the Board of a number of non-profits. These experiences have proven to draw on many of my life and business skills. Also, I have worked in a number of diverse roles for both private and public organizations which should help me bring an open, informed and innovative energy to the vestry.

Ken would also like you to know:
It is an honor to serve on the vestry at All Saints’. I am committed to representing the interests of our parishioners.

Beth BlalockBeth Blalock
Junior Warden
All Saints’ Member since 2005

Recent Parish Activities include:
My recent parish activities include participating in the All Saints Talents Roundtable, teaching Little Saints and serving as a greeter on Sunday mornings. Through my past work on the Stewardship and Capital Campaign fundraising teams, I have come to appreciate the opportunities for financial giving at All Saints’. Finally, I have also enjoyed getting to know our parish through various Parish Life events from Wednesday Night Suppers to Kanuga to Foyer Group.

Strengths and skills I can offer the vestry:
In my professional life, I have had the opportunity to work with the non-profit and the private sector to build consensus around various issues. This work has provided me with insight regarding unique issues that charitable organizations face while also considering nontraditional solutions and partnerships. I believe All Saints’ has a demonstrated commitment to exploring creative solutions to challenges we face and I will use my past experience to contribute to this endeavor.

Beth would also like you to know:
Community and one-on-one connections are meaningful. My family (husband, Tully, son Tully and daughter, Virginia) and I have greatly benefited from both during our time at All Saints’. My hope is to contribute in a positive way to celebrate what unites us while respecting our unique community. I welcome this opportunity to give back to serve All Saints’ in some way and am grateful to be serving.

Virginia HarrisonVirginia Harrison
All Saints’ Member since 2010

Recent Parish Activities include:
In my relatively short time at All Saints I have been fortunate to be involved in many different ways. I am a member of one of the 11:15 Usher teams, as well as, a lector and intercessor and a regular attendee of the Jesus on the Front Page Sunday School class. I am a member of the Community Grants Committee and I am the All Saints’ representative on the Midtown Assistance Center (MAC) Board. In addition I served on the committee that created the All Saints Talents Roundtable and participated in the first two years of the program.

Strengths and skills I can offer the vestry:
I have a lifelong love of the Episcopal Church and a deep seeded passion for its health and growth which I’ll bring with me to my service on the Vestry. From my professional life as an RN and a consultant, I bring project management and organizational skills, as well as, experience with working with many different groups of people in what are often challenging and stressful experiences.

Virginia would also like you to know:
Though I did not grow up at All Saints and I am relative newcomer I do have a history with All Saints. My father attended All Saints as a young boy and my parents met and were married there. That historical connection brought me to All Saints in 2010 and the community has kept me there ever since. I am honored to serve on the Vestry.

Charles H. OgburnCharles H. Ogburn
All Saints’ member since 1986.

Recent Parish Activities Include:
I served as an usher on the “Naked Ankles”team headed by Rick Woodward, and as Chair of the Endowment Committee.

Strengths and skills I can offer the vestry:
I have been a member of All Saints’ for almost 30 years – perspective over time. I am a career financial professional – financial literacy on budgets, etc. I am experienced in other boards, for profit and not-for-profit.

Charles would also like you to know:
I was raised (and confirmed) at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Anchorage, Kentucky, so I have been an Episcopalian all my life. Lisa and I were married at All Saints’ in 1986, after her adult baptism. She later went through the Adult Enquirer’s Class and adult confirmation. Our two sons (Charlie, age 25 and Andy, age 22) were baptized and confirmed at All Saints’, and Andy went on the pilgrimage trip to Greece. I have been a lector and usher on and off for many years. I began my professional career as a young lawyer at King & Spalding (five years); I then spent 16 years at Robinson-Humphrey and nine years at Arcapita, an international (Islamic) investment firm based in Bahrain (in the Persian Gulf). I am currently on the boards of Crawford & Co. (NYSE); The Cook & Bynum Fund (for-profit mutual fund), Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (not-for-profit), the Georgia Research Alliance (not-for profit), and the Duke Islamic Studies Center (university-related). I was also on the board of Trinity School in Atlanta for nine years. I play golf with Geoffrey about twice a year.

