Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday Events at the 2017 VGEC Annual Conference: Engaging Workshops and Business Meeting

The Atlanta Presentation at the 2016 VGEC Annual Business Meeting in Spokane, Washington

By Chuck Dale, Chair, VGEC 2017 Annual Conference Committee

All events for Saturday, October 14th, are scheduled at the Marriott Marquis. You will not have to go outside unless that is your desire. The VGEC will have a quiet suite of meeting rooms on the Atrium level for our meetings.

First will be Morning Prayer followed by the very important VGEC Annual Business Meeting at 8:45 am. Everyone is invited to attend the business meeting and vote for three new board members. The VGEC board and committees will report on progress made during the year and plans for the future. These reports include:
  • Annual Conference
  • Chapter Development
  • Communication and Technology
  • Episcopal Church Relations
  • Finance
  • General Convention
  • Governance
  • Guild Shop
  • Membership
  • Nomination
  • Training
Elections for three VGEC board members will also take place and requests for nominations will be coming soon in another Vergers Voice blog post. Consider becoming more active in your VGEC!

After a morning coffee break, the first two workshop sessions will be conducted. Lunch will be on your own. You may eat at any of the restaurants in the hotel or walk a few steps to the food court for a variety of food options. The afternoon will feature four workshop sessions.  After these sessions, there will be Evening Prayer. You will have ample time for rest and relaxation, meet with friends or explore Atlanta before the reception and banquet on Saturday night. Details to be provided in a future issue of the Vergers Voice blog.

10:30 am to noon

Session 1 Option 1 - Verger 101

Facilitated by Duke DuTeil, VGEC Training Advisor, this session explores the Verger Ministry for the new verger and is specifically designed to support the new verger as you embark on this ministry. This session is only for those who have been vergers three years or less or first-time conference attendees. Topics will include:
  • I thought being a verger was all about wearing robes, holding virges, and processing through the nave...
  • What is meant by "Ministry of Welcome?"
  • Soldiering On: Dealing with mistakes so no one notices.
  • Hands-On: Carrying the virge, what to wear when, serving in the background, working with your Altar Guild, volunteer coordination, being the boss/servant at the same time.
  • Is the VGEC Training Course for me?

Session 1 Option 2 - Topics for the Experienced Verger

Facilitated by Scott Smith, VGEC President, this always interesting session is for conference attendees who do not fit the qualifications for Verger 101. More information on this session is coming soon.

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Session 2 Option 1 - Celebrating Liturgical Time

Lecture by The Rt. Rev. Neil J. Alexander, Dean, Sewanee School of Theology, and the retired Ninth Bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta, on his recent book "Celebrating Liturgical Time: Days, Weeks, and Seasons, a commentary on sacred time as expressed in the rites of the Book of Common Prayer." Bishop Alexander provides an excellent study of the fundamental shape of the liturgical year and offers the reader an insight into the spirituality of the liturgical calendar.

It is a must read for all vergers and recommended for your library of reference books. Copies of this book will be available for purchase during the Conference. Bishop Alexander has graciously agreed to be available to personally autograph copies for attendees.

The Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander, Th.D, D.D., was appointed Dean of the School of Theology on June 26, 2012. He is also professor of liturgy and the Charles Todd Quintard Professor of Dogmatic Theology.  He was elected the Ninth Bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta and served from 2001 to 2012. During his time as bishop, he focused on growing new congregations and ministries and developing an efficient communication strategy for the diocese.

Bishop Alexander has served in a variety of parish settings and has taught at The General Theological Seminary, Yale University, Drew University, and Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. He has been a board member of the Episcopal Preaching Foundation and a faculty member and chaplain of the Preaching Excellence Conference of the Episcopal Preaching Foundation. President of the Board of Directors of the College for Bishops, he also serves as the chair of the board of the Archives of the Episcopal Church.

Bishop Alexander is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Moravian College, and the University of South Carolina. He earned a master of divinity from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and a doctor of theology in liturgics from The General Theological Seminary.  He is the recipient of two honorary doctorates.

The author of numerous publications in the fields of liturgics, homiletics, sacramental theology, and pastoral practice, his most recent publication is "Celebrating Liturgical Time: Days, Weeks, and Seasons", the focus of this workshop.

