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2022 Vestry Elections

We are electing one Senior Warden, one Junior Warden, four Vestry members, and one Convention Delegate and one Alternate this year.

Voting Instructions and Dates

WHEN & WHERE?

In-person voting will be held November 1 - November 20 in the Parish House Lobby:

  • Monday-Saturday, November 7 - 12, and 14 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sundays, November 6, 13 from 8:45 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Sunday, November 20 from 8:45 AM thru the conclusion of the Annual Meeting

Paper and Absentee Vestry Voting:

  • Tuesday, November 1, at 9:00 AM - Sunday, November 20 at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting
  • Electronic Voting: Tuesday, November 1, at 9:00 AM - Friday, November 18, at 4:00 PM

Voting will begin electronically and in the Parish House Tuesday, November 1. 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. 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, or to obtain an absentee ballot, please contact Michelle Brown at mbrown@ccgsc.org or 864.282.3101.

If you do not receive an electronic ballot on November 1, please contact Michelle Brown.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

All communicants of Christ Church in good standing who are 16 years of age or older are eligible to vote. According to the bylaws, 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.”

Meet the Candidates

Senior Warden Nominees

Bill Hardaway

Spouse: Edith Hardaway

Occupation: Retired, former Vice President of Human Resources at Fluor Corporation

Member of Christ Church: 24 Years

Christ Church Activities: Junior Warden, Current Vestry Member, Diocesan Convention Delegate, Usher, Men’s Bible Study Group, Long Range Planning Committee, Annual Giving Cabinet, Nomination Committee, Co-Chair of the Parish Family Retreat at Kanuga, HR Committee Chair, Joyful Garden Tour Volunteer, Book Distribution Ministry, United Ministries Volunteer with Employment Readiness, Bicentennial Embrace Committee, History Lives Committee, Just Faith Class

Question: As we plan to bury a time capsule at the Annual Meeting, we think of the future and those that will unearth it one day to get a glimpse of our parish in 2022. In thinking of the future, what is your vision for the future of Christ Church? What impact do you hope our church will make within our parish and in our community?

Answer: My vision for the future of Christ Church is for all parishioners to have willingness to serve and be a catalyst to fully engage others in the life of our parish and in our community. To that end, the power of invitation is an essential element to achieve this vision. In all parish leadership roles, we must endeavor to practice collaboration, listening to understand, and openness to change. Opportunities to serve are most often extended through a personal invitation. By equipping and offering meaningful roles to fully engage in our church and local community, we will uphold our core values and further advance our mission to serve. Commonly asked by visitors and new members is this question, “Is Christ Church a place for me?” If we are inviting to all, we will successfully enable them to worship, grow, serve, and care. This is the greatest potential impact within our parish and in our community, so it would be my great honor to serve as Senior Warden to help our parish achieve this vision.

Nancy Kennedy

Spouse: Patrick Kennedy

Occupation: Director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Furman University

Member of Christ Church: 27 Years

Christ Church Activities: Current- Vestry Member (2020-2022); Celebration Ringers Handbell Choir; PitStop Sunday School class; Table Leader for Women’s Bible Study; and the Altar Guild.

Prior- Reopening Task Force (COVID response); Regathering Task Force (Chair); Search Committee for Director of Youth Ministry; Bicentennial Celebration Subcommittee; Delegate to Diocesan Convention; Nominations and Elections Committee; Vestry Member (2013-15); ECW Board (Secretary and President); All Saints Bazaar subcommittee chair; Stewardship Committee; Confirmand Mentor; Elizabeth Ministry; Forks and Fellowship groups; Cherub Choir Director; Children’s Ministries Committee; Children’s Ministries Connector; preschool, elementary, and middle school Sunday School teacher; Vacation Bible School teacher; Nursery volunteer; EYC Volunteer.

Question: As we plan to bury a time capsule at the Annual Meeting, we think of the future and those that will unearth it one day to get a glimpse of our parish in 2022. In thinking of the future, what is your vision for the future of Christ Church? What impact do you hope our church will make within our parish and in our community?

Answer: I hope our time capsule is opened by members of a thriving church that provides programs and support for all ages and stages, that addresses community needs, and has the financial means to do so. When this capsule is opened, I hope parishioners are grateful to those who came before who built and properly maintained the church buildings. When this capsule is opened, I hope the church has continued to adapt. Just as we adapted by offering virtual worship services during the pandemic, I hope the future church finds ways to serve members and the community as the world changes and new challenges appear.

