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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.

Amy Fowler – Stewardship & Christian Formation

Employer: Juvenile Clerks Office of Circuit Court
My husband David Fowler and I had been searching for a church home in November of last year. The parents of two daughters and 5 grandchildren. We wanted some place accepting and loving. Saint Raphael’s was that place. Since the moment we walked in the door I have felt part of a growing family. This church gives me spiritual food to handle my job as the Supervisor in the Juvenile Clerks Office of Circuit Court. I have also been blessed with an opportunity to work with Build to further justice in a community I was born in and have lived in most of my life. Then there is the JOY I have received on helping out this summer at the Vacation Bible School. Plus, the fun I have every week with the amazing teachers and children that are in the Youth Education Program.
Saint Raphael’s has given me way more than these few words can express.

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 Episcopalian 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.

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.

Amanda Vance – Member at Large

Employer:  Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation

I am an Instructional Designer for Adult Education for CLEAR, which is an international Professional Development Organization for those in businesses that require licensing and regulation.  I have a BA from the University of Phoenix in Communications.  My husband, Tom, serves in the Kentucky National Guard in Frankfort, and we have three daughters.   I have been a member at St Raphael’s for two years and am serving my first term on the vestry.  I have been coordinating the Dinner Church events over the past year.

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.

Carol Summers – Pastoral Care & Parish Life

Carol Summers and her spouse (Michael) have recently retired.  We enjoy camping, boating, traveling and have many hobbies.   We have attended St. Raphael since 2008.

Treasurer:  Paula Sevigny

Assistant Treasurer, Finance Committee: Roger Kirk

Properties: Nancy Christiano

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