David AldridgeDavid Aldridge
All Saints’ Member since 1990

Recent Parish Activities include:
For the past twenty years I have served on the 9 a.m. December/April/August usher team, most recently as the Usher Team Captain. I served on the All Saints’ Vestry from 1995-1998. I served as Junior Warden in 1996/1997 and as Senior Warden in 1997/1998. I chaired the All Saints’ Stewardship Committee in 1994.

Strengths and skills I can offer the vestry:
My skill set is concentrated in finance, accounting and general business management/administration. Additionally, my past Vestry experience (including serving as Junior/Senior Warden) may enhance the learning curve aspect of serving on the Vestry and potentially accelerate my ability to contribute in a positive way. Lastly, recent experience serving as a Trustee and as Treasurer/Finance Committee Chair of two other Not-For-Profit entities, does provide me with a reasonable base of competency in Non Profit Finance and Administration oversight.

David would also like you to know:
I am a cradle Episcopalian and have been married to my wonderful wife Dana for 34 years. We have three sons ages 26, 24 and 20, all of whom were baptized at All Saints’. I recently retired after 29 years as EVP and CFO of Superior Essex Inc, which is a $2.5 billion global wire and cable manufacturing company. I currently serve on the Finance Committee for The National Foundation for The Centers For Disease Control, a non-profit that provides private financial resources and support for global health initiatives in partnership with the CDC. I also currently serve on the Advisory Board of Trustees for Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, as well as serving on the School’s Finance and Audit Committee. From 2007-2014, I served on the Board of Trustees of Holy Innocents’ School and I also served as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Investment Committees. Additionally, I recently completed a nine-year term on the Board of Trustees of Canterbury Court where I also served as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee.

E.J. DiedrichElizabeth “EJ” Diedrich
All Saints’ Member since 2005

Recent Parish Activities include:
I have been involved in Children’s ministry teaching Sunday school for the infant program, Annual Canvass activities (I am one of the folks who makes the “dreaded” phone calls- thanks for answering!), St. Catherine’s group, Kanuga, Women’s retreat, All Saints’ Talents Roundtable, and Flower Guild.

Strengths and skills I can offer the vestry:
A solid understanding of how All Saints’ operates; through the All Saints’ Talents Roundtable I have been exposed to multiple aspects of day to day business. We discuss such topics as Ministry programs, Parish non-human resources (financial and physical), Capital Campaign, and how All Saints’ fits into the Anglican community both locally and on a national basis. I also have a special interest in how our children develop here at All Saints’, as a mother of two elementary age boys I am especially proud of the strong programs we have in place.

E.J. would also like you to know:
I have a wonderful husband, Mark, who is involved with the Buildings and Ground committee and is an usher. We have two amazing children, Carlton who is 9 and Harrison who is 6. I work for Boehringer Inelheim Pharmaceuticals as a Field Based Trainer and work in field sales promoting our Specialty product for Pulmonary Based Medicine. My degree from the University of Georgia is in Landscape Architecture, I get to enjoy this again with the flower guild! I think in the end though, community, our community, is what matters most. I feel strongly that as we all get the chance to know one another better through whichever activities we choose, we become a stronger parish that is there for each other in both the good and the bad times. I hope that as a Vestry member I will have more opportunities to help us grow as a community of individuals and families.

John FrazerJohn Frazer
All Saints’ member since 1990.

Recent Parish Activities Include:
My wife, Connie, and I led the Given Greatly annual canvass campaign in 2014. Last year, I was involved with the “Pray Serve Give” canvass reaching out to various members of the parish. For the past several years, I have assisted Ellen Hayes in her “calling effort” to remind our parishioners to support the annual canvass.

Strengths and skills I can offer the vestry:
In the late 1990s, I served on the All Saints’ vestry for five and half years. I was asked to fill an open position for a vestry member that moved away. When that term expired, I was elected to serve the normal three year term. Also, when I moved to Memphis from 2004 through 2009, I served on the vestry at Calvary Church for three years.I believe that my previous vestry experience will be helpful as our parish goes through the important transitional period.

