A vestry consists of lay representatives from the parish "vested" with the authority to manage church business affairs and to help provide spiritual direction and leadership under the Rector (Senior Pastor). The vestry at All Saints is made up of eight members who each serve a two-year term. Each year at our Annual Parish Meeting, four members of the vestry roll off while four new members are elected by the parish. These are our current vestry members.
Janet Brown is married to Tom Brown and is the mother of three sons and grandmother to three. Janet and Tom were confirmed at All Saints in 2015. She is a retired R.N., who worked in many areas of medicine from New Born Nursery to Hospice. She loves to read and hates to exercise, but does it anyway. Her favorite ministry at All Saints is serving and praying at JACOA, Jackson Area Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency. Janet oversees Visitor Connections.
Jane Garrety is married to Jeff Garrety and is a founding member of All Saints, serving on the first board along with Lloyd Tatum, Walter Townsend, and Bob Hudson. She presently is the LEM Ministry Coordinator. Jane is a lawyer with West Tennessee Legal Services and focuses her work on helping victims of domestic and sexual violence. She and Jeff have two grown daughters, Katie, who is married to James Gibson, and Beth, who is married to Bill Lizzio. Beth and Bill have two boys, Grant and Wyatt. Jane enjoys reading biographies and running (slowly). She especially enjoys trips to Jonesborough to visit her two grandsons. As All Saints enters its twelfth year of existence, she is honored to again serve on the vestry, this time as the Rector's Warden and Chair of the Finance Committee.
Grace Ann House is married to Ben House and is a founding member of All Saints. She has three grown children: Mike is a lawyer in West Memphis, married to Tebrah, a teacher, and they have two children (Chloe and Heath); Kathy is a nurse in Nashville married to Brian who works in commercial real estate, and they have two children (Anna Kate and Zac); and Karen is a nurse at Jackson General married to Chris who is an agent with Shelter Insurance, and they have four children (Madeline, Jake, Claudia and Emma). Grace Ann is originally from Arkansas and, painfully at times, follows the Razorbacks. She loves traveling, gardening, reading, and the gym. Grace Ann oversees Pastoral Care.
Kim Howerton is married to Leslie Creasy and they have two children, Grace (14) and Zach (10). In 2011, the family joined All Saints Anglican Church. Since joining, the family has been active with youth and children’s ministries. They love the worship at All Saints involves every member, regardless of age. Kim, a native West Tennessean, is a Family Physician who is in solo practice in Jackson. She feels that being a physician is a ministry. She also serves on several state medical committees and commissions. If not seeing patients, Kim is probably at the ballfield or gym. She enjoys watching her children play softball, baseball, basketball, volleyball, soccer, and cross country. Kim also loves spending time with her family, running, preparing healthy meals, and vacationing. Kim oversees Stewardship.
Donald Jordan came to All Saints his first time on Easter Sunday in 2012 and has been here ever since. Long before being confirmed in October of 2014, he has felt at home in the All Saints family and the Anglican tradition. Donald has volunteered his graphic design skills and love of art to All Saints as well as serving the last two years on the Outreach Committee. Donald is full-time faculty for the Social Work program at the University of Tennessee in Martin, maintains a clinical counseling practice, and works closely with nonprofits around the city including Area Relief Ministries and WRAP. He loves to read, photo bomb others’ photos, and invite himself over to your home for dinner. He oversees our Outreach Ministries.
David Laird is a General Surgeon with Jackson Surgical Associates. He and his better half, Taylor, married in 1993, and they have three boys: Walker (19), Griffin (17), and James (15). David is originally from Jackson, MS and was raised in the Methodist Church. He discovered that he loved the Eucharistic liturgy, and since their marriage, David and Taylor have been involved in Anglican churches. They are both charter members of All Saints. David serves as a Lay Eucharistic Minister and has once served on the vestry as the Junior Warden, which is his current position now.
Jake Stewart is in high demand here and around Jackson working in the areas of construction, renovation, and carpentry, as well as just about any home repair. Jackson is his hometown, and Jake has been actively attending All Saints since 2010, being confirmed in 2013. He has a daughter named Renee and a grandson named Levi. Jake oversees Building and Grounds.
David Thomas is husband to Nan Thomas, father to Stephen, Spencer, and Rachel, father-in-law to Ashley and (soon) Joy, and grandfather to Addie. He and Nan love the worship, the prayerful vitality, and the community at All Saints. They were confirmed in November 2014. David has been a history professor at Union University for twenty-plus years, is deeply invested in his students, and is always learning something. He builds the occasional piece of furniture, is writing his second book, and longs to hike the Grand Canyon. David serves as the Secretary.