Vestry

The Vestry is the governing board of the church and consists of twelve members, from whom the wardens and treasurer are selected. The Vestry shares with the clergy in the leadership of the parish, bearing a particular responsibility for the care of church buildings and finances. Members of the clergy sit on the Vestry ex officio as non-voting members.

 

VESTRY MEMBERS

 

maureenBMaureen Baum (2017), Newcomers

Maureen was born in London England and grew up there during World War 2. She trained as a Therapy Radiographer at one of London’s teaching hospitals, and after a few years working there she was “imported “to Jefferson Hospital Philadelphia. At that time the training in this country in her field was not as good as it was in England. After a while she went to the West Coast and worked at the Medical Center at Stanford California for several years. At the end of 1965 she decided to return to the East and came to New York to work for the man who became her husband four months later. She went on to have three children and last November became Grandparents for the first time.

 

SondraBergey72dpiSondra Bergey (2017), Newcomers

Before developing a love for urban life, Sondra grew up in the suburbs of Montgomery County. She graduated from Chestnut Hill College and Villanova University; then, began a career in the Philadelphia School District as teacher and teacher-consultant. In 1988-89 she was a Fulbright Exchange Teacher in England. When she retired she became a supervisor for Philadelphia Reads, out of the Mayer’s office, the Free Library and the Philadelphia Board of Education. Life for Sondra has always focused on people and community. It is one of the many reasons she became drawn to CHT. In 2004 Sondra became a member of the church. Being a part of the congregation, an usher, greeter and member of the Brown Bag Concert committee have given her an opportunity to do both.

 

eshaEsha Bhatia (2017), Outreach

Esha grew up in Hong Kong and came to the US in 1983 to attend Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She attended graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania before returning to D.C and moved back to Philadelphia in 1996, after being recruited to take a position at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she has worked ever since. Esha started worshipping at CHT in 2002 and was formerly on the Altar Guild. She currently coordinates the 8:30 readers.

 

Barbara Campbell (2019), Rector’s Warden

Barbara Campbell was nominated to the Vestry in the spring of 2013. She grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs, graduated from Immaculata University, and then lived in NYC for most of her adult life. Barbara has been a Philly Center City resident since 2008. She has one son, Jared, who teaches the sciences and math at Archmere Academy in Delaware. For most of her career, Barbara has been in software sales and has retired from working in Finance at IBM. She regularly participates in Worship at CHT as an Usher, Reader and Acolyte. Barbara also serves as coordinator for the CHT Ambassador Tour guide program.

 

5849_1123518728481_1242502010_30366411_4312126_nMargaret Casey Dowling (2018), Accounting Warden

A Mississippian and Air Force “brat,” Margaret has lived in many different places, including Fairbanks, Alaska! She graduated from Oxford High School in Oxford, Mississippi, and holds degrees from Bryn Mawr College (English) and the University of Mississippi (MBA – Finance). Moving to Philadelphia in 1990, Margaret has worked in various corporate banking positions at PNC Bank. She is currently Senior Vice President and Product Team Manager for PNC’s Healthcare division, helping hospitals, physician groups, and insurance companies exchange payments and information electronically. Margaret is married to Will, a Senior Technologist at Thomson Reuters Scientific, and they have two grown children. She currently serves CHT as an usher and Flower Guild arranger, and she volunteers with CHT’s Philadelphia Veteran’s House project. What I especially like about CHT: The welcoming feeling, strong community service programs, and the amazing liturgy and music!

 

Andy Gutknecht (Small Photo)Andrew Gutknecht (2019), Stewardship/Planned Giving

Andy grew up in Danville, Pennsylvania where he attended First Baptist Church, to which he credits much of his Christian formation. He graduated from Messiah College with a degree in music and moved to Philadelphia a few years later. Andy began worshipping at CHT in 2001 and was confirmed in the Episcopal Church soon after. Andy works in Trade Finance for Citi Commercial Bank but is also a lover of choral music and enjoys solo and choral singing. Andy sings in the choir at CHT, conducts tours for new members, reads Scripture during the service, and serves on the Flower Guild. He also organizes and hosts one of the Home Group Bible Studies. As a newly elected member to the vestry, Andy will focus on deepening and increasing stewardship within the congregation.

