Calvary’s vestry, the governing body of the parish, shares the leadership of the parish with the rector and consists of 15 members, who are nominated and elected by the congregation for three-year terms. They meet to oversee the temporal affairs of the parish, as well as to support the rector and staff in promoting the spiritual welfare of the parish. In addition, the vestry, in conjunction with the finance committee, is accountable for the fiscal responsibility of Calvary Church. Vestry members also share leadership responsibility for the ministry groups of the church.
Five vestry members are elected annually, so there are five “new” members each year, five who have served one year already, and five who have served two years. The by-laws of Calvary provide that a retiring vestry member is ineligible for re-election to the vestry until three years have lapsed. Once in place, a senior warden and a junior warden are chosen to serve as vestry leaders. Also selected is a clerk that supports the vestry and the warden’s committee. The warden’s committee, which meets monthly with the rector, is comprised of the senior warden, junior warden, treasurer, clerk, and an at-large member.
Vestry meetings are open to all interested in attending. The meetings take place the third Tuesday of the month, at 6 p.m., in Crook Auditorium, unless listed otherwise on the calendar.
Kim Kitterman 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 brings her marketing experience and contacts, her business experience, and her organizational and social skills. 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 brings insight in how to engage other new members and prospects. Kim and her husband Jeff have a blended family of four grown children.
James Aldinger 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 formation 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 uses his expertise in HR, and his experience with budget oversight to benefit the church as a member of the vestry. James and his partner Joe Brandenburg live in East Memphis and enjoy the company of two Cairn Terriers.
Lisa Buckner has 20+ years of small business experience as the owner of Midtown’s popular InsideOut Lifegym. 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. They have a daughter in second grade. 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 felt connected to this church, which we believe serves people in the most crucial and humble of ways.” She believes that Calvary embodies “the all-inclusive, God is Love for everyone values that drew her family here.”
Madge Logan Deacon 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, and training and facilitation skills. At Calvary, Madge is a member of the Daughters of the King, Holy Spirit Guild, Wedding Guild, Ushers, Eucharistic Ministers, and Lectors. She volunteers with Waffle Shop, the Lenten Preaching Series, and the Salvation Army Bell Ringers. A majority of Madge’s volunteer time is spent supporting the work of Lives Worth Saving and Thistle & Bee.
Bailey Bethell Fountain 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. 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 formation and serve on the children and youth committee. In 2017, Bailey served on the search committee that brought Rector Scott Walters to Calvary. As a vestry member, she focuses on welcoming and integrating other young adults into the Calvary community “where they can feed their souls and make a difference.”
Will Hayley and his wife Trish originally joined Calvary a decade ago because of our downtown location; however, he is quick to add that they “stayed because of the congregation and our church’s mission of ‘making God’s love visible in downtown Memphis.’” Will received his BA from Rhodes and his Master of Education from the University of Memphis. After a 30+ year career in Enterprise Software (sales & management), he retired from IBM in 2011. For many years, Will has served the Hospitality HUB as an intake counselor, fundraiser, board member, and board chair. He also volunteers annually at Waffle Shop and the Emmanuel Meal. He is an active participant in the “Baguette Brothers,” the Thursday morning men’s Bible Study group that meets at La Baguette. As a vestry member, Will will focus on “attracting more members from downtown neighborhoods; helping on a future capital campaign; and supporting Calvary opportunities for individual faith development, such as the ministry and fellowship of the Baguette Brothers.
Kathryn Jasper grew up at Calvary, married her husband Jake here and they baptized their two daughters, Ruthie and Kate, in the parish. She has the pleasure of worshipping on Sundays with both her parents, Jan & Barney Elam, and her in-laws, Kim & John Jasper. Aside from family, what keeps Kathryn at Calvary is “the community that supports each other, the diversity of membership, living the belief that God truly loves everyone, the gospel of grace that Calvary displays in ministry, and the engagement in the Memphis community.” In the Episcopal Church, Kathryn has served as the director of Camp Gailor-Maxon, the Episcopal summer camp for the state of Tennessee, and on Bishop Phoebe Roaf’s search committee. At Calvary, she is a former Eucharistic Minister and Children & Youth Council chair and served on Scott Walters’ search committee. To the vestry, Kathryn brings her unique perspective as someone who has been “a child, youth, young-adult, and now parent in the parish.” She says, “As someone who grew up in the choir and now plays in the bell choir, music in ministry is an area I want to represent.” Kathryn has a Bachelor of Arts in History/Political Science and a Master of Education, both from the University of Tennessee. She taught for five years in urban public schools, then seven years at Hutchison School as the Hutchison Leads Director, a leadership development program that includes internships, field trips, a speaker series, and mentoring with alumnae. She is currently taking time to focus on her daughters and allow herself to do volunteer work that fulfills and enriches.
