Tracey’s career has taken his family around the United States, but in many ways, Ascension has been at the center of their Life. “Shortly after my wife Lucy (a life-long Episcopalian) and I were married, I was baptized here at Ascension. Our son Thomas was baptized at Ascension, and our daughter Julia (born on the east coast) was confirmed at Ascension. Ascension is not a building but a community of worship, friendship, and ministries. It is a privilege to serve on the Vestry and I am looking forward to a much brighter 2021 for all.” Tracey is the Chief Executive Officer for an international organic foods company, with manufacturing plants in Cape Town, Brussels Belgium, and Tauranga, New Zealand called Organically Africa.
Andy has been a member at Ascension for a year now and has been so blessed. Andy has a background in facilities management with the BNSF Railway, Los Angeles Metro, and Sound Transit. His long career has been exciting and rewarding and taught him to be a faithful steward. Andy has lived in Washington, California and Texas. Andy has been married to his lovely wife Tracy for almost 25 years. Andy calls himself a doer — lending his talents in small ways and helping others to live a better life. His faith is a very important aspect in his life and has
Iann was born and raised in San Francisco. He has moved to Seattle several times, starting with college when he attended Seattle University. He also studied Russian at the Defense Language Institute, has a JD from UC Berkeley and a MSS from the Army War College. Ian began his faith journey in the Roman Catholic tradition. After thought and reflection, the family joined the Episcopal Church at All Souls Parish in Berkeley, California. Ian has served in the Washington National Guard and Army Reserve including service in Kosovo and Iraq. He is approaching retirement as a Colonel. He is a civilian attorney for the Seattle District, Army Corps of Engineers. Ian is an Eagle Scout and Lifetime Member of the Girl Scouts. He enjoys supporting the scouting activities of John (11) and Maisy (15), especially getting out hiking and camping. Sewing is a new hobby, although so far it has just been Halloween costumes and COVID masks. Ian is deeply honored to be considered for a position of responsibility in the Ascension community.
Kim was raised in the Roman Catholic church. She grew up in New Hampshire with her parents and five siblings. She attended the University of Rochester for undergrad, followed by a volunteer position with AmeriCorps in rural Oregon, where she fell in love with the PNW. After attending Johns Hopkins University for her nursing degree, she relocated to Seattle and worked at a nonprofit community health center in Snohomish County. She married her husband, Garrett, and they relocated to Magnolia where they had their three children; Lucas (11), Connor (11) and Graham (5). After a search for their spiritual and religious home, they discovered and joined the welcoming and inspiring community of Ascension. Kim has been an active volunteer at Catharine Blaine elementary and in her free time enjoys hiking, travel, trail biking, gardening and board games with her family. She is excited to be part of the Vestry team!
Patty comes from Portland Oregon where she grew up attending Trinity Episcopal Church. The Rector of Trinity at the time was an outstanding leader, speaker and scholar, Dr. Lansing Kempton. His sermons were so engaging and inspiring that Sunday church services were packed. After graduating from Lewis and Clark College, Patty pursued her retailing career at Lipman’s in Portland and then moved to Seattle to take advantage of an opportunity in wholesale representing. Patty and John’s son, James grew up at Ascension where James was one of the many Christmas pageant Josephs and an acolyte for 8 years. As a member of Ascension, Patty has served on Vestry, enjoyed working on many fun projects over the years and considers the congregation an extension of her family.
In England the annual election of churchwardens took place in Easter week. The parishioners gathered at the church to hear the outgoing wardens render their accounts and elect their successors. The parishioners assembled in the vestry, the room off the chancel where the clergy vested. The assembled parishioners came to be known as the vestry. These were open vestries in that all adult male parishioners could participate. It was like a modern annual congregational meeting. In Virginia the parishes were very large and it was difficult to get all the male parishioners together. So they would meet only once and elect twelve of their number to serve for life. This was known as a closed vestry. The transition to a closed vestry was completed by 1633 or 1634, when a Vestry Act was passed. It provided that “there be a vestrie held in each parish.” The current vestry evolved from this colonial pattern.
The vestry is the legal representative of the parish with regard to all matters pertaining to its corporate property. The number of vestry members and the term of office varies from parish to parish. Vestry members are usually elected at the annual parish meeting. The presiding officer of the vestry is the rector. There are usually two wardens. The senior warden leads the parish between rectors and is a support person for the rector. The junior warden often has responsibility for church property and buildings. A treasurer and a secretary or clerk may be chosen. These officers may or may not be vestry members. 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.