Vestry Update from the Rector


1)     The Vestry of St. Hilary’s has been reorganized into six ministry areas, with at least two vestry members responsible for reporting on the activities of the ministry teams. The purpose/goal of each ministry area is “to support the Spiritual Growth of Saint Hilary’s Faith Community.” (Fr. Charles is consulting on each ministry area as needed.)

Carol Gault & Jo Lane – Ministry of Liturgy / Worship / Praise

  • Altar Guild, Vergers, Acolytes, Lectors, Intercessory Prayer Leaders, Eucharistic Ministers, Choir, & Musicians

Kristina Hodge & Lori Urig – Ministry of Preaching / Teaching / Christian Formation

  • Christian Ed, Youth Group, Nursery, Confirmation Prep

Ross Maxwell, Nancy Terrell & Lori Urig – Ministry of Fellowship / Hospitality / Incorporating New Members

  • Seniors, Men, Women, Coffee Hour, Foyer Groups, parties

Pat Jacobson & Kristina Hodge – Ministry of Community Care / Growth & Renewal

  • Outreach to Ft. Myers & World, In-reach to Congregation

Jim Lavoie, Ron Donaldson & Jo Lane – Ministry of Pastoral Care

  • Eucharistic Visitors, Stephen Ministries, Daughter of the King, Hospital visits, Funerals & Weddings

Bob Casper, Chuck Lunsford, & Lorain Beckmann – Ministry of Administration / Stewardship / Sacred Space

  • Finance Warden, Year-Round Stewardship Chair, Rector’s Warden, People’s Warden, Sexton, Rector

2)     The Vestry renewed its commitment to the Youth Ministry at St. Hilary’s including: finding and designating a space for the youth to call their own, the exploration of options for dedicated and targeted youth ministry, and increased use of the youth at the 10:30 service while also featuring the talents of the youth in special youth services.

3)     The Vestry has committed itself to explore options for a more robust webserver and updated website to attract guests and new members.  This will be a 3-month process.  Any parishioners who have expertise in website development and / or internet marketing strategies are invited to contact Fr. Charles to volunteer assistance.

4)     The Vestry committed to the use of Constant Contact as the electronic source of information.  The “News from the Pews” will be continued and copies will be mailed via “snail” mail to those not having email access.  Fr. Charles has begun an electronic weekly reflection via Constant Contact to support this effort.  Those interested in using Constant Contact for their group or ministry are invited to contact Chris at the church office.

5)     The work on the roof of the Church, Education and Music Wings continues.  We are rapidly approaching the amount of monies on hand to perform the repairs.  Issues that require more extensive repair have been met.  The estimate for completion of the entire project is now $200,000 rather than the $100,000 initially proposed.  This means that funds will need to be generated soon.  The sale of the “sexton house” will generate some funds, but that amount will not be sufficient to pay the Diocese back the $100,000 loan and cover the overage amount.  More information on this issue as it is known.

6)     The Vestry has engaged the work of revising St. Hilary’s “Vision and Mission Statements.”  Any feedback on the Vision and Mission of St. Hilary’s please email or jot down thoughts and send them to Fr. Charles.

Your Vestry

The vestry is a group of parish members who oversee the church and its operations. The vestry assists the rector (pastor) in defining the mission and direction of the church. The vestry also promotes  and maintains the church and is responsible for church finances. The vestry is elected annually by church members. Vestry meets monthly on the third Sunday at noon at church.  All are welcome to attend.

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Lorain Beckmann

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Lorain has been a Florida resident since 1989, and a member of St. Hilary’s for twenty years.  She has been singing in the Choir for fifteen years.  She has a financial background; until she retired, she worked as a financial counselor at Suncoast Federal Credit Union.  Currently, she acts as the treasurer of the Plantation Pines Home Owners Association, and has done so for the last six years.

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Bob Casper
Senior Warden

Bob is a retired State Police officer and also served in the United States Marine Corps. Bob has volunteered with a hospice organization and the American Cancer Society. Bob was a member of vestries at four different Episcopal Churches, and also served as a Chaplain’s Aide, helped with the Youth Group, and participated in various social activities at his previous churches.

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Ron Danielson

For thirty years, starting in 1969, Ron was a Special Agent with the FBI.  After retiring, he became the Manager of Corporate Security for International Paper Company until his retirement in May 2010.

Ron has been an Episcopalian for forty-three years, and has been on the Vestry, acted as Junior Warden and served as a Sunday school teacher. He was also an Ordained Elder and Deacon in the Presbyterian Church.

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Carol Gault

Carol was baptized in the Methodist Episcopal Church of Floral Park, NY. She graduated with a BS and RN from the Alfred University School of Nursing and has worked in all types of nursing, including hospital, home and industrial.

She worked as secretary of the Commack Methodist Church on Long Island, NY and also served as chairperson of its Council on Ministries.

Carol was employed as Production Manager of the Department of Publication Services of the National Council of Churches, having responsibility for the publication and distribution of the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible in 1989, as well as a wide variety of publications.

In Fort Myers she joined the Symphony Society and held a number of leadership positions. In 2008 she was employed as the Special Projects Manager for the Southwest Florida Symphony and also sang in the Symphony Chorus.