We don’t know the needs 100 years from now but we must set the foundation to address them. Step one is providing faith development for all. I hope that there is a specific, coherent plan for faith development for our young people, from the cradle through high school and college, to help them grow in their faith and prepare them to lead faithful lives and find ways to serve God in their church and in the community. Step two is taking care of our members during the joyful and difficult times through a strong pastoral care program. Step three is creating community within our parish. We can accomplish this through events like the Parish Retreat and other church-wide fun times, as well as through service opportunities.

When this capsule is opened, I hope that Christ Church remains a joyful community, sharing life in Jesus Christ.

Junior Warden Nominees

Bryant Nixon

Spouse: Stacy Nixon

Children: Emma, Sam, and Mary

Occupation: President, Triangle Construction Co., Inc.

Member of Christ Church: 25 Years

Christ Church Activities: Vestry, 3rd Century Commission, Youth Group Parent Facilitator and Interim Leader, Basketball Coach, Annual Giving Cabinet Chair, CCEP Board, Leader of Adult Sunday school, Nominating Committee member, Discovery Weekend leader, table leader, and server, Holy Toast team member, Men’s Retreat

Question: As we plan to bury a time capsule at the Annual Meeting, we think of the future and those that will unearth it one day to get a glimpse of our parish in 2022. In thinking of the future, what is your vision for the future of Christ Church? What impact do you hope our church will make within our parish and in our community?

Answer: Several years ago, just before the pandemic, our church began the process of defining our mission and values. During these discussions, it was acknowledged that over time a church goes through many transformations and changes to facilities, staff, clergy, and to the congregation of parishioners. Our values however, should stand the test of time and be expressed in a meaningful, outward, and public way. While it may evolve throughout the years to serve the particular needs of the church and our community, our mission, “Embrace, Equip, and Empower Apostles to Serve Jesus Christ”, should be consistent.

Embrace and Compassion are two words in our mission and values statements that are particularly important and meaningful to me. It is my sincere hope and vision, that we as a church will always embrace and love each other and every person that walks through our doors; and that we will have compassion and respect for all who enter into worship with us. Each member of the Nixon family has felt that embrace and compassion since the day we walked through those doors, and we strive to extend the same to others.

If we as a community demonstrate God’s love and mercy by embracing each other as children of God, then everything else will fall into place. We will have demonstrated that we are grateful by acknowledging that everything we have and that each person we meet is a gift from God. We will have made an impact on both newcomers and those who have spent their lives here, and we will have a faithful community, inviting to all.

Chuck Reichert

Spouse: Angelle Reichert

Children: Gayle, Kevin, Christin and eight grandchildren

Occupation: Civil Engineer

Member of Christ Church: 34 Years

Christ Church Activities: Vestry, Men’s Monday Night Bible Study, Joshua’s Way, Book Distribution, Usher, Discovery Weekend Table Facilitator, Alpha Table Leader, Men’s Wednesday Morning Bible Study, Just Faith, Annual Giving Chair, Haiti Mission Trip, Habitat for Humanity Build, Rector’s Forum, Joyful Garden Tour, Resource Development Committee, Justice Ministry Network Member, Legacy Early College Mentor

Question: As we plan to bury a time capsule at the Annual Meeting, we think of the future and those that will unearth it one day to get a glimpse of our parish in 2022. In thinking of the future, what is your vision for the future of Christ Church? What impact do you hope our church will make within our parish and in our community?

Answer: When I think about a time capsule at Christ Church, our Mission Statement immediately comes to mind: “Embrace, Equip and Empower Apostles to Serve Jesus Christ”. As Christ Church stands as a beautiful spiritual presence in downtown Greenville, I think about the parishioners and what they can do to spread the love of God and be the hands and feet of Jesus. My prayer is that when the time capsule is opened the parish will be an even more vibrant part of the Greenville community. To do this, we must have strong programs for all ages so everyone can be nourished and grow in Christian faith. Our outreach programs must continue to grow both close to home and beyond. This will allow Christ Church to serve our brothers and sisters in Christ. There are unlimited areas within the Greenville community and beyond where the love of neighbor is needed and with God’s help Christ Church can make a difference. All of this becomes possible through the active participation of church members to do God’s work. When the time capsule is opened it will be a blessing if the church members say, “Christ Church members in 2022 truly were about God’s work and they set the example for future generations”. The only way to do this is to be an inviting church where all feel the love of God. This will make them want to be involved in God’s work and with that the possibilities are endless.

