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 2019-20 Vestry

Todd SillimanTodd Silliman
Senior Warden
All Saints’ member since 1995

Recent parish activities include:
My ongoing activities include ushering and volunteering occasionally but passionately at Threads. With Bob Woodward and Jere Wells, I have organized adult Sunday school classes on Shakespeare’s works. In 2012, I served in the Annual Canvass. I was a member of the All Saints’ 2020 Steering Committee and chaired the subcommittee that offered recommendations for a program to engage future leaders for the parish. During discernment process led by the All Saints’ Strategic Thinking Group, I facilitated several parishioner feedback sessions. In the more distant past, I served as a children’s Sunday school teacher, member of the Children’s Education Committee, and a lector.

Strengths and skills I can offer the vestry:
Engagement in a wide variety of activities during my 20+ years as a parishioner at All Saints’ provides me with a broad perspective on our church’s worship, outreach, children’s programs, and parish life. Having never served on the vestry, I would hope to contribute ideas and perspectives that have not yet been heard. My service on several nonprofit boards and leadership development programs have helped me better understand the importance of hearing diverse viewpoints and engaging the energies of others in service to the common goal. Though lawyers are never underrepresented on the vestry, I am pleased to apply my experience as a practicing attorney in any way that may be of assistance.

Todd would also like you to know:
I am married to Wendy Silliman, who, among other activities, has been actively involved with Threads since its founding. I have a son (Alexander, 20) and daughter (Margaret, 18). I am a partner at Dentons, an international law firm, where I practice environmental law. I am chair of the board of the Atlanta Shakespeare Company and have served on several boards focused on environmental protection.

Johnathan StanfordJohnathan Stanford
Junior Warden
Confirmed at All Saints’ in 2004

Recent parish activities include:
I am currently a third-year member of “Aldridge’s Army” Usher Corps. I have recently joined our Young Adult Steering Group where I’m focused on developing programs not traditionally associated with ministry but share a fundamental alignment with the aims of our community. Through my wife, Anne, I am also an active supporter of our Refugee Ministries.

Strengths and skills I can offer the vestry:
Through nearly 25 years of consulting experience, across both the public and private sector, I feel I have organizational, program management, and execution talents to share with the vestry and our broader All Saints’ community. I am continually enthusiastic about the all the possibilities for positive impact through All Saints’.

Johnathan would also like you to know:
I grew up in Enterprise, Alabama, and I am a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology. My wife Anne and I were married in Seattle in 2001. Anne was received, and I was confirmed in All Saints’ in 2004. We have one child, Caroline, who was born 2004 and baptized in 2004 at All Saints’. I am a Client Services Director for Nexidia, Inc. and volunteer as the Director of Digital Media for Georgia Tech Men’s Lacrosse Affinity Group.

Lori ReinkingLori Reinking
Attending since 2001, All Saints’ member since 2005

Recent parish activities include:
Wednesday evening children’s choir practice, worship, supper, and fellowship have been an important part of my life at All Saints’ for the past ten years. I am participating in the All Saints’ Talents Roundtable this year, which has provided me with a deeper exposure to our history and ministries. Over the past few years I have had the opportunity to volunteer as a Vacation Bible School leader, to head up planning of the St. Nicholas Supper, and to facilitate an adult discussion forum. My family always looks forward to the annual church retreat at Kanuga, and I enjoy connecting with my fellow Saints in the St. Catherine’s women’s guild.

Strengths and skills I can offer the vestry:
All Saints’ is such an important place for my family, and I’m very interested in getting more engaged with my time and energy to continue to help the church grow and thrive. As a former management consultant, (and mom of 3!), I will bring to the vestry my skills of analysis, planning, execution, and facilitation.

Lori would also like you to know:
My husband, Chris, and I have three wonderful boys – Jackson (13), Beau (10), and Cade (7).

Sheldon TaylorSheldon Taylor
All Saints’ member 1988–1994 (transferred out due to a family move to England); joined again in 2004 (upon return to Atlanta)

Recent parish activities include:
In the recent past, I have worked closely with Covenant Community and the Martha Sterne House. I began my involvement at Covenant with Insight Dinners and over time progressed to the Board (currently Chairman). I have supported Ellen by dialing for pledges and participating in the “pony express”.

