In the Episcopal Church, the vestry is the legal representative of the parish in all matters pertaining to the parish’s corporate property. Vestry members serve 3-year terms on a rotating basis, and new vestry members are elected by the congregation each January at the annual parish meeting of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. The rector serves as presiding officer during vestry meetings, and the Junior and Senior wardens also serve in leadership capacities. The senior warden leads the parish between rectors and is a support person for the rector; the junior warden has responsibility for church property and buildings. A treasurer and a clerk maintain financial records and meeting minutes.
The responsibilities of the vestry as a whole include:
- to help define and articulate the mission of the congregation;
- to support the church’s mission by word and deed;
- to support the search committee when selecting the rector;
- to ensure effective organization and planning, and
- to manage the parish’s resources and finances.
Barbara Richardson, Senior Warden
A member of St. Andrew’s since 2001, Barbara is serving for a second time as Senior Warden of the vestry. She also volunteers as an usher, serves on the special events committee and as the vestry’s liaison to Integrity Palm Beach. Barbara enjoyed an accomplished career in public relations, consulting and fund raising before retiring. She remains involved with the League of Women Voters, FAU’s Lifelong Learning Center, the Metropolitan Opera, the Norton Museum of Art, and the Lake Worth Playhouse. She also enjoys cooking, exploring art galleries and museums, and her well-earned reputation as an avid shopper.
Eric J. Salomonsson, Junior Warden
Eric J. Salomonsson was born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts where he was involved in the local Swedish community. He co-authored several local history books on Worcester and the Swedish-American Community. Eric and his partner Tom moved to Boynton Beach in 2005. He teaches Social Science at the North Broward Preparatory School in Coconut Creek. Raised Roman Catholic, Eric left the church for numerous reasons. For a time, he attended a Lutheran church until he became one of the wandering “unaffiliated.” He joined St. Andrews in 2013, following the passing of his father. He felt he needed spiritual nourishment and support, and happily found it at St. Andrews. “I have made some wonderful friends here and have served on the Vestry in the past.”
Chuck Jackson, Treasurer
Chuck manages financial reporting and budgeting for St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. A Vietnam war veteran, he served in the U.S. Air Force (1966-70) before earning a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Texas at San Antonio. In Florida, he was Budget Manager for a Special District in Palm Beach County for 25 years. After retiring, he began writing books, resulting in three published memoirs. Now working on a novel, Chuck also enjoys blogging about the craft of writing, the marketing of books, mental health and social issues. He’s an avid golfer, too. Chuck has one daughter and one grandson. He draws strength from his faith and church activities.
Barbara Richardson, Senior Warden – Newcomer Ministry
Eric J. Salomonsson, Junior Warden – Property & Grounds
Mary Beth LaBrecque, Secretary
Libby Bukley – Digital Marketing and Audio Visual
Jean Howard – Care Committee
Pam Rush – Hospitality
Peter Wronsky – Integrity Palm Beach
Anne Ryan – Way Cafe
Fr. Chuck David, Care Committee
Chuck Jackson, Treasurer