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Vestry Elections

Annual Meeting: Sunday, November 19, 9:30 AM, All Saints Center

Let’s celebrate our remarkable parish and all that we have accomplished in 2017! Enjoy Karen’s ham biscuits, caramelized Applewood smoked bacon, and other breakfast treats; hear from our Rector, Senior Warden (Bern Mebane) and Junior Warden (Dena Benedict); celebrate the Annual Giving Campaign; and hear Vestry and Convention Delegate election results.

Nursery/Sunday School will be offered for infants - 5th grade. Middle and high school students are encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting. Following the Annual Meeting, stay and join us for the 10:30 AM worship service. Contact Rose Cuddy, 282.3104, for more information.

Vestry Elections

We are electing four Vestry members and two Convention Delegates.
Learn more about them by clicking on their photos!



Convention Delegates:



On Sunday, November 19, voting will be held from 8:30 - 9:00 AM in the coffee area near the Chapel and in the All Saints Center from 9:00 AM until the election is over as part of the Annual Parish Meeting, which is 9:30 - 10:30 AM.

Electronic and Absentee Vestry Voting: November 6 at 9:00 AM - November 17 at 4:00 PM
Voting, for those unable to attend the Annual Meeting, will begin electronically and in the Parish House on Monday, November 6. On that day, all eligible voters will receive an electronic ballot via email for Vestry and Delegate Elections IF you are in our email system. Instructions will be included with the electronic ballot. You may vote either electronically or in person. For security purposes, electronic voting allows only one vote per email address. To add or update your email address, please contact Rose Cuddy, 282.3104. (Please note that if you have ever opted out of a SurveyMonkey survey through any organization, you will not receive an email ballot unless you choose to change your options to receive surveys at www.surveymonkey.com/optin.aspx)

The ballot box will be located next to the Rector’s office and open the following dates:

Parish House Lobby:    Monday - Friday, November 6 - 10 and 13 - 17 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
                                     Wednesdays, November 8 and 15 from 5:15 - 5:45 PM and for 15 minutes
                                     following the 5:45 PM service
                                     Sunday, November 12 from 8:45 - 9:30 AM, from 4:30 - 5:00 PM and for 15
                                     minutes following the 5:00 PM service
All Saints Center:         Sunday, November 12 following the 10:30 AM service

Absentee ballots for those who are unable to vote in person due to illness, infirmity, or absence from the area may be obtained by contacting Rose Cuddy, 282.3104.

All communicants in good standing of Christ Church who are 16 years of age or older are eligible to vote. According to the bylaws, communicants are “members of Christ Church who have received Holy Communion in this Church at least three times during the preceding year,” and communicants in good standing are “communicants of Christ Church who for the previous year have been faithful in corporate worship, unless for good cause prevented, and have been faithful in working, praying, and giving for the spread of the kingdom of God, and who have been confirmed by a Bishop of The Episcopal Church, USA or a Bishop in communion with this Church, or who have been received into this Church by a Bishop of The Episcopal Church, USA or a church in communion with this Church.”

Vestry Nominees

Anne Harrison Arrington

Spouse: John W. Arrington IV
Children: Mary Katherine (MK), Emily, and Julie
Occupation: Social Work, Disabilities Agency Administrator
Number of years at Christ Church: 38
Christ Church Activities: Committee Chair of Mission and Outreach, Chair of Sterling Hope Center Task Force and Board, Faith Perspectives Adult Sunday School Participant, Children’s Sunday School Teacher, Cursillo #75, EfM Graduate 2002, Women’s Madrigal Choir, Disciples I, II, Episcopal Church Women, Satellite Center Committee Chair for the Faith in Action Task Force.