Strengths and skills I can offer the vestry:
I worked in finance and commercial real estate and bring these skills to the vestry. I also hope my perspective regarding Covenant and my previous experience on the vestry at St. Mary’s Church in England will be valuable.

Sheldon would also like you to know:
I am a transplanted Virginian, born in Richmond and baptized at St. James’, a fan district Episcopal Church. I met my wife, Ann, on a blind date in Charlotte, North Carolina and have been happily married for over 30 years. We have two grown kids living in the Raleigh/Durham area (both baptized at All Saints’) and two labs who keep us company. I enjoy the occasional water ski, a challenging hike (especially the national parks) and our back porch. I am now retired and was last employed with Regent Partners, a regional commercial real estate developer focusing on office, hotels and residential.

Jenna BaroneJenna Barone
All Saints’ member since 2015

Recent parish activities include:
I came to All Saints’ as an intern in 2013 and worked with the All Saints’ Atlanta Project for a year. During that year I lived in an intentional community and worked for the Clarkston Community Center, a partner with All Saints’ at the time. Since then I have been involved in numerous ways. I’ve taught 7th grade Sunday school, I’ve attended adult formation and have gone on the parish and women’s retreats, I go to the concert series, I have pledged and most recently, I have joined the choir. I don’t know everyone or everything that goes on at All Saints’, but I do have a pretty good idea of what makes the church live and breathe.

Strengths and skills I can offer the vestry:
There has been a lot of buzz about why our numbers keep dropping and why millennials don’t seem interested in the church. I’m a millennial and feel like I could bring a unique perspective to the decision-making that happens in our church.

Jenna would also like you to know:
I live in Grant Park and I love my neighborhood and I love the arts. I recently joined the auction committee for a community art center in my neighborhood called WonderRoot and I’m excited to see what comes of it!

Mary BrennanMary Brennan
All Saints’ member since 1981

Recent parish activities include:
Since returning to Atlanta from New York five years ago, I’ve been privileged to serve on the search committee for our Director of Digital Communication (2018), serve as a Sunday greeter and help implement our Invite-Welcome-Connect plan (2017–present), lend a hand with my daughter Kate and my son-in-law Greg to 2018’s St. Nicholas Dinner, facilitate the 2017 vestry retreat, and assist in setting up the blog “Around This Block” during the Interim (2016). I’m a proud member of St. Helena’s Chapter. The All Saints’ activities that keep me busiest are the grandparent-focused ones. These consist mainly of ensuring my grandchildren, Liam and Charlotte, are present and on-time for whatever magic Kathy Roberts and Karol Kimmel are working at any given time.

Strengths and skills I can offer the vestry:
Having served as Mission Communication Officer on the Presiding Bishop’s staff at the national level of the Episcopal Church for 12 ½ years, I bring a depth and breadth of knowledge of church at all levels – from the smallest mission in Navajoland to global mission committees of the Anglican Communion. As communication liaison between the mission offices of the Episcopal Church (including formation, ethnic ministries, United Thank Offering, mission personnel, and Episcopal Migration Ministries) and the wider church, I got first-hand experience in faith and service in action.

Mary would also like you to know:
I currently work part-time at the Atlanta History Center in the Development Office as Gift Services Coordinator and volunteer as a museum docent at the Center for Puppetry Arts.

Mary Jo Bryan
All Saints’ member since 1991

Recent parish activities include:
Currently I am a Eucharistic Visitor, a volunteer with Refugee Ministries, and an “operator” for E-Care, the parish’s email-based network for intercessory prayer requests and meal delivery needs, which I helped start in 2001. In past years, I’ve supported the Youth Leadership Council, taught Children’s formation classes, and co-chaired Altar Guild.

