Saint Hilary's Vestry


The vestry is the elected governing body of the parish that works cooperatively with the Rector to oversee the business operations and property of the parish. 

The vestry essentially assists the Rector (AKA: priest, pastor, or minister) in defining the mission and executing the ministries of the church.

The vestry is primarily responsible for the promotion of the message of hope, love and salvation found in the Gospels of Jesus Christ.  They are also responsible for maintaining the physical plant of church and its finances. 

The vestry is elected annually at the Annual Parish meeting, by church members. Each member serves a 3 year term.

The Vestry meets monthly on the third Sunday at 11:30 am at the church. All are welcome to attend and learn about the exciting ministries of the parish.



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Born in New York City, Sybil Edgar is a life-long Episcopalian. She does her civic duty by being a worker for Lee County election polls. Sybil’s volunteer activities outside St. Hilary’s include lifetime Board Member of Community Cooperative, and an active role at the American Cancer Society. Not only does she volunteer at Relay for Life, but also Making Strides, the Volunteer Leadership Board, and is a Reach to Recovery trainer/facilitator. 

Sybil is also a volunteer at United Way. In addition to being a past vestry member.a Cursillista, a member of Altar Guild; a Stephen Minister; the Coordinator of the ushers and greeters for the 8:00 AM service; a Chalice Bearer; a Lay Eucharistic Visitor; Daughters of the King President; a Sunday School volunteer; a Verger; an office volunteer and St. Hilary’s wedding coordinator.  In her spare time she is the lead organizers of St. Hilary’s Thanksgiving Day celebration. 

“The vestry is very important to the operation of the church”, says Sybil, “being a member is an honor and an opportunity to serve in a meaningful way," according to Sybil Edgar.


As a native Michigander, Bonnie Brown grew up Lutheran, but became an Episcopalian in 2001. She has lived throughout the United States, spending a lot of time in the southeastern states. The blue skies and warm weather became very appealing after spending several cold winters in Michigan. After working for over thirty-five years, she retired in 2005. 

Most of Bonnie's career was spent in Human Resources, with jobs as a Corporate Trainer, Instructional Designer, and Administrator. At the end of her career, she worked for BellSouth (now AT&T) in Atlanta, GA as an Administrator. 

She enjoys retirement, but is looking for personal growth opportunities that allow her to make a contribution, as well as meet new people and make friends. She looks forward to the opportunity to serve on the vestry.



Al Angell was born in Norwalk, Ohio and raised in a multi-generational family of Episcopalians. He is married to Margi for fifty five years. He spent three and a half years in the Coast Guard, where he was commissioned as a lieutenant. 

He lived in Detroit, Michigan, where he worked for IBM, Computer Services Corp, and R.L. Polk and Company, before starting his own database company. He later joined Morgan Stanley before moving to Florida in 2001. 

In retirement, Al moved to a golf and tennis community in Estero, where he was president of his Homeowner’s Association. He and Margi were members of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Bonita Springs for twelve years, where Al served on the vestry, was Senior Warden, and was active in the Men’s Club, as well as on the Financial and Endowment committees. 

When they moved to Fort Myers in 2014, Al and Margi joined St. Hilary’s. Al sings in the choir, participated in Cursillo, in MAG events, bible study and other church activities.


Ruth Walters has been a member of St. Hilary’s for eighteen years. She is interested in serving on the vestry because she has just retired from a large health insurance company as a Financial Analyst. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa. In the past, she has been a volunteer at the St. Hilary’s Thrift Store.

Ruth and her husband Jay, usually attend the Saturday evening service, and they are regulars at the Wed@6 gatherings.



Ed Mathews is the principal of South Fort Myers High School in Lee County and the proud father of Maddie. As principal, he participates in school functions, likes fundraisers, athletic events and award presentations.

He is active at St. Hilary’s as a Verger, and he fills in as needed during services. He also is involved in the Harry Chapin food bank, as well as other charitable organizations in Lee County.


Bev Swanson has been a member of St. Hilary's since the late 1980's. She raised her two children at St. Hilary's and has served on the Vestry in the past.  

The ministry she has always been passionate about is Youth and Families.  She currently teaches Children's Church.  When her children were small she was a Girl Scout leader for many years. Her aim as a member of the Vestry will be "to keep a voice for the Youth and try to grow that ministry. 



