The elected body of officers and vestry members of Christ Church formally meet with the Rector on a monthly basis to discuss the overall direction of Christ Church, to review and allocate funding sources and expenditures and to proactively address the needs of the parish and the community.
Vestry members typically serve a three-year term.
Current vestry members include:
John Messina - Co-Warden
John has been a member of Christ Church since 1998 when he married Bonnie Shepherd, a life-long parishioner. John grew up in the Catholic Church where his father is a deacon. In his young adulthood, John lost his way and stopped attending services. Upon his return to faith, he attended a service at Christ Church where he felt so welcomed that he decided to join the congregation. John and Bonnie continue to raise their family here at CCQ. Last year, John was asked to be a co-warden and was happy to accept. Having been an electrician and in the construction industry for over 37 years, he gladly offers his services to assist with decisions about buildings and grounds and also any other area of the Church that may need attention.
Elizabeth Clifford - Clerk
Elizabeth "Betsy" Clifford was received into The Episcopal Church on 3/5/17 by Bishop Alan Gates here at Christ Church, where he has found welcoming warmth and rich diversity. Formerly a pastoral associate at two Roman Catholic parishes, she is grateful for the opportunity to continue in ministry as Clerk, Vestry member facilitating Mission and Outreach, Eucharistic Visitor and choir member. A former elder care manager and trainer for the Executive Office of Elder affairs, she is working with the Diocese's renewed Elder Care Ministry team to develop learning opportunities for parishes. She sings with a number of area choruses, is married to a senior softball "ace" and former high school educator, is the mother of five amazing adults and their spouses/partners and grandmother to eight super kids from 13-30 along with their nine animal companions. Oh - and she's a great-grandmother to Finn, a lovable giant Newfoundland.