The Vestry is the governing body of Christ Episcopal Church.  It consists of twelve church members with four members elected each year to serve for three years.  It is vested with all the powers granted to vestries by the Canons of the Episcopal Church and is charged with all the duties and obligations therein.  No Vestry member can serve for consecutive terms.

The Vestry within itself elects a Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Secretary of the Vestry, and Treasurer of the Congregation.

The Rector presides over and has a voting voice at all Vestry meetings.  Any member of the Congregation may attend any Vestry meeting.  Any vacancy on the Vestry is filled by majority vote of the remaining Vestry members.  All meetings are opened and closed with prayer.

Lewis Pitzer, Senior Warden
Carol Deaton, Junior Warden
Sue Rosser, Treasurer

I am a cradle Episcopalian and lifelong member of Christ Church.  I have been blessed with three children and eight grandchildren. My husband loved our church as do I, and sadly he passed away in 2009. 

My daughter and her husband are also members of Christ Church and their two children serve as acolytes. All were baptized and confirmed at Christ Church. My daughter and her 3 children live in Oshkosh, WI and my son and two children live in the Atlanta area. 

I have served our beloved church in many ways, including the Altar Guild, Lay Reader and delegate to Council. As an active member of the ECW, a member of the Archives Committee and the Mission Committee, and a volunteer at Grace Network, I strive to serve God, family and the community with the mission of the church in mind.

JoAnna Keyser, Secretary
Page Beeler

I was born and grew up in Roanoke, Virginia.  I was baptized and confirmed at Christ Episcopal Church in Roanoke and was a member and attended church there with my family until I married Ben.  We were married in Christ Church Roanoke and ultimately ended up in Martinsville where we have been members at Christ Episcopal Church for 33 years. 

My husband and I have three grown children all of whom were baptized and confirmed at Christ Episcopal Church.  All three attended Sunday school and served as junior altar guild members or as crucifers.  My oldest daughter was married in Christ Episcopal Church and now lives in Columbia, SC with her husband and son.  Jennifer Gravely, my youngest daughter and her husband Clay are currently members of our church and are expecting a son in March.  Our son Douglas lives in Atlanta. 

I have been active in the altar guild for the last 25 years having served as a member, group leader and eventually head of the altar guild for 3 years.  I am currently a group leader.  I have also been active with the loaves and fishes ministry and have supported and helped with other ministries in the church. 

I am a newly elected member of the vestry and am looking forward to serving the church in this new capacity.

Trent Bowles

Christ Church of Martinsville has been my home since my birth. Being raised as an Episcopalian has given me a wonderful outlook on life.  My wife and I are continuing the tradition and raising our children here as well. We participate in a lot of activities within the church but we really enjoy our youth and Loaves and Fishes programs. 

I have enjoyed being a member of such a historic church and decided to give back more of my time and I joined the Vestry in 2015. With my knowledge and experience in commercial real estate and construction I was asked to be the Junior Warden for the Vestry. We have three different buildings on the property which always need attention. For 2016, our biggest project has been to remodel the Rectory, which will be completed by the end of summer. We are converting the building from a commercial use building back to its original purpose as a residence for our rector. 

It is an exciting time here at Christ Episcopal Church and I look forward to the many new things that we have planned for the future.

Bob Bushnell

I am a lifelong Episcopalian. I became a member of Christ Church when my family moved to Martinsville in 1962.  I went off to college seven years later.

In 1983, my career brought me back to Martinsville.  Joined by my wife and young daughters, I returned to Christ Church and have been an active member ever since.  I have served several terms on the vestry and was Senior Warden for two years. I have been a search committee member, Youth Group director, Christian Education Committee chair, chalicist, layreader and Eucharistic minister.  On the Diocesan level, I have been a Council delegate and served on the Screening and Nominating Committee that brought Bishop Powell to Southwestern Virginia.

Why do I love the Episcopal Church?  Well, there is an old joke that it takes three Episcopalians to change a light bulb – one to change the bulb, one to pour the bourbon and one to talk about how wonderful the old bulb was.  I believe this accurately describes us - people gathered to spread God’s light in the convivial spirit of our Eucharistic Lord, acknowledging but never constrained by tradition. 

Ann Gardner
Ann Gardner

My name is Ann Carter Gardner, and I am a life-long member of Christ Church. The most important milestones of my life are centered here, beginning with Baptism and continuing with Confirmation, Marriage, and the Baptism and Confirmation of our 3 children. I have enjoyed serving Christ Church, and continue to serve as a choir member, a Chalicist, a Lector, and volunteer with Loaves and Fishes monthly dinners. I have always considered Christ Church my family from childhood, and it continues to be so through the present. My service on the vestry stems from my love of the church at large and my concern over how Christ Church can be of service to humanity in our community. I want the children in our church to grow up loving Christ Church and think of it as a place where they are always loved, welcome, and accepted. My hope is that the adults in our church family feel that they are important and appreciated in the many and varied church activities and committees which interest them and that their participation on Sunday, at the service of their choice, is vital to our spiritual growth individually, in the Martinsville and Henry County area, and our Diocess of Southwestern Virginia.

Tommy Hudgins

Tommy Hudgins was born and raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University, where he was a four-year letterman in baseball and earned election into the Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership fraternity and Phi Beta Kappa.  After graduation he accepted a teaching and coaching position at Norfolk Academy, where he served for twenty-two years in a variety of posts.  During his time there, he earned his masters degree in Educational Administration from Old Dominion University.

In 1998, Tommy and his family moved to Newnan, Georgia, to begin a five-year stint as Head at The Heritage School.  Subsequent offers took him to leadership positions in High Point and Salisbury, North Carolina, and Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Tommy returned to his native Virginia in 2013 to accept an offer to be the Head of School at Carlisle School in Martinsville and Danville.

Tommy and his wife Janet live on the eastern edge of Martinsville.  They have two daughters:  Kayleigh, 24, a graduate of the University of Tennessee and an IT recruiter in Greensboro, and Joanna, 22, a senior at Auburn University majoring in Hotel and Restaurant Management. 

Tommy has previously served on the vestries of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Newnan, GA.  He was the Senior Warden at All Saints’ in 1991.

Trippi Penn
Stuart Windle Webster

Christ Church has always been a part of my life. I was baptized, confirmed, and married there. I buried my parents and mother-in -law from this church. I watched my son, Win, now a 35 year old musician and artist, baptized there. I have served as Youth Group Advisor, choir member, and all aspects of Altar Guild from Flower Committee, Wedding Committee, group leader, to overall chairman. When I was asked to serve on the Vestry, my first inclination was to say no, due to other commitments. Then I thought if you can't make time for your church, you should rethink your commitments. My husband of 41 years, Tom, agreed. I look forward to the next three years serving on the Vestry and working with a new rector.

Will Zimmer

Christ Episcopal Church has been an important part of my life since moving to Martinsville with my wife, Cari, and two children in 1989.  Since that time, we have been blessed with a third child and wonderful sense of community - both spiritually and socially.  It is my true pleasure to serve as a vestry member.  Additionally, I enjoy sharing my talent as a musician while singing with St. Christopher's Choir and serving as the leader while playing guitar and singing for the contemporary music services.


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