John would also like you to know:
Since moving to Atlanta in 1989, Connie and I have been members at All Saints’, except for the five years that we lived in Memphis. All three of our children (Lee Martin, Riley and John) were baptized at All Saints’, active participants in the children’s choir, Sunday school and our two daughters were confirmed. Riley, my daughter, went on the Scotland pilgrimage in the summer of 2012. Professionally, after working in many different capacities at SunTrust Bank for the last 27 years, this month, I will begin working at IRA Group which is a privately held investment advisory business. During my time in Atlanta, I have been an active participant in several Atlanta philanthropic efforts. Currently, I serve on the Board at the East Lake Foundation, Board of Trustees for AG Rhodes Health & Rehab as well as the Winship Cancer Advisory Board.

Elizabeth KlumpElizabeth Klump
All Saints’ member since 1999.

Recent Parish Activities Include:
Many of my years at All Saints’ have been with the Children’s Ministry. I started as a Red Apron; helped write Sunday School curriculum, under Fr. Chuck; and served as the parent liaison for our parent committee, formed to create parent roles and develop new parent teachers. I also taught Sunday School classes for many years (my favorite part)! I am so proud of our All Saints’ Children’s program and its intent to give our children biblical knowledge and promote spiritual growth. In 2009 – 10 I served as member of our STG (Strategic Thinking Committee) with other wonderful parishioners. Our goal was to reach out to our parishioners and confirm the mission of All Saints’, within our walls as well as globally. I currently serve on the Advisory Committee of Covenant Community and enjoy meals with the men regularly.

Strengths and skills I can offer the vestry:
My background was real estate/property management involving sales, managing teams, controlling budgets, training new employees and giving customer service seminars. Having been a stay-at-home mother for many years now(with a part-time job in philanthropic causes as my family would say), I have a pretty good sense of the working world as well as our family community.

Elizabeth would also like you to know:
I am married to Michael and have two wonderful boys, Parker (9th grade) and Andrew (7th grade). My passion lies with the needs of children leading me to be involved with Children’s Museum of Atlanta, CHOA, Agape Center, Young Life and Lovett School. My faith in the Lord is a very important part of my life. Being a member of All Saints’ and WCBS (Women’s Christian Bible Study) has helped me to grow spiritually. It is my true desire to help other young women in their faith journey, along side them, and have been a facilitator of various bible studies for six years through WCBS. I am thankful for the honor and opportunity to serve my fellow parishioners and this beautiful All Saints’ community.

Nixon LoweNixon Lowe
All Saints’ member since 2004;
attending and active prior to joining.

Recent Parish Activities Include:
The past several years I have co-chaired and chaired the Kanuga Retreat weekend to North Carolina. I believe these retreats are vital to creating community within our parish family. I’ve also supported Parish Life with the Mardi Gras Bash. I’ve been involved with Children’s Formation since my son Harris (9) was young, including teaching Sunday School and welcoming parents into our parish through Red Apron.I’ve served Threads, Covenant Community and more recently Refugee Ministries, which I’ve found very rewarding for both myself and my family. I’ve also served on The Guild of the Good Shepherd, giving grieving families support and comfort in sad times. Over the past two years I’ve had the privilege of serving on the All Saints’ Talents Roundtable. I’ve learned a great deal about the church through this important committee.I have also supported Stewardship on the Memorials and Gifts committee and with calling parishioners for monetary gifts. I’ve had the pleasure of helping All Saints’ with some design work since my background is in interior design, more recently the face lift of the library.

Strengths and skills I can offer the vestry:
I get along well with people of all different backgrounds. I am very passionate about All Saints’, therefore I will bring my ideas to the table as to what I think will serve All Saints’ best. I have built life-long relationships with All Saints’ parishioners and it will be my honor to serve the church.

Nixon would also like you to know:
I have been married for 12 years to Harris Lowe and we have one child (also Harris). Together, we enjoy hiking or playing a good board game, and hanging out with friends and family. While raising Little Harris and working part-time, I practiced residential design, through Nixon Lowe Interiors. I’ve recently added to my repertoire by joining Dekalb Office as a Workplace Consultant, working with large corporations to find solutions and interior products for office environments, providing the end user a return on their investment.

