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
Nancy L. Harrell (Senior Warden)
Nancy’s family began attending St. Alban’s in 1963. As a youth, Nancy was involved with Youth Group, made pickles for the Bazaar, and served as an acolyte. As an adult, Nancy has served on the Vestry, volunteered for the Bazaar, participated in Kerygma bible study and our Handmades group, currently runs the All Saints Guild and, coming full circle, has rejoined the Acolyte corps. (Term expires 2021)
Rick Weinberg (Junior Warden)
Rick and his wife, Karen, started attending services at St. Alban’s in 2015. During the past two years, they have co-coordinated Ministry Sunday. Rick also serves as an Usher, on the Adopt a Highway Committee, and on the committee for Bethany House. They have attended the parish weekend at Shrine Mont and volunteered at the Christmas Bazaar. Rick is currently the Executive Vice President and CFO at Capital Asset Management Group in Georgetown. (Term expires 2021)
Margaret Pendley (Registrar)
Margaret Pendley has been attending St. Alban’s since 2008. She currently volunteers as an Usher, a Lector, a member of the Intercessory Prayer Group, and a worker-bee at the Annual Bazaar. She was also involved with the St. Alban’s play and has volunteered for Vacation Bible School. In real life. she works as a government contractor and is counting the days until retirement. (Term expires 2021)
Donna came to St. Alban’s in 2009 and was confirmed in 2011. She is currently an Altar Guild member, Lay Eucharistic Minister and a lector. She has been a VBS teacher since 2013 and in 2015 became the Director of the Children’s Christian Education program. (Term expires 2022)
Nancy and her husband Bill have been active members of St. Alban’s since early 2014. Nancy serves as the co-Chairman of the St. Alban’s Christmas Bazaar and the annual Shrine Mont planning committee. Nancy is a Program Analyst for the Submarine Safety and Quality Assurance Branch at NAVAL Sea Systems Command in Washington, DC. (Term expires 2020)
Evangeline was born in Monorovia, Liberia, in West Africa. She came to the United States in 1971, and she and her husband Zinnah have been attending St. Alban’s since 1996. (Term expires 2022)
“A Texan by birth, a Virginian by Choice!” John is a retired Air Force officer who came to St. Albans because he and his wife, Liz, found a dynamic, involved church that does good things through community involvement and outreach programs that make a difference. (Term expires 2020)
Jim was raised in Pound Ridge, New York before leaving home to enter the Navy. He and his family have lived in Florida, California, Rhode Island, Virginia (7 tours), Tennessee, and Hawaii. They have attended St. Albans during three separate periods since 2006. Jim previously served on the Vestry for a short time in 2014 before being transferred out of the area. Jim and Ivy regularly attend the 10:15am service, and have two sons, Zachary (21) and Sam (17). (Term expires 2021)
The Lesko family has been attending St. Alban’s since 2012. Jane serves as our Acolyte coordinator, keeping our acolytes in robes that fit as they grow. She also serves on the Altar Guild, as a Coffee Hour hostess and gift wrapper with the Youth Group fundraiser, and helps with the Children’s shop during the Bazaar. (Term expires 2022)
Sue and Doug began attending St. Alban’s in 2011, and became members in 2015. In 2017, Sue became the parish Treasurer. She also volunteers with ACCA and sits on their Finance Committee, and currently co-chairs the yearly Bazaar. (Term expires 2022)
Debbie Haggard Rosse
Debbie has been attending St. Albans with husband and family since 2002. She has been an R.N for 40 years and has worked about 15 of them. She is currently teaching 5th graders for Sunday School, does the schedule for the 10:15 coffee hour, and is in The Bell Choir. (Term expires 2020)
Cheryl A. Sinsabaugh
Cheryl moved to Annandale with her husband, Michael, in 1997. It was Easter Day when she arrived at St. Alban’s. She found great comfort in that the service reminded her of the services she attended in England. It is now 20-odd years that they have been associated with St. Alban’s. Cheryl has chaired our annual bazaar, served as a lector, joined the Altar Guild, and helped services at Sleepy Hollow. Cheryl is now involved with the Handmades group, and organizes lector workshops. (Term expires 2020)
Meet monthly on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm. 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.