About St. Paul’s Vestry
The Vestry of St. Paul’s is the legal, canonical (church law) and financial “board of trustees” for the church. Members are elected for three-year terms and lead the parish in setting policies and goals, maintaining the buildings, and raising financial support for the mission of the parish. The Vestry is chaired by the Rector and consists of fifteen parishioners. Typically five new members are elected to three years terms by Members in Good Standing. The elections are held each year at our Parish Meeting in November. Any member of the parish is welcome to attend Vestry meetings and is encouraged to approach any member of the Vestry with any questions or concerns they may have with any spiritual or non-spiritual aspects of the church and its leadership and management. To contact a member of the Vestry please look them up in the Church Directory or contact the Church Office for assistance.
The Wardens are the “Executive Officers” of the Vestry. The Sr. Warden usually sets the agenda for the meetings and oversees the committees and any task forces the Vestry may set up. The Jr. Warden is traditionally responsible for the buildings and grounds.
The Rector is Chair of the Vestry. Hugh Sharber is Chancellor.
Ed Barels, Junior Warden
Ed Barels has been a member of St. Paul’s for over 12 years. Suzanne Barels (wife), Kyle Barels (son, 27), and Liza Sharpe (daughter, 32). Ed is a retired Mechanical Engineer. He serves as Photographer for Church Activities (upon request), volunteers for Family Promise, Metropolitan Ministries, and also serves as a Greeter.
Bruce Blohm, Secretary
Bruce Blohm has been a member of St Paul’s for over 8 years and a confirmed Episcopalian in the Diocese of East Tennessee since 1986. In addition to the 2017 vestry, he has recently served on St. Paul’s Rector Search Committee, St. Paul’s Christian Ed committee, as a Eucharistic Visitor, and co-chairs St. Paul’s environmental stewardship program.
Julie Brandao, Senior Warden
Robert Crates has been a member of St. Paul’s for over 40 years. His wife is Jean Crates; Robert B. Crates (son, 52); Dr. John M. Crates (son, 48). His sons were raised in and confirmed at St. Paul’s. Past and Present Ministry to St. Paul’s: Treasurer (2013 – present), Past Member of the Vestry (Clery of Vestry 2010, Treasurer 2011, 2012), Head Usher (8:00 a.m. Service), Sound Engineer, Teller. Reason for desiring to serve on the Vestry: To be of service to the Parish, Parishioners, Community, and God’s Kingdom. St. Paul’s is very special to me and provides the basis for my spiritual health and growth.
Julia Cronin has been a member of St. Paul’s for over 50 years. Her family includes Kelly Coffelt and Heather Osteen (daughters). Kate, Ellis, and Carter Coffelt; Katie Mae Osteen (grandchildren). Julia is a retired UTC Financial Aid advisor and a part-time Secretary at Christ Church, Episcopal. Her present ministry to St. Paul’s includes Adult Handbell Choir, Eucharistic Visitor (EV), Arts Committee, Pastoral Care Team, and Outreach Committee.
Mary Lockhart has been a member of St. Paul’s for over 25 years. Mary is the Communications Coordinator for Chattanooga Goodwill Industries. Her present ministry includes the Adult Handbell Choir, Usher, Arts Committee, St. Paul’s After Hours, and Sunday School Teacher.
George Patten has been a member of St Paul’s for a combined 20 years. He has been active in the Stewardship program and looks forward to helping in the membership efforts. St Paul’s continues to be a strong downtown church with a vibrant young adult and youth groups.
Trip Smith has served as Stewardship Chair, taught Sr. High Sunday School, served on the board of ECSET. He has served three terms on the vestry including Jr Warden during his last term. He has been a lay reader and Eucharistic Minister for 25 years. He also has experience with independent schools.
Tom White, Treasurer
Tom White has been a member of St. Paul’s for over 30 years. His family includes Beth White (wife), Zach (son, 28), Mary Stewart (daughter, 25), and Henry (16). Tom is the Senior Vice President for Investor Relations at Unum. He serves on the boards of United Way and the Chamber of Commerce in addition to Siskin Children’s Institute, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Bibles in the Schools, and the Tennessee Education Lottery. Tom has served on St. Paul’s Vestry twice in the past, as well as on the recent Capital Campaign Committee.