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 Bill Woodwrd, Senior Warden if you are interested.
Bill Woodward, Senior Warden
William “Bill” Woodward is currently faculty member at the University of Colorado’s Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence. From 1999 to 2001 he managed the National Collaboration Project for the Center for Effective Public Policy in Silver Spring, Maryland. He was Director of Criminal Justice for the State of Colorado from 1984 to 2000 under both Governor Romer and Governor Lamm. One of his duties was to oversee the Governor’s Council on Juvenile Justice and Prevention. In 1996 and 1997 he was elected president of the National Criminal Justice Association. He served in military and civilian police forces for 12 years, reaching the rank of captain. He has authored and co-author numerous publications, including the Juvenile Assessment Sexual Predator (JASP) risk assessment instrument, and implemented Evidence-Based Practice in Corrections for the National Institute of Corrections. Bill has been a member of St. John’s for 17 years.
Ed moved to Boulder from the Boston area in 1988. He met his wife Barbara here in Colorado, and they were married at St. John’s Cathedral in 1992. Their son, Joe, was born in 1993. The Kase family has been at St. John’s since 1999. Ed has a degree in mechanical engineering and has done marketing and strategic planning for a number of software companies in the Denver-Boulder area over the past 20 years. At St. John’s Ed has served as an usher, a liturgical server, a Breakfast Club teacher, St. John’s representative to Canterbury Colorado, chair of the long-range planning committee, and chair of the stewardship committee.
Ed says what brought him to St. John’s was the parish’s strong spirit of outreach to those less fortunate, the traditional style of liturgy and music used in the worship services, and the wonderful children’s ministry program. In the spirit of good stewardship, Ed has tried to leverage his talents in strategic planning to help organizations improve and succeed. He sees an opportunity to help St. John’s step forward from our strong foundation into the future as we call a new rector in the coming year.
Jim has lived in Boulder since 1978 and has been a member of St. John’s for two years. He is the leader of the Bibles and Bagles early Wednesday morning Bible study. He has also served as a delegate to the diocesan convention and has volunteered at a variety of parish events.
Jim has 33 years of experience as an employee of the State of Colorado in research and policy capacities. He also served two terms on parish councils in Eastern Orthodox churches in Colorado, and he has served on planning committees and as a financial officer of Boulder Aikikai (Aikido Dojo).
Jim and his wife, Joan have been married for more than 40 years.
Pam was raised in a diverse, urban Episcopal Church in Rochester, New York, with lovely music — complements of its affiliation with the neighboring Eastman School of Music. She took a long sabbatical from the church in her 20s and finally found herself back at church when she was struggling personally and a dear Jewish friend said "go talk to the priest." What a blessing that was. Soon after, her young boys, 4 and 5, were baptized. Since then the family has moved a few times, seeking out an Episcopal church at each stop. When Pam and her husband, Peter Simonson, moved here in 2006, St. John's was immediately appealing to her because of its beautiful music and traditional (but not stuffy!) liturgy. Welcoming all to communion spoke loudly to Pam, and the consistent donation of the loose plate to other charities sealed the deal.
Pam’s two teenage boys, Mac and Will, have been active in the youth programs at St. John’s. Pam says she very much wants a strong faith base for them as they move into adulthood. She has served on the adult advisory board for the youth running the Heavenly Brew coffee cart and has very much enjoyed the foyer dinner groups for the opportunity they provide to continually meet new members of the parish.
Pam works as a family physician taking care of CU students at Wardenburg and also volunteers with the monthly free clinic for the homeless, St. Benedict's Health and Healing, that operates in conjunction with the St. John's soup kitchen. The Simonson-Talley family lives in Louisville.
Judy has been a member of St. John’s since 1998. She came to St. John’s because of its openness and acceptance — two characteristics that are very important to her because she feels they closely radiate the teachings of Jesus.
Professionally, Judy has worked in human resources for many years, both nationally and internationally. She is currently the executive director of the Colorado Horse Rescue in Longmont. She is also the founder of Perfectly Synced Consulting, where she specializes in coaching individuals and consulting with organizations on team building and leadership development. Judy holds a Ph.D. in education and human resources development focusing on organizational performance and change.
She has a son, Martin, who is a college student and an avid downhill mountain biker.
In her free time Judy enjoys running with her sister Monica and her dog Izzy, as well as hiking, reading, writing, traveling, and dabbling in photography.
Judy lives in Longmont.
