Newly Elected Members of the Vestry

posted Mar 31, 2016, 2:07 PM by Farar Elliott   [ updated Nov 21, 2016, 11:25 AM by Adam Scott ]
Elected to the St. Margaret's Vestry at the Annual Meeting on April 10, 2016 were Genevieve Moreland, Carlin Rankin, James Staton, Kate Weber, Charleen Ward, and Marty Williams, along with Dan Sealy as Junior Warden.

Dan Sealy, Junior Warden
Occupation: Environmental Consultant / Retired National Park Service Ranger

When did you come to St Margaret’s? 2001 
What attracted you to St. Margaret’s? Bryan and I were impressed by the liturgy, the wonderful people, and the active ministries both within the church and outreach to the community. Bryan and I were legally married at St. Margaret’s. 
What ministries have you been involved with at St. Margaret's or other churches? I have worked with Transitional Housing program, LEV, newcomers welcoming, and Christmas / Easter ministry which transitioned to celebrating with Charlie’s Place. Lately I’ve been very happy to help with St. Margaret’s Second Saturday Charlie’s’ Place. 
What ideas do you have to sustain the vitality of St. Margaret's Mission? Grow this wonderful church. Share our community, our spirit and the blessing of Christ’s sacrifice. I want to reach out to our new “Dupont Circle Community” to learn more, and better link our Charlie’s Place sponsors with the parish.
What gifts in financial and property management and in non-profit or church governance would you bring to the Vestry? I am a jack of all trades, master of none. However; as former chief ranger in parks and director for the Park Service's Center for Urban Ecology, I have supervised large staffs; have been responsible for sizeable budgets and contracts. Currently I am also on the board for an environmental center in Northern California and am doing more with grants. 
What are you passionate about for the future of St. Margaret’s? Multigenerational and inclusive worship, education and activities. I also would like to see every member of our parish feel they are leader in whatever way they can participate. I also believe we are at our best when we are having fun while doing God’s work.

Genevieve Moreland (incumbent)
Occupation:  Attorney
 
When did you come to St. Margaret’s? About 6 years ago
What attracted you to St. Margaret’s? I wanted to find an Episcopal church I could walk to from home. I walked in to St Margaret's and I stayed because of the people. I no longer live in the neighborhood, but I'm still at St Margaret's!
What ministries have you been involved with at St. Margaret's or other churches? I'm currently serving on the vestry. I was also a rep to the Diocesan Convention. I was on the search committee that brought Kym to us, and I've been part of the Newcomers Committee and the Building & Grounds Committee.  
What ideas do you have to sustain the vitality of St. Margaret's Mission? I love the work that Anne has been doing with the youth group and other nearby parishes. I would like to see us expand this program so that we are working with other nearby parishes for other events and outreach programs.
What gifts in financial and property management and in non-profit or church governance would you bring to the Vestry? I am a current vestry member, and I have also been a board member for the Junior League of Washington for the past two years.
What are you passionate about for the future of St. Margaret’s? I would love to see us grow as a parish. I think we continue to be our friendly selves to attract newcomers, and also, try to plan more events that we can invite people to so they can check us out. 

Carlin Rankin (incumbent)
Occupation: Retired

When did you come to St. Margaret’s?  About 15 years ago
What attracted you to St. Margaret’s?  The inclusive language and the fact that there was a female rector
What ministries have you been involved with at St. Margaret's or other churches?
In other churches:
a. Sung in the choir
b. Been a vestry member 
c. Treasurer of the church
d. Outreach committees
e. Been a member and chair of the Diocesan Honduras Committee
f. Been a member and president of the Standing Committee of the Diocese
g. Been a member of the Diocesan Council
At St. Margaret’s:
a. Vestry member
b. Bell choir member
c. Organizer and planner of the PotLuck  groups
d. Rummage sale volunteer
e. Seminarian committee member 
f. Chalicist
g. Outreach committee 
What ideas do you have to sustain the vitality of St. Margaret's Mission?  I would continue to encourage and welcome newcomers and try to interest them (and other members) in all of our activities; such as Rummage Sale, Charlie’s Place, Pot Luck dinners, our new outreach program.
What gifts in financial and property management and in non-profit or church governance would you bring to the Vestry?  I’ve been a residential property manager for many years, and I’ve been on vestries and diocesan committees.
What are you passionate about for the future of St. Margaret’s?  I’m very excited about our new outreach program.  I believe that outreach is one of the most important ways that we exercise our ministry to help God’s people who are less fortunate.  I’m looking forward to hearing from all of our parishioners about what outreach causes that they are interested in.

James Staton, Jr. (incumbent)
Occupation: Supply management

When did you come to St. Margaret's? I started worshipping at St. Margaret's in November 2011.
What attracted you to St. Margaret's? I was attracted to St. Margaret's by the inclusive culture; the commitment to service, as expressed by Charlie's Place; the singing of traditional episcopal music, as well as African American spirituals and thought provoking sermons.
What ministries have you been involved with at St. Margaret's or other churches? I have served on St. Margaret's Vestry, the building and grounds committee and assisted with preparations for the fall rummage sale. At Holy Trinity Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, I served two terms on the Vestry; was a Sunday School Teacher and youth advisor; and I was an usher.
What ideas do you have to sustain the vitality of St. Margaret's Mission? We must continue to explore creative ways to attract more individuals to membership at our church via engaging forums, successful outreach programs, and moving worship services. A well designed survey could be administered to acquire useful information that will help us know what various demographic groups are seeking in an Episcopal Church.
What gifts in financial and property management and in non-profit or church governance would you bring to the Vestry? I will continue to honor an annual pledge. I will also continue to draw on my knowledge of and experience with financial matters in carrying out the work of the Vestry. And I will continue to bring to the Vestry ideas and practices I have acquired by serving on non-profit boards.
What are you passionate about for the future of St. Margaret's? In our world that is severely divided based on race, gender, sexual orientation, class, religion and other attributes, St. Margaret's has a message and a practice that is rooted in celebrating diversity and building an inclusive community.