 

karstendickJoshua Karstendick (2018), Treasurer

Joshua grew up in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and came to Philadelphia to study at Drexel University. He has been a member of CHT since 2010. He serves as a Sunday school teacher, acolyte, reader and usher. He is also active with the Outreach Committee and the Young Adults of the Church of the Holy Trinity (YACHT). He works as a software engineer in Conshohocken.

 

 

PatKing72dpiPat King (2019), Parish Clerk/Christian Education

Pat King was nominated to the Vestry in the Spring of 2014. She has been attending CHT for about 2 years and serves as an acolyte and is a member of the healing prayer team, as well as being involved in adult education. Pat was raised in the Philadelphia suburbs and is a graduate of Duke University, Columbia Teachers College, and Drexel University’s School of Library and Information Science. She moved into the city about 4 years ago from Haddonfield, NJ where she and her husband Steve raised 3 children. Pat is a recently retired librarian and also taught high school English and worked in publishing. She enjoys reading, the New Jersey shore, her 19 month old grandson, travel, swimming, bicycling, sewing, and many of Philadelphia’s cultural offerings. She is grateful for the welcoming CHT community and for the many opportunities for involvement at CHT.

 

JimMcElwainJim McElwain (2019)

Jim has been the Vice President with PNC Institutional Asset Management for the last 5 years.  He has over 30 years experience in institutional investment sales, relationship management and fund management with 4 other investment companies.  He is a licensed as a Registered Rep ( FINRA Series 7 and 66). Jim attended Siena College (Albany, NY) with a BA in English. He also completed advanced course work at New York Institute of Finance and City University of New York. Mr. McElwain grew up in New York City, and lived and worked there until he relocated to Bucks County in the early 1990’s. He has lived and worked in Center City for the last 10 years. He’s been attending services at CHT for more than 2 years now, and has become more involved recently as an Acolyte. He loves the openness and diversity of the parish, the beautiful Sunday liturgies, and sermons which challenge and inspire. CHT offers many opportunities for community service, spiritual enrichment and educational development.


Rick for CHTRick Seifert (2017), Pipe Organ Restoration Project/Music Outreach

Rick Seifert is a native of Philadelphia, (Merion, PA,) a graduate of The Boston Conservatory of Music, with a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Piano, and a teaching certification in music education from Western Washington University. Rick moved to Seattle, WA in 1981, where he lived and taught in the public schools for many years. As Choral Musician Rick has worked as church music director for two congregations. In 2012 Rick relocated back to the Philadelphia area, and currently teaches piano privately for his own studio “Lower Merion Piano”. As an amateur historian with a passion for American and Philadelphia History, Rick volunteers as Historian, Docent, and Archivist for the Friends of The Wanamaker Organ, and has produced a musical documentary on the history of John Wanamaker and The Grand Court Organ.

 

Profile PhotoAnnie Thomas (2018), Parish Life

Annie Thomas has been a member of The Church of the Holy Trinity for the past two years, since moving with Glyn, her husband of twenty-nine years to Philadelphia. They have two sons, Gavin, 25, and Duncan, 23 years old. Annie was for twenty-plus years a surgical nurse working in the operating room rotating through most specialties but predominantly in that of Cardio Thoracic Surgery. She worked for eight and a half years as the Parish Administrator for Trinity Church , Princeton NJ from which she retired three years ago. Since joining the parish at CHT, she has been regularly involved in the monthly cook-off, assisting with the cooking and serving of the meals for our elderly and those confined to home. She also co-chaired the 2014 Rummage event and will do so again this coming June. It is with great pleasure that she joins the vestry to serve in this time of change at The Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square.