Marie Vidrine is a long-time member of St. Hilary's and has been an Episcopalian for twenty-two years.  

She is currently working as an administrative assistant at the Department of Environmental Protection.  She has been the treasurer of St. Teresa's Guild, is a former altar guild member and a current member of the Choir.  Her aim as a member of the Vestry is to "help improve the church."


Thomas was born in Gainesville, FL and raised in Ft. Myers, FL.  He began his spiritual journey in the Indian Guides then the Boy Scouts.  He eventually became an altar boy in the Roman Catholic Church.  

In his 20's Thomas moved to New England and became a chemical lab supervisor for a computer circuit manufacturer.  In his thirties he moved to Tennessee and became an optician.  By accident he fell into counseling which was his life's calling.  

Thomas has served on the Board for the House of All Souls and his ministry to the homeless was begun under the mentorship of Brother Ron Fender, BSG (of blessed memory). 

Thomas enjoys attending monastic retreats and asking questions.  Recently he felt a call to enter Discernment for the Brotherhood of Saint Gregory - which he is pursuing at this time.  Soli Deo Gloria.



Elizabeth (“Libby”) Maxwell has been a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church. She has been a member of St. Hilary’s since 2005 when she and her husband, Ross Maxwell, moved to Fort Myers each year from October to May. 

Libby believes that stewardship is central to her faith and tries to live out that faith by sharing her time, talent and treasure in gratitude for all the blessings that God has given her. Libby is a member of St. Hilary’s Choir, serves as a Eucharistic Minister and Eucharistic Visitor, and is also a Stephen Minister. She has participated in rummage sales, the thrift shop, and the shrimp boil. She served on the Search Committee when Father Cannon was called to St. Hilary’s. 

At her church in Michigan Libby serves as a Eucharistic Minister and Eucharistic Visitor and is currently on the Search Committee to call the next rector of their church. Libby believes that her spiritual journey is greatly enhanced by participating in her various ministries. She would like to use the gifts God has given her in further service to St. Hilary’s. She believes that her education and training in Human Resource Development and strong work experience in finance, strategic planning and leadership are gifts she would like to share as a team member of the Vestry.


David Oliver is currently the Sales & Marketing Director for Heights Title Service. He moved back to the Fort Myers area in 2012. After visiting several other Episcopal churches in the area, David chose to join St. Hilary’s because of its family friend and welcoming environment. 

David and his wife Karla have been members of St. Hilary’s since 2012.  He has been an Episcopalian for fourteen years. 

He served as head of the Ushers and Greeters at St. Andrew’s Episcopal in Longmeadow, MA. 

Father Charles married David and his wife Karla in December of 2014. While at St. Hilary’s David has served as a Usher / Greeter, the Charter Organization Representative for the Boy Scouts at St. Hilary’s and as an assistant scoutmaster. He is an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, and is a former Girl Scout Leader.


PENNY RANSON              

Penny is a life-long Episcopalian who was born in Akron, Ohio. She earned a BA degree at Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio. She holds a Masters’ degree in Spanish, a Master’s degree in French and a Doctorate in Modern Languages from Middlebury College in Middlebury Vermont.

Since becoming a member of St. Hilary’s in 2007, she has co-chaired the 50th Anniversary Celebration. She co-founded Stephen Ministry and took the Stephen Leadership Training Course in Orlando to became a Stephen Leader; she now teaches the 50 hour training course to those who wish to become Stephen Ministers. 

She is also a verger and recently completed the course to become a Fellow of the Vergers’ Guild of the Episcopal Church. She serves as a Lay Reader, Chalice Bearer and Eucharistic Visitor. 

Penny joined the Vestry in order to be able to take a more active leadership role at St. Hilary’s.


Ron served as Special Agent with the FBI for 30 years.  After retirement from the FBI he became Manager of Coprorate Security for International Paper Company until May 2010.  

R has been an Episcopalian for 43 years, on he Vestry at two churches, Junior Warden at two churches and Sunday school teacher.  He was also an ordained elder and deacon in the Presbyterian Church.

Ron married his wife, Marti, 43 years ago, he has two grown children and six grandchildren. 

he has served on St. Hilary's Vestry twice since 2014 and as Junior Warden 2015-2016.