The vestry is a group of parish members who oversee the church and its operations. The vestry assists the rector (pastor) in defining the mission and direction of the church.
The vestry also promotes and maintains the church and is responsible for church finances. The vestry is elected annually by church members.
Vestry meets monthly on the third Sunday at noon at church. All are welcome to attend.
May Vestry Minutes
April Vestry Minutes
Al Angell was born in Norwalk, Ohio and raised in a multi-generational family of Episcopalians. He is married to Margi for fifty five years. He spent three and a half years in the Coast Guard, where he was commissioned as a lieutenant. He lived in Detroit, Michigan, where he worked for IBM, Computer Services Corp, and R.L. Polk and Company, before starting his own database company. He later joined Morgan Stanley before moving to Florida in 2001. He moved to a golf and tennis community in Estero, where he was president of his Homeowner’s Association. He and Margi were members of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Bonita Springs for twelve years, where Al served on the vestry, was Senior Warden, and was active in the Men’s Club, as well as on the Financial and Endowment committees. When they moved to Fort Myers in 2014, Al and Margi joined St. Hilary’s. Al sings in the choir, participated in Cursillo, in MAG events, bible study and other church activities.
As a native Michigander, Bonnie Brown grew up Lutheran, but became an Episcopalian in 2001. She has lived throughout the United States, spending a lot of time in the southeastern states. The blue skies and warm weather became very appealing after spending several cold winters in Michigan. After working for over thirty-five years, she retired in 2005. Most of my career was spent in Human Resources, with jobs as a Corporate Trainer, Instructional Designer, and Administrator. At the end of her career, she worked for BellSouth (now AT&T) in Atlanta, GA as an Administrator. She enjoys retirement, but is looking for personal growth opportunities that allow her to make a contribution, as well as meet new people and make friends. She looks forward to the opportunity to serve on the vestry.
Born in New York City, Sybil Edgar is a life-long Episcopalian. She does her civic duty by being a worker for Lee County election polls. Sybil’s volunteer activities outside St. Hilary’s include lifetime Board Member of Community Cooperative, and an active role at the American Cancer Society. Not only does she volunteer at Relay for Life, but also Making Strides, the Volunteer Leadership Board, and is a Reach to Recovery trainer/facilitator. She is also a volunteer at United Way. In addition to being a Cursillista, Sybil is a member of Altar Guild; a Stephen Minister; the Coordinator of the ushers and greeters for the 8:00 AM service; a Chalice Bearer; a Lay Eucharistic Visitor; Daughters of the King President; a Sunday School volunteer; a Verger; an office volunteer and St. Hilary’s wedding coordinator, in addition to being one of the lead organizers of St. Hilary’s Thanksgiving celebration. She is also a past vestry member.
“The vestry is very important to the operation of the church”, says Sybil, “being a member is an honor and an opportunity to serve in a meaningful way.”
Ruth Walters has been a member of St. Hilary’s for eighteen years. She is interested in serving on the vestry because she has just retired from a large health insurance company as a Financial Analyst. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa. In the past, she has been a volunteer at the St. Hilary’s Thrift Store.
Ruth, with her husband Jay, usually attends the Saturday evening service, and they are regulars at the Wed@6 gatherings.
Jo Lane has been an Episcopalian for fifteen years. She is a retired college professor. Her civic involvements include working in the Guardian ad Litem program and the Democratic Party, as well as many donations to other charitable organizations. At St. Hilary’s, she is a Eucharistic Minister, a Eucharistic Visitor and a member of both the Altar Guild and ECW. “Church governance is important – all of us should be willing to participate”, she says. She looks forward to participating in decisions affecting the church and providing service to St. Hilary’s.
Betsey Lunsford was born and raised in Tavernier, Florida at mile marker 89 on Plantation Key. She attended Sheridan Vocational Center and Broward Community College majoring in Medical Laboratory Technology and worked twelve years as a MT at Mariner’s Hospital. She became a confirmed Episcopalian in the early 90’s at St. James the Fisherman in Islamorada, Florida. While at St. Hilary’s, she’s developed nursery protocol, was a Sunday School superintendent and teacher, was a Children’s Church and VBS teacher and director, and has participated in adult studies as well as various committees for Youth & Families. As a member of the vestry, she hopes to promote communication and growth of all ages, while contributing to the work of both short– and long-term planning for our parish. Particular interests are youth & families and blending all ages in multi-generational activities.