Session 2: Option 2 - Revising the BCP and Hymnal

Discussion led by the Dean of the Cathedral of St. Philip, The Very Rev. Samuel G, Candler, Member of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music of the Episcopal Church. Vergers will be able to join the Episcopal Church’s discussions on possible revisions to the Book of Common Prayer and the Hymnal. Dean Candler will offer both historic and contemporary perspectives.

The Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM) has proposed offering the 2018 General Convention with four options regarding the possible revision of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer.

The options are:
  • Revision of the prayer book beginning after the 2018 General Convention;
  • Creation of a book or books of alternative services beginning after the 2018 General Convention, with no accompanying revision of the prayer book
  • A postponement of the decision on the prayer book and supplemental resources until the completion of a church-wide conversation on liturgical theology and practice during the 2018-2021 triennium
  • A step back from liturgical revision and a commitment to exploring the theology of the current prayer book in greater depth.
However, even these proposals are not at all certain. This forum will certainly add to the discussion.

In October 1998, Sam became Dean of the Cathedral of St. Philip, the second largest Episcopal congregation and the largest cathedral congregation in the United States, with a membership of approximately 7,000. After receiving his B.A. degree, cum laude, from Occidental College, in Los Angeles, California, he graduated magna cum laude from Yale University Divinity School (and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, its Episcopal component). In addition to his liturgical interests, he writes poetry and plays jazz piano. He is a frequent teacher and preacher in both the United States and in the wider Anglican Communion, speaking regularly on Anglican identity, faith and reason, and the role of religion in matters of science and environmental sustainability.

2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

Session 3 is a repeat of the two options from Session 2, enabling conference attendees to attend both options in whichever sequence they prefer

Session 3: Option 1 - Celebrating Liturgical Time

Session 3: Option 2 - Revising the BCP and Hymnal

More Top 10 Reasons to attend the Atlanta Conference
  1. Discover the essence of Southern Hospitality.
  2. Walk down the world-famous Peachtree Street.
  3. 57 streets called "Peachtree.”
  4. Run through Centennial Park’s Fountain of Rings.
  5. Home of Gone with the Wind – but we’re still here.
  6. It’s smarta to use MARTA.
  7. Coca Cola is the elixir of life.
  8. A midnight snack in Atlanta in the nearest Waffle House (and there's one not far from the hotel)
  9. Witness Atlanta’s horrific traffic from the comfort of your hotel.
  10. A snow flurry in Atlanta is the literal end of the world – an imminent Snowpocalypse.

The 2017 VGEC Annual Conference will take place in Atlanta, Georgia from October 12th through October 15th.  We hope you can join us!  Click the big red button to register today.  You can also read more about the conference and book your hotel.

Abstract: October 14, 2017, Saturday, will be a busy and fun day in Atlanta at the 2017 Annual Conference with the Annual Business Meeting, four different educational sessions, and lunch on your own. 

Friday, April 14, 2017

A Time "Meet and Right" for Prayer and a Vergers Prayer List

By The Rev. Canon Matthew TL Corkern, Chaplain to The Vergers Guild of The Episcopal Church

This Good Friday as we look toward the dawn of The Resurrection, it is a time "meet and right" to go forth from the last forty days of our wilderness journey wherein we prayed often and engaged in self-examination.  But just perhaps, it is a holy time to consider how prayer may play a role in our everyday lives as those living within an intentional community set systematically in support to the Church.

The poet George Herbert pondered this same question of praying in everyday life and exercised exquisite prose:  "Prayer, the Church's banquet, angel’s age, God's breath in man returning to his birth, The soul in paraphrase, the heart on pilgrimage, The Christian plummet sounding heaven and earth... something understood."  More simply stated, our contemporary psalmist Mary Oliver has written, "Praying is not a context but the doorway into thanks, and a silence in which another voice may speak."

At the heart of one particular illuminated manuscript, an artisan monk devoted to the daily offices of prayer and reasoned matters of the creative world, pondered:

A hedge of trees surround me,
A blackbird’s lay sings to me,
Above my lined booklet
The thrilling birds chant to me.
In a grey mantle from the top of the bushes
The cuckoo sings;
Verily – may the Lord shield me!

From the Celtic Age, this liturgist evokes our place of ministry suspended between our Creator and His created world.  As the Children of God and People of the Resurrection, we live into our very ethos through prayer and service – we marvel at the essential nature of Hope made real in acts of offered thanksgiving, mourning, and healing.

