The Reverend Deon K. Johnson
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The Members of the Vestry:
Carole Boris, Warden
Stacey Heinon, Warden
Adam Hedgecock, Clerk
Kathy Maher-Anguish
Jonathan Culbert
Stacey Heinonen
Robert Salisbury
Marlaina Warren



: : Leadership: Rector

The Reverend Deon K. Johnson joined us in the Fall of 2006 as our new rector. Fr. Deon, former Associate Rector of Christ Episcopal Church, Shaker Heights, Ohio, succeeded The Reverend Walter Sherman who served the parish from 1994 to 2004.

Fr. Deon graduated with a Master of Divinity from The General Theological Seminary in 2003. He also has dual undergraduate degrees in English and History from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. A native of Barbados, Deon lived in England before moving to Mt. Vernon, New York for high school.

His hobbies include rollerblading, biking, hiking and technology.

: What is a Rector?

The rector is the ecclesiastical authority of the parish. The term is derived from the Latin for "rule." The rector has authority and responsibility for worship and the spiritual jurisdiction of the parish, subject to the rubrics of the Book of Common Prayer, the constitution and canons of the church, and the pastoral direction of the bishop.

: : Leadership: Vestry

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.

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. 






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