The vestry of St. John and St. Mark is a committee of six members of the church, elected by the congregation, to discern the best use of the parish’s spiritual and financial gifts. Though the rector of the parish is the clerical head of the congregation, the vestry is the leadership among the members of the church, working with the rector to best discern God’s will for the parish.
Meet Our Current Vestry Members:
Jere Brands (Senior Warden) – In 2009 Jere moved back to Albany, her home town, after 40 years in Iowa. Before retiring in 2002, she taught special education, then German, in a public high school. From 1988 to 2002 she also coordinated a school partnership with a German secondary school.
When a sudden mental health crisis affected a family member, Jere looked for support and found the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). She was a member of NAMI in Iowa and has taught the Family-to- Family course both there and in Albany. She also helps to facilitate the local Family Support Group.
Jere came to St. John and St. Mark when she returned to Albany. She enjoys the life of the community, especially the fellowship over a shared meal every Sunday. This spring she began Godly Play training, so that she can be part of that teaching team. Jere and her husband Harold have three adult sons who live with their families in Morris, MN, Milwaukee, WI, and Panama City Beach, FL.
Dot Sadler – I have been attending St. John St. Mark since 1987. I was invited to attend church service and instantly fell in love with the liturgy and the people and have been coming ever since. I have served as a Sunday School Teacher, Altar Floral arranger, Mission Council, and the after-service coffee committee. Outside of this community I am an Office Manager at the Dougherty County School System. In my personal life I have been married for 37 years. I have 3 grown children, 5 grandchildren, three dogs and a cat. As to what talent I can bring to the vestry can only be an extension of what I bring to church and what the church gives to me, commitment to this wonderful community of worship and worshipers, my love of being in service to the Lord in this place in whatever capacity He feels me fit to fulfill.
Pat Gohman (Clerk) – I was introduced to St. Mark’s in late 1968 and quickly felt I had found my place. The order and reverence of the liturgy drew me in and in 1969 I was confirmed. With the church being small, there’s little opportunity to just sit idly by – and so I got involved. I have taught Sunday School, led youth groups, served on the Altar Guild, as a Lay Eucharistic Minister, as Clerk of the Vestry, and volunteered in the office. When St. John’s and St. Mark’s merged, I was blessed to be able to be a part of that. I’ve retired a couple of times: once from the Marine Base (as a civilian) and once from the Presbyterian Church (USA) where I worked for about 15 years. In the community, I volunteer at the Albany Symphony. My husband and I have been married for 50 years, we have three children, six grandchildren, and two dogs.