The vestry oversees the fiscal and administrative affairs of the parish. Vestry members are also spiritual leaders who are committed to building up the Body of Christ so that it can be an effective instrument of mission and ministry in the world.
OSA’s vestry meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm. All regular vestry meetings are open to the entire parish. Vestry At-Large members are elected at the annual meeting for three-year terms. Officers are elected for one-year terms. Any person who is regular in worship, is 18 years of age or older, and has made and maintained a financial commitment to the parish in the previous year is eligible to serve on the vestry.
Vestry members are liaisons for various important ministries of the church. Please feel free to contact the Vestry liaisons with questions or concerns.
Vestry and Officers as of the 278th Annual Meeting, February 4, 2018:
GWEN FINDLAY, Warden
I moved from Brooklyn, New York to Connecticut in 1982. I was a member of St. James Episcopal church in Hartford and was looking for a church closer to my home in Bloomfield. I was invited to visit OSA by Dick and Martha Dale in 1988. Our children attended the same elementary school and Raschinna and Coley were best friends. On our first visit, Raschinna and Christopher attended Sunday school with Coley and Goeff Dale and after Sunday school, they informed me that this is will be their church from now on.
Over the years here I have served on or continue to serve on the vestry, as convention delegate and alternate, and on the welcoming and usher committees. I am also currently a member of the Hospitality Committee working with the most wonderful and supportive team. I am currently employed as a manager of a Customer Service desk at the Travelers and am looking forward to retiring this year.
My children are now grown and Raschinna lives with her family in Bloomfield and Christopher lives in Windsor Locks. My grandchildren; Shemar, Cameron, Shayne and Shason have been members since birth and three of them were christened in OSA.
I am looking forward to serving with Judy Heath in the Warden’s role and working with the vestry. I am confident that together we will continue to make OSA a home for all who enter our doors.
JUDY HEATH, Warden
My husband and I have been members of Old Saint Andrew’s for seven years. It was an a long, arduous journey that finally brought us the peace and comfort we were seeking, and we are grateful for the spiritual guidance and the wonderful friendships we have formed. I have been a choir member for seven years, and have served on the Hospitality Committee.
I am a retired RN; most of my career has been spent as staff and supervision in the Emergency Department at Saint Francis Hospital and as the Nurse Coordinator of the first free-standing facility for the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer in northern Connecticut. Dennis and I reside in Suffield, are parents of three and grandparents to six. In addition, we served as foster parents to 25 children.
The qualities that I hope to bring to the position of co-warden at OSA are organization, responsibility, and a strong concern for this congregation and the community at large. I am humbled and honored to serve with Gwen Findlay and our strong and capable Vestry.
BOB GRESHAM, Treasurer
My wife, Carolyn, and I found Old Saint Andrew’s a few years ago. It is truly a church worth finding. Since that time I have become an usher (along with Carolyn), helped with various events, and we host a coffee hour as assigned. I am originally from Schenectady New York and now reside in Windsor. Carolyn and I have 4 grown children between us, and 4 grandchildren.
Although I have been retired from the International Logistics field for a few years now, I keep busy with many different activities such as Washington Lodge #70 A.F. & A.M. in Windsor and various appendant bodies of Masonry, operate my own logistics and training company, and also work part time for Carmon Funeral Homes. Living on the Rainbow Reservoir, we spend a good deal of time enjoying the outdoors and the active wildlife along the water and kayaking as much as possible.
DIANA HUGHES, Clerk and Vestry Liaison for Worship-related Ministries
Old Saint Andrews has been my spiritual home for over 45 years. Shortly after we moved to Bloomfield, my husband and I began to look for a church. One Sunday we stumbled upon Old Saint Andrews. On our arrival, the rector came out personally to greet us and we quickly became a part of this welcoming and caring community. It’s a truly special place. Over the years I have served on the vestry, been a member of altar guild, outreach and involved pastoral care. I am currently a chalicist and the clerk of the vestry.