Therefore, I invite all vergers and servers in God's church into a time of new life in prayer.  Our work is to uphold one another and to set our own examples for others in need of companionship and solace as well as measured wisdom.  Working with the VGEC Board and the Communications Committee, we are launching a "Vergers Prayer List" through the Vergers Guild of The Episcopal Church website at As your chaplain, this will allow me to help us all reengage each other and to advance our developing relationships as vergers and servers.

Instructions about the Vergers Prayer List is available at as well. We have built a small form that you can fill out for prayer requests and I get a confidential email with that request. I will contact every person who submits a request and if we determine together that it is appropriate, we will add your request to the public prayers list. From time to time we will place prayers in the list anonymously when appropriate and please know that I will add all requests to my own personal prayer list as well.

In a bidding prayer context, the renowned preacher and prayer-warrior Henry Sloane Coffin, echoes this sentiment to engage, bear with, and encourage each other in daily prayers: 

Almighty and ever-living God, you are beyond the grasp of our highest thought, but within the reach of our frailest trust:  Come in the beauty of the morning’s light and reveal yourself to us.  Enrich us out of the heritage of seers and scholars and saints into whose faith and labors we have entered, and quicken us to new insights for our time; that we may be possessors of the truth of many yesterdays, partakers of your thoughts for today, and creators with you of a better tomorrow; through Jesus Christ, the Lord of the ages.  Amen.

Abstract:The Rev. Canon Matthew TL Corkern, Chaplain to The Vergers Guild of The Episcopal Church introduces the new Vergers Prayer List now found online at

Saturday, April 1, 2017

2017 VGEC Annual Conference Profile: The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry

Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry will join the VGEC on Friday, October 13th, 2017 at the VGEC Annual Conference 

By R. Michael Sanchez, Acting News Manager, and Chuck Dale, Chair, VGEC 2017 Annual Conference

We are very excited to announce that The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, will join us at the 2017 VGEC Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, on Friday, October 13th in service, in worship, and in conversation. He will celebrate and preach at the Holy Eucharist and his keynote address will highlight how vergers and all Christians might be led to take part in the Jesus Movement within the Episcopal Church.

On Friday, October 13, 2017, the day will begin with Bp. Curry as we assemble in the lobby of the Marriott Marquis Hotel. At 9:30am he will walk with us as a group to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church - a walk of about one-third of a mile. Transportation will be provided for those who prefer not to walk. When we arrive at St. Luke’s, we will work in service project teams benefiting the Crossroads Community Ministries. This organization serves over 4,000 men, women and children each year who experience homelessness in Atlanta.

One of the projects will be a “sandwich build” producing approximately three-thousand sandwiches to be distributed to the homeless. We will also work on other projects ranging from from cleaning to painting to whatever is needed. At noon, the Presiding Bishop will celebrate and preach at the Holy Eucharist in the nave of St. Luke's. Following the liturgy, he will join us for a fantastic late lunch provided and served by Crossroads. After lunch, he will give the conference Keynote Address and then lead the Bishop’s Forum, an informal question and answer session. After the forum, he will be available to autograph books and continue to visit with everyone. We will all then be free for the remainder of Friday afternoon and evening to explore downtown Atlanta.

According to Scott Smith, President of the VGEC, "It is a true honor for the Vergers Guild of the Episcopal Church to welcome Bp. Curry to our 29th Annual Conference. He has been a strong supporter of the verger ministry for many years and it is so appropriate that he will be joining us for our day of service during the conference this year."

In 2015, the Vergers Voice reported that when Michael was Bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina, his office produced a video called, "Please Note" with vergers Richard Parker, from Burlington and Mick Capon, from Durham at St. Philip's Durham. In that video, Bp. Curry made the observation that, "The verger is like a liturgical coordinator or conductor, sometimes visible and sometimes behind the scenes! This is sort of a liturgical concierge, a way of graciousness. I know when I'm traveling, it's so important for me to have someone to ask questions about a new place. That is a gracious and welcoming thing and it is at the heart of this ministry isn't it?" He closed the video by looking into the camera and saying, "Really, the ministry of the verger is the ministry of a concierge in the church."

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry was installed as the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church on November 1, 2015. He was elected and confirmed at the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City, UT, on June 27, 2015. He is the Chief Pastor and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and chair of the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church.

