The St. Edward’s vestry is comprised of 9 members. Leading the vestry are a senior warden and a junior warden. There is also a vestry secretary, who is responsible for taking meeting minutes. The St. Edward’s vestry typically meets once per month and vestry members serve for a 3-year term.
The role of the vestry in an Episcopal church, as detailed in The Vestry Resource Guide by The Episcopal Church Foundation is as follows:
“Vestry members are legal representatives and agents of a parish, charged with specific responsibilities by the canons of The Episcopal Church. They share leadership responsibilities with the rector. As legal representative and agent, the vestry functions much like the board of any nonprofit, with responsibility for finances and management of property and human resources. Many aspects of the vestry’s role are defined by entities beyond the congregation – local, state, and federal laws, and diocesan and Episcopal Church canons – as well as by the church’s own constitution and bylaws.”
“There is an important element of shared life and purpose in vestry leadership. You’re not just elected to the vestry; you are called to a sacred ministry in your faith community.”
Vestry is laity and clergy working in shared leadership creating a vision and plan of action to fulfill God’s ministry and we are thankful for all who answer the call to serve on vestry. Below you can get to know our current vestry members. Please feel free to reach out to them with any questions you may have about St. Edward’s.
ST. EDWARD’S VESTRY MEMBERS
CATHERINE DONOHUE ’23
I am a life-long Episcopalian who has attended Episcopal churches in each town and state in which I have lived. My husband and I have attended St. Edward’s regularly, from the first week we moved to East Petersburg in January of 1999. Our four children were aged 2,4,7 and 8 years old when we arrived and now they are all grown, have moved away and we are enjoying being a family of two again. Over the 21 years in this congregation I have served as a Sunday school teacher, children’s chapel leader and a coffee hour hostess. This past fall, I was asked by Fr. David to serve on the Stewardship Committee and I am pleased to do so. Now I find myself asked to serve as a vestry member, and after prayerful consideration am willing to step forward to serve to the best of my ability. May we all grow together in God’s grace!
KAREN GRANT ’24
God is calling me, I hear it through these troubling times and in the community where we worship and live. I feel called to offer my experience and skills to the many decisions facing the vestry and our new rector. We are at a pivotal point in the life of St. Edward’s. I am committed to diversity, inclusion and growth at our parish. I would apply the skills that I have in my career in Health Care Management. This background would be useful to the parish as it deals with communications, leadership and organization. I have been a member of the the church for many years. Serving as a Sunday school teacher, an usher and on Altar Guild has been spiritually uplifting. Faith grows and I hope we will continue to nurture families and individuals into a flourishing congregation.
Blessings- Karen Grant
PEGGY HANZELMAN ’24
I moved to Lancaster in 2013, so I am a transplanted Lancasterian. After graduating from high school in Blair Co. I attended West Chester University. I met my husband and after marriage we both taught in the Bucks Co. area. When I had two sons I became a full time mom.
Our family was very active in our church in Bethlehem for 45 years. All of us were involved in some aspect of the church.
After a few years I became very interested in working with elderly people and in the last thirty some years I have had various jobs dealing and working with the elderly population. After my husband’s death I began full time work and after working for some time decided to retire to a retirement community to be close to my grandsons.
Since moving here I was introduced To St. Edward’s by my dear friends Sandra and the late Jay Klick. Since being here I have attended all of the services at one time or another to try to learn to know people. For the past six years I have served on the Pastoral Care committee and served as chairman. This is an important ministry to me.
Being a member of St. Edward’s has been very rewarding to me and if elected to be part of the Vestry I look forward to moving St. Edward’s forward in our ministry.
RICHARD IRONS ’25
In 1983, I became a member of the Episcopal Church at Holy Trinity in Coatesville, PA. During that time, I became a vestry member, and the two most important events at Trinity were meeting a deacon of the name Bill Duffy and going on a bus trip to see Bishop Desmond Tutu, at the Philadelphia Civic Ctr. In 1986 Gail and I moved to Mount Joy with our son & daughter. We became members of St. Edward’s that summer and enjoyed a new relationship with Rev. Tim Small. What started my involvement was a retreat called Kingdom weekend. In my early thirties I was involved with youth group, teaching Sunday school and also teaching an adult class spirited by the Kingdom weekend. THROUGH the many years here at St. EDWARD’S THERE HAS BEEN many spiritual moments in community with Rev. Aaron Zull, Rev. Stephen Casey to enjoy and serve. Fast forward to now retired, 4 grandsons, wife of 46 years, happy that Rev. Rick is here and wanting to help Rick in wherever the spirit moves him to help our community love and grow with the love of Christ in our hearts.
JOYCE KAMM ’25
My name is Joyce Kamm. I began attending St. Edward’s in August of 2020 at the invitation of Sam Fleming, a fellow resident at Steeple View Lofts in Lancaster. Prior to that I attended Saint James Episcopal Church where Father Rick and I worked together for a short period of time. I’ve been widowed twice, once at age 42, again at age 67. I have two living children, one adopted son who died at age 27 and four grandchildren. As most of you know, my oldest is in prison. For that reason, I became a member of Have A Heart for Persons in the Criminal Justice System where we advocate for improved prison conditions, as well as restorative justice in the hopes of improving our incarceration rate. One out of every 5 people imprisoned across the WORLD is incarcerated in the United States.
