The vestry is the elected body within the St. John's congregation that, with the clergy, leads the parish and acts as stewards of St. John's. The vestry helps to discern the vision toward which God is drawing St. John's, articulates and communicates that vision, holds the community accountable for its realization of that vision, and keeps the mission of the Church and that of St. John's clearly before the parish community. The vestry also has the responsibility of managing and monitoring the finances of St. John's and approving decisions regarding personnel, major initiatives, and other significant activities of St. John's.
We invite any interested parishioner who has been a member of St. John's for at least six months, to consider running for the Vestry. Please contact the Senior Warden if you are interested.
Joanie Heard, Senior Warden
Richard Ackerman, Junior Warden
Richard is a long time member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, The Nature Conservancy, Audubon Society, North American Nature Photographers Association, Harley Owners Group and has volunteered and sat on boards for various non-profit organizations including The Boulder County Nature Association and, currently The Imagine! Foundation.
Richard is a graduate of The University of Tampa having received a Bachelor of Science in 1972. Arriving in Boulder in 1973 he pursued a variety of endeavors before becoming a Realtor in 1984. After one year with Van Schaack & Co. he moved to the number one real estate company in the area, RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc. and has been there ever since. For the past 5 years running, RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc. has been recognized and the #1 leader in sales volume in the entire RE/MAX system worldwide...confirming Richard’s ability to recognize and become a member of a winning team.
Michael Weatherwax, Treasurer
Michael is a baptized and raised Catholic who was blessed with good friends in the St. John’s congregation who convinced him to come on over as a better fit for his spiritual and life beliefs. After 30 years in Boulder, Michael joined St. John’s in January 2008. He joined the Finance Committee in June 2011 and became the church treasurer the following September, a position which he still holds. He is a regular participant at the 7:30 a.m. service at St. John’s.
Michael is a CPA and the President of Weatherwax & Associates, P.C., a tax practice in Boulder. He has a BS with distinction from Southern Colorado State College (now Colorado State University - Pueblo) and an MSBA from the University of Denver. When not engaged in his CPA practice, Michael gets great joy from his community and professional service activities. He has served on the board and/or committees of more than 20 non-profit organizations and has served as the president or chairman of Boulder Chamber of Commerce, Boulder Community Hospital Foundation, Boulder Rotary Club, Colorado Society of CPAs, Colorado State Board of Accountancy, Community Action Development Corp. and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.
Michael has been married to his wife Linda since 1968 and has two adult children, Kristin and Justin, and five grandchildren, two in Colorado with their father and three with their mother in San Diego. After years of traveling in an Air Force family, Michael is delighted to have been in Boulder since 1977.
Melinda welcomes the opportunity to serve on the Vestry. She joined St. John's in 2001 after 19 years at First Pres. She and her husband, Michael, were looking for a liturgical church closer to his Catholic upbringing and a Christ-centered church that shared a broader interpretation of scripture, fully realizing the luxury of choice. If you count an early affinity for Donne, Chesterton, Lewis, Pym, Sayers and Anglican church music, Melinda has been Episcopalian for a very long time.
You may have seen her in the choir (one of the tall altos), helping with the homeless meals, attending any number of youth activities and serving on the Youth Formation Committee under Merritt Hess as their daughter, Julia, moved through Sunday School, choristers and 7 years of acolyting. Melinda is from the Great State of Louisiana but didn't hesitate to move to her husband's hometown (FHS Class of 69). Although a Buff fan, her heart is still at Tiger Stadium. Recently retired from 31 years as Reference and Collections Director at Boulder Public Library, she enjoys singing, reading and traveling with Michael to see their sons, Ryan (New Orleans), Walker Lee (Munich) and daughter, Julia, in Bellingham. She volunteers at Fairview and is serving on a Board working to build a concert hall in Boulder.
Mark and his family (wife Mary Liz Callaway and daughters Elizabeth and Ari(anna)) have been members of St John's since the summer of 2009. Baptized and raised Catholic, some personal trials motivated Mark and Mary Liz to seek a new church, one that better matched their spiritual beliefs and moral priorities. In St. John's, they found all that they were looking for: a church that was deeply spiritual and grounded in rich tradition and rituals, and a community that was open, inclusive, and overflowing with Christ's love.