Strengths and skills I can offer the vestry:
In my professional life as a lawyer and also as an active volunteer on a variety of school-related committees and boards, I have developed analytical and communication skills that I hope will be of use in service on the vestry. I also bring a deep respect for the history of service and outreach of our faith community, an interest and excitement in helping to open our doors more widely, and a passion for supporting pastoral care.

Mary Jo would also like you to know:
I am a native Atlantan and a cradle Episcopalian. I met and married my husband Clay at All Saints’. Shortly after our son James was born, Clay was diagnosed with metastatic cancer and died three months later. The All Saints’ community supported and sustained me and James in countless ways during that very difficult time, for which I will be eternally grateful.

Bert Clark
All Saints’ member since 1985

Recent parish activities include:
I’ve been very fortunate to have many opportunities to serve (and grow) at All Saints’ since joining in 1985. I’ve served as a lector, taught several Sunday School classes, served on a couple of clergy search and planning committees, served previously on the vestry, and currently chair a committee seeking to increase our planned giving. Cathy and I just recently returned from the All Saints’ pilgrimage to Israel and Jordan, an amazing trip that was one of the most impactful spiritual experiences of my life.

Strengths and skills I can offer the vestry:
I have a strong interest in strategic, long-term planning, as well as the fundraising that is necessary to make those strategies come to fruition. I have served on the boards of several institutions, including the Woodruff Arts Center, the High Museum of Art, and my alma mater Berry College; I also recently joined the board of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. My work as a financial advisor provides the opportunity to apply that same long-range outlook to my clients’ financial and estate planning. I look forward to serving on the vestry during this exciting period of All Saints’ history.

Bert would also like you to know:
My family is my greatest treasure! Cathy and I were married at All Saints’ and we have three children: Ben (25), works for a non-profit in Tucson, Arizona; Matthew (23), is a financial advisor in Atlanta; and Julia (19) is a freshman at NYU. All of our children were baptized and confirmed here, and participated in the choir, pilgrimage, and other activities. I enjoy any activity that gets me outdoors, especially golf.

Sydney Cleland
All Saints’ member since 1985

Recent parish activities include:
Over my thirty-something years at All Saints’ I have served in many roles, most recently as chair of the search committee that recommended Associate Rector Zack Nyein and as a facilitator for the Faith to Table dinners. After
so long admiring the floral offerings, I have just joined the Flower Guild and look forward to being part of bringing beauty to worship.

Strengths and skills I can offer the vestry:
In work, committee, and board settings, I’m seen as an idea generator, questioner, problem-solver, quick learner, collaborative colleague, and consensus builder. In conflict, I listen and look for commonality among disparate ideas. I am forward-looking and optimistic while respecting institutional traditions. Having served on the vestry in the 1990s, I am familiar with its processes and eager to engage in this ministry again. I love All Saints’ and want to see it continue to thrive, pastor members and welcome neighbors, and find ever new ways to offer God’s love.

Sydney would also like you to know:
I have had three equally challenging occupations: home-tending parent, lawyer (Alston & Bird and Waste Management, Inc.), and teacher (Paideia School). And I have had the good fortune of forty years of marriage with Craig Cleland. In retirement, I’m pursuing many interests, including service on the board of the Atlanta Master Chorale, political involvement, knitting, and book clubs. Craig and I live in the Druid Hills/Fernbank area with our Basset Hound, Peaches. Our children, Lucy (27) and Henry (24) live in Boston and Denver now, but they were baptized here and grew up with the support of many All Saints’ children’s and youth programs and steadfast adults.

Katie ConnellKatie Connell
All Saints’ member since 2006

Recent parish activities include:
Most recently, I’ve been a member of the Rector Search Committee and the Finance Committee (~2008 – present). I’ve also been a Sunday School Teacher (along with my husband, Justin Connell), and we’ve participated in many Foyer Groups. I was a member of the first All Saints’ Talents Round Table. There have been a few other committees along the way in addition to completing two years of EfM.

Strengths and skills I can offer the vestry:
I bring a love and commitment to All Saints’ and the Episcopal Church together with professional experience, institutional knowledge from years of service on the Finance Committee, experience on various professional organizations and service to other non-profit organizations. I have a background in accounting and I am a practicing lawyer.

