In accordance with Calvary’s bylaws, the nomination committee, comprised of former Sr. Warden Fred Piper, and the five third-year vestry members (Chris Bird, Margaret Craddock, Tony Graves, Palmer Jones, and Sarah Squire), presents the following slate for election to the 2019 vestry:
James Aldinger (54) has been a member of the church for almost 20 years and previously served on the vestry from 2008-2010. Over the years he has served on a pastoral care team, as an annual giving caller, and as an adult education group leader. Currently, he is a Eucharistic Minister, member of the Wedding Guild, and volunteers for Room in the Inn. James received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Memphis and has worked for the past five years as the director of human resources for Bartlett City Schools. Previously, he worked for 23 years for Shelby County Schools in federal programs and grants, special education coordination, and as a classroom teacher.
James hopes to use his expertise in HR, and his experience with budget oversight to benefit the church as a member of the vestry. James says central to his desire to serve is his “hope to help support our rector Scott Walters and his vision for the ministries at Calvary.” As a vestry member, James hopes to provide support to the ministries and staff to ensure they are provided all they need so our members can grow in their spiritual development.” He hopes Calvary will “focus on the capital improvements of our buildings and grounds so that future generations will be able to continue to worship in our historic Calvary Church.” James and his partner Joe Brandenburg live in East Memphis and enjoy the company of two Cairn Terriers.
Lisa Buckner (56) has 20+ years of small business experience as the owner of Midtown’s popular InsideOut Life gym. She says, “Startup businesses are challenging, life-changing, spirit-altering endeavors and this startup taught me many lessons including patience, compassion for myself and others, and many business skills that I think could be an asset to the vestry.” Lisa received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Western Kentucky University. Her partner Kiersten Schnacke is the principal at Shady Grove Elementary School, where Lisa serves as a volunteer and corporate sponsor for their yearly beautification projects. Their 8-year old daughter Poppy is a second grader at Grace-St. Luke’s School, where Lisa is active in the parent association. The family began attending Calvary in 2015 and Lisa and Kiersten were confirmed the following year. Lisa says, “From the moment my family and I walked through Calvary’s doors, we have felt connected to this church, which we believe serves people in the most crucial and humble of ways. I want to continue that service in a more purposeful way.” She continues, “Calvary already embodies the all-inclusive, God is Love for everyone values that drew us in, and I know we have only scratched the surface of Memphians who are looking for a church, just as we did.” Lisa hopes the church will focus on “continuing to create diverse community connections that grow our purpose within the city and broadening our horizons with the usage of our downtown properties to ensure our financial health in the future.”
Bailey Bethell Fountain (27) is a true child of the parish, having been baptized here as an infant, confirmed here as a teenager, and married here to her husband Collin earlier this year. She is a graduate of St. Mary’s Episcopal School and The University of the South (Sewanee), where she earned a degree in English and a minor in Religion. She attended graduate school at UT and is a Physician Assistant in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Le Bonheur. In high school, Bailey was very involved at Calvary and in diocesan youth group activities. She returned to Calvary after college to teach high school Sunday school and serve on the children & youth committee. Bailey believes that “our children and youth should always be a top priority, as we endeavor to nurture their faith and equip them to show God’s love to everyone they meet.” In 2017, Bailey served on the search committee that brought Scott Walters to Calvary and says that during that experience, she “had the opportunity to get to know Calvary in a new way. There is a renewed energy and sense of excitement here and in our city. I want to help Scott Walters, the other clergy, and our parishioners build on that energy and continue our growth as a parish.” She observes that Calvary “is in a perfect location to capitalize on the thriving and evolving downtown population, including a vibrant young adult population who may not be aware of our presence, our welcoming nature, and ways they may become involved.” As a vestry member, she will focus on welcoming and integrating other young adults into the Calvary community “where they can feed their souls and make a difference.”
Nancy Manire (72) has a daughter and two teenaged grandchildren. She is a life-long Episcopalian, having grown up at Holy Communion, graduated from St. Mary’s Episcopal School, and attended services at the University of Memphis’ Barth House and St. Mary’s Cathedral. She “finally followed some old friends to Calvary in the late 1980s,” where she met and married her late husband Jim Manire. In her many years here, she has cashiered and baked the lemon chess pies for Waffle Shop, served as a Stephen minister, volunteered with Lives Worth Saving and Thistle & Bee, and supported Calvary Friends of Music and the choir as a self-proclaimed “choir groupie.” In the community, she supports the Southern Reins Therapeutic Riding Program and serves on the council of advisors for St. Mary’s Episcopal School. Her undergraduate degree is in history, and at age 40, Nancy went back to school for a Master’s degree in social work. She has been a licensed clinical social worker since 1993 and teaches horseback riding and piano lessons. Nancy says, “Clergy and members of the Episcopal Church have sustained me throughout my life. The older I get, the more intentional I am about my spiritual, intellectual and social life revolving around Calvary. Serving on the vestry just seems to be the next logical step, something I can do FOR Calvary.” She hopes to channel her life experiences, enthusiasm, sense of history and lots of love in service to the church. Looking forward, Nancy hopes to help the church prepare for our upcoming 200th anniversary in 2032.
Ginny Strubing (74) is a life-long Memphian, Episcopalian, and Calvary member. She is often seen in the company of her younger sister Cristina since the two of them serve on the same altar guild team and have co-taught in the youngest Godly Play atria for the past 15 years. She is the past president of the Women of the Church, served on the vestry from 2000-2002, volunteered for Waffle Shop and Room in the Inn, and has coordinated numerous parish life events like picnics and retreats. An active community volunteer for many years, Ginny has served Les Passes, MIFA, the Emmanuel Center, the Memphis Public Library, the Junior League, On Location Memphis, and BRIDGES. As a long-time member, she is excited to “experience a newly invigorated congregation that is eager to serve and celebrate our community through Christ.” Ginny brings valuable experience as an active member “during many of our diverse stages and transitions.” She describes herself as “an active listener who values inclusion and transparency in church decisions, a common ground where possible and appropriate, and work towards consensus on decisions that benefit the church and all who depend on it.” To the vestry, she will bring her organizational skills and says, “Having acted as secretary in past volunteer positions, I have developed the skill of succinct summarization.” Ginny looks forward to Calvary “maintaining outreach to the downtown community; increasing our inclusion of people from all races, cultures, and backgrounds; and creating a greater sense of commitment and community within the congregation.”