What is your favorite thing about Christ Church?
Although most of my involvement at Christ Church has been around Faith in Action initiatives in our community, my favorite thing is the experience of worship in our majestic sanctuary - the music, the liturgy, and the prayers with fellow parishioners. It is a time to be restored and nourished and reminded of the faithfulness of God and our need to be faithful to the teachings of Jesus Christ. It is important for me to hear the Gospel and allow myself to respond in reflection and action. I am always reminded of the saints who have gone before and the importance of our Christian legacy.

Pick three words to describe your faith.
Seeking, Following, Engaging.

What is one thing you would like to see happen at Christ Church?
I would like for Christ Church to live into its “Joyful Community” designation by becoming known for being friendly, welcoming, and accepting of all people who enter its doors, whether they are seeking a church home, pastoral guidance and inspiration, friends in Christ, or any form of help or acceptance. This might require a stretch for some of us who are used to affiliating with our small groups and acquaintances, but parishioners can respond to the challenge to make room for strangers in our midst and to share God’s love with everyone.

Patrick “McNeil” Epps

Spouse: Megan Epps
Children: Patrick, Jr. (41⁄2) and Charlotte (20 months)
Occupation: Commercial Real Estate Broker for NAI Earle Furman
Number of years at Christ Church: 9
Christ Church Activities: Vestry, Resource Development Committee, Men’s Ministry Committee, Men’s Bible Study, Sunday School, Annual Giving Cabinet, Men’s Basketball, Youth Basketball Coach, Discovery Weekend Leader, Small Group Leader, Parent of 2 CCEP students, Nursery Volunteer, Faith Steps Teacher.

What is your favorite thing about Christ Church?
My favorite thing about Christ Church is the sense of community. Some of the most important moments in our family’s lives have been in Christ Church, and this community, the familiar faces, the helping hands, the support, the love and prayers - all of these have had such an impact on us. We have been on both the giving and receiving ends of this joyful community and are better for it. Being a part of this community plays such an important role in my faith journey and that of my family. We are truly blessed to share our lives with each other.

Pick three words to describe your faith.
Humble, Respectful, Strong.

What is one thing you would like to see happen at Christ Church?
I continue to be amazed at the loving care and quality education my young children receive at CCEP. Hearing tiny voices saying the Lord’s Prayer in Markley Chapel on Monday mornings honestly makes me feel God’s presence in this place. I would love to see CCEP expand so that more children would have the opportunity to grow and learn in the safe, loving, Christian environment that is our preschool, and more young families would be exposed to and hopefully enveloped into the joyful community sharing life in Jesus Christ we have here at Christ Church.

Justin Fox

Spouse: Sara Fox
Children: Emerson and Catherine
Occupation: Information Technology
Number of years at Christ Church: 10
Christ Church Activities: Men’s Ministry Committee, Men’s Prayer Breakfast, Discovery Weekend Leader, Alpha, Cursillo 117, Men’s Retreat, Men’s Oyster Roast, Annual Giving Campaign 2009 - 2011, Welcoming Ministry, Children’s Ministry (Nursery and FaithSteps Teacher), Youth Basketball Coach, Men’s Basketball.

What is your favorite thing about Christ Church?
My favorite thing about Christ Church is the community. Romans 15:7 says “Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” When Sara and I were searching for a church home in 2007, we kept coming back to Christ Church because we felt welcomed. It was the welcoming feeling that called us to become members. Since then we have celebrated our wedding and the birth and baptism of our two daughters in this community.

Pick three words to describe your faith.
Forgiving, Growing, Alive.

What is one thing you would like to see happen at Christ Church?
I would like to see the continued growth of the Men’s Ministry. I believe it is very important to have a strong Men’s Ministry to build stronger fathers, husbands, sons and friends, equipping them to face the world just as Jesus Christ did.

Walter Winn Gayle III

Spouse: Priscilla Bryant Gayle
Children: Amelia and Walter IV
Occupation: Banker
Number of years at Christ Church: 17
Christ Church Activities: Usher, Greeter, Men’s Sunday Morning Breakfast Team.