Katie would also like you to know:
I am immeasurably blessed. My husband, Justin Connell, and I met in law school and joined All Saints’ shortly after we married in 2006. We have two sons: Beecher (6) and Harper Mac (3) both of whom were baptized at All Saints’. I am from Savannah, where I still have family. I left Savannah for Auburn University, then went on to Mercer School of Law and landed in Atlanta in 2005. Not everyone gets to do exactly what they’ve always wanted to do, but I am a lucky one who does. In 2016 along with a partner I opened my law firm, Connell Cummings LLC. In my practice I help families in transition (think: divorce, custody, etc.). My job is stressful and fulfilling. I look forward to going to work each day. When not chasing after Beecher and Harper Mac or practicing law I like to work in my yard, read and travel. I just got back from eight days in Iceland with my mom and sister- it was amazing. Lastly, I am a “cradle Episcopalian” who is committed to All Saints’. It’s an honor to serve All Saints’ as a member of the vestry.

Charlie Henn JrCharlie Henn Jr.
All Saints’ member since 2002

Recent parish activities include:
For the past fifteen years, I have served on the single greatest ushering team in the history of the Anglican Communion, a.k.a, the “Naked Ankles” crew (9:00 a.m. in March, July, and November), which is fearlessly led by Rick Woodward, who successfully executed a bloodless coup against our former leader, the inestimable Hank Harris. Other parish activities include: wearing inappropriately garish Christmas suits while welcoming parishioners to the 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service, hosting St. Catherine’s-related cocktail parties with my wife, Anne, and attending Karol Kimmell-led youth and junior choir performances featuring our kids, Sarah and Campbell.

Strengths and skills I can offer the vestry:
Over the past twenty years, I have served on nine non-profit boards of directors, with annual budgets ranging from the low six-figures to $22 million. I have served as Chairman for four of those boards and am currently the Development Committee Chair for the Boys & Girls Clubs. Through that experience, I have learned a great deal about the business of running a not-for-profit entity and have developed skills in the development/fundraising area, including having led both annual and long-term capital campaigns. I am also a lawyer, so, in addition to being boring at parties, I am obsessively organized and prone to over-attention to detail.

Charlie would also like you to know:
My wife, Anne, is very involved at All Saints’, including helping to coordinate the St. Catherine’s Guild, despite (don’t tell her I told you) having surpassed the 39-year-old age cap many years ago. We have two children, Sarah (15) and Campbell (12), who were both baptized at All Saints and–when soccer does not conflict–sing in the choir. Outside of All Saints, I currently serve on the Board of Trustees of Theatrical Outfit, the Boards of Directors of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta and Flying Carpet Theater, and on the Alumni Board of The Westminster Schools. My community involvement is largely in the area of the arts, having been a founding board member of ArtsATL.com, and having previously served on the boards of Theater Emory, Out of Hand Theater, and Arts Now.

Dante Hudson
All Saints’ member since 2016

Recent parish activities include:
I currently serve as a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, and Usher with Anderson’s Army. I also participate in the All Saints’ Talents Roundtable. Previously, I have served on the Parish Picnic Committee and the Washington, D.C. Pilgrimage Committee. I attend Wednesday Night Supper regularly.

Strengths and skills I can offer the vestry:
I am a quintessential ISTJ. I tend to focus on facts and details and make decisions based on logic and reason. More importantly, I love the Episcopal Church and this parish. I feel indebted to the church for helping me through the very difficult time of coming out as a gay man. I will bring this great sense of gratitude and a duty to serve to the vestry.

Dante would also like you to know:
I am a native of Millersville, Maryland. I am a graduate of Morehouse College, and an Ellen R. Jordan graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law. I have previously served in AmeriCorps and on the staff of Hands on Atlanta. I am currently a solo practicing attorney, but I’ve spent the majority of my career as a public defender. I live in the Hapeville area with my two children: Walker (Labrador Retriever), and Pippa (Miniature Pincher). In an ideal world, I would spend all of my time playing golf or sitting on the beach. I have a strong interest in historic preservation.

