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 2021 Vestry
Amy Smereck, Sr. Warden
Amy Smereck has attended St. Raphael since spring of 1999 with husband Chris Bollinger and their two children, Beth and Thomas, now adults. She has served multiple stints on the Vestry and as Treasurer and was Sr.
Warden in 2007. She has been involved in formation for children and youth, designed and maintains the church website and email lists, and sings in the choir. Amy has served on the Diocesan Budget Committee and was a co-chair in 2021. Amy is currently a self employed freelance writer and marketer. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, crossword puzzles, and curling up with a good book. Since the first time in attendance, Amy and family have found St. Raphael’s to be a truly welcoming congregation, one that is open to all no matter where they are on their spiritual journey.
Mike Booth, Junior Warden
Mike is retired after 21 years at the LFUCG, (Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government) as a senior traffic signal technician. He enjoys wood working in his spare time. He attended Church of the Resurrection in Nicholasville, KY in the past. Mike serves on the Properties Committee and helped with the construction of the shelving/book cases in the downstairs Reception Hall, amenities in Tobit’s Trace, and all sorts of improvements to church building and grounds.
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.
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.
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.
My name is Janet Morris. My husband, Bob, and I moved from the western foothills of Maine to Lawrenceburg three years ago to be close to the grandchildren. I earned my Bachelor’s degree at Barrington College in Rhode Island, my Master’s degree and my CAS degree at the University of Maine at Orono. I retired from teaching elementary school in Maine after 44 years. In addition to serving on the Vestry, I am also a member of the Altar Guild and I serve as a LEM. I enjoy knitting, reading , camping and being with the family. Looking forward to the next year at St. Raphael’s!
Tim Allen united with St. Rahael in 2019 after serving as pianist and youth/young adult leader for 13 years at Mt. Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church in Louisville, KY. Being versatile with 10 years in the mental health field, 4 years in the Jefferson County Coroner’s office, 20 plus years in hospitality and 5 years in real estate. A father of 2 sons, 2 horses and 2 dogs he enjoys gardening, bicycling, boating, hiking, skydiving and generally being one with God and his creations. A member of Lexington Build. Filling in where needed he is currently working with the St. Raphael Children’s Chapel looking forward to the journey of the church and the spiritual growth of our community.
Laurie Daugherty and her husband, John, joined St. Raphael in 2019. Previously they were members of Southern Hills United Methodist Church where Laurie taught children’s Sunday school when her children were young. Their two daughters are now away at grad school. This past year Laurie has been a member of the Finance Committee and Property Committee. In her professional life, Laurie is an attorney with Montague Law, PLLC where she advises business clients and works with several nonprofit organizations. In her free time, Laurie enjoys gardening, yoga and traveling to new destinations. She has found a warm and welcoming church
home at St Raphael and is honored to serve on the Vestry.
John Hazlett is a husband, father, teacher, Coach, Veteran, and Christian. He has been married for 29 years this November 4 to his lovely wife Leah Newsom, and my son, Brandon, who is currently stationed at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. This will be his 25th year of teaching at Rosenwald-Dunbar Elementary in Nicholasville, a journey from the classroom to enjoying the last 11 years as the Physical Education Teacher. He has been an Assistant Coach in Youth Football and Cross Country, and for the last 7 years has been coaching wrestling in Jessamine County. He served 30 years in the Army, with time on active duty during Desert Storm, to the Army Reserve as a Drill Sergeant, and finally to the National Guard as a Senior Infantry Instructor and acting Command Sergeant Major with the 238th Regiment, before officially retiring in 2016 as a Master Sergeant. He enjoys furry critters, sunsets and landscapes, traveling, and coffee on cool mornings, (well actually every morning.) He tends to be shy and reserved, although you would never guess it. However, with all the success that he has enjoyed, it was St. Raphael’s that took him in at the lowest and most troubled point of my life. The shelter and comfort that he found at St. Raphael’s gave him the opportunity to reconnect with my faith and to serve others. He’s still learning and growing as a Christian and feels blessed to do so at St. Raphael’s.
Ben has attended St. Raphael’s since January 2020 and has been active in helping with the outdoor service sound equipment, and was involved in helping to restart the choir. He currently is a member of the choir and was recently appointed to fill a one year term on the vestry. Prior to coming to St. Raphael’s, Ben served on vestries at two Central Kentucky Episcopal churches, and as Junior warden and Senior warden at both churches. He was active at both previous parishes with the choir and during the services as a lay reader, acolyte, crucifer, chalice bearer, and lay eucharistic minister. Ben Is married to Katherine Harper, who serves the diocese as assistant treasurer. Ben continues to work part-time at his family’s roofing business which has served Lexington and Central Kentucky since 1915. His avocations include supporting and refereeing Lexington Youth Soccer, open water and cave diving, photography, and playing the guitar.
Treasurer: Dave Sevigny
Properties: Roger Kirk