All Saints has a wonderful group of leaders that forms what is called the vestry. The Vestry is the legal representative of the parish. Vestry members are elected by the members of the church. The presiding officer of the vestry is the rector. There are two wardens. The senior warden leads the parish between rectors and is a support person for the rector. The junior warden also assists the Rector and Senior Warden. The vestry helps define and carry out the mission of the congregation–by word and deed. They also select the rector, ensure effective organization and planning, and manage resources and finances.
The term vestry originated in Great Britain and referred to the room next to the nave of the church where the sacred vessels and vestments were kept. Those conducting parish business met in this room and came to be known as the vestry. The work of the Vestry is done in partnership with the Rector. The Vestry and Rector are to co-create a vision for All Saints that is a response to God’s call and a plan to carry out that vision.The Vestry is a leadership team both in material matters of the Church and in spiritual matters. The executive committee of the vestry is made up of the two wardens, the treasurer and the rector. The principle behind this, as well as the whole structure of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, is one of ordered and diffused authority.
According to the Canon Law the vestry’s responsibilities are:
To serve on the Vestry in the Episcopal Church, one must: