In the Episcopal Church, the vestry is the legal representative of the parish in all matters pertaining to the parish’s corporate property. Vestry members serve 3-year terms on a rotating basis, and new vestry members are elected by the congregation each January at the annual parish meeting of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. The rector serves as presiding officer during vestry meetings, and the Junior and Senior wardens also serve in leadership capacities. The senior warden leads the parish between rectors and is a support person for the rector; the junior warden has responsibility for church property and buildings. A treasurer and a clerk maintain financial records and meeting minutes.
The responsibilities of the vestry as a whole include:
- to help define and articulate the mission of the congregation;
- to support the church's mission by word and deed;
- to support the search committee when selecting the rector;
- to ensure effective organization and planning, and
- to manage the parish’s resources and finances.
Barbara Richardson, Senior Warden
A member of St. Andrew’s since 2001, Barbara is serving for a second time as Senior Warden of the vestry. She also volunteers as an usher, serves on the special events committee and as the vestry’s liaison to Integrity Palm Beach. Barbara enjoyed an accomplished career in public relations, consulting and fund raising before retiring. She remains involved with the League of Women Voters, FAU’s Lifelong Learning Center, the Metropolitan Opera, the Norton Museum of Art, and the Lake Worth Playhouse. She also enjoys cooking, exploring art galleries and museums, and her well-earned reputation as an avid shopper.
Pam Rush, Junior Warden
Pam was born in New York City and her family lived in Torino, Italy until she was five years old. Later they relocated to New Jersey, Westport, Connecticut, and eventually settled in Ocean Ridge, Florida. A 1962 graduate of Lake Worth High School, Pam’s first jobs were in the banking industry. She attended St. Andrew’s Church for several years in the 1960s. Pam and her husband Joe were married for 51 years before his passing in February 2017. They have two sons, Shawn, 58 and Brian 53, and built their family home on Gun Club Road in West Palm Beach in 1975. Pam launched Pam’s Creations in 1984, first as a floral then a catering business. She joined the Executives Association of the Palm Beaches in 1990, a networking and referral organization for local businesses, and her membership was instrumental in growing her business. While working, Pam attended Holy Redeemer Church and served on its Vestry for two years. She returned to St. Andrew’s where her husband Joe was baptized by Father Bill, and his godparents were Charles and Ruby Collins. In 2017 Pam called on Father Paul to visit Joe while he was in the VA hospital, and later held his memorial services at St. Andrew’s. “My life seems to have come full circle,” says Pam. “I feel this is my home again and I look forward to serving in whatever capacity I am able.”
Chuck Jackson, Treasurer
Chuck manages financial reporting and budgeting for St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. A Vietnam war veteran, he served in the U.S. Air Force (1966-70) before earning a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Texas at San Antonio. In Florida, he was Budget Manager for a Special District in Palm Beach County for 25 years. After retiring, he began writing books, resulting in three published memoirs. Now working on a novel, Chuck also enjoys blogging about the craft of writing, the marketing of books, mental health and social issues. He’s an avid golfer, too. Chuck has one daughter and one grandson. He draws strength from his faith and church activities.
Barbara Richardson, Senior Warden - Newcomer Ministry
Pam Rush, Junior Warden - Property & Grounds
Mary Beth LaBrecque, Secretary - Newcomer Ministry
Libby Bukley - Christian Education & Youth
Bama Lutes Deal - Liturgy & Music
Jean Howard - Communications
Pam Rush - Hospitality and Way Cafe
Peter Wronsky - Integrity Palm Beach
Anne Ryan - Care Committee
Fr. Chuck David, Care Committee
Chuck Jackson, Treasurer