For many of the above reasons, I became commissioned as a Stephen Minister. Loss upon loss can make one very sensitive and empathetic toward others. As part of Faith and Action, I became the Team Leader of the CWS Refugee Welcome Team for St. Edward’s. It is a humbling and joy-filled experience walking with this lovely family.
I am currently the Church Administrator for Ruhl’s United Methodist Church, Manheim.
My faith journey within the church has been a very long and difficult one. I was raised in a very fundamentalist, legalistic way which I took very seriously. Like an abused wife, who keeps going back to the same kind of husband, because she doesn’t know anything different, I found myself always ending up in the same kind of church. In my search of almost 50 years for a church home, it was a breath of fresh air when I walked into the Episcopal Church about six years ago. The quiet, reflective atmosphere, the liturgy, Eucharist, and the contemplative mass at Saint James were just what my “soul” was searching for on my contemplative journey that began in 2011. Since moving to St. Edward’s, which only happened because you opened your doors first during COVID, I found my faith has deepened even further and come alive under the teaching and influence of Father Rick. I have discovered the Episcopal “way of love” to be the thing I have been searching for in church all these years. For that reason, I was confirmed at St. Edward’s some time ago. I am involved in Lunch and Learn and the Wednesday night Bible Study, both of which have expanded my learning and relationship with the Holy. I very much desire to serve in any way I can at St. Edward’s because I have finally “come home.” You are family.
VIRGINIA (GINNY) KLOEPPING ’23
I grew up in New York City and have attended the Episcopal church all my life.
I was educated in NYC public schools, followed by a BA in political science at Thomas More College (Fordham).
Most of my work experience has been in the insurance industry in the commercial underwriting side at the company level and underwriting manager on the agency side. I also worked in real estate when we lived in Pittsburgh.
Through the various churches, I was involved in a variety of areas, bazaars, rummage sales, cookie sales, greeting, coffee hour, treasurer (at small church), ECW, altar guild
We have been attending St Edward’s since 2003, and I have been involved in Greeting; Coffee Hour; landscape design and maintenance of bushes and small trees; Altar Flowers for Christmas and Easter; Memorial Garden Committee; recent fill in for Vestry opening and I am now serving a full term.
BETH LYNCH, Secretary ’23
St. Edward’s became a regular part of my life in the Spring of 2015. It is here at this place of worship that I was received into the Episcopal Church and that Bruce and I had our marriage blessed. St. Edward’s has become a pivotal part of my life. I find the parishioners welcoming, warm-hearted and profoundly generous with their gifts. I am currently the chair of the Social Outreach Ministry and a Lay Eucharist Minister. I just completed a 15-month stint on the Discernment Committee.
I have been in the world of education, recreation and athletics my entire working career. I currently am a substitute teacher in the Lancaster Area. I also work for GEARS (Greater Elizabethtown Area Recreation Services) as the Director of the Camp Lady Bug and the creator/counselor of the following summer camps: Harry Potter, Pokémon and Do-It-Yourself. I thoroughly enjoy my family, Bruce and James and have a close relationship with my 4 brothers and 3 sisters. I enjoy reading, crafts, sports spectating and walking. I look forward to serving as a member of vestry for St. Edward’s, our community of faith.
MARY SNYDER, Junior Warden ’25
As a lifelong resident of Lancaster, I attended Grace Lutheran at Queen and James Street with my family growing up. While in elementary school, I joined the choir and preformed acolyte duties, there, until I graduated High School. About 7 years ago, I first attended St. Edward’s through the invitation of Dr. Randy Westgate. At the time my long-term partner, Alice, was grieving the death of her daughter and we both found a friendly warm welcome here. Alice then passed very unexpectedly in 2016 and the congregation was such a help to me, and St. Edward’s is truly my church “family.”
Currently, I am active with ushering and altar guild, the Friday Lunch and Learn, and the New Member committee. Over the years, I have also enjoyed participating in Krist Kindling and getting to know others that way.
When I have free time I enjoy bike riding and hiking, and was introduced to kayaking this year which I hope to do more of. I enjoy being near water of any kind especially the beach. I also enjoy photography and contributing to the Scepter. For all my working years I have been a mechanical inspector, and now work for a local company that produces medical devices and implants. My schedule is second shift (2-11pm) which doesn’t allow time during the week to participate in some church activities, but I join when I am able to.
I am looking forward to serving on the vestry as way to give back to this community that has supported me so much over the years.
RANDY WESTGATE, Senior Warden ’24
I have been a member of St. Edward’s since 1983. I have served on the vestry and social outreach and cultural events committees, and have lead the youth group in the past. I have lead our Praise Band since its founding 25 years ago. Raised Presbyterian, I have been a confirmed Episcopalian since I married my college sweetheart, and I’m now enjoying learning more about following Jesus by attending the Wednesday evening Bible study. I am the proud parent of 4, and the very proud grandparent of 4 as well, and still work practicing family medicine. I am active as a leader in Celebrate Recovery, and enjoy bike riding, fishing, and playing guitar and harmonica.