Nancy Manire has one 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.” 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.
John Owen was introduced to Calvary by Gary Wilson, with whom he works at Southeastern Asset Management, Inc., a Memphis, TN based global investment manager. He joined Southeastern from institutional consultant DeMarche Associates, Inc. in Kansas City, MO. Prior to that, he served as an executive with Georgia-Carolina Manufacturing Co. in Augusta, GA. He began his career as a valuation analyst at Willamette Management Associates in Atlanta, GA., and received his Bachelor of Science in Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology. John introduced Calvary to his wife Katie, who then served for many years as Calvary’s parish administrator. She recently retired to spend more time with their children, Phoebe and John Wilson. The family enjoys volunteering together at various church activities including Room in the Inn. John serves on the West Tennessee Endowment Corporation (WTEC) committee, helping to oversee the diocesan endowment. John states that “Involvement is important to me. Calvary has been and will continue to be a key part of our family experience from the place we gather to worship, to the wonderful fellowship we enjoy, to the opportunities it provides our family to serve others.” As a vestry member, John will focus on helping the parish’s ideas become reality.
Heidi Rupke and her husband Dave are parents to three school-age children. They started attending Calvary in 2010 and were confirmed in 2015. She coordinates the Lenten Preaching Series, is a formation teacher, 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. 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.” 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.”
Ginny Strubing 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. 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, common ground where possible and appropriate, and work towards consensus on decisions that benefit the church and all who depend on it.”
Dr. Edwin Thorpe 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 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 advisor to Hope House. He views serving on the vestry as an opportunity “to assist Rector Scott Walters with the mission of Calvary, to engage with our people and ministries, and to assist with operations of the parish.”
Laura Trott began her career in non-profit communications right here at Calvary. After graduating from Rhodes and deciding to stay in Memphis, Laura began looking for two things: a job and a church. She found Calvary first, and “once I met Ebet Peeples and former associate rector Larue Downing, it wasn’t long before I landed that first job as Calvary’s communications coordinator. The beautiful worship services, meaningful messages, and warm welcome I received had me coming back every Sunday.” Laura went on to work for Chi Omega Fraternity’s Executive Headquarters and has spent the last decade at Lausanne Collegiate School, first as the school’s director of marketing and communications and now as the school’s director of admission. In her 15 years at Calvary, Laura has focused on welcoming others to the parish as a Greeter and Shepherd to many newcomers. Laura enjoys “wondering” with our 1st and 2nd graders on Sunday mornings in Godly Play. She also enjoyed wondering with our entire church community as a co-chair for the Strategic Planning Team in 2012. Laura is married to Andrew and is the mother of Abby and William. She is excited to serve on the vestry, because “I love Calvary. I love the people. I love our worship. I love the music. I love the lessons. I love the prayers. I love the ministries. I love our buildings. I love the energy! I look forward to supporting our shared community in making God’s love visible in downtown Memphis and wherever our paths take us.” She feels called to focus on Calvary’s welcoming efforts, as well as the support of our educational ministries for both children and adults.
John Webb 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 brings to the vestry. John has been a member of Calvary for over 30 years, during which time he has served as a senior warden of the vestry, a trustee of the Calvary Endowment, and as a founding board member of the Calvary Street Ministry. 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.”
Anna Kathryn Word graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Master of Public Administration with a focus in Nonprofit Administration. She has worked in fundraising and development since 2002 for regional, national, and international organizations, including ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, MIFA, and Facing History and Ourselves, where she currently is the director of development. She also serves as an adjunct instructor at the University of Memphis in the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy. Anna Kathryn is married to Hank and is the mother of Harry and Evangeline. They joined Calvary in 2013 “after searching for a place where we felt at home—and we found it at Calvary. We felt welcomed and loved from the moment we walked into the Discovery class.” Since then, she has taught the high school formation class with her husband Hank and served on the Development Committee. She now serves as the Calvary liaison for Moms Demand Action. As a vestry member, Anna Kathryn looks forward “to helping newcomers make those connections that we found so valuable when we first arrived at Calvary.” She also hopes to use her fundraising and nonprofit management skills to help move the parish forward. She plans to be an active and participatory member of the vestry, assisting in stewardship strategies, children’s activities, and building community among our parishioners.