Each year the entire church gathers for a parish meeting to reflect upon what God has done in the previous year and to anticipate the next. This meeting includes the presentation of the 2019 budget, the election of new Vestry members, and the Annual Parish Report for 2018. This year we will also preview our upcoming capital campaign for the development of Phase 1 of our Master Plan. We will meet Sunday, January 27 at 6:00 p.m. and frame our time together with Evening Prayer.
As it pertains to Vestry members, according to the bylaws of our church, members of the Vestry serve a term of two years. Each year, those outgoing members of the Vestry serve as the Nominating Committee for new members to be elected at the Annual Parish Meeting. After receiving recommendations from the parish, the Committee, chaired by David Thomas, submits the following candidates for election.
Vestry Nominees for 2019
Jay Beavers is married to Katie Beavers and father to Jane, Lucy, and Sylvia. He is a Virginia native but has roots in West Tennessee on his father’s side. After teaching high school English for seven years, Jay became a student again, completing his Ph.D. at Baylor University in 2016. He now serves as an Assistant Professor of English at Union. He has attended Episcopal or Anglican churches since he was a teenager and was confirmed into the Anglican tradition in 2015. He currently heads up the sound ministry at All Saints. In his free time, Jay enjoys looking at old tools and making things out of wood.
Melinda Jordan has been married to Greg for forty-three years. Their oldest son James lives with his wife Emily in Chicago. Their younger son Donald introduced them to All Saints in 2012 where they were confirmed in 2015. Melinda loves all things food. Professionally she completed a master’s degree at UT Knoxville in nutrition and has used that degree as a registered dietitian for the past forty years at JMCG hospital, Jackson Clinic, public health, teaching nutrition at Union University, and for the past five years at the DCI dialysis clinics until retirement last year. During sixteen of those years, Melinda ran Greg’s Hallmark shop in the Old Hickory Mall, which Greg and Melinda owned from 1975–96. Activities she enjoys include eating her way across Chicago, gardening, and cooking for friends. Three little known facts about her: she rode a camel in Morocco, cut a treble fishing hook from her own leg with a razor, and caught a six-foot rat snake with a ribbon and a broom handle.
Taylor Laird has been married to David Laird for twenty- five years, and they have three wonderful sons. Walker and Griffin are away at Rhodes, and James is a junior at USJ. The Lairds are founding members of All Saints and are thankful to be members of a church where the Holy Spirit is evident. Taylor is a cradle Episcopalian and attended an Episcopal school from Kindergarten through twelfth grade, so her Anglican roots run deep. Taylor is the Clinical Director and a therapist at the Exchange Club Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse. Putting an end to child abuse and serving those touched by it is Taylor’s passion. In her spare time, Taylor loves hanging with her family and her dogs, Mike and Roux; she also loves playing games. Taylor is thankful for being considered for a position on the Vestry.
Chris Pope moved to Jackson with Celeste and Wilbur following a twenty-six-year career in the United States Air Force and Air National Guard. He spent five years teaching Air Force Junior ROTC at North Side High School, leading the unit to national recognition. He has since retired and now spends his time volunteering with the Boy Scouts as a Scoutmaster, member of the District Activities Committee, and running the Aquatics program at Camp Mack Morris in the summer. A lifelong Anglican, Chris has been a member of All Saints since moving here seven years ago and has supported Children’s Church, the youth group, acolytes, ushers, and is currently leading the Church Planting Catalyst Team. He previously served on the Vestry during the transition between Fr. Chuck and Fr. Wes. In addition to camping and backpacking, Chris enjoys classic movies and working on his Mustang.