2019 Cathedral Election Nominees

2019 Cathedral of Saint James
Election Nominees and Biographies

 

Junior Warden (elect one person)

 
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Jane Hunter 

I’d be willing to serve again and feel that my previous experiences as a Jr. Warden, both here is South Bend and at St. Alban’s in Cape Elizabeth as well as my years in non-profit management I believe are good qualifications for the job.


 

Chapter (elect four people)

 
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Diana “DeDe” Guth 

1. Please list the experiences which help equip you for this position.

Now retired but worked many years in positions that required organization and teamwork to accomplish goals.

2. Why do you wish to serve in this ministry and what gifts would you bring to it?

The Cathedral means so much to me and if I can help in any way, I’m happy to. Also, again I’m retired and have time.


Paul Schultz

Paul Schultz

Paul Schultz 

1. Please list the experiences which help equip you for this position.

Have served on chapter for one term.

2. Why do you wish to serve in this ministry and what gifts would you bring to it?

Would like to help the church right its finances and complete the building project. I don’t know that I have any particular gifts other than a willingness to serve.


Steven Slaubaugh

Steven Slaubaugh

Steven Slaubaugh 

1. Please list the experiences which help equip you for this position.

  • Episcopal Church: Interned as a seminarian at an Episcopal Church in New Jersey for one year; was confirmed as an Episcopalian at St. James in 2018,

  • Theological Background: graduated with an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary

  • Passion for Ecumenical Work: I’ve been involved in ecumenical work on both an organizational level, as well as a personal level (i.e., I’m part of an ecumenical marriage)

  • Participation at the Cathedral of St. James: I’ve facilitated several conversations and topics at the Adult Forums at St. James Cathedral; I’ve also been an ongoing Lay Eucharistic Minister and Acolyte during worship.

  • Current Work as Church Administrator: I’m currently working as an Office Manager at Sunnyside Presbyterian Church, which allows me insights into the day-to-day operations of a church (finances, events planning, social media, etc.)

2. Why do you wish to serve in this ministry and what gifts would you bring to it?

I love the Episcopal church and would be honored to serve the church through a position in the Chapter. In the Episcopal church, I have been nurtured in my pursuits of theological study, ecumenical work, and my passion for social justice. As a part of the chapter, I would simply be giving back to a community that has already given so much to me.

As a member of the chapter, I believe I could be of service in many areas, but especially those of hospitality, outreach, education, and community engagement. I care deeply that St. James is welcoming to those who enter its doors for the 1st or 1,000th time, and would work to ensure the church is working towards creating a hospitable space (as it most often does!). I would also be interested in outreach to the community through both events as well as social ministry work. I am currently a volunteer at La Casa de Amistad, and could see their organization as a potential partner of the Cathedral in the future; I would also be open to exploring other modes of community engagement.

I would also like to see the adult education program to continue to grow and expand, and also provide other educational opportunities (outside of Sundays) for members (and non-members) to grow in their faith at St. James.

As a member of St. James, I am happy to be of service in any way that I can. If that means being part of the chapter, I would be humbled and excited to participate in this way.


Charissa Warne

Charissa Warne

Charissa Warne

1. Please list the experiences which help equip you for this position.

I have had a variety of leadership experiences in church settings that will contribute to my role on chapter. From children’s ministry to youth ministry to leading small groups I have had roles in three churches of different denominations in two different countries.  Outside of the church I worked in Human Resources and also taught elementary school.

2. Why do you wish to serve in this ministry and what gifts would you bring to it?

As a relatively new (and relatively young) Episcopalian I hope to bring an outsider’s viewpoint, fresh ideas and a unique perspective to Chapter. I also have young children going through nursery and catechesis and want to be an advocate for the theological education of all children at the Cathedral.  The gifts I bring to chapter are organization, attention to details, discernment, and the ability to work as a team player.


Wendy Wilson

Wendy Wilson

Wendy Wilson 

1. Please list the experiences which help equip you for this position.

One completed two-year term on Chapter; previous work governing body of Episcopal preschool in Albuquerque, New Mexico; professional writing, communications and marketing experience; past membership and experience in other Episcopal congregations in other states.

2. Why do you wish to serve in this ministry and what gifts would you bring to it?

St. James gives so much to my family - an array of opportunities to participate in worship and a centering and sustaining liturgical experience we are able to return to again and again - that serving on Chapter is a small way I can serve in return. And, at a time when St. James is building, I believe my last two years service are a gift in that they could help offer some continuity in a time of transition for the community.


 

Delegate to Diocesan Convention (elect two people)

 
Celeste Hilliard

Celeste Hilliard

Celeste Hilliard

1. Please list the experiences which help equip you for this position.

  • I have been a Diocesan Convention delegate in the past, and I understand the  process of conducting diocesan business.

  • I have served as diocesan president of Daughters of the King for 10 years.  This has enabled me to get to know and to work with many people in the diocese. 

 2. Why do you wish to serve in this ministry and what gifts would you bring to it?

  • I would like to be more active at the diocesan level.  I would like to earn the diocese's confidence so that I might be considered for the 2020 General Convention.

  • I believe that I offer the ability to work with people.  I have the time to study issues thoroughly.  I think it is important to keep an open mind, listen to all ideas, but finally make a decision I believe in and can live with. 


Erica Vitale

Erica Vitale

Erica Vitale 

1. Please list the experiences which help equip you for this position.

Member of the cathedral since 1994, Chapter member 4 terms (2 sets of two terms), discernment committee member twice, I belong to a philanthropic sorority and have been to convention numerous times, Sunday school teacher, 25+ year teacher in our community, parent. 

2. Why do you wish to serve in this ministry and what gifts would you bring to it?

I wish to attend diocesan convention as I have never been and wish to experience this aspect of church life. The gifts I bring would be a life of Faith and service to God and human kind,  prayer, an open heart and mind,  a sense of humor, gratitude, and passion for life.


Nathaniel Warne

Nathaniel Warne

Nathaniel Warne 

1. Please list the experiences which help equip you for this position.

  • As a layperson I have a depth of understanding in the Constitutions and Canons of the Episcopal Church, as well as knowledge of issues in other diocese and in the Midwest.

  • My historical and theological education can be drawn upon as a helpful resource.

  • I have relationships with other clergy in the diocese.

 2. Why do you wish to serve in this ministry and what gifts would you bring to it?

  • I wish to serve on this ministry because I want to be involved in shaping the future of this diocese.

  • The gifts I posses are theological and pastoral discernment as well as the ability to engage others with dignity and respect and offer creative solutions to complex liturgical, logistical, and political/communal issues.


Steven Wietstock

Steven Wietstock

Steven Wietstock

1. Please list the experiences which help equip you for this position.

I have been a member of Chapter in the past, have served as delegate to Diocesan Convention for a number of years, currently serving on Diocesan Council.

2. Why do you wish to serve in this ministry and what gifts would you bring to it?

It is one way in which I can serve this congregation as a member of the congregation. As a member of Diocesan Council, I am aware of the various issues that will come before the convention and will be able to provide an informed decision on those items coming before the convention for action.


Christopher Hillak