Vestry Nominees

Betsy Baumgardner

Spouse: Jim Baumgardner

Occupation: Community Volunteer

Member of Christ Church: Lifelong Member

Christ Church Activities: Diocesan Convention Delegate, Bicentennial Embrace Delivery volunteer, Altar Guild-linen committee, Ministry Fair volunteer, Marriage Ministry Weekend volunteer, Women’s Bible Study participant, Finance Committee, Annual Giving Committee, Annual Giving Co-Chair, Vacation Bible School Teacher/volunteer, Sunday School Teacher, Kanuga Family Parish Retreat Co-Chair, Church Greeter, EYC leader, Wednesday Evening Pioneer Club Coordinator, Interfaith Hospitality Network volunteer with Boy Scout troop 511, Stewardship committee

Question: As we plan to bury a time capsule at the Annual Meeting, we think of the future and those that will unearth it one day to get a glimpse of our parish in 2022. In thinking of the future, what is your vision for the future of Christ Church? What impact do you hope our church will make within our parish and in our community?

Answer: As I envision our followers unearthing a time capsule with their state-of-the-art archeology equipment, probably still a shovel, I first have to give a nod to our Christ Church founders that buried their capsule in 1852. We continue to ponder its whereabouts on our campus! As a lifelong member of our church, I know how our current church community is still blessed by the efforts of our founders and all those who came before us. I want our future parishioners to see
Christ Church as a vibrant Christian community within a city that is welcoming to all, just as our mission statement reads.

At our church’s consecration, in 1968, when the final phase of the 1852 church plans were completed, The Rt. Rev. John A. Pickney presided. He praised the church for adhering to the original design plans but also gave a charge to the parishioners: “While this great and noble parish stands as both a landmark to past accomplishments and a bulwark against present godless ideologies and philosophies, it stands as a powerhouse for renewal, reconciliation, and
revitalization for all who turn to God in Christ to find the strength to live on in these days…” The Bishop also issues a challenge to the congregation “there is no need to build magnificent houses in which to worship unless we also build clean and healthy cities, safe secure nations, in which men and women live in accordance with the will of God, fulfilling that purpose God has with each of its children.” (Parish in the Heart of the City, Wood, p. 86) Reverend Pinckney’s call
to mission remains true today. We must continue our outreach efforts, such as Project Host, the Free Medical clinic, Jasmine Road, and Habitat Abraham builds that strengthen our broader community while building a Christ centered congregation. At the same we should continue to invest in our church by building a staff and clergy leadership that allows us to create the powerhouse for renewal that Pickney envisioned.

Betty Parker Ellis

Spouse: Deceased

Occupation: After earning a bachelor’s degree in French and Education from Furman University, I started my career with Michelin Tire Corporation in 1978. When my late husband’s job transferred us to Akron, OH, I left Michelin to earn a master’s degree in Media Management from Kent State University. Soon after returning to Greenville in 1995, I started Communication Works, LLC, as a public relations and training company which allowed me to provide these services within our Upstate business community and beyond. It was a privilege to count Michelin not only as my first employer but also as my longest client. Closing my business almost 24 years later, I retired this past January.

Member of Christ Church: Although officially since the late 1990s, the busyness of life and career kept me away until I returned in recent years with a newfound commitment to give our church top priority in my life

Christ Church Activities: It is my privilege this year to serve as Secretary of the Vestry. I also have been assisting Chantal Smith, Director of Welcoming and Engagement, by serving as her chair of the Welcoming Committee.

In addition, I look forward each Sunday to attending the Faith Perspectives Sunday School class, the 10:30 a.m. service in our Historic Church, followed by fellowship at the Cookies and Lemonade Table in the McKissick Family Courtyard. Then each second Sunday, I am the Bell Tower Greeter. I also love to support our Music Ministry by attending any of the special events and Evensong services. During the weekdays this year, I have enjoyed participating in JustFaith Ministries, Centering Prayer, and The Common Table including Wednesday Night Suppers and Clergy Klatch. Other activities include Small Group Gilmore, Card Ministry, Prayer Chain, VBS 2022, Daily Devotions contributor, Kitchen Volunteer, Sparkle Saturday, Parish Retreat 2022, Lenten Planning Committee, Youth Confirmation Mentor, Safeguarding God’s People training, and Learning Leadership & Conflict Skills 2022.

Question: As we plan to bury a time capsule at the Annual Meeting, we think of the future and those that will unearth it one day to get a glimpse of our parish in 2022. In thinking of the future, what is your vision for the future of Christ Church? What impact do you hope our church will make within our parish and in our community?