Dorothy Marshall Senior Warden
An Episcopalian for forty years, Dorothy Marshall honors her faith through her service at St. Hilary’s. She is a member of the Daughters of the King, the Altar Guild and the E.C.W., and is also an acolyte and a verger. She schedules the liturgy participants every month, helps credit member’s pledges and donations, and produces financial reports as needed. She is also St. Hilary’s Safeguarding trainer. She has been an appointee to Vestry by four different priests. Outside the church, she is involved in Friends of the Library, Delta Kappa Gamma, and the FSW Foundation. Dorothy is running for Vestry because she would like to assume “a leadership role.”
Ed Mathews is the principal of South Fort Myers High School in Lee County. As principal, he participates in school functions, like fundraisers, athletic events and award presentations.
He is active at St. Hilary’s as a Verger, and he fills in as needed during services. He also is involved in the Harry Chapin food bank, as well as other charitable organizations in Lee County.
Elizabeth (“Libby”) Maxwell
Elizabeth (“Libby”) Maxwell has been a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church. She has been a member of St. Hilary’s since 2005 when she and her husband Ross began living in Fort Myers each year from October to May. Libby believes that stewardship is central to her faith and tries to live out that faith by sharing her time, talent and treasure in gratitude for all the blessings that God has given her. Libby is a member of St. Hilary’s Choir, serves as a Eucharistic Minister and Eucharistic Visitor, and is also a Stephen Minister. She has participated in rummage sales, the thrift shop, and the shrimp boil. She served on the Search Committee when Father Charles was called to St. Hilary’s. At her church in Michigan she serves as a Eucharistic Minister and Eucharistic Visitor and is currently on the Search Committee to call the next rector of their church. Libby believes that her spiritual journey is greatly enhanced by participating in her various ministries. She would like to use the gifts God has given her in further service to St. Hilary’s. She believes that her education and training in Human Resource Development and strong work experience in finance, strategic planning and leadership are gifts she would like to share as a team member of the Vestry.
David Oliver is currently the Sales & Marketing Director for Heights Title Service. He moved back to the Fort Myers area in 2012. After visiting several other Episcopal churches in the area, David chose to join St. Hilary’s because of its family friend and welcoming environment. He has been a member of St. Hilary’s since 2012 and an Episcopalian for fourteen years. He served as head of the Ushers and Greeters at St. Andrew’s Episcopal in Longmeadow, MA. Father Charles married David and his wife Karla in December of 2014. While at St. Hilary’s David has served as a Usher / Greeter, the Charter Organziation Representative for the Boy Scouts at St. Hilary’s and as an assistant scoutmaster. He is an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, and is a former Girl Scout Leader.
Penny Ranson Junior Warden
Penny is a life-long Episcopalian who was born in Akron, Ohio. She earned a BA degree at Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio. She holds a Masters’ degree in Spanish, a Master’s degree in French and a Doctorate in Modern Languages from Middlebury College in Middlebury Vermont.
Since becoming a member of St. Hilary’s in 2007, she has co-chaired the 50th Anniversary Celebration. She co-founded Stephen Ministry and took the Stephen Leadership Training Course in Orlando to became a Stephen Leader; she now teaches the 50 hour training course to those who wish to become Stephen Ministers. She is a verger and recently completed the course to become a Fellow of the Vergers’ Guild of the Episcopal Church. She also serves as a Lay Reader, Chalice Bearer and Eucharistic Visitor. She would like to join the Vestry in order to be able to take a more active leadership role at St. Hilary’s.
Karin Winter is a commercial interior designer at Winter Interiors, Inc. She has been an Episcopalian for forty-eight years. She has been a volunteer at Habitat for Humanity, and she was a board member of the Harlem Heights Foundation. At St. Hilary’s, she’s been a VBS director and volunteer, a Sunday School teacher, a Youth group volunteer and leader as well as the Youth & Families Committee coordinator. She has also been the Building Committee President, a past Vestry member, and the Search Committee co-Chair. As a Vestry member, she hopes to promote the growth of St. Hilary’s.