What is your favorite thing about Christ Church?
The basis for my enjoyment of Christ Church is the personal experience of being
a cradle Episcopalian and attending numerous churches. It provides a high level of comfort knowing a traditional service is available surrounded by the rich heritage of a long-standing church in the community. A combination of the history and a consistent Biblical message provides an inviting environment for everyone. Christ Church is a welcome mat for lifelong friendships.

Pick three words to describe your faith.
Steadfast, Grateful, Obedient.

What is one thing you would like to see happen at Christ Church?
Christ Church is not in need of major changes, but rather improvements or expansion to existing programs. We are blessed with a large number of parishioners covering a broad age group, which also creates challenges. It is important that programs are structured to communicate in a timely fashion to the needs of a family for condolences due to death or health issues.

William M. (Mac) Gentile

Occupation: Quality Assurance Engineer
Number of years at Christ Church: 24
Christ Church Activities: Confirmand mentor, Worship Committee/Connector, Disciple Bible Study, Usher Captain, Habitat for Humanity, Hospitality Ministry, Alpha Table Leader, Discovery Weekend Leader, Cursillo #84, Chairman of the 175th Anniversary Celebration, Verger, Lay Eucharistic Visitor, Holy Toast Ministry, Rector Search Committee, Vestry (2009 - 2011).

What is your favorite thing about Christ Church?
I have many favorite things about Christ Church, but one at the top of my list is the opportunity to participate in so many different ministries. Being a program church, there are activities that are available for all age groups. Not only does one have a chance to utilize their God given gifts of time and talent, but this is a good way to meet and become closer friends with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Christ Church has a long history of outreach involvement in Haiti, Costa Rica, and projects that serve the less fortunate in the Greenville community.

Pick three words to describe your faith.
Hope, Peace, Journey.

What is one thing you would like to see happen at Christ Church?
I would like to see more new people visit and become members of Christ Church. We certainly have a lot to offer the un-churched, as well as those people moving to the Greenville area and looking for a church home. With our beautiful, historic, soon-to-be restored church and our chapel, Gospel-centered preaching and teaching, dedicated staff, and loving congregation, we have the ideal place for nurturing spiritual journeys.

George E. McCall

Children: Arthur C. McCall II
Occupation: Retired banker (Trust & Wealth Management); retired military, Lt Col. Number of years at Christ Church: Entire life
Christ Church Activities: Usher, Chair of the Budget Committee, Holy Toast Team, Annual Fund Committee, Rectors Forum, Men’s Retreat, Trustee for CCES.

What is your favorite thing about Christ Church?
The vibrancy led by a dedicated clergy. We’re getting big as a congregation but staying close and inclusive. There is a place for everyone. I like Harrison’s discussion in the Rectors Forum that Episcopalians should base their decisions on Scripture, Reason, and Tradition. My takeaway is that it is perfectly fine for each of us to reach a different conclusion as long as we approach challenges in light of these tenets and remain tolerant of others.

Pick three words to describe your faith.
Growing, Grateful, Joyful.

What is one thing you would like to see happen at Christ Church?
I think this is an exciting time in the life of Christ Church as we approach the bicentennial of the parish and the restoration of our beautiful sanctuary. I often wonder what lessons we could learn from the growth of megachurches while still staying true to our Episcopalian traditions. We have an amazing and highly dedicated staff and clergy. We need to continue to support their efforts through our participation and involvement in as many activities as possible. Also, I would like to see us continue the efforts to broaden the donor base of pledges to a higher percentage of the congregation.

Norris W. (Chip) Whitlock

Spouse: Sandy Whitlock
Children: Stephanie Diamond and N. Andrew Whitlock
Occupation: Physician
Number of years at Christ Church: 35
Christ Church Activities: Usher, Greeting, Men’s Bible Study (Monday), FEET (Facilities Eyes, Ears and Touch) Ministry, and took three separate surgical missions down to Cange, Haiti.