Carol is married to a United Methodist Pastor.  They have six children scattered throughout the world as well as seventeen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.  She came to Saint Hilary’s in 1997 and has been a member of the choir ever since.  She was confirmed as an Episcopalian in 2000. She is also a member of the Episcopal Church Women and active in the Prayer Shawl Ministry.


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Kristina Hodge

Kristina as acted as vestry clerk since January 2012, and when there was an opening on Vestry in 2013, she was asked to step in to represent Youth and Families.  Kristina works in sales at City Mattress, and I has a background in art and design. She is a lifelong Episcopalian and has participated at St. Hilary’s in Children’s Church, VBS, the St. Hilary’s Women’s Book Group, the stewardship committee, and wherever she is asked to help.

Kristina works with terminally ill children at Lee Memorial HealthPark and in “Arts in Healthcare”. She helps raise money for the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida through the arts and auctioning artwork.

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Pat Josephson

St. Hilary’s has been Pat’s church for twenty years.  She and her late husband Al came to Florida from Wilmington, Delaware, where she served on the Vestry of her parish.

Pat is a retired elementary school teacher, holds a bachelor’s degree in education/psychology and a master’s in environmental education/marine science.  Her four married children all live in southern New Jersey.

St. Hilary’s is very special to Pat; the warmth and friendliness was evident from her first visit after moving here from Vero Beach.  Shortly after joining this church, she became a member of the Altar Guild, where she still serves.  She feels this service is a blessed privilege.

Pat sees this church as a family… a family of faith, a part of the Body of Christ.  This was never more evident to her than this year, when her beloved husband Al passed away on Easter Sunday.  Her church family, together with our uplifting, meaningful liturgy, glorious music and beautiful sanctuary, were there for her.  Her devotion to St. Hilary’s is total, and the Sunday services literally feed her soul.

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Jo Lane

Jo has been members of St. Hilary’s for ten years. In the community, Jo has been a long time volunteer for Lee Memorial Health System. She has also volunteered for Community Cooperative Ministries. A member of the Episcopal Church Women (ECW), Jo serves on the Altar Guild, is a Lay Eucharistic Visitor, and has taught Sunday School. She has also served as Secretary to the Diocese of Southwest Florida, and is the current Director of the Fort Myers Deanery, for the ECW.

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Jim Lavoie

Jim’s bachelor’s degree is in social science and his master’s is in special education. Historically, he has worked to coordinate services for children and adults with developmental challenges. Currently, he works as a home health aide with elderly patients with dementia in order to maintain them in their homes.

Jim was raised Roman Catholic and has been an Episcopalian for the past sixteen years, having served on Vestry and as a Lay Eucharistic Minister.

Jim’s favorite charities include Goodwill Industries and the Humane Society.

Jim lives in Cape Coral with Barry, his partner of eighteen years; Bentley, their six-year-old King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, and Beau, their three-year-old English Cocker.

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Chuck Lunsford
Junior Warden

Chuck has been an Episcopalian for 20 years and has served on the vestry at a previous church. A member of St. Hilary’s since 1995, Chuck is active as an Usher and as a Lay Reader and has been an active participant in Men’s Ministries. Chuck was a member of the Navy Submarine Service for 12 years and is very active in the local Boy Scouts.

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Ross Maxwell

Ross and his wife and chose St. Hilary’s as their parish because it felt like a “church family,” rather than a group of individuals who attended services.  It is Ross’ hope and prayer that everyone continues to pass along that feeling by our actions to visitors and guests and the Fort Myers community.  

At St. Hilary’s, Ross has served as a Eucharistic Minister and Visitor, a thrift shop volunteer, a rummage sale volunteer, as well as a MAG member, on the Endowment Committee, and as part of Monday Night Bridge.  At All Saint’s in Michigan, Ross has also been a Eucharistic Minister and Visitor, a vestry member and junior warden.

During his absence in the summer months, Ross participates in vestry meetings by Facetime or Skype.

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Nancy Terrell
Originally from the Chicago area, Nancy and her husband moved to Cape Coral 3 years ago.  While living in Chicago, she worked for United Airlines for 40 years, including 30 years as a flight attendant.  The last ten years Nancy was responsible for flight attendant policies and procedures for onboard retail programs and managed the appearance program for 16,000 flight attendants worldwide.  She was also on the Professional Arts Advisory Board – St. Francis College, Joliet, IL for 3 years. Nancy was the chairperson for the Onboard Service Division Employee Charitable Programs for 10 years which included developing and running the United Way campaign for all U.S. flight attendants. She became the Chairperson of the Campaign Effectiveness Council at the United Way/Crusade of Mercy in Chicago for 3 years.  During that time she was also on Holiday Gift Advisory Board for Chicago Metropolitan Family Services.  Nancy also served on her vestry, including positions as junior and senior warden, at her last church.  She currently is part of the ECW at St. Hilary’s and is also a member of the altar guild.
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Lori Uhrig

Lori served on St. Hilary’s vestry from 2006-09, acting as the liaison to outreach and as Senior Warden for two years. Lori, an Episcopalian for the last forty-five years, attends the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service and is a registered nurse supervisor at HealthPark. Lori is a member of the Society of Gastrointestinal Nurses and Associates, for which she currently serves as the secretary and writes the newsletter.