Saint Mark’s has a very active vestry, comprised of the 15 members listed on this page, in addition to the parish clergy.
The Vestry is the governing body of the congregation and consists of 15 members of the parish who are elected by the congregation. It is the vestry’s responsibility to be the final decision-making body which hires the Rector (the pastor), approves the parish budget, makes parish policy decisions, and spends the parish’s money on mission, ministry and maintenance.
The Vestry consists of a Senior Warden, a Junior Warden, a Youth Warden (high school age), each of whom are elected for a one-year term. (Think of the wardens as president and vice-president of a corporation). The other 12 members of the Vestry are elected for three year terms with four parishioners elected each year. The vestry also appoints a treasurer annually.
The Rector presides at meetings of the Vestry. In the absence of the Rector, one of the wardens presides.
The term, Vestry, goes back to the days when the group met in a room of the church called the vestry or vesting room. This was the room where the vestments of the clergy and other worship leaders were stored.
Go to the Vestry Resource page Here.
Meet Your Vestry
Jill Hinton, Senior Warden
Jill is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and Former teacher and Purchasing Manager for White Castle System, Inc. Jill has been a member of Saint Mark’s since 2007 and is active in numerous Enrichment Groups. She is the co-chairperson of the Outreach Ministry Committee, NNEMAP volunteer, member of Supper Group, Book Club, Altar Guild, Usher, and Chairperson of Labor/Neighbor Day Bake Sale since 2010.
Dot Yeager, Junior Warden
In addition to serving as Saint Mark’s Treasurer since 2005, Dot also helps with ushering, altar guild, and whenever possible, St. John’s Street Church, and loves the chaos of the Blessing of the Animals. After growing up in the Roman Catholic church, Dot and spouse Dave were received into and married in the Episcopal Church in 1989 (Church of the Redeemer in Pittsburgh, PA). Upon relocating to Columbus, from Charleston, West Virginia, they, with son Tom, joined Saint Mark’s in 2003. Dot’s mother, Dorothy, also became a member in 2013, when she relocated from Florida. In her professional role as the Chief Business Officer for the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Dot is very blessed to have the opportunity to help make a difference.
Joanne Drew, Hospitality
Joanne is currently serving the unexpired term of Barb Wilcox for Hospitality. She is looking forward to continuing to serve Saint Mark’s as Hospitality Co-Chair with Carolyn Vesper and invites all of us to celebrate ways in which Christ’s hospitality can happen in new and creative ways in 2017.
Julie Moll, Hospitality
Julie Moll joined Saint Mark’s with her husband Bill in 2008 when they relocated from Clintonville to Galloway/Hilliard. They were married at St. John’s Worthington in 2007. Julie grew up in Hilliard and graduated from Bowling Green State University. She works as a Benefits Project Manager for NetJets and has been there since 1999. Their son Jackson was born in 2010 and daughter Emma arrived in 2013. Julie is the youngest of 5, has 6 nieces and nephews and 7 great nieces and nephews, most living in the Columbus area. Julie previously volunteered in the Nursery and plans to start helping again this fall as both of her children will attend Sunday school. She has also helped with VBS for the past three years. Her husband Bill went to Guatemala in 2010 and one day Julie hopes to go. She looks forward to assisting Joanne with hospitality as well as learning about the other areas of Vestry and helping to welcome new members to Saint Mark’s.
Laura Skoracki, Formation
Laura Skoracki came to Saint Mark’s with her husband, Roman, and their two sons, Lukas and Alexander, in the Fall of 2014 after moving from Houston to work at the James Cancer Center. Laura works part time as a Physician Assistant in Head and Neck Surgery. Prior this Laura and her family were faithful members of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Houston where she served on the care committee, ushered the weekly Taizé services, and served as a Door Person for Godly play. Laura is humbled and honored to serve the church as a vestry member.
Bryce Sullivan, Communications
I have been attending Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church for as long as I can remember. I have been on vestry before as youth warden when I was a senior in high school. I wear many hats at Saint Marks as Lay reader, chalice bearer, verger, and usher. Currently, I am finishing my Associate of Arts degree at Columbus State.
