The St. Alban’s Vestry are a dedicated group of elected volunteers who lead the parish and help to define, articulate, and sustain the St. Alban’s mission.
The basic responsibilities of the vestry are to help define and articulate the mission of the congregation; to support the church’s mission by word and deed, to select the rector, to ensure effective organization and planning, and to manage resources and finances.
There are always twelve members of the Vestry; each February, four new members are elected to a three-year term to replace four outgoing members. Any confirmed adult (16 years or older) communicant in good standing is eligible to serve on the vestry.
Meet the Vestry
Chris Martin (Senior Warden)
A member of St. Alban’s since 2002, Chris has served as an Acolyte/LEM/Lector and Vestry member, previously as Junior Warden. A former Air Force officer, he retired from ExxonMobil after 30 years and now serves as Operations Director at Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington. Chris holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an MBA in International Business. (Term expires 2023)
Bill Calvert (Junior Warden)
Bill and his wife, Nancy, started attending services at St. Alban’s in 2015. Among many other activities, he has served as a mowing team captain, participated on two seminarian lay committees, and co-chaired the recent Capital Campaign in support of the kitchen and restroom restoration project. (Term expires 2024)
Chris Murphy Peck (Register)
Chris and her family have been attending St. Alban’s since 2003. During her time with St. Albans, among many other activities, Chris has served as a member of the Stewardship Committee, a Sunday School Teacher, and a volunteer at the Christmas Bazaar, most recently as the Chair of the Raffle Committee. From 2008 to 2015, she served as a co-lead for the youth and adult mission trips to Our Little Roses Home for Girls in San Pedro Sula Honduras. (Term expires 2024)
Monique has been attending St. Alban’s since 2019. She serves as a member of the Altar Guild, assists with the Belvedere food ministry, and has participated in several small groups including EfM, the RenewalWorks project, and Sacred Ground. A librarian, she lives in Woodbridge with her husband, Lance, and her cat, Neil. (Term expires 2024)
Alison is a foreign service officer married to another foreign service officer, Christopher, and they have served in posts around the world but have now returned to the United States. She served on our vestry when they were last posted here and she is eager to continue giving back to St. Alban’s, a church that has given her family so much love and support over the years. (Term expires 2024)
Bob Ensinger joined the St. Alban’s family in 2011 when he and his husband, Peter, ended their quest to find a welcoming spiritual community. Bob has volunteered as a teacher for both Sunday School and Vacation Bible School and currently serves as a lector and member of the mowing team. He and his family are frequent participants at St. Alban’s Shrine Mont weekends, and he is a regular volunteer at the annual Christmas Bazaar. (Term expires 2024)
Kevin and his husband, Kyle, have been attending St. Alban’s since 2017. He manages the parish website, working with staff and other committees to promote church activities online. In 2021 he led the church’s RenewalWorks project, exploring ways to deepen spiritual growth and discipleship in the parish, and in 2022 is helping to develop discipleship groups in the parish. (Term expires 2023)
Debbe was confirmed in 2021 and has been attending St. Alban’s since 2018. Her many activities in the parish include the Altar Guild, the All Saints’ Guild, and the Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA). She participated in Sacred Ground and the RenewalWorks project. Debbe is a retired educator with three adult sons. (Term expires 2025)
A Texas native, Christie has been an active Episcopalian since childhood. She graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1996 and has served the Navy for the past 25 years at sea and ashore as a Surface Warfare Officer, eventually commanding two warships. During her last stint in the area a few years ago, she served as a chalice bearer at St. Alban’s and a volunteer with the bazaar and other activities. Christie and her husband, Brian, and their daughter, Alayna, returned to the area in 2021, where she continues her journey of faith and service at our parish. (Term expires 2025)
Kristi has been a member of St. Alban’s since 1997, and she and her husband, Lee, have attended together since their marriage in 2000. Kristi serves as one of our partner representatives to Samaritan Ministry as well as volunteering with the Coffee Committee, as an intercessor, and as a member of the Intercessory Prayer Group. Formerly she was a volunteer with the lay-led services at Annandale Healthcare Center and a co-chair of the Toy Room at the Christmas Bazaar. (Term expires 2025)
Glen’s life has been enriched by membership at St. Alban’s since first coming to the area in 1985. Over the years he has participated in numerous activities, including nearly 20 years as a member of the choir and previous service on the Vestry from 2002-2004, and his two sons attended Sunday School here. Glen retired in August 2021 after a long career of DoD computing spanning military service, civil service, and government contracting. He and his husband, Mark, recently refurbished their nearby home and are enjoying life in their dream home near their dream church. (Term expires 2025)
Ken came to St. Alban’s after serving as a member of St. John’s Georgetown for more than 25 years, because he wanted to attend a church closer to home that was actively committed to social justice. He is a retired elementary school principal and worked in education for 39 years. Most of his teaching was at the high school level, and he also worked in the Superintendent’s office as a Technology Coordinator working to purchase and implement technology in 38 of the system’s 200 schools. (Term expires 2023)
Meet monthly on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm. Meetings include a reflection, review of the Treasurer’s report, discussion of the parish business, and light refreshments.
Attend an annual Vestry retreat, normally in the spring, to get to know each other better and to review goals and plans for the year. This usually takes place early spring on a Saturday.
Serve as the Vestry representative for a section of the congregation, usually about 25 households, contacting each household annually by phone, email, or personal note.
Liaise with one of St Alban’s standing committees, such as Worship, Memorials, Parish Life, Outreach, Finance, Christian Formation, Stewardship, Communications, and Buildings & Grounds. The Senior Warden will coordinate who is on what committee, taking into account personal preference.
Help with the Vestry-sponsored Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper for the parish. Vestry members shop, set up, cook, serve, and clean up for the event.
Participate in parish social, fellowship, and educational opportunities as your schedule permits.
The incoming Vestry selects the Senior and Junior Wardens and the Registrar at their first meeting following the annual meeting.
Vestry members are elected at our annual meeting in February for a three-year term. Any confirmed adult communicant in good standing is eligible to serve on the vestry.
According to General Convention Canon I.17 of the Episcopal Church, a confirmed adult communicant in good standing:
has been confirmed or received by the laying on of hands by a Bishop of this Church or by a Bishop of a Church in communion with this Church;
has received Holy Communion in this Church at least three times during the preceding year;
is at least 16 years of age;
for the previous year has been faithful in corporate worship, unless for good cause prevented, and has been faithful in working, praying, and giving for the spread of the Kingdom of God.