Coming from an ELCA Lutheran background in Iowa, Krista spent 15 years as a Unitarian Universalist before deciding to learn more about Christianity. That research brought her to the Episcopal Church in Kauai — a place for questioning and learning — where she was living at that time. Then, after a bit of time with the Methodists at Glide Memorial in San Francisco, Krista moved to Boulder in 2003 and joined St. John’s.
She found a wonderful community of friends and ministers in Education for Ministry (EfM), and, as her faith deepened, she felt called to be confirmed and became involved in ministry at St. John’s. Since that time, she has served as head of adult education, was in the founding Listening to the Holy Spirit group, served as a Lay Eucharistic Minister, and led prayers of the people.
Krista has also served at diocese, where she graduated from the two-year Congregational Development Institute (CDI) program and completed the process to become a trainer for that program. She has also served on the Mission Strategy Committee which manages and plans the health and growth of the diocese. And, most recently, she was honored to serve on the search committee for our new rector, which was an immensely rewarding experience.
Professionally, Krista has an M.S. in human resources design from The Claremont Graduate University and has used that degree for over 15 years in the fields of organizational development and human resources. She has been blessed to work with Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and the federal government in both internal and external consulting roles helping those organizations to be healthier and more effective.
St. John’s is a place where Krista truly feels God’s presence and a community where she feels loved and supported. She is honored to return that support through a role on the vestry.
Currently, Krista and her husband, Patrick, are looking for a new home and she is preparing to re-enter the workforce after being a full-time mother to their two-year old son, Garrett.
Jeff is excited about the opportunity to be a part of the St. John’s vestry. He and his family (wife d’Layne and daughters Halea, Liana, and Solani) have been coming here since moving to Boulder in 2002. He says that at St. John’s they’ve found a Christ-centered home that casts its gaze not only on our community but also on the global one we live in. Jeff believes that our diverse and multi-generational congregation forms the unique backbone that allows our ministries to thrive. Among our members he has found a congregation filled with passionate and dedicated people driven by their faith. He hopes to become a part of a vestry that helps to give wings to these goals.
As an ob/gyn physician in Boulder, Jeff has been blessed to be a part of many families in our community. His work has taught him that people of all walks of life share a common thread, and that that bond can be strengthened and nurtured through the teaching, love, and compassion of Jesus Christ.
Here at St John’s, Jeff has taught Sunday School and/or Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for five years. He’s participated in several stewardship campaigns as well as in our international outreach ministries. Outside of the parish, Jeff is involved with medical missions both locally and in Central America.
The Kerr-Laytons live in Boulder.
John was raised until early adulthood in Connecticut, and attended St. John’s Episcopal Church in Hartford with his family, where he participated in an all-male choir as a soprano while his voice allowed. His parents both having been raised in Colorado, the family moved back to Denver in 1967, but John spent his college years with little church affiliation. He met and married Linda Blair in Denver in 1971, and after John’s three years of Navy service they moved to Boulder.
The Black’s calling to join a church was revived with the arrival of daughter Frances in 1977. St. John’s Boulder offered a natural attraction for the new parents who both shared an Episcopal upbringing, and whose worship traditions aligned with what they found at St John’s. Both Frances and her younger sister Emily were baptized here by Fr. Jim McKeown, and John and Linda made some of their closest friends at St. John’s during their years here. John finally returned to choral music when he joined our choir, then led by Doug Eaton, and has learned a wealth of wonderful music since, especially under the exceptional skills in directing and organ performance that grace our current music staff.
John assisted Linda for several years at monthly soup kitchen, and co-directed our youth program with other parents for a time in the 1990s. He retired from technical management at IBM in 2010, and being freed from the intensive travel and frequent absences of that career, felt called to support our diverse and welcoming parish community by serving on the vestry.
He continues to live in Boulder with Linda, and enjoys frequent visits with his three grandchildren in New England and Arizona.
Sally joined St. John’s shortly after she moved to Boulder from New York City. She has just recently finished her Master’s of Divinity at Iliff School of Theology in Denver and is working as a chaplain at Halcyon Hospice. She understands pastoral care as serving others and serving God with love, and believes that naming and dreaming of how we care for each other within and outside of the church enriches our identities as members of Christ’s body incarnate, and helps us live out our baptismal ministry.
Sally has been in many pastoral care ministries at St. John’s, and completed the four year EfM class. Sally is grateful to St. John’s for providing a spiritual home for both learning and practicing Centering Prayer. If pressed, she identifies as a contemplative who is active in the world.
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.