Vestry Elections to be held Sunday, Nov. 10

Identifying candidates to serve on the vestry, the governing board of our parish, is one of the most important tasks of our faith community. Members of the vestry act as agents of the parish in all matters involving parish property and assets and assisting the parish in its planning and in leadership. A candidate for vestry should exhibit personal maturity, broad vision, strategic thinking, deep faith, and a can-do attitude.


Candidates for vestry must meet the following criteria:

      1. Be a confirmed member of Calvary Church
      2. Be a communicant in good standing (i.e., having been faithful in corporate worship in the six months preceding the election; and a regular contributor and pledger of record for the support of the parish)
      3. Be 18 years of age or older


According to Calvary bylaws, “The vestry shall appoint a Nominating Committee to nominate persons to serve as vestrypersons. Before presenting their nominees to the parish, the committee shall make certain that such persons are qualified to meet the experience needs of the vestry, and are willing and capable of serving. The names of the nominees will be published at least ten (10) days before the annual meeting. At least one day before the annual meeting, any three (3) parish members qualified to vote may nominate another qualified person for vestryperson, provided that the individual accepts the nomination.”


In order to nominate someone, you must find two others with which to nominate that person, and you need to first be sure to obtain that person’s permission. In accordance with Calvary’s bylaws, the nomination committee, comprised of 2018 Sr. Warden Margaret Cradock, and the five third-year vestry members (Sarah Ball, Gail Harrell, Les Smith, Peg Wahl, and Hank Word), will review all names submitted to ensure they meet required criteria.


If you know someone you wish to nominate, or if you feel called to this ministry of leadership, please contact Ebet Peeples (901-312-5201) by Friday, Nov. 8.


Five members will be elected Sunday, Nov. 10, to serve a three-year term. Diocesan Canons state that each communicant 16 years old or older and in good standing (see #2 above) may vote. There is no requirement that voters be confirmed.