The Reverend Deon K. Johnson
Email Fr. Deon
The Members of the Vestry:
Carole Boris, Warden
Stacey Heinon, Warden
Adam Hedgecock, Clerk
: : 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.