During the worship service on Nov. 1, Calvary parishioners elected by acclamation the following people to the 2021 vestry: David Cocke, Greta Cooper Young, Elizabeth Crosby, Zach Ferguson, and Jerry Scruggs.
We give thanks to those whose terms end on Dec. 31: Madge Deacon, Kim Kitterman, Heidi Rupke, Edwin Thorpe, and John Webb.
David J. Cocke (75) was introduced to Calvary in the 1980s by the late Kemper Durand, a longtime Calvary member, and David’s law partner. David remembers, “When Kemper found out I was an Episcopalian, he marched me down to Calvary and made me ‘transfer my letter’ from the Church of the Good Shepherd on Lookout Mountain where I grew up.” David is an attorney with Evans Petree and has practiced law for over 45 years. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale and his law degree from Harvard. Over his decades at Calvary, David has served as an usher, greeter, Waffle Shop volunteer, and occasional lawyer on behalf of the parish. He has attended the annual Laymen’s Conference at DuBose and considers himself a dedicated member of the “Baguette Brothers,” Calvary’s Thursday morning men’s Bible Study group. In the community, David is involved in projects and foundations that support the Memphis City Schools where his wife Jerry taught for 32 years. He is active in Memphis Rotary and in local and state politics. David and Jerry have a son and two grandchildren in Dallas and a daughter and two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren in Atlanta. David says he wants to serve on the vestry to “honor a church community that has been so good to me over these many years, and to serve God and my neighbor in a new way.” As a vestry member, David would like to focus on “promoting Calvary’s historic role in Downtown Memphis’ civic and religious life, and to share the wonderful spirit of the Baguette Brothers.”
Greta Cooper Young (63) graduated from the University of Memphis with a business degree emphasizing accounting and systems. She worked for 25 years as a financial controller, specializing in cost accounting and system controls. Before her retirement in December 2019, Greta worked for Southern Towing Boat and Barge, a company that transports goods on American waterways, where she was responsible for project reconciliations of capital expenditures. Greta was introduced to Calvary by then-girlfriend Nina Sublette and was confirmed in 2018. Greta and Nina were married at Calvary in May 2019. They share a blended family of 9-year old Katie Rogers and Greta’s grown daughter Candice Maxwell. Greta’s granddaughter Molly is often seen worshipping with them. Since joining the church, Greta has begun teaching 7-10-year-old Sunday school, and volunteering at Room in the Inn, “Basement Church,” and the Lenten Preaching Series. In the community, she is active with Friends for Life weekly dinners for those affected by HIV, teaches meditation through Galloway United Methodist Church, and Sisters of Charity annual Christmas parties for community kids. Greta views serving the vestry as a means to “honor the gifts that I have received in my life” and says, “I want to be a part of such an eclectic group of people that follow the teachings of Jesus and the grace of God.”
Elizabeth Crosby (63) says that the people are what drew her to Calvary, “From the day I first stepped into our beautiful space, Calvary people have offered warmth, acceptance, encouragement, humor, perspective, and adventure.” She wants to serve on vestry to “do whatever I can to support Calvary’s ministry to our downtown neighbors as well as our ministry to one another. I’m willing to go where the spirit leads.” Recently that spirit has led Elizabeth to become very involved in “Basement Church,” the volunteers’ nickname for the spiritual essence of service in the Clothes Closet, alley, and parking 19 lot that has developed during the pandemic. At Calvary, she has supported Room in the Inn, the Pride Parade, Community Breakfast, and Waffle Shop. She considers it a privilege to serve as a Eucharistic Minister and she “looks forward to the time when I can join that crew again at the altar rail.” Elizabeth has taught English for almost 30 years and is the Chair of the English Department at Memphis University School. She recently put those skills to good use as the leader of Calvary’s online discussion on The Road and the Apocalypse. After her experience with the Calvary pilgrims who walked the Camino de Santiago in 2019, Elizabeth founded the Memphis Chapter of American Pilgrims on the Camino. She currently is active in the Lynching Sites Project of Memphis, and formerly supported the Literacy Council, Tennessee Shakespeare Company, and Teach for America. Elizabeth’s two adult children, Andrew and Lucy, were baptized as infants here at Calvary, leading her to years of involvement in Godly Play, the annual Christmas Pageant, and leadership in the Guild of the Christ Child. As a vestry member, Elizabeth will focus on community service, social justice, education, pastoral care, and clergy care.
Zachary Ferguson (32) moved to Memphis in 2011 as a United Methodist Missionary working on worker rights and economic justice. Like so many others, he heard about Calvary through the Waffle Shop and the Lenten Preaching Series, but became “hooked” by the “sense of genuine welcome and hospitality, the diversity in thought found amongst members, the beautiful music and worship, and the fact that Calvary was living into what it means to be a downtown church” that he found here. Zach received his undergraduate degree in political science and American History from the University of Richmond, and a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Duke University. For four years he worked at a local nonprofit that supports substance abuse prevention and mental health awareness. Before that, he worked at a regional workforce development agency, and he currently leads Innovation and Performance in the office of Shelby Country Mayor Lee Harris. Since being confirmed in 2019, Zach has become a Eucharistic Minister and an active volunteer with our youth ministry program. He is working with a group of Calvary members to relaunch GLEE (Gay and Lesbian Everyday Episcopalians). In the Memphis community, Zach serves on the board of directors for Playhouse on the Square, and the Prevention Alliance of Tennessee, as well as numerous other nonprofits across the city. Zach says, “My experience in innovation and performance analysis brings a skill set that I think will benefit Calvary, and I am eager to share those with the vestry. I want to be able to give back to this incredible community and use my gifts and talents to help build upon the amazing work already being done here.”
Dr. Jerry L. Scruggs (65) graduated from the University of Illinois before attending medical school. He completed his internship and residency in Anesthesiology through UTMB. From 1984 through 2001 he served as an associate professor of Anesthesia and Anesthesiologist at Baptist Hospital. Jerry retired from operating room anesthesia in 2001 due to disability. Since retiring, he has worked part-time as a practitioner and CMO for the Army and has volunteered as a specialty physician at Church Health in Memphis. Jerry has been married to wife Patty, an RN/ BSN who works as a nurse at Church Health, for almost 40 years. The couple transferred their membership to Calvary in 2018 from the Church of the Holy Communion when they moved downtown to live on Riverside Drive, overlooking the Mississippi River. Since joining Calvary, Jerry has worked with the Master Plan committee on addressing our building’s handicap access issues and has been a frequent attendee of the Lenten Preaching Series. While a member of Holy Communion, Jerry completed the 4-year Education for Ministry program and served on their vestry. To Calvary’s vestry, Jerry will bring his knowledge as a physician and hopes to help us navigate issues related to Covid and our safe return to full in-person worship in the future.