Charleen Ward 
Occupation: Commercial Real Estate Professional for the Government of the District of Columbia 

When did you come to St. Margaret’s? My partner Carol and I were invited to Kym’s installation by a parishioner, Todd Douglas. We were rejuvenated by Kym’s powerful and thought provoking sermon and the warmth of the congregation. 
What attracted you to St. Margaret’s? St. Margaret’s lived up to its reputation as an open and welcoming congregation. I was also drawn to St. Margaret’s because of its fantastic nursery and opportunities for religious education for our entire family.
What ministries have you been involved with at St. Margaret's or other churches? I served as co-chair of the Sharing Fund for 2 years at The Riverside Church in New York. This fund provided grants to local, national and international organizations whose missions were consistent with the strong social justice mission of the church. I was also a member of the Washington Interfaith Network (WIN) and worked with members of many congregations to help end homelessness in the District.
What ideas do you have to sustain the vitality of St. Margaret's Mission? I believe that it is important to continue to warmly welcome all visitors and implement a more consistent method of encouraging them to return. For example, greeters could distribute visitors’ cards along with the church bulletin to persons who are visiting for the first time.
What gifts in financial and property management and in non-profit or church governance would you bring to the Vestry?  Our family will continue to honor and prayerfully increase our annual financial pledges to St. Margaret’s. In addition, I have extensive experience managing a large real estate portfolio for the District. I also have experience working with local governments, non profit organizations and the private sector. I would bring my skills as an administrator to the Vestry.
What are you passionate about for the future of St. Margaret’s?  I believe that St. Margaret’s is a hidden gem and has a lot to offer DC and the world. I would like to see it increase its membership so that more people can benefit from the thought-provoking sermons, and the ministries and programs that it offers. I am excited that our daughter Emma has a church home where she can grow spiritually, make new friends, and learn to contribute to a wider community.


Kate Weber (incumbent)
Occupation: Science policy, Department of State

When did you come to St. Margaret’s?  I began attending St. Margaret’s about three years ago. 
What attracted you to St. Margaret’s?  I walked past St. Margaret’s during my commute and was drawn to it even before I stepped through the doors. It was and is clear that this community is open and loving. 
What ministries have you been involved with at St. Margaret's or other churches?  I have been most involved in Charlie’s Place, organizing the St. Margaret’s Second Saturday breakfasts, and serving as the Vestry representative on the Charlie’s Place advisory board. 
What ideas do you have to sustain the vitality of St. Margaret's Mission?  I am excited about the opportunity to invite into our community some of the young professionals who continue to move to DC. I believe that the good work of our Treasurer and Finance Committee will allow the vestry to turn more of our attention to outreach. 
What gifts in financial and property management and in non-profit or church governance would you bring to the Vestry?  I worked previously for a large non-profit, and I currently volunteer on two other non-profit committees, serving in the leadership of one of these. I have experience in event planning and project management, and I am comfortable with calculations and budget numbers.
What are you passionate about for the future of St. Margaret’s?  I am excited about the foundation that the Vestry has built over the past two years (again, thanks in large part to the hard work of our Finance Committee and Treasurer), and I am very excited about the opportunity this provides for us to focus on growing and developing our ministries and bringing in new members.

Martha Williams 
Occupation: Realtor 

When did you come to St Margaret’s? 1973 
What attracted you to St. Margaret’s? Church needy, we learned that two exceptional women were members. One, the mother of a babysitter, had gone to seminary in Canada and eventually was one of the first group women ordained at the Cathedral.  The other was a gifted teacher who found alternative ways to help people learn. 
What ministries have you been involved with at St. Margaret's or other churches? Teaching Sunday School.  Junior Warden in the late  80’s, early 90’s.  Vestry in the 90’s. Discernment Committee for 2 individuals seeking priesthood. EFM graduate. On the Way participant. Most recent Rector search committee. Member of the Choir. Too many rummage sales to remember. 
What ideas do you have to sustain the vitality of St. Margaret's Mission?   As more and more people chose to live in the city, if they are also seeking a place for spiritual grounding in the midst of our secular society, it is important to welcome warmly each unfamiliar face that comes through the door so that they return, realizing the richness of and sharing in this community. 
What gifts in financial and property management and in non-profit or church governance would you bring to the Vestry?  I’ve been a Realtor, licensed in DC, MD and VA for over 30 years, dealing, in the normal course of business, with financing, local laws affecting real estate and building construction. 
What are you passionate about for the future of St. Margaret’s? I am passionate about St Margaret’s, PERIOD.  I’ve witnessed it’s evolution from an “establishment” congregation whose members were fleeing to the suburbs to the present congregation reflecting today’s desirability of cities as places to live.  ALWAYS, this has been a place of love and acceptance, open to changes in attitudes and lifestyles- racial and sexual non-discrimination, women clergy, inclusive language, etc. The ashes of my family members rest in the columbarium. My son, his wife and their children are actively involved. I want this to continue to be a place where we worship with love and openness.
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