Answer: What is my vision for the future of Christ Church? One word comes to mind – vibrant! When I received our church’s bicentennial magazine, Christ Church: Parish in the Heart of the City, I had an overwhelming sense of being in touch with the 200 years of history that has occurred on our campus. I then felt equally inspired by what role we can play during our lifetime and how I could lend more of my support and enthusiasm. That is, at the tricentennial celebration and when our time capsule is unearthed, my prayer is that these words from Matthew 25:21 could be spoken on that future day – “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

What impact do I hope our church will make within our parish and in our community? I see each generation as being the steward of a sacred baton. Each of us has our own set of time, talents, and treasure to offer. It is clearly evident that Christ Church wants YOU to be a vibrant part of our joyful community. That is why during the COVID shutdown so much energy was focused on how to keep ministries continuing via Zoom, Social Media, and YouTube, for example. That is also why today these efforts continue along with weekly eBlasts, postcards, and mailed monthly calendars. Then the Sunday bulletin that acts as a newsletter with a host of future events listed giving contact email addresses as well as content with greater detail and a QR code for registration.

Brann Fowler

Spouse: Rebecca Fowler

Occupation: Lawyer

Member of Christ Church: 8 Years

Christ Church Activities: Young Adult Committee, Annual Giving, IHN, Faith in Action, Welcoming Committee

Question: As we plan to bury a time capsule at the Annual Meeting, we think of the future and those that will unearth it one day to get a glimpse of our parish in 2022. In thinking of the future, what is your vision for the future of Christ Church? What impact do you hope our church will make within our parish and in our community?

Answer: During the renovations of our historic church, I attended a tour to view the progress. I will never forget standing in the dusty sanctuary as Harrison addressed us. He reminded us that while we have a responsibility to protect and maintain the valuable historical institution that is Christ Church’s campus and sanctuary; he pointed out that the church was not what we were looking at covered in dirt and dust surrounded not by the singing of a choir but the cacophony of saws and hammers. The church, he reminded us, was outside those doors. The church was how we carried Christ’s love to our brothers and sisters in the community. This spirit of service is my favorite thing about Christ Church. This parish’s hands can be seen in almost every major charitable organization in our community, from long standing pillars like the Triune Mercy Center or Project Host, to new organizations such as Jasmine Road or the sandwich ministry. Christ Church answers the call of the community by meeting needs as they arise, not seeking recognition or praise but merely to serve. Christ Church as an organization has long embodied the values given to us in Matthew 25:40. "Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it to me.” It is this tradition of service that I hope, and firmly expect, will continue.

Norma Givens

Spouse: Deceased

Occupation: Retired Professor of Business Education, Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, Georgia

Member of Christ Church: 11 years

Christ Church Activities: Lay Reader, Chalice Bearer, Lay Eucharistic Visitor, Faith in Action, Vestry, Greeter, Sunday School (Rector’s Forum) Worship and Liturgy, Bicentennial Celebration Committee

Question: As we plan to bury a time capsule at the Annual Meeting, we think of the future and those that will unearth it one day to get a glimpse of our parish in 2022. In thinking of the future, what is your vision for the future of Christ Church? What impact do you hope our church will make within our parish and in our community?

Answer: My prayer is that this current congregation will be the catalyst for change and hope for all peoples in this community to share the love and peace of Christ Jesus. Thanks be to God for the continual Baptisms and the First Communions we witness; this gives me joy and hope for the future. Each Christmas event or Children’s Sabbath makes us know that we will successfully progress the next 100 years. I believe that we will continue to offer worship experiences that will give parishioners the impetus to want to love Jesus more, follow the teaching of our Savior in every aspect of their lives, honor truth and be “inviting to all,” thus a more diverse parish. I have no doubt that HIS unfailing love will drive out hate, pride and resentment that would otherwise hinder HIS truth.

Josh Hudson

Spouse: Erin Veazey Hudson

Occupation: Lawyer

Member of Christ Church: 10 Years

Christ Church Activities: Faith in Action Committee member since 2017 and Chair in 2020 and 2021, GOAL (Greenville Organized for Accountable Leadership) Representative, 2022 Kanuga Parish Retreat Planning Committee, Small group Bible studies, CLBBY Basketball Coach, Former Young Adult Committee member

Question: As we plan to bury a time capsule at the Annual Meeting, we think of the future and those that will unearth it one day to get a glimpse of our parish in 2022. In thinking of the future, what is your vision for the future of Christ Church? What impact do you hope our church will make within our parish and in our community?