Although I am retired from teaching and training I still find plenty to do. Gardening is one of my passions as well as traveling and doing things outdoors. I also love to knit and sew, my creative outlets.
DOUG BARNARD, Class of 2019, Vestry Liaison for Buildings & Grounds
I’m a native to Bloomfield. My family was here before the Revolutionary War. Some of my ancestors attended OSA but I grew up attending the Congregational Church. I was introduced to OSA by my wife and have been attending regularly for many years. I have served as Junior Warden and as a Vestry person. I also serve as a chalicist and lay reader. I am retired from the State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection where I raised fish for the hatcheries for distribution into the streams and rivers. I am also a Free Mason. I love to hunt and fish. I find OSA to be a caring and accepting community and am very happy to call it my spiritual home.
MARY ELLEN SCOTT, Class of 2019, Coffee Hour Coordinator
Email MARY ELLEN
I joined Old St. Andrews in 2008 after my husband and I started a family. As former Catholics, we were seeking a change to find a place more accepting of all. We immediately found the openness and welcoming nature of the parish to be a perfect fit for our family. Old Saint Andrews has been like a family to us as our family has grown to include a home filled with two adopted children and family dog. We live in this beautiful corner of Bloomfield just 2 miles from church.
I work part time as a controller and as a training designer. With my free time, I love to travel. I enjoy time with the kids skiing, hiking or watching them play sports. I also enjoy volunteering. I’ve been part of the rector search, serve on the Board of Trustees for endowments held with the Episcopal Church in CT and enjoy being part of vestry.
ASHLEY ATENCIO, Class of 2020, Assistant Treasurer
Although I was raised in nearby Simsbury, I knew nothing of Old St. Andrew’s until 2010 when I happened to be in the area and poked my head in. If you had told me a decade ago (when I lived in Manhattan) that today I would be a confirmed Episcopalian, active in church leadership, and refer to the members of this lively country parish as my “church family,” I never would have believed you. I am proud to be part of a community that is open, inclusive, welcoming, progressive, and intellectually curious. I feel that these qualities are what make OSA not only relevant but a necessary community in the 21st century.
In addition to my vestry work, I serve on the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Church in CT and am a member of the North Central Region Leadership Committee (OSA’s region in the ECCT). As an artist, woodworker, and general jack of all trades, I am proud to be one person in a long list of caretakers of this beautiful building with which we are blessed. I feel as connected to the spirit of this congregation and the souls whot came before me when I am taking Sunday communion along the hand-carved black walnut altar rail as I do when I am alone on a summer afternoon sanding and re-painting those 200-year old red doors. It is hard not to be joyful about welcoming newcomers (like I was not so ago) to this magical little corner of Bloomfield.
KYLE CONARD, Class of 2020, Vestry Liaison for Music Ministries
My husband and I have attended OSA since the fall of 1990, when we moved back to the area from Virginia. We were looking for a church home in which to raise the family we hoped to soon have, and wanted a church that was a good fit for a former Congregationalist, and a Catholic. We both loved the warmth and friendliness of OSA, and for me, the music and choir was also a great match. We live in Simsbury, and our 2 sons have grown up in this church and developed life long friends here.
I work for CREC, in the Farmington schools with deaf students, for academic support. At OSA I am in the choir, and have been involved in various committees such as worship, outreach/inreach, and most recently, adult education.
ELLEN SWAYNE, Class of 2021
My husband and I live in Simsbury and were introduced to Old Saint Andrew’s in 1986 when we were seeking a church, a search spurred on by the birth of our older daughter. We immediately felt at home and stayed. Since then I served as clerk for several years, as church school teacher, and outreach and inreach committee member at various times. Currently I am a member of the gardening committee and am altar guild director.
I work part time as a biology and chemistry tutor for students at several private schools in the area. In spare time I enjoy fiber arts, pottery, gardening, and genealogy.