What is your favorite thing about Christ Church?
It is the people. The people who I look forward to greeting on Sunday, or breaking bread in fellowship. The people who have become my church family and celebrate with me in good times, and comfort me in bad with prayer and deed. The people who are the staff and volunteers that make beautiful music, feed us, engage in outreach, and make sure that our services go off flawlessly. Finally, it is the people who make up our wonderful clergy who offer the spirituality, guidance, and direction that makes Christ Church what it is.

Pick three words to describe your faith.
Joy, Humility, Thankfulness.

What is one thing you would like to see happen at Christ Church?
My new ministry is FEET (Facilities Eyes, Ears and Touch), which consists of several of the men of the church who, on a weekly basis, inspect the church structures for lighting, plumbing, and safety in support of our maintenance staff. Looking at the Parish House, in particular, has been eye opening for me as I have seen how much upkeep is required to keep this building running, as well as how much renovation it could use. This building is busy and in use 7 days a week - any improvement would add significantly to parish life.

Helen Arrington Wynkoop

Spouse: The late Steve Wynkoop
Children: Edward and Virginia (Gia)
Occupation: Financial Operations Principal and Treasurer at VM Manning & Co Inc Number of years at Christ Church: Since birth
Christ Church Activities: VBS Volunteer, Youth Sunday School, Altar Guild, Budget Committee, ECW Member, Bazaar Participant, maintaining the Arrington Room, Jasmine Road, Inc., and creating baptism and All Saints banners.

What is your favorite thing about Christ Church?
My favorite thing about Christ Church is the variety of outreach opportunities. With the creation of the Next Projects, the entire congregation was given the opportunity to have a voice in choosing projects. In addition to these, there are numerous other ministries already in place, such as the Sterling Community and Mission Backpack, to name a few. This allows every member, regardless of age, to participate in some form of outreach, whether it be a small time commitment or a larger one. The opportunities are there and I encourage everyone to find a way to engage.

Pick three words to describe your faith.
Living, Growing, Joyful.

What is one thing you would like to see happen at Christ Church?
A vibrant energy has been building within our parish over the last few years. I would love to see this continue and grow. The number of new pledges that have been committed to the Church is very exciting. Part of the unseen beauty of pledging is the sense of having a deeper investment in and connection to the Church. We are now blessed with two new priests who are bringing additional vitality to both our services and faith development. Our youth programs are flourishing again, and outreach opportunities are abundant. All of the above give us the chance to worship and have fellowship that will lead us toward the Church’s 200th anniversary in our beautifully renovated Church.

Convention Delegate Nominees

Milton H. Bates, Jr.

Spouse: Sara Bates
Occupation: Wealth Management Administration Number of years at Christ Church: 26
Christ Church Activities: Senior Warden (2009 - 2010), Junior Warden (2003 - 2004), Vestry (1997 - 1999), Convention Delegate, Lay Warden Foothills Convocation, Co-Chair of the Interim Rector Search Committee, Christ Church Endowment Corporation Board Member, Lay Eucharistic Visitor, Doorways To Discipleship Capital Campaign Committee, House In Order Capital Campaign Committee, Feed Thy Neighbor, Habitat for Humanity, Monday Night Men’s Group, Nominations and Election Committee, Finance Committee, Personnel Committee, Parish Administrator, Usher, Strategic Planning Committee.

What is your favorite thing about Christ Church?
In spite of being a large church, Christ Church is a very welcoming parish. Christ Church offers many opportunities for new communicants to become involved with programs such as Wednesdays @ Christ Church, numerous Bible study classes, outreach programs, choirs for adults and children, and youth activities. In essence, Christ Church provides a “joyful community” for each individual to further their walk with Christ.

Pick three words to describe your faith.
Believing, Faithful, Servant.