Kevin LymanKevin Lyman
All Saints’ Member since 2001

Recent Parish Activities include:
My wife Jenny and I led the 2014 Annual Canvass. I have also intermittently taught with the Little Saints children’s formation program.

Strengths and skills I can offer the vestry:
I hope to bring a sense of enthusiasm, dedication and collegiality to the All Saints’ vestry. I have served on various non-profit boards over the years and have always enjoyed working with others to identify, examine and advance the goals of the organizations involved. One of the wonderful attributes of All Saints’ is the diversity of viewpoints and opinions among our congregation. I look forward to building consensus within our church community when those opinions differ, as they invariably will from time to time, as we all work to spread the Gospel and make All Saints’ even stronger.

Kevin would also like you to know:
Although we both grew up in the South (Nashville and New Orleans, respectively), my wife Jenny and I moved to Atlanta from New York City in 2001 and joined All Saints’ soon thereafter. We live in Morningside and have three children (Sophie—11, McCoy—9 and Lizzie—7) who attend Morningside Elementary School and, beginning in the fall, Inman Middle School. I currently serve on the boards of the Morningside Elementary School Foundation, the Morningside Lenox Park Association and the Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s Corporate Leadership Council. I am an in-house attorney with Invesco, a global investment management company headquartered in Atlanta.

Elvira MannellyElvira Mannelly
All Saints’ member since 1968.

Recent Parish Activities Include:
I am a regular communicant on Sunday mornings. This year I am a regular participant at the Wednesday night suppers with two grandchildren, one who sings in the Cherub Choir. I am active in the St. Luke Chapter, serving on the social committee. In the fall I was part of the “Pony Express” Stewardship Committee. I am a Sunday Caller and I plan to reconnect with Threads. I also serve on the Guild of the Good Shepherd.

Strengths and skills I can offer the vestry:
My joy is in all things at All Saints’. I hope my history of being at All Saints’ for 48 years will prove helpful to the vestry.

Elvira would also like you to know:
I raised a family of four at All Saints’, buried a husband at All Saints’, baptized 7 of 9 grandchildren at All Saints’ and married again in 2012 at All Saints’. My community involvement has been through outreach activities at All Saints’ and my children’s schools.

Dot MillerDorothy (Dot) Miller
All Saints’ member since 2003.

Recent Parish Activities Include:
I am a current member of our Finance Committee serving since 2012, the Buildings and Grounds Committee since 2009 (which I will chair 2016-2019) and served on the Stewardship Committee from 2007-2010. I serve on an 11:15 usher team and have been fortunate to be an Usher Captain since 2012. I am a Lector and Intercessor, a Lay Eucharistic Minister, a Kanuga committee participant and a part of our Flower Guild for Feasts and Festivals. I participated in the second class of the All Saints Roundtable from 2013-2014 and served as a 2015 delegate from All Saints to Annual Council of the Diocese. I have completed my first year of the EfM program at All Saints. In the summer of 2016, I will be among the All Saints pilgrims to walk seventy miles on the El Camino to the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral in Northern Spain.

Strengths and skills I can offer the vestry:
As a CPA, I have a strong background in financial reporting, tax, budgeting and cost analysis. With my past experience on the Finance and Buildings and Grounds Committees, I am very familiar with the financial operations and needs of the Church, which will assist me as a Vestry member in the decision making process. I have client relationships with several non-profit organizations in the Sandy Springs area, providing me additional experience with the operations of non-profit organizations. I have never met a stranger, have a welcoming spirit and am eager to establish and maintain relationships within our church community.

Dot would also like you to know:
I am an Atlanta native , a University of Alabama fan and have been practicing accounting here for most of my career. I married my high school sweetheart, Jamie Miller, who as a lifelong All Saints parishioner, introduced me to this parish in 1967. We have been married for 37 years, live in Alpharetta with our adorable dog and love to cook and entertain.

Erin MillerErin Miller
All Saints’ member since 2000.

Recent Parish Activities Include:
I am on the Guild of the Christ Child, EfM graduate, co-chair St. Nicholas Dinner 2010 and 2011, a Sunday school teacher for the past six years, UTO chair for two years, parent to two children’s choir members, Lenten discipline participant, contributed to the Lenten meditation, active in the Monday Morning Moms group and on the board of Threads.