Mary Wyche LesesneMary Wyche Lesesne
All Saints’ member since 1965

Recent parish activities include:
Recently I’ve been a choir member and have worked with Refugee Ministries to tutor girls for last 7-8 years and lately as mentor for one of them. I’ve been active in St. Luke’s Women’s Chapter for over 40 years. Way back: I’ve been on the vestry 3 times and served as Junior Warden; I was an EfM member and leader and a Sunday School teacher several times.

Strengths and skills I can offer the vestry:
My skills are mainly as an educator with a high interest in children and child development. I also love and value music as an integral part of worship and learning. I am a risk taker and value spontaneity after a lot of background knowledge. I believe I am a problem solver and have valuable ideas.

Mary Wyche would also like you to know:
I have spent my private and work life around children. I’ve taught young children and college “kids” for forty years. I retired in 2005. Two of my four adult kids and their families are All Saints’ parishioners. Since I have 12 grandchildren I have many opportunities to be with kids!! I miss the school environment a lot so I volunteer as a reader in the neighborhood school and also at the Global Village Project. This is part of the refugee ministry and serves as a middle school for teenage girls. It was the brainchild of parishioner Barbara Thompson and has been growing for 8 years!

Mike NadalMike Nadal
All Saints’ member since 1989

Recent parish activities include:
I am currently a Vice President and Portfolio Manager for Montag & Caldwell, an investment counsel firm. I have been with M&C for twenty one years and in the investment management field for more than 35 years. I have been a member of All Saints’ Episcopal Church for 30 years where I serve as an Endowment Trustee and Usher. In years past, I have taught Sunday School, Co-Chaired Kanuga and served on the stewardship committee. I am also a member of the Investment Committee for the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and formerly served on the Board and as Chair of The Investment Committee. I have recently joined the Board of Trustees at Canterbury Court.

Mike would also like you to know:
Elizabeth and I have two grown children, Caroline and Everett, who were raised at All Saints’.

Dan Pennywell
All Saints’ member since 2014

Recent parish activities include:
I currently serve as the “Team 2, Team Leader” for the Welcoming Committee. We welcome everyone into the church and the church grounds. Our main goal is to welcome everybody with a hand shake and a smile. I personally believe the ultimate goal for the Welcoming Committee has been the “Name Tag Drive.” I also represent the “Dot Miller” Usher Team which includes Sunday Worship Services and Funerals. I have served on the Concert Series Committee for the last three years. This committee supports the Concert Series events. I was part of All Saints’ Round Table in 2016–2017 class, and continue to be a sponsor and host to this outstanding All Saints’ program.

Strengths and skills I can offer the vestry:
I am a cradle Episcopalian and joined Holy Trinity Episcopal in Decatur in the 1990’s. I served as Head of the Usher Team there for 10 years and served 5 years as Treasurer. I hope to bring my past vestry experience in Finance and Planning along with Community to All Saints’. I want to expand “Parish Life”, as we welcome people into our various ministries and show them the various ways to serve. I hope to lead by example.

Dan would also like you to know:
I was transferred to Atlanta in 1984 with Gemcraft Homes of Texas. I served as the 2014 President of the West Georgia Board of Realtors. I was awarded the 2017 and 2014 West Georgia Board of Realtors, Realtor of the Year. I served as the 2017 Georgia Association of Realtors Communication and Public Relations Chair. I currently serve as the 2019 Georgia Association of Realtors, as a Trustee for the Scholarship Fund.

Ellen PorterEllen Porter
All Saints’ member since 1994

Recent parish activities include:
I have been very active in our various worship ministries, currently serving as a Eucharistic Minister, Usher, and Verger. I have served on the Advisory Council for Covenant Community for many years. I am wrapping up my last year of EfM. I recently joined the Strategic Planning Committee for our Worship Ministry as well as the Invite Committee. Over the years, I have enjoyed fellowship through programs and activities offered at All Saints’, including DOCC, EfM, GIFT, Novel Theology, Popcorn Theology, Foyer Groups, GALAS, Women’s Retreats, and Kanuga.