What is one thing you would like to see happen at Christ Church?
Within the next few years, Christ Church needs to begin the planning process for the renovation and upgrading of the Parish House to make it more functional for the today’s activities. This means that the classrooms afford an environment of being comfortable with good acoustics. The kitchen area needs a major upgrade in space and equipment. Sunday School classrooms for both adult and children need to be equipped with current technology.

Barbara Shayeb-Helou

Children: Daughter Danielle, grandson Shayeb ”Shay”
Occupation: Retired nonprofit manager
Number of years at Christ Church: 10
Christ Church Activities: Lay reader / chalice bearer for 10 years, Gospel Study, JustFaith, ECW Board and 2015 ECW President

What is your favorite thing about Christ Church?
One of my favorite things at Christ Church is the variety of services offered and the variety of sermon styles of our clergy. I was Episcopalian prior to birth and have known many clergy and parishes throughout my life’s journey. I also have attended Episcopal parishes in a variety of countries (something many don’t do on vacation). Christ Church encompasses people of faith in a worshipful community offering an eclectic variety to maintain the rhythm of life in a meaningful way.

Pick three words to describe your faith.
Ingrained, Trusting, Loyal.

What is one thing you would like to see happen at Christ Church?
I would like to see an adult group at Christ Church that people could enjoy regardless of age. I don’t enjoy being put in an age category. This group could do social things together without being young adults, married, seniors, male, or female. Just a group of people having fun together. It might be a good promotional tool for the parish.

Norma Nesbitt Givens

Children: Terri G. Whetstone
Occupation: Retired College Professor
Number of years at Christ Church: 6
Christ Church Activities: Greeter, Lector, Sterling Community, Prayer List Group, part of the ministry that delivers  orals from Worship Service to sick and convalesced members.

What is your favorite thing about Christ Church?
My favorite thing about Christ Church is the Rector’s Forum. Participants are presented with a scholarly, intense curriculum that is not “canned” but carefully designed by the Rector. The presentation of Biblical concepts, events, doctrine, books, etc. are arranged in a manner that all can comprehend and expand one’s knowledge base. Comments and questions are encouraged. I just love and enjoy this class so much which, I believe, helps me to be a better person. Harrison is at his best and all he needs to do is provide the Eucharist and all will be well!

Pick three words to describe your faith.
Serenity, Believe, Endurance.

What is one thing you would like to see happen at Christ Church?
I am not sure if the readings from the Holy Scriptures have been altered to exclude the lessons from the Old Testament and the Psalter. I would hope that we would not weaken our opportunity to learn more of “the word” and the opportunity to cover 80% of the scriptures. The manner in which the lectionary has been designed is brilliant. Equally, I would love to see the physical resources updated and preserved.

Susie White

Spouse: Andy White
Children: Betsy, Kate, and Drew
Occupation: Realtor, Wilson Associates Real Estate
Number of years at Christ Church: 25
Christ Church Activities: Staff Member, Women’s Bible Study, Vestry, ECW President, Altar Guild President, Diocesan Executive Council President, Chair of the Transition Committee when the diocese was searching for, electing, ordaining and welcoming The Rt. Rev. Andrew Waldo as our bishop of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina.

What is your favorite thing about Christ Church?
This may be the easiest question I have ever been asked - the people! After all, it is the people who make up the church. Together we represent one body, called to live and serve as the hands and feet of Christ. In addition to its membership, I appreciate tremendously the rich traditions of Christ Church, our joyfulness in welcoming others, and our engagement in the community.

Pick three words to describe your faith.
Strong, Developing, Grateful.

What is one thing you would like to see happen at Christ Church?
Several years ago, parishioners were invited to read Bishop Hulstrand’s remarkable book The Praying Church. I appreciated that effort to have the parish engaged in a singular activity that promoted both our individual and corporate spiritual development. Together we were encouraged to listen and discern God’s call for us. The activity combined prayer, study and fellowship - all critical to our lives as Christians and as a parish. I would like for us to encourage and support more things like this within small groups, as a parish and as an outreach offering into the Greenville community.