Mark was born in New Jersey and raised in Phoenix. Mark met Mary Liz at Santa Clara University in the Bay Area, where Mark received his Bachelors in Math & Computer Science. He received his Masters in Computer Science from the University of Illinois. After their marriage, Mark and Mary Liz lived in Providence, Rhode Island and Lyon, France before moving to Colorado. They have been privileged to live in Boulder for 17 years, a place they feel is a wonderful environment for their family. Mark is the Vice President of Software Architecture for Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. His work often takes him to San Diego, and occasionally to India, Korea and Taiwan.
I am a Colorado native, have been happily married to Kathi, whom I met at Colorado State University, for 43 years. I have two sons and five grandchildren and we are fortunate to spend a good deal of time with them. Three live locally and two are in Seattle.
Kathi and I have been attending St. John’s for the last year and a half. I was raised an Episcopalian and served on the Vestry of the Church of the Transfiguration, the Episcopal church in Evergreen CO. We currently help with St. John’s monthly Soup Kitchen and are new members of the Pastoral Care Team. We both find St. John’s to be a wonderful place for spiritual growth and a caring community of people. It is a place of open minds and hearts. We have found all the clergy to be very gifted and inspiring to us. In this time of challenge and opportunity within our community, the nation and the world St. John’s offers me a message and place to be grounded and comforted.
I spent 43 years in senior management roles in corporate and non-profit organizations and retired last year. I now spend my time with activities at St. John’s and some other non-profit organizations listed below. I hike regularly, am an avid reader, bike and run as well as enjoy travel.
I have a B.S. Degree in Psychology (Colorado State University) and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs). I spent much of my career working with and on teams and committees. I am very collaborative in my style and focus on listening openly to all points of view and a team player.
COMMUNITY SERVICE EXPERIENCE
- St. John’s Episcopal Church, Boulder – Pastoral Care Team, Soup Kitchen
- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (Colorado) – board member, corporate development committee
- Jefferson County Volunteer Mediator
- City of Lafayette, Zoning Adjustment Board
- Boulder Newcomers Club – board member
- Church of the Transfiguration, Evergreen, CO - Vestry
- American Lung Association (Colorado) – advocacy chair, board member
- Evergreen Christian Outreach (food bank and social services) – board member
- Evergreen Sustainability Council – board member
Sarah became a member of St. John's in 2011.
She is single, but lovingly care for six nearly-dead house plants, and a fleet of bicycles. In her professional life, she is engineering project manager for a geophysics research support company. She manage large-scale installations of scientific instrumentation both domestically and abroad, and monitors and maintains a globally dispersed network of geophysical monitoring systems.
In her free time - "I am enjoying a new and unexpected appreciation for stillness in life, and so I tend to just "be" a lot. But if I get the urge to "do" something, I like to ride my motorcycle, play music, read
non-fiction, and sing....and be outside as much as possible."
Peter and his wife Peggy I joined St. John's in 2008.
I had been baptized and brought up in the Storrs CT Congregational Church, but like many others had drifted away from formal religion in my late teenage years. But around 2008 I felt a strong need to return. As a trial we came to a 730 service in 2008, led by Father Rol. That did it; I was hooked. It was moving to be so close to the sacraments; we have never left the front row since! In 2014 I became a regular Lector at the 730 service; reading scripture aloud to a congregation was totally new to me. Last spring, Peggy and I were both in a community bible study group. Recently I joined the soup kitchen ministry and Peggy and I were St John's delegates to the Diocesan Convention this fall. We also regularly attend the Solas services, and occasionally go to a 9:30 service, as well as the Easter vigil and late service on Christmas eve.
I am married to Peggy LeMone, 2016 vice president of the altar guild at St John's. I have four children, ages 46, 44, 36, and 34, and two grandchildren. Professionally, I have been a research scientist and administrator at NCAR since 1969; I officially retired in 2009, but still go to my NCAR office every day to do research in solar physics. I was in management for 13 years at NCAR, five as Associate Director. In this role I was responsible for the NCAR Budget and Planning office, and heavily involved in human resource and physical facilities issues.
I have a Bachelor's degree in physics from Harvard and a PhD in meteorology from MIT.
Peggy and my hobbies are principally fossil collecting and preparation, bird watching, and attending Rockies baseball and CU men's basketball games, as well as Boulder Phil concerts.