Strengths and skills I can offer the vestry:
I have an enthusiasm and an energetic spirit that enables me to have a “can do” attitude towards accomplishing goals. My husband and I have found a faith home in All Saints’, and are excited to continue to grow within this church. As a parent with three young children, I have had lot of practice in developing my patience and listening skills.

Erin would also like you to know:
As a mother of young children, choir parent, and a six year consecutive Sunday school teacher, I am especially aware of the role our church has on providing a faith home to our children. As our church continues to grow and as we strive to make new spaces for this growth (through our capital campaign), I will bring a great perspective on the needs and goals of our members with children. I am married to Matt Miller and mom to three (8, 6 and 2 years old) children and a seven month old St. Bernard puppy. I work part-time at a local pet store.

Katrina NewtonKatrina Newton
All Saints’ member since 1993, attending since 1986.

Recent Parish Activities Include:
I am currently the co-chair of the Altar Guild, along with my mother, Jo Ann Dalton. Prior to taking on that role, I was the chair of the Junior Altar Guild for 7 years, and promoted the idea of the ministry as a an opportunity for 11th and 12th graders to participate in the activities of the church as adults after confirmation in 10th grade. In earlier years, I taught Sunday School, chaired the St. Nicholas supper (proposing the now standard practice of 2 different seatings), and organized an All Saints’ Girl Scout troop when my oldest was in 2nd grade.

Strengths and skills I can offer the vestry:
I have had a fair amount of experience organizing both people and tasks, and would attempt to bring those organizational skills to my duties with the vestry. My background in banking and education in economics gives me an ability to evaluate budgetary questions, and my time spent as a parent association president gave me invaluable experiences in teamwork and cooperative strategic planning.

Katrina would also like you to know:
My husband, Floyd, and I have three daughters that are all currently in college or graduate school in Virginia, which is a beautiful place to visit! I moved to Atlanta 33 years ago to work for Trust Company of Georgia, and in the years since our family started to grow, I have organized their numerous activities, including sports teams and scout troops, serving for many years in their school’s parent organization, including positions as treasurer and then president. For the past 15 years, I’ve been in charge of a neighborhood program to replenish our disappearing tree canopy, and have previously served on our Community Association Board. I have continued to battle for many years in search of another ALTA tennis bag tag. I have a love of painting and art, and periodically pick up a brush to paint again.

Scott PortereScott Porter
All Saints’ member since 2003.

Recent Parish Activities Include:
I have been involved in several All Saints’ groups, committees and activities, serving as Refugee Sponsorship Committee Co-Chair, serving on an Usher Team, and teaching Sunday School to 4-year olds and 11th graders. I led the United Thank Offering Committee for a couple of years and served on the Refugee Ministry Advisory Board for several years. I have also enjoyed participating in various Parish Life activities over the years, such as Foyer Groups, Wednesday Night Suppers, the Parish Picnic, Kanuga Weekend, GALAS events and the Parents with Young Children group.

Strengths and skills I can offer the vestry:
An eternal optimist, I try to find the positive in every situation; to see the best in people and always try to assume positive intent. I am fundamentally hopeful and optimistic about the future. I thrive on change and approach problem-solving creatively with a unique point of view. I come to any situation with lots of questions and try to challenge prevailing notions about what may be possible. I am a consensus-builder with a track record of bringing together diverse people to focus on common objectives. Throughout my career, I have considered myself a trusted advisor and counselor to my clients.

Scott would also like you to know:
My husband, Scott Hayes, and I have been active members of this parish since 2002. Both of our children, Caroline (almost 10) and Daniel (almost 4), were baptized at All Saints’. We are thrilled that they are growing up in such a loving and supportive church community. We are especially grateful for Karol Kimmell and the Children’s Choirs, which have been such an important and impactful part of our and our children’s experience at All Saints’. I was an employment lawyer for over 17 years before leaving to lead the corporate and technology human resources team at Turner Broadcasting two years ago. I had worked as an in-house lawyer for the company for eight years and outside counsel for another seven before taking my current role. Scott Hayes and I were among the founding members of what is now the AIDS Vaccine 200. We were active members of the organization for many years and continue to support the cause.

