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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.

The St. Raphael 2020 Vestry

Dave Sevigny, Senior Warden

Employer: Retired Dave has been a member of St. Raphael’s for over 20 years and has been married to Paula for over 30 years.   They have 2 adult children, Lauren (LA) and Andrew (Chattanooga), who were raised at St. Raphael’s.   Dave is in semi-retirement after a successful 30 year career with his own business.  He now invests his time in his passion, helping small businesses in the Lexington area.   Over the past 20 years, Dave has held most every leadership position at St. Raphael’s and the Diocese, and also has served as a deputy for three separate General Conventions.  In his free time, he enjoys non-profit work, (serving on several boards), and the freedom to enjoy his lake place and travel.

Mike Booth, Junior Warden

Employer:  Retired after 21 years at the LFUCG, (Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government) as a senior traffic signal technician. I enjoy wood working in my spare time. I attended Church of the Resurrection in Nicholasville, KY in the past. I presently attend St. Rafael’s Episcopal church in Lexington, KY.  Mike currently serves on the Properties Committee and helped with the construction of the shelving/book cases in the downstairs Reception Hall, and on Tobit’s Trace.

Dana Berry – Clerk

Employer:  Retired – Conduit Language Specialists.  Now work part time for ITNBluegrass.

I moved to Lexington in 2013 from Fairfield, OH, though I grew up in Cedar Rapids, IA.   I graduated from Coe College with a BA in Theatre/English/Speech/Secondary Education and taught High School in three different schools.  I went back to college in 1983 and received a degree in Paralegal studies, and in 2001 completed a Master of Organizational Management degree from University of Phoenix.   I changed careers to Telecommunications Fraud Control in 1984 and worked for several large international telecommunications carriers.  I then moved to Lexington to be closer to my daughter (Amanda Vance) and her family; Husband Tom, daughters Olivia, Alexandra and Laura, in 2013 and worked for Conduit Language Specialists as Operations Manager until I retired in 2019.  A Life-long Episcopalian, I came to St. Raphael’s when I moved to Lexington and have been involved in Christian Education, the Vestry and the Choir.

Afsi Davis – Mission

Employer: Brett Construction Co. Setzer Properties, LLC

I felt a calling to renew my faith and find a “home”. A dear friend encouraged my husband, Kevin, and me to explore the Episcopal Church, especially since I enjoyed learning about the rich history in Canterbury. We first came to St. Raphael the Sunday after Easter with our new baby girl in tow. We immediately felt like we belonged. I have never felt more accepted, encouraged, and loved. I quickly volunteered to be a Gardening Angel in the summer and felt solace while tending to our beds in the early mornings. 

In my time at St. Raphael’s, I really admire the constant spirit of giving back and helping the less fortunate. I have volunteered to be the liaison between St. Raphael’s and The Well with what their residents need during their time of recovery.

Chris Young – Member at Large

Chris Young has attended St. Raphael for quite a few years. He currently works at Keeneland and also serves as the parish Organist.

Janis Rosebrook

I am a life-long Episcopalian. I moved here to Lexington 2 ½ years ago from Los Angeles. I’ve been a member of St. Raphael for a year and a half. In Los Angeles, I was a vestry member, and was a member of Diocesan Council. I served 4 terms as President of the Board of Directors for the Diocesan adoption agency.

At St. Raphael I work in the office (reorganizing the church files), am a Sunday School Teacher, lay reader, and was in charge of the acolytes. I retired from UCLA 12 years ago. At UCLA I was Assistant Dean and CFAO of a large research unit. I do not have children, but do have a nephew who lives in Bowling Green. I’m proud of his service as a first responder.

Treasurer:  Paula Sevigny

Properties: Roger Kirk

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