I have been a member of St John's church since 2000. I was married and all 4 of my children baptized here. We live in Louisville, Colorado. I work for level 3 communications. I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, running and traveling.
Member Since: 2011; Received in December 2012.
Personal: In November 2015, I was lucky enough to marry my high school sweetheart and friend of 20 years, Heather, at St. John’s. We both hail from Baltimore, MD. Together we are raising two dogs.
Professional: Having many years of experience with the corporate property management world, I recently transitioned into a role in a local non-profit affordable housing organization. Sleep comes easier knowing that I get to have a direct part in providing homes for those who need them.
Why do you wish to serve on the vestry: I feel called to a life of service and have spent a lifetime serving various ministries in and out of church: Serving on the St. John’s vestry would be a humbling education on all that it takes behind the scenes to allow our faith community to usher God’s will into the world.
What qualities or skills do you bring to vestry service: Years of experience in community building in my professional and extra-curricular experiences: Heather and I served as delegates to the Global Episcopal Mission Network Conference in May, 2016. At, St. John’s I have participated in Tap House Theology, Young Adult Bible Study, Young Adult Intercessory Prayer Team, Taize Pine Ridge Pilgrimage of Trust, and served as a missionary to Matlosane, South Africa. This year I had the opportunity to serve as a lay delegate at the Annual Convention and to become a licensed Eucharistic Visitor.
What dreams do you have for our parish: I love our God and I love our parish. Seeing the two work together in harmonious concert is my dream. We have been individually called to this wonderful place and this joint service work of sharing the love of God from our corner in Boulder. My hope is to do my part in helping keep our community as a place that is 1) rooted firmly in our relationship with our Creator, 2) well equipped to both physically, mentally, and spiritually share the Good News, and 3) financially healthy so we can continue to do our work for generations to come.
Hobbies: My wife and I share a passion for cooking and baking from scratch. In addition, I enjoy hiking, writing letters, and playing with our dogs.
Hello, I'm Kathe Lujan, and I would welcome the opportunity to serve on the St. John's vestry. I am a cradle Episcopalian, and with the exception of a few rebellious years in the 70's, I have attended the church for most of my life. My husband Charlie and I joined St. John's in 1999, after 19 years at St. Aidan's. Throughout the years, I have always been a choir member, and volunteered for/participated in Vacation Bible School, youth group, dinner groups, and two years on the St. John's finance committee, serving under Father Rol.
For 17 years I was the business manager/Executive Director for The Ars Nova Singers. I have also served on the Board of Directors of Ars Nova, and was lucky enough to sing with the group for several seasons. Prior to the Ars Nova years, I held administrative positions in banking/trusts, real estate management, and patent law. I also volunteered for several years at both the Longmont and Boulder Valley Humane Societies.
At this point in my life, my main 'career' is babysitting my granddaughter a couple days a week...but I still have time for my other interests, quilting, yard care, our two cats. Charlie and I currently live in Lafayette, and have two grown daughters, both of whom were youth group and children's choir members here at St. John's.
Allen White and his wife, Pam, have been members of St. John’s since their move to Colorado in 1992. They have three grown children -- Jeffrey, Laura, and Kaitlin -- and a new granddaughter, Karleigh. Allen was brought up in the Congregational Church in suburban Boston but was confirmed in the Episcopal Church shortly after attending his first service at St. John’s with his wife and children.
Through the years, Allen has served St. John’s as a Sunday school teacher, usher, and general assistant to the Director of Children’s Ministries/Director of Faith Formation (a.k.a. Pam!). He has also been on the youth advisory committee and on two discernment committees at St. John’s. While the Whites were on their brief leave to the Santiago mission church in Lafayette, Allen served as their treasurer and as a member of the bishop’s committee.
Allen is a research meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder. In his spare time, Allen plays the piano, hikes, swims, and plays racquet sports, golf, and bridge. (For many years, Allen taught members of the St. John’s congregation to play bridge, and he and Pam continue to play with some of those students who are now treasured friends!)
For Allen and Pam, St. John’s has been – and continues to be – a worship community where they find traditional liturgy, beautiful music, and the loving support of friends. It is vitally important to them that St. John’s remain an open, affirming, inclusive congregation. As a member of the vestry, Allen would work to encourage volunteerism and stewardship, strengthen our children’s and youth programs, and ensure that St. John’s remains a leader in community outreach and social justice.