Leighton StradtmanLeighton Stradtman
All Saints’ Member since 1998, attending and active since 1988.

Recent Parish Activities include:
I served on the Space Use Committee and chaired the Strategic Thinking Group, the first steps in the capital campaign process. I’m a former vestry member and clerk. Over the years, I’ve worked with finance, formation, community and global ministries, music, parish life, pastoral care, stewardship and worship.

Strengths and skills I can offer the vestry:
I would be honored to serve. I hope to be able to offer some perspective. Professionally, I’m required to resolve complex issues daily. I try to build consensus when possible. Working with other non-profits has helped me learn the duties of a board member. I believe that as followers of Jesus, however, we are called to be much more than a charitable organization. I value risk management but am proud that All Saints’ finest moments have involved risk-taking. I love All Saints’ and have both witnessed and experienced the transformation that happens here. We are blessed to have such a vibrant, authentic Christian community. While recently serving on the Board and Executive Committee of Kanuga, I worked closely with staff, clergy and laity on many challenging projects. This helped me appreciate All Saints’ in the context of Province IV and the wider Episcopal Church.

Leighton would also like you to know:
My wife, Kate, and I have two teenage sons, George and Cullen, who have grown up at All Saints’. I practice banking and finance law as a partner with Womble Carlyle. My recent community activities have included serving as the advancement coordinator of Boy Scout Troop 298 and on the Board and Executive Committee of the Atlanta Children’s Shelter.

Woody VaughanWoodrow (Woody) Vaughan, III
All Saints’ member since 1997.

Recent Parish Activities Include:
I have participated in a number of parish activities. In past years, I have taught both children and youth Sunday school classes. I also served as the Chair of the Kanuga Parish Retreat with my wife, Sara Ann and as the co-chair of the 100% Committee for the parish’s most recent Capital Campaign. I currently serve as the Chair of the Cornerstone Society, which is All Saints’ Planned Giving Society, and on a 9:00 a.m. Usher Team.

Strengths and skills I can offer the vestry:
I bring a solutions-oriented approach to the issues facing our parish. My legal background provides me with an analytical process for looking at all potential aspects of issues so that an informed and educated decision can be made for the better of the parish. I am currently the practice group leader for the public finance and public private partnership practice group at Holland & Knight, a 1200 lawyer international law firm. As we move into a new phase of acquiring the remaining real estate on our parish block, my experience and background in project finance are valuable assets as we analyze the various potential uses for our real estate.

Woody would also like you to know:
I have three daughters that attend the Lovett School and am married to Sara Ann Vaughan. I enjoy spending time with good friends and their families, watching my children participate in fine arts and athletics, playing golf and watching college basketball and football. I am honored to serve on the vestry and have a deep affinity for our church and its importance to our community.

Robert WaddellRobert Waddell
All Saints’ member since 1999.

Recent Parish Activities Include:
Currently, I serve as a co-leader of All Saints’ Talents Roundtable, teacher of the J2A (9th/10th grade) Sunday school class; an adult leader 2014 Youth Pilgrimage to Ireland; and as a lector and intercessor. In the past, I have worked with the refugee resettlement committee; served as a Rite 13 Sunday school class teacher; served on the stewardship committee; served on a discernment committee; and contributed to Lenten mediations. I am an EfM graduate.

Strengths and skills I can offer the vestry:
I am one of All Saints’ many lawyers, and I hope that my skills as communicator and problem solver would be of good use to the vestry. However, my passion is envisioning the place for our urban parish and community in what I believe is mostly a post-Christian world. I have a strong interest in the traditions and history of our Church, which provide context and guidance for where we will go. I have worked in leadership roles on other boards and committees, and I understand the need and benefits of working collaboratively.

Robert would also like you to know:
I grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. My partner, Skip Smith, and I are parents to two young children: William, age 6, and Margaret, age 6 weeks. Skip and I have been together since 1993. We met at Hampden-Sydney College, from which we both graduated. I attended law school at the University of Virginia and am with McGuireWoods LLP. I was active in Canterbury Club at Hampden-Sydney and with the Vocare program in the Diocese of West Tennessee.

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