Born in Chicago, IL, on March 13, 1953, he attended public schools in Buffalo, NY, and graduated with high honors from Hobart College in Geneva, NY, in 1975. He received a Master of Divinity degree in 1978 from Yale Divinity School in New Haven, CT. He has furthered his education with continued study at The College of Preachers, Princeton Theological Seminary, Wake Forest University, the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary's Seminary, and the Institute of Christian Jewish Studies.  He has received honorary degrees from Episcopal Divinity School, Sewanee, Virginia Theological Seminary, and Yale Divinity School.

Throughout his ministry, Bp. Curry has been active in issues of social justice, speaking out on immigration policy and marriage equality. He has a national preaching and teaching ministry, having been featured on The Protestant Hour and as a frequent speaker at conferences around the country.  He is married to the former Sharon Clement, and they have two daughters, Rachel and Elizabeth.

He has authored numerous publications including columns for the Huffington Post and the Baltimore Times. His most recent book, Songs My Grandma Sang, was published in June 2015; Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus was his first book, in August 2013. Both books will be available for purchase during the Atlanta Conference.

Register now to join us for the 2017 VGEC Annual Conference on Thursday, October 12, 2017 through Sunday October 15, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Top 10 Reasons to attend the Atlanta Conference
  1. You'll be spending a day with the Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, in service, worship and in grand conversation as our keynote speaker.
  2. You'll be worshiping, in community, at churches throughout the city of Atlanta.
  3. You'll meet the Bishops of Atlanta.
  4. You will be part of a service project in support of Crossroads Community Ministries for the unhoused.
  5. Unbelievably low conference hotel rate - if you act soon.
  6. We're expecting a record turnout of vergers from around the world.
  7. Did we mention that flying to Atlanta is EASY? Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International is generally known as the world's busiest airport, serving more than 260,000 passengers daily and 950,119 flights each year. Delta Air Lines flew 75.4% of the airport's passengers in February 2016, Southwest flew 9.2%, and American Airlines flew 2.5%.
  8. You will really like what is planned for the official Reception and Banquet events.
  9. The VGEC store, along with a stellar group of vendors/sources, will be open for your dedicated browsing.
  10. Nearby attractions include the Centennial Olympic Park, College Football Hall of Fame, Georgia Aquarium, MLK National Historic Site, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the World of Coca-Cola.

The 2017 VGEC Annual Conference will take place in Atlanta, Georgia from October 12th through October 15th.  We hope you can join us!  Click the big red button to register today.  You can also read more about the conference and book your hotel.

Abstract: The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, will join us at the 2017 VGEC Annual Conference on Friday, October 13th in service, in worship, and in conversation. We hope you will join us, too!

Friday, February 10, 2017

2017 VGEC Atlanta Conference – October 12-15 Registration is in full swing

The Atlanta Marriott Marquis has specially priced rooms waiting for our 2017 VGEC  Conference October 12-15

By Ken Holloway, VGEC News Manager and Chuck Dale, Chair VGEC 2017 Annual Conference

Thanks to all the vergers who have registered for this year's Conference in Atlanta and booked hotel rooms at the Marriott Marquis. Your response has been exceptional! We are well on our way toward a record number of attendees.

Reservations have already been made for nearly 60% of the allocated “discount priced” rooms in just the first thirty days. If you have not reserved your hotel room, we urge you to book right now. The Marriott Marquis has been very cooperative working with us. When we run out of rooms, we anticipate being able to obtain some additional rooms, but as you might imagine, the earlier we make the request, the easier it will be to get the rooms. Later the Marriott Marquis may say no to any further rooms. So BOOK EARLY!

If you are a procrastinator and wait until all the rooms have been committed, do not fear. The hotel has over 1600 rooms; you’ll probably be able to get in; you simply won’t be able to get the $135.00 rate. Normal room rates for these dates start at $250.00.

If you do not want to stay at the Marriott Marquis, there are over 10,000 rooms within walking distance. You will be able to attend our Conference with just a little inconvenience, but incur a significant hit to your pocketbook.

In short – book your hotel room now at the Conference Hotel – Atlanta Marriott Marquis!

A dedicated hotel booking website has been created for the VGEC Annual Conference. To make your hotel reservation on-line, click HERE. 

If you wish to make your hotel reservations by telephone, please use the following dedicated Group Reservations phone numbers to make sure you can access the special block rates.

Reservations Toll Free: +1 (866) 469-5475
Reservations Local Phone: +1 (404) 521-0000

Atlanta Marriott Marquis may not be able to accept reservation inquiries on certain non-group reservation phone numbers or through their normal 800 number reservation lines.