Dwight Anstaett, Onboarding/Welcoming
Dwight has been a member of Saint Mark’s for 28 years. Elizabeth Laughlin and Dwight were married at Saint Mark’s in 1987. Dwight has served as a lay reader for several years, and is interested in expanding his church life through participating on the Vestry. Elizabeth and Dwight have two grown daughters, Sarah and Rachel, who were raised in this church. Dwight works as an Assistant Director for Career-Technical Education at the Ohio Department of Education. Dwight enjoys spending time with family, fly fishing, and Ohio State sports.
Leslie Winters, Outreach
Leslie is a graduate of The Ohio State University and Capital University Law School. She practices with the legal team at The Ohio State University Medical Center. She is a resident of Upper Arlington and has been a member of Saint Marks for the last three years. In the past she served on the Communications Committee. Currently she is active with the Gentle Worship Service Planning Committee, the Supper Group and the Outreach Ministry Committee.
Bruce Johnson, Communications
Bruce and his wife, Michele, have been members of Saint Mark’s since 1992 when they moved to Upper Arlington from Columbia, South Carolina. They sang in the Saint Mark’s Choir for over twenty years. Bruce is a Chalice Bearer, Lector, and ever-hopeful member of the Saint Mark’s Golf League. He has previously served on the vestry of Saint Mark’s and parishes in South Carolina and Michigan. Bruce is a retired faculty member at OSU’s Moritz College of Law, where he continues to teach part-time. He and Michele have 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren. He looks forward to serving this wonderful church community as a member of the vestry.
Ted Meyers, Enrichment Groups
Ted is a cradle Episcopalian who has been active in church life since an early age. Baptized at All Saints Episcopal Church in Great Neck, NY, Ted grew up and lived in the New York City area until his move to Columbus in 2005. At Saint Mark’s, Ted is active in the Saint Mark’s Choir, the organ completion committee, finance committee and serves as co-chair of the Friends of La Labor. In his day job, Ted is an investment consultant at Nationwide specializing in public sector retirement plans. This will be Ted’s second time serving on vestry.
Scott Milburn, Stewardship
Scott Milburn and his wife, Stephanie, have attended Saint Mark’s since relocating to Upper Arlington in 2010 from the Washington, DC-area. They previously attended St. George’s in Arlington, Virginia, where Scott chaired the Stewardship Committee. Scott was raised in the Southern Baptist and United Methodist churches, and he and Stephanie began attending the Episcopal Church when they were married 16 years ago. Scott works in state government and Stephanie works at The Ohio State University. They have two boys, Peter and C.J., who attend Greensview school.
Ellen Berndt, Stewardship
Ellen is Associate General Counsel, Vice President and Secretary of Hexion Inc., a position she has held since 1996 with Hexion and its predecessor company, Borden, Inc. Ellen’s community involvement includes serving as an Advisory Director to the Governing Board of Directors of Children’s Hunger Alliance, having served on the Governing Board since 2007, including a term as Board Chair and Chair of the Audit and the Nominating and Governance Committees. She is also a member of the BalletMet Board of Directors. Ellen has previously served on the Saint Mark’s Vestry, including serving as Junior and Senior Warden in 2005-2007. She co-chaired the 2008 capital campaign and was a member of the first Saint Mark’s group to travel to Guatemala. She has previously been an usher and is a current member of the Altar Guild and the Saint Mark’s Choir. Ellen also currently serves as Chair of the Trustees of the Endowment Fund. Ellen is a graduate of Denison University and earned a J.D. degree cum laude from Capital University Law School. She has one daughter, Elizabeth, who lives in Chicago and a 1-year old grandson, Theodore Lawrence (Teddy).
Bex Barker, Formation
Bex and her husband Steve started attending Saint Mark’s in 2012 when Steve joined the choir as a tenor. Bex started working in the nursery when she had their daughter, Betty Grace, but soon made the transition to Godly Play, which she has been teaching for two years. She enjoys watching the little minds at work as they learn and recall stories.
Barb Hyre, Clerk
Phil Glandon, Treasurer