2018 Vestry Nominees
THE VESTRY NOMINEES FOR 2018 are John Alley, Tony Bolos, Brad Foster, Christine Hopkins, Doug Rucker and Gordon Russell are the nominees for 2018. Short biographies will be posted in the Narthex and in the hall outside the church office next week. Vestry Elections will be held at St. Matthew’s Annual Meeting on January 28th following the 10:30 a.m. service. Please plan on attending this important parish event.
Here are their biographies:
My wife, Kimberly, and I have two children: Caroline (2 1/2) and Charlie (5 months). For the last four years, I have worked for Veritas School as a Humanities teacher and running program head coach. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and participating in musical groups around the city.
I am a cradle Episcopalian, and have been a member of St. Matthew's since my family moved here when I was seven. I am a product of St. Matthew’s robust youth group and music programs. Over the last four years, I have been intermittently involved with the choral program and Christian education.
The good people of St. Matthew’s have been good to me; they molded my faith in Sunday School and Youth Group; they taught me to sing in the Cherub and Youth Choirs; they supported me when I moved away from Richmond for college and the fellows program; and they have prayed for and supported my fledgling family in innumerable ways since we moved back to Richmond four years ago. It is only fitting that I feel a deep sense of obligation to give back to St. Matthew’s and I hope to do so by faithfully serving on the Vestry.
I was born in Utica, NY, but have lived and worked all over the world—so lots of places feel like home (US, Peru, Scotland, Israel). I attended Denver Theological Seminary (where I met my wife Julie) and the University of Edinburgh where I completed my PhD in philosophy. I teach philosophy at VCU and have been attending St. Matts, with my wife and three children, for the past three years. Prior to this, my wife and I were members of St. Paul’s and St. George’s Episcopal (P’s and G’s) church in Edinburgh, Scotland.
I have been involved in church for as long as I can remember. My dad was a pastor and then a missionary in Peru. While in Scotland, I was very involved with the youth and led a team to Peru in 2013. I also started a home group with members from the church, which met on a bi-weekly basis. While at St. Matthew’s, I have been primarily involved with the Adult Education Committee. For the past six months I have been leading the committee and have enjoyed teaching (along with several others) through the reformation in Sunday School.
I am also very involved with two ministries which St. Matthew’s supports—New Hope in Peru and Scholé House in Richmond. Scholé House is a Christian study center on the campus of VCU and serves both students and the community throughout Richmond. I also, occasionally, help as a door person for Godly Play. In my spare time, I spend time with my wife and small children. I enjoy playing and watching soccer, and spending time thinking about going to the gym.
I am excited to be nominated for vestry and look forward to serving in any way I can. This is a crucial time for St. Matthew’s and hopefully my experience and training will be of service in this time of transition.