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.
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.
After growing up as the child of music ministers in the United Methodist Church in Oregon and serving as a deacon (a lay ministry order) in a Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) here in Lexington, I joined St. Raphael after falling in love with Anglicanism while living in Boston in 2018 for a postdoctoral fellowship. Anglicanism’s combination of rich theological and liturgical traditions with heart-centered devotional practices, like the Daily Office that has become part of my life's rhythm, feels like coming home. My husband is a professor of Chinese literature and language at University of Kentucky (UK), and I manage several institutional research initiatives at UK in addition to teaching Kundalini Yoga for almost 15 years and serving vulnerable families through a variety of local mission and advocacy initiatives. This past year, I worked closely with Rev. Helen on our Virtual Dinner Church series to feature the missions of local nonprofit organizations and how these missions connect with Scripture and discipleship. You’ve also seen me in the St. Raphael choir loft before the pandemic. In addition to spending time with my faith community, I enjoy traveling and spending time with our fur-babies (two dogs and two cats).
Treasurer: Paula Sevigny
Assistant Treasurer, Finance Committee: Amanda Vance
Properties: Nancy Christiano