Answer: It sounds cliché, but to look to the future, you have to know the past. When most Greenvillians think of Christ Church, I’d suppose they think of a beautiful historic church in the heart of Greenville, filled with well-connected and wealthy families. There is nothing wrong with that. However, what I’ve learned from my time on the Faith in Action Committee is how much Christ Church and its parish have done for this community. I would speculate that many of our own parishioners aren’t aware that we were vital to the formations of United Ministries, Project Host, and the Free Medical Clinic, to name a few. But we can do more.

The economic impact of the pandemic challenged us to make a shift in our Faith in Action goals. How can we give more of our time and talents, as opposed to just our treasure? Last year, the Committee was approached not for money, but simply for our blessing to start the Angel Tree Store. Volunteers were engaged and in only a few months Christmas was changed for 100 Legacy Charter School children. Certainly, the treasure helps, as it was what purchased the toys that filled the Angel Tree Store. But it was our members who made it so impactful, just as much for those volunteers, who prayed and cried with the families, as for the recipients.

Christ Church can be known for changing lives, both inside and outside our parish. I see our future as being known in the community as the hands and feet of Jesus.

Martha Louise Ramage Lewis

Spouse: LeRoy B. (Lee) Lewis

Occupation: Certified Public Accountant

Member of Christ Church: Lifelong Member

Christ Church Activities: Finance Committee from 1995-2015; Treasurer several times during 20 years; budget committee; Christ Church Endowment, 2008- 2017, including Chairman; Member of the Vardry McBee Society

Question: As we plan to bury a time capsule at the Annual Meeting, we think of the future and those that will unearth it one day to get a glimpse of our parish in 2022. In thinking of the future, what is your vision for the future of Christ Church? What impact do you hope our church will make within our parish and in our community?

Answer: Reflecting on our past and looking to the future, my vision is to capitalize on our important history, and impact in Greenville and in Haiti among other missions, to equip Christ Church and her community for the opportunities and challenges of the future. I believe we continue to embrace and empower to serve Jesus Christ and spread his Word and Grace. With the renewed optimism of our parish this fall following the pandemic, the opportunities we, as a community in Christ, have serving both our internal ministry and the growing needs of the Greenville community, are boundless. The tasks of addressing and prioritizing those needs is challenging; I envision that all members actively engage in meaningful support for our future through time/talents through a renewed sense of God’s presence and blessings.

The impact I hope our church will make will be significant: tangibly, to upgrade our parish house for multi-functional space to propel our welcoming ministries within our walls and for the outreach ministry footprint to grow exponentially; to preserve/celebrate our remarkable campus for attention to Markley Chapel, along with assessing the future and growth of all, including our youngest in the bulging Preschool; to identify and meet impactful community outreach needs of the future, with the continuing current efforts in Greenville in the Sterling community, Project Host, IHN, among a few, and Haiti; and to accomplish this vision with a thoughtful approach to fiscal responsibility currently and for the successful future.

Phil Peterson

Spouse: Nancy Peterson

Occupation: Region Vice President, Windstream Communications (retired)

Member of Christ Church: 19 Years

Christ Church Activities: Grounds Committee Member, Usher, Wednesday Morning Men’s Bible Study, Daily Devotion volunteer, Feed Thy Neighbor volunteer, Book Distribution volunteer, Joyful Garden Tour volunteer and garden host (2015), Diocesan Convention kitchen help, 20/20 Group, and past board member of Project Host

Question: As we plan to bury a time capsule at the Annual Meeting, we think of the future and those that will unearth it one day to get a glimpse of our parish in 2022. In thinking of the future, what is your vision for the future of Christ Church? What impact do you hope our church will make within our parish and in our community?

Answer: When I think about the future of Christ Church, my first thoughts are about the parishioners who formed our church in the 1820s. They had a vision at that time that we can only imagine. I also think about the leaders of Christ Church over the past 200 years as they have led our church through some periods of difficult times. Periods of time that included instability, financial crisis, and even wars. As a result of the vision and leadership of those before us and even now, we are the beneficiaries of a wonderful gift. Our gift is a beautiful campus and a vibrant church that is focused on serving the needs of our congregation and the needs of the community.

