In the Episcopal Church, the vestry is the governing body of a parish and is responsible, along with the rector, for prayer, planning, and policies within the parish. During times of transition, the vestry leads the process of calling and supporting a new rector.
The vestry is led by a senior and a junior warden. At Christ’s Church, the senior warden works closely with the rector in parish leadership, while the junior warden oversees maintenance of church property.
There are nine vestry members at Christ’s Church elected to three-year, overlapping terms. Vestry members are elected by church members at the annual parish meeting, which traditionally is held at the end of January each year.
The vestry typically meets on the third Wednesday of each month, and the meetings are open to all members of Christ’s Church.