The vestry is the legal representative of the parish with regard to all matters pertaining to its corporate property. At Holy Cross we have 9 vestry members who each serve a three year term. As per custom we have two wardens. The senior warden is a support person for the rector and guides the vestry. The junior warden supports the senior warden and often handles more of the detail work so the senior warden can focus on the vision. At Holy Cross the wardens run the vestry meeting even though canonically the presiding officer is the rector. A clerk keeps the minutes.
The basic responsibilities of the vestry are to help define and articulate the mission of the congregation; to support the church's mission by word and deed, to select the rector, to ensure effective organization and planning, and to manage resources and finances.
The vestry at Holy Cross meets once a month and generally on the fourth Tuesday. Vestry meetings are open to all members to attend unless the vestry needs to meet in “executive session”.
Senior Warden: Sue Luss
Junior Warden: Jay King
Vestry: Karl Alexander, Dick Callaway, Lynn Davis, Sam Doar, Sue Maley, Jack Rainer and Faith Weathington
Treasurer: Peter Franklin
Clerk: Jim Batchler-Smith