Strengths and skills I will bring to the vestry:
The practical knowledge I acquired in real estate finance should prove useful in a variety of areas, but my greatest strength is my passion and desire to serve and to give back to a community that has given me so much. I have learned since coming to All Saints’ that one’s faith does not fully blossom until it is offered up and shared in a community. It is important for us as a community to share with each other our experiences (common and varied), our strengths and our weaknesses, our hope and our courage so that together, we may lift each other up in bad times, celebrate in good times, and, with God’s grace, “share in the gift of joy and wonder in all [God’s] works”. These are exciting times with Simon’s arrival. I am energized and ready to roll up my sleeves to work beside all of you!

Ellen would also like you to know:
I have been happily married to my wife, Ann Stuart Pearce, for almost 13 years. While we have no children of our own, our lives have been blessed with three nieces, one nephew, and six godchildren. Retired since 2014, I enjoy golf, tennis, yoga, reading, and bridge. My primary community interests include support for those suffering from homelessness, addiction, and social injustices.

Arjun SrinivasanArjun Srinivasan
All Saints’ member 2010

Recent parish activities include:
My wife Paige and I attend Jesus on the Front Page. We have learned so much from other parishioners – those who teach and those who attend the class. It is a great forum to witness the diversity and depth, the expertise and experience of the All Saints’ community. I have ushered for the past few years, and I have learned you are a rookie usher until you have at least 10 years of service! I participated in the All Saints’ talent roundtable and have helped with the Annual Canvass. I also served under Clay Jackson’s leadership on the rector search committee that brought us Simon. That was an amazing and humbling experience. I learned so much about our church and parishioners and saw firsthand how well we can work together as a parish toward a common goal. I am currently serving on the associate rector search committee.

Strengths and skills I will bring to the vestry:
I appreciate being part of a strong parish in a growing part of the city under Simon’s dynamic and innovative leadership. The years ahead are exciting ones for us and the vestry can help ensure we are positioned to lead. To do that, we need to listen and execute. I am good at soliciting and listening to diverse opinions in part because I recognize that answers and solutions from a smart group are inherently better than ones that come from an individual. I am not a fan of endless debate. There comes a time when you need to stop talking, roll up your sleeves and get to work. I am definitely action oriented and ready to pitch in when things need to get done.

Arjun would also like you to know:
I am best known at All Saints’ as Paige’s husband, and there is no role I’d rather play. We have two sons, Jack (14) and Joe (11). Both have gotten to experience the amazing Karol Kimmell in choir, and their time under her direction has helped us realize what a treasure she is. We value family time and recognize how precious that is in these busy times. The boys are still willing to hang out with us, and we will take that as long as we can get it. We love to travel and experience new people and places together. We strive to have dinner together every night and are pretty successful with that. I work at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on efforts to make healthcare safer, primarily by preventing infections and improving antibiotic use. My job requires extensive work with a variety of partners with many diverse perspectives and, often, strong opinions. I hope that that experience will serve me well on the vestry! I love what I do and am happy to bore anyone with more details anytime.

Susan VirginSusan Virgin
All Saints’ member since 1991

Recent parish activities include:
Most recently I served as so-chair of the Altar Guild. During that time, we started a funeral guild, so I serve on that and am a member of the Guild of the Good Shepherd. I have also helped the Stewardship Campaign in the past by making calls.

Strengths and skills I will bring to the vestry:
I am not a “cradle” Episcopalian, but was confirmed in the 1970’s and have a love for the Episcopal Church and its traditions. I have been a member of All Saints’ since 1991, and I think my history here will be valuable to the Vestry. My time as co-chair of the Altar Guild will be helpful in discussions regarding worship at All Saints’.

Susan would also like you to know:
I am a transplanted North Carolinian and a Tar Heel through and through. Frank, my husband of 46 years, is a native Atlantan, and is a lawyer with Taylor, English and Duma. We have two grown children and 4 grandchildren. I work part-time at Erika Reade Ltd., and I enjoy my garden club, bridge and golf.

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