Our vibrant and strong leadership teams carry out their duties to the glory of God and to the benefit of the members of our congregation.
The Rev. David John DeSmith, Priest/Rector, grew up in the Finger Lakes area of western New York (near Rochester, his home diocese). He raised sheep as a young boy and so still finds himself to be a shepherd to the flock. He received the Bachelor of Music Education degree from SUNY, Potsdam, and subsequently taught public school music for 14 years.
In 1987, as a convert to the Episcopal Church, he entered Bexley Hall Episcopal Seminary in Rochester, NY and graduated with the Master of Divinity degree in 1990. He was ordained a deacon in June of that same year and later ordained a priest in February of 1991.
Before coming to St. David’s in October of 2003, David served churches in Western Massachusetts as well as in Easton, Maryland, where he served as Interim Dean of Trinity Cathedral. His particular parish passions include preaching, pastoral care, stewardship and congregational development with a focus on mission strategy. David’s hobbies include hiking, writing, reading, playing the piano, singing, and sitting in a rocking chair near any body of water.
David has two grown children and three grandchildren. He is married to Jim Alden, a banking recruiter, who is also an Episcopalian and a member of Grace Church in Madison, NJ.
David served St. David’s faithfully and well for 14 years and retired as Fifth Rector on June 25th, 2017. Thank you!
The vestry is the church’s “Board of Directors” and includes a Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Treasurer, and Clerk. The vestry consists of lay members of the church elected by the congregation at the annual parish meeting. The vestry currently has ten elected members. Vestry members normally serve a three year term and must be members in good standing of the parish.
The vestry duties are both practical and spiritual in nature. The vestry managerial duties include taking care of parish finances. They choose individuals to fill various positions of leadership and representation: the choice of a rector, the choice of delegates to the diocesan convention, and the selection of others as the diocesan canons may stipulate. The vestry also serves as an advisory council to the rector who by church law is the parish’s chief liturgical and pastoral officer.
The 2017 Vestry Members are:
- John Simonelli – Senior Warden (2017)
- Jennifer Trevisan – Junior Warden (2018)
- Pat Hodde – (through 2019)
- Kathy Kent – (through 2019)
- Lee Moody – (through 2017)
- Dale Pappas-Wilhelm – (through 2017)
- Mike Roehrer – (through 2018)
Christine Rudolphi (through 2018)
- Marty Stanton (through 2019)
- Irene Williams – (through 2018)
- Mary-Esther Arther – Treasurer (nonvoting)
- Christine Rudolphi – Vestry Clerk
- Delegates to Convention: John Simonelli (2017-2019)
Julie Dolci (2017-2019)
Rich Dobson (2017-2019)
Below is a list of Approved Vestry Highlights. From April 2017, the monthly Treasurer’s Report and Minutes are also included.
Vestry Meeting Minutes July 2017 Final
Treasurers Report for August meeting
Treasurer’s Report July vestry mtg
Vestry Meeting Minutes June 2017 FINAL
Vestry Meeting Highlights July 19 2017
Vestry Meeting Highlights June 21 2017
Treasurer’s Report for June vestry meeting
Vestry Meeting Minutes May 2017
Vestry Meeting Highlights April 2017
Treasurer’s Report for April Vestry Meeting
Minutes April 2017
Vestry Meeting Highlights March 2017
Vestry Meeting Highlights February 2017
Vestry Meeting Highlights January 2017
Vestry Meeting Highlights December 2016
Vestry Highlights November 2016
Vestry Highlights September 2016
Vestry Meeting Highlights August 2016
Vestry Meeting Highlights June 2016
Vestry Meeting Highlights May 2016
Vestry Meeting Highlights April 2016
Vestry Meeting Highlights March 2016
Vestry Meeting Highlights February 2016
Vestry Meeting Highlights January 2016
Vestry Meeting Highlights December 2015
Vestry Meeting Highlights November 2015
Vestry Meeting Highlights October 2015
Vestry Meeting Highlights September 2015
Vestry Meeting Highlights August 2015
Vestry Meeting Highlights June 2015
Guy Baskinger joins St. David’s on November 23, 2015
This commission is responsible for stewardship education. It oversees the spring commitment program where parishioners are invited to share their time and talents, and the fall commitment program, which concentrates on pledging or making a financial commitment to St. David’s for the year ahead. Stewardship Commission’s other main task is to plan and organize the various fundraising activities held throughout the year.
The Budget and Finance Committee makes recommendations to vestry concerning the planning, securing and managing of the financial resources of the church. It meets regularly throughout the year, keeping oversight of all matters of income and expenditure, culminating in the preparation of the yearly budget.
The Property Committee maintains, updates and manages the church grounds and property. The committee also takes a role in the submission of grant and loan applications and provides monthly updates to the Vestry along with recommendations when appropriate.
Worship services are conducted by Worship Teams and headed by a Worship Team Leader. Team leaders are responsible for scheduling the various ministries required for worship services, so that no one person is scheduled for multiple ministries on a given Sunday. Training and refresher sessions for various ministries are held periodically.