Newly Elected Vestry Members

Newly Elected Vestry Members

Calvary is pleased to introduce the five newest members of our vestry. These five, along with Sarah Ball, Chris Bird, Margaret Craddock, Tony Graves, Gail Harrel, Palmer Jones, Les Smith, Sarah Squire, Peg Wahl, and Hank Word, comprise your vestry for 2018. 

Madge Logan Deacon (66) was baptized at Calvary at age six weeks. Although over the years she tried short stints at other Episcopal churches closer to home, she has “always come ‘home’ to Calvary.” She and her husband Whit have a blended family of four children and five grandchildren. Madge retired from FedEx in 2013 following a 36-year career which honed her project management, project development, training and facilitation skills, all of which she would bring to her work on the vestry. Madge identifies in herself an ability to “begin with the end in mind,” and focus on project details once a clear understanding of the big picture has been identified. She is a graduate of St. Mary’s School and was in the first group of female students at the University of the South (Sewanee). At Calvary, Madge is a member of the Daughters of the King, Holy Spirit Guild, Wedding Guild, Ushers, Eucharistic Ministers, and Lectors. She volunteers at Waffle Shop, the Lenten Preaching Series, Salvation Army Bell Ringers, and the Boar’s Head Feaste. A majority of Madge’s volunteer time is spent supporting the work of Lives Worth Saving, a monthly support program for those arrested for prostitution. She serves as the vice-president of the board of directors of Thistle & Bee, a nonprofit that supports survivors of prostitution and sex trafficking. Madge identifies Calvary’s opportunity in the next few years “to continue the ‘Calvary block’ activities, to focus on a capital campaign, to actively participate in the Downtown Churches Association, and to grow partnerships with both residential and business communities in Downtown.”  

Kim Kitterman (60) has 30+ years of business experience at WREG-TV in media sales and sales marketing. She is a board member of the American Advertising Federation. Kim attended the University of Mississippi and received a BBA from the University of Memphis. To the vestry, Kim will bring her marketing experience and contacts, her business experience, and her organizational and social skills. In the community, Kim volunteers with the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, City Beautiful, More than A Meal at Idlewild Presbyterian, the Blues Ball, Team Read, and A Step Ahead Foundation. She was confirmed at Calvary in 2015. Since then, she has volunteered with Room in the Inn, hosted an Annual Giving party, and served as an Usher. As a relatively new member of the parish, Kim feels she will bring insight in how to engage other new members and prospects. She hopes Calvary will focus on “developing a stronger mission to families, and to younger community advocates who want to make a difference in our city.” She also wants to engage more downtown residents and workers in our outreach, prayer services, and programs. Kim and her husband Jeff have a blended family of four grown children.

Heidi Rupke (39) and her husband Dave are parents to Rosie (9), Marilla (6) and Edward (3). They started attending Calvary in 2010 and were confirmed in 2015. She serves on the Children & Youth Committee and the Nursery Guild, is a Sunday formation leader, volunteers with Room in the Inn, and practices “that old evangelical discipline of coming every week.” Heidi has an M.A. in International Training and Education. She has taught in elementary, secondary, and adult settings on a variety of subjects including English as a Foreign Language in China for two years, and homeschooling her children while living in Australia. While staying home with small children for the past nine years, she has started a pre-school co-op now in its sixth year, volunteered at her girls’ school, and coordinated a quilting bee for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Heidi describes furthering her education “in the ‘School of Practical Skills’: canning, keeping chickens, tending compost, and cooking seasonally.” She says, “Dave and I have benefited from membership in a church that is well-organized, passionate, open, and deeply rooted in its city context. It is time to dig deeper into the nitty-gritty of what makes that happen.” As a relative newcomer and a non-Southerner, Heidi believes she brings to the vestry “an outsider’s perspective and questions,” along with “a flexible schedule, enthusiasm, willingness to listen and keen observation.” She has written for local and national publications and is happy to put her writing and editing skills to use for Calvary. She hopes Calvary will focus on “cultivating meaningful connections and relationships among parishioners, supporting Scott Walters’ energy and ministry, and making our building and our block amenable for use by the community, namely Room in the Inn guests, Waffle Shop participants, and downtown neighbors.” Heidi has a passion for food that is delicious and healthy, and for sharing meals as fellowship. She will support Calvary’s current food ministries, Soup Sunday, Community Breakfast, Koinonia dinner, etc., and will look for ways to connect them to broader food systems, reduce waste and cost, and continue the practice of eating well together.

Dr. Edwin Thorpe (65) did his undergraduate work at Howard University, his pre-med work at Florida A&M, and received a medical degree from Meharry Medical College. He completed his residency in OBGYN at UTHSC and has served on the faculty there. He has a private practice and currently works with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee. He describes himself as a keen listener, an analytical thinker, and one who possesses strong interpersonal and communication skills. Edwin and his wife Sharon were married at Calvary, have been members for over a dozen years, and serve together as Ushers. They have a blended family of four adult children and five grandchildren. In the community, Edwin participates in Leadership Memphis. He also has been a board member of Friends for Life, and an adviser to Hope House. He would like to serve on the vestry as an opportunity “to assist Scott Walters with the mission of Calvary, to engage with our people and ministries, and to  assist with operations of the parish.” He hopes Calvary can focus on “promoting wellness and health consciousness, strengthening our current ministries, and increasing membership and diversity.”

John Webb (74) is a life-long Memphian and Episcopalian. He and his wife Ginny met at Calvary. John is a CPA and recently retired as the CEO of the Trezevant Episcopal Home in Memphis. His experience in business and finance as a CPA, his years of fundraising for foundations, his management experience as CEO of a large not-for-profit institution including oversight of design and construction of expansion are all skills he will bring to the vestry. John has been a member of Calvary for over 30 years, during which time he has served as senior warden of the vestry, a trustee of the Calvary Endowment, and as a founding board member of the Calvary Street Ministry. In the community, John has been involved on the boards of the Boys and Girls Clubs, Theatre Memphis, the Trezevant Foundation, and the Trezevant Episcopal Home. Now that he is retired, John has time to give “care and love to Calvary Church and its ministry both to its communicants and to the neighborhood.” He hopes Calvary will focus on ministry, growth, and sustainability over the coming years. As a vestry member, he will focus his energy on establishing a planned giving program to build the assets of Calvary’s endowment ensuring our sustainability.