Vestry

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

Joanie Heard

 

 Richard Ackerman, Junior Warden

RichardAckerman 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.

 

 

 mweatherwaxMichael 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.

 

 2017-2020

WayneGriderWayne Grider

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.

 

 Kathe lujanKathe Lujan

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.

 

LindaMorgan Linda Morgan

Bill and I came to St Johns in 1997, Fr Rol was the Priest at the time. We have been members ever since and just love church and its’ people. We have organized the Usher Ministry for over 10 + years...I’ve lost count.

I have a degree in Fashion Merchandising and Design from the LaSalle University in Illinois with a minor in business. Throughout our 46 years of marriage we have had the opportunity to live in many different areas of the US. This has provided me with career opportunities in retail, from managing small boutiques to regional retail manager over several stores. I have also been a buyer and an account executive for two major cosmetic companies. I am currently on the management staff at Nordstom, Flatiron Crossing.

I have been told that my leadership style is creative, positive, and motivational.

 

 


2018 - 2021

StephenChristopher Stephen Christopher

I was born at Bolder Community Hospital, baptized at St. John’s Church, attended Boulder Valley Schools, and graduated from the University of Colorado with two degrees in Music Education. My wife, Louise, and I raised our family in Boulder, with all three of our children being baptized at St. John’s, and attending Boulder Schools. We share in their growing families, with 4 grandsons and 1 granddaughter.

My Episcopal roots run deep in our family and especially St. John’s. My uncle was an Episcopal priest, my cousin is an Episcopal priest, and our daughter in-law’s mother is an Episcopal Priest in Connecticut. Growing up, I served as an acolyte at St. John’s, and our children continued as acolytes, choir, and in youth activities. St. John’s is home of many memories for the Christopher family from baptisms, to weddings and funerals. I have had the privilege of performing for Father Pat, Father Fowkes, Father Ravenel, Father Jim, Father Rol and now Pastor Susan. Both St. John’s columbarium and labyrinth are visible memories of our family’s involvement.

VanessaThorstenVanessa Thorsten

 In 2015, my husband, two boys and I moved to Arvada, Colorado to be closer to my family. Soon after our arrival, we became members of St. John’s. Susan even came out to bless our home. Throughout my life, St. John's and other communities of faith have kept me connected to God and helped me to learn and grow and cherish others. I dream that our parish will continue to be a place that is welcoming and nurturing for all on a journey of faith. As a parent, I hope that we continue to sustain and develop our children’s ministry. Finally, all of us, including our dog, love the animal blessing in celebration of the Feast of St. Francis. Outside of church, I enjoy working as a public health researcher on studies related to pregnancy, child birth and child development. The work is very rewarding, as we often investigate whether simple, inexpensive solutions can make an impact on complex problems related to the survival and well-being of women and children. My hobbies include hiking, camping, skiing, reading, doing crafts, and watching old movies and basketball.

Sue MorseSue Morse

 I was raised in Colorado, eldest of five children. I met my spouse, Bob, in college and have been married ever since. We have 2 daughters, 2 sons-in-law, 4 grandchildren and 2 grand-dogs. After living in the Midwest and the East Coast, Boulder has been home for the past 25 years. Our long spiritual journey brought us to St. John’s (thankfully). I mostly attend the 7:30 service and occasionally you will see me at 9:30. 

 I am happily retired after a 35+ year career in Human Resources, the last 20 years in senior leadership roles primarily in the high tech and services industries. Since I still have a passion for working with groups and developing leaders, I volunteer with St. John’s and other local non-profits to assist them with culture and leadership efforts.  Along with my Human Resources professional experience, I have served on multiple boards and chaired the board of Boulder’s Community Food share. I am very committed to supporting St John’s and have held several roles: chair of the HR Committee, member of the Altar Guild and it’s president, chair of several of our search committees, chair of the on-boarding team formed to quickly integrate then newly called Pastor Susan into our community, and coordinator of the St. John’s hiking group.

 

2019 - 2022

Paul LoganPaul Logan

My wife Michele and I moved our family to Colorado in 2012. Prior to that, we’d lived in Oregon for over a decade, which is where we married and started our family. We love that we're still close to mountains, but now get to see the sun. We have three kids - our daughter Jessie (6), and our twin boys Noah and Simon (11). I hail from an extended family of Midwestern Lutherans, though I grew up with my family in Connecticut, and my wife Michele grew up Catholic, in Atlanta. We’ve happily made the Episcopal Church our family’s spiritual home for many years.

I’ve worked as an environmental attorney for 17 years. I started my career in private practice, but always felt a calling to public service, and have worked in state and federal government for over a decade, most recently with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in EPA’s Denver office. I’m a graduate of Duke University, and while I often tell people that I attended college on a basketball scholarship, I’ve never fooled anyone yet. I’m also a graduate of Stanford Law School, where I met my wife Michele.

 

Peg ScheidkerPeggy Scheidker

I was born in Marquette, MI, and baptized in the Catholic Church. I attended Catholic Schools in St. Louis through the 5th grade. My family moved to Springfield, MO in 1963 where I was able to attend public schools. In 1979 I met Steve, and we married in 1982. Our son was born in 1985.

Professional: Fabric Store - assisted customers in finding patterns, fabrics and notions that worked well together, and rang up sales. Southwestern Bell Telephone Company - keypunch operator, eventually moving into management positions, reviewing and approving Independent Telephone Company cost studies. I was also Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Vice President in the department.

When our son went into first grade, I began working in schools so I could have more time off with him. I worked in the library at an elementary school, and continued in schools until he graduated from high school. I then worked at the school district office in accounts payable, until I transferred to a middle school, where I retired in December 2016 and moved to Colorado. Zack is now a pilot, something he wanted to do since he was 8 years old.

Steve TilsonSteve Tilson

I joined the St. John’s community in about 1992. I have been active in a variety of roles. My wife of forty-one years, Sally Johnstone, has shared my time in the congregation. Yes, she is a wise and patient woman. Our daughter, Emma, was brought up at St. John’s and still, I believe, holds a unique distinction. Em is the only person to portray both Baby Jesus and Mary in the Christmas pageant at St. John’s.

I am a retired historian and history teacher. I worked in the Colorado community college system for a number of years, and have taught and worked in various colleges and universities for over thirty years.