The Vestry is elected by Confirmed Communicants in Good Standing of the parish for a three-year term of office. This governing body, presided over by the Rector, acts as legal representative of the parish in all matters pertaining to corporate property. The Vestry defines and articulates the mission of the parish, supports the church by word and deed, ensures effective organization and planning, and manages resources and finances. Vestry members are elected for rotating three-year terms. At Saint Paul’s, elections are held during the Annual Parish Meeting each January. You are welcome to send the Vestry a message through our rector, the Rev. Samantha R.E. Smith, or our Senior Warden, Suzanne Alexander.
The Executive Committee meets the second Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7 PM. Vestry meets the third Tuesday of each month from 6 to 8 PM.
Vestry Meetings are open to parishioners in Good Standing. To be placed on the Vestry Agenda, you must contact the office at least a week in advance of the meeting. Interested adults and teenage youth who would like to come and observe are asked to RSVP no later than one week prior to the meeting. Please contact the church office to RSVP.
Position and Arrival at Saint Paul’s: Began my ministry as Director of Children’s Ministry, Saint Paul’s School Chaplain, and Safe Church Minister in July of 2005 (All Things Children). Added Family Ministries to my work at Saint Paul’s in 2015.
From: Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and lived on Florida’s East coast before moving to Austin, Texas, and making Waco my home.
Education: Bachelor of Science in Art Education, Louisiana State University. Certificates in Christian Formation from Seminary of the Southwest and from The Center for the Theology of Childhood.
Position and Arrival at Saint Paul’s: Missioner for Office Management from May 2018, Parish Administrator since January 2023.
From: Born in Grand Junction, Colorado, and raised mostly in Whitney, Texas.
Education: I have taken online courses for Office Assistants and Executive Assistant. I have a certificate in Business Office Management, and fourteen years in an office setting. After a few years doing various customer service type jobs, my office experience began as a File Clerk. I worked my way up through being a Secretary, Administrative Assistant, Executive Assistance, and now the Missioner for Office Management here at St. Paul’s. I am also a Notary Public.
Position and Arrival at Saint Paul’s: Hired as Organist in June 2016.
From: Born at West Point; grew up in Parkersburg, West Virginia.
Family: Father—Charles; Sisters—Tami and Jennifer; Brothers—Charles and Patrick (1969-2018).
Education: Bachelor of Music degrees in Piano Performance, Opera Coaching and Accompanying, and Voice Performance, West Virginia University; Master of Music in Accompanying and Chamber Music, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Coaching and Accompanying, University of Illinois.
Employed: Associate Professor of Vocal Coaching; Music Director of Baylor Opera Theater, Baylor University.
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