My vision and hope for the future are that when they open that time capsule, the congregation will not only have a glimpse of our parish in 2022 but will have received the same gift that we have today. I believe that if we continue to do the following things: be a spiritual leader in the community, be good stewards of the gifts that we have received, provide support to our dedicated clergy and staff, experience growth in membership as the community grows, focus on Christian education and fellowship programs, serve all age groups in the parish, and commit to serving the less fortunate, then future congregations will also be the beneficiaries.

Bud Thomas

Spouse: Crystal Thomas

Children: Reagan Thomas

Occupation: Owner/President Hydrofogger Co.

Member of Christ Church: Grew up attending Christ Church and CCES. Official membership date is 2014.

Christ Church Activities: Usher 8:00 AM Markley Chapel Services, Discovery Weekend Host Couple, Men’s 7:00 AM Wednesday Bible Study, VBS Volunteer, Kitchen Ministries Volunteer, Member Christ Church Welcoming Committee, Attends Common Table/Children’s Sabbath regularly, & Children’s Basketball League

Question: As we plan to bury a time capsule at the Annual Meeting, we think of the future and those that will unearth it one day to get a glimpse of our parish in 2022. In thinking of the future, what is your vision for the future of Christ Church? What impact do you hope our church will make within our parish and in our community?

Answer: I am very humbled to be nominated to serve on the vestry. Christ Church is very important to me and my family. It is part of our lives literally every day. We’ve been blessed with so much support, fellowship, and love.

I believe that our church can and will thrive over the next hundred years. I envision Christ Church in 2122 as embracing the unique role as the historic church downtown yet dynamic and growing because its members proclaim the love of Jesus Christ by sharing their unique gifts—welcoming ministry, outstanding choir, food ministry, teaching, loving childcare, etc. We also will plant seeds throughout Greenville that will yield blessings--not just for our members, but for the entire Greenville community. We will invest in children so that they will have real impact as adult leaders and seniors. We will work hard to support marriages to help them thrive and grow. We will have a church that welcomes everyone and is a safe and secure place of worship for all. How will we do this? All hands on deck. I believe in an engaging church that seeks participation from all of us-week in and week out. The key is involvement. Christ Church has blessed me and my family many times over. A hundred years from now, I believe that Christ Church will continue to bless and love all of us—both parishioners and members of the greater community and I believe that is what Jesus would expect of us.

Delegate Nominees

Lee Farrar

Spouse: Steve Farrar

Occupation: Retired Nurse

Member of Christ Church: 40 Years

Christ Church Activities: St. Catherine’s Bible Study, Altar Guild Flower Delivery Committee, Visitor for Pastoral Care, Former Christ Church Parish Nurse and Lay Eucharistic Visitor

Question: As we plan to bury a time capsule at the Annual Meeting, we think of the future and those that will unearth it one day to get a glimpse of our parish in 2022. In thinking of the future, what is your vision for the future of Christ Church? What impact do you hope our church will make within our parish and in our community?

Answer: My vision for the future of Christ Church is that we will grow and thrive as a Christ-centered parish sharing His love with each other and all in our community. Only God knows what can happen if we each get involved using our time and talents!

I have a pastoral care background so as we move into a post-pandemic world, I hope we can again build up our pastoral care ministries to expand our care for each other in times of illness and need but also in other significant times in our lives. Additionally, I hope we can grow and expand our children's and youth programs as we leave these years of Covid behind us. I hope we can share our worship services and beautiful music in person and on-line in meaningful
ways that draw us closer to God and each other. I believe the strong impact of Christ Church in our community will continue in new and as yet unthought of ways to address the basic needs of food, health and security for all. Christ Church has been instrumental in starting and sustaining programs like Project Host, the Free
Medical Clinic and Jasmine Road to name only a few. I believe the people of Christ Church will continue to feel called to express God’s love for all in creative and innovative ways.

Susan Lind

Spouse: John Lind

Occupation: Retired from 30 years in Transfusion Medicine

Member of Christ Church: 15 Years

Christ Church Activities: Member of the Altar Guild, President in 2020

Question: As we plan to bury a time capsule at the Annual Meeting, we think of the future and those that will unearth it one day to get a glimpse of our parish in 2022. In thinking of the future, what is your vision for the future of Christ Church? What impact do you hope our church will make within our parish and in our community?

Answer: My hope is that Christ Church would continue to be an active participant in the life of Greenville and be known as a welcoming community for all. Even during the recent worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, Christ Church continued to show love and its nurturing spirit to the community through its meal preparation/distribution, online services and activities, and safe in-person offerings. Caring for our members, strengthening our outreach and being a place where those we touch are able to find God and/or deepen their faith.