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.
Robert Crates, Treasurer
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.
Russell Craig has been a member of St. Paul’s for over 12 years. He works as an Adult Felony Probation Officer with Hamilton County Community Corrections, and has served St. Paul’s as a Youth Advisor, Usher, and as a member of the Discernment committee. He attends St. Paul’s with his wife, Shawn, and his two sons, Dylan and Evan, who were baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s.
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.
Bo Hixson was confirmed at St. Paul’s in 1989, and returned to St. Paul’s in 2005. He has been an attorney in Chattanooga for over 27 years at the practice of Duncan, Hatcher, Hixson & Fleenor, and is a member of the Chattanooga Bar Association Board of Governors. He also serves as the Director of the Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition. He has served St. Paul’s as a Verger and Eucharistic Minister. He is married to Carol and has four children: Rett, Laura, Sam, and Virginia.
Lynn Hodge, Secretary
Hank Hopping, Senior Warden
Hank Hopping has been a member at St. Paul’s for over 25 years, and has been married to Margaret for 19 years. They have two children, Will a senior at McCallie and Lily, a 9th grader at GPS. He has served St. Paul’s once on the Vestry, is a longtime Lector, helped in Children’s Chapel, has participated in DOCC 1 & DOCC 2, and is currently assisting with EYC.
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.
Randy Odle has been a member of St. Paul’s for 13 years. He is married to Andrea, and they have two children: William, in 4th grade, and Ellie, in 3rd grade at St. Peter’s Episcopal School. He has worked at The McCallie School for almost two decades, serving as a history teacher and department head, dorm advisor and dorm head, and soccer coach. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Chattanooga History Center. He has served St. Paul’s as a lay reader for many years, an occasional substitute during children’s Sunday School, and assisted with EYC from 2006-12.
Alison Shaw has been a member of St. Paul’s since she moved to Chattanooga in 1999. She has served St. Paul’s by teaching the high school Sunday School class, and has chaired the Stewardship Campaign with her husband, and has also been a member of the Stewardship committee. She has also served on the Parish Life committee for over a decade, acted as the Tweeners coordinator, and headed up the Preschool Chapel program for several years.
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.