Atlanta Marriott Marquis
265 Peachtree Center Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30303

But where do we eat?...

Never fear! No one is going to go hungry when the Conference is not providing meals. The hotel has three full-service restaurants and a full-service Starbucks. A few steps from the VGEC Registration Desk is a Food Court with over two dozen fast food and coffee locations. Within walking distance of the Marriott Marquis are three dozen restaurants with many different ethnic cuisines, food specialties, and price ranges; and at least six fine dining restaurants with prices to match. Restaurant lists and brief descriptions will be provided in a future Vergers Voice post. Copies will also be in your welcome bags when you arrive in Atlanta.

Top 10 Reasons to attend the Atlanta Conference
Annual Conference Scholarship Program 

Each year, the VGEC provides up to 15 scholarships to cover $175 of the $225 registration expense ($275 after August 31st). The Mark Emory Graham (our Host Chapter namesake) Scholarship Fund of the VGEC will make these grants. They are intended to develop the ministry of the verger and will be considered for Junior Vergers, new Vergers, first time attendees, or those with a financial need. Click HERE to complete an online scholarship application.

Scott Smith, the President of the VGEC, will review the requests and will contact each member making a scholarship request. The process is very easy, so if you are interested, please complete the form today. The scholarship covers $175 of the registration fee but not transportation, lodging, or additional food or other expenses. Please contact [email protected] if you have questions about the scholarship or the application process.

Hope to see y'all in ATLANTA in October 2017!

Click the big red button to register for the 2017 Annual Conference opening on October 12th and running through noon on the 15th, in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference is the most popular and anticipated VGEC activity every year - please join us!

Abstract: The response to this year's VGEC Annual Conference in Atlanta has been exceptional with registrations already pointing toward a record number of attendees. Nearly 60% of the allocated “discount priced” rooms at the conference hotel have been reserved in just the first thirty days. If you have not reserved your hotel room, we urge you to book it now. We also outline the top 10 reasons to attend this years' conference and describe the Annual Conference Scholarship Program. 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017 VGEC Conference - Atlanta - October 12-15 - Registration Now Open

Register early for the conference and make your Marriott room reservations today.
By Ken Holloway, VGEC News Manager, with Chuck Dale, Chair VGEC 2017 Annual Conference

The 2017 VGEC Annual Conference travels to Atlanta, October 12-15, for good old "Southern Hospitality" graciously hosted by the Mark Emory Graham (MEG) Chapter of the VGEC and the congregations of the Diocese of Atlanta. The MEG chapter prepared the outstanding “Welcome to Atlanta” video inviting the VGEC to Atlanta. I encourage you to watch it by clicking here.

use this link to book your hotel rooms  

Please note:  if you've not used our new online store before (Shopify), then you'll need to create a Shopify account at checkout before you complete your transaction. Creating an account is fast, free, and easy! This is separate from your account.

For everything you want to know about the 2017 VGEC Conference in Atlanta, read the comprehensive conference page on our website. 

The Atlanta Marriott Marquis is our conference hotel.
265 Peachtree Center Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30303

This hotel is the fourth largest hotel in the Marriott chain.
We have guaranteed 200 rooms at $135.00 plus tax.  The normal rate is close to $250.00.
Hotel rooms at the $135.00 rate are available on a first come, first serve basis.
The group rate is available one day pre-and post-event, subject to hotel availability.
If we run out of rooms, or if someone wants to stay somewhere else, there are over 10,000 rooms within walking distance of the Marriott Marquis.

Online and phone reservations for the hotel will be accepted beginning today. A dedicated booking website has been created just for the VGEC Annual Conference so that you will be able to make, modify and cancel your hotel reservations online, and take advantage of any room upgrades, amenities or other services offered by the hotel. Again, to make your hotel reservations on line, click HERE,

If you wish to make your hotel reservations by telephone, use the following dedicated Group Reservations phone numbers to make sure you get the special block reservation rates.
Reservations Toll Free: 1-866-469-5475
Reservations Local Phone: 1-404-521-0000
Atlanta Marriott Marquis may not be able to accept reservation inquiries on certain non-group reservation phone numbers or through their normal 800 number reservation lines, so use the numbers denoted above.

Ten Top Reasons to be at this year's conference:

Join us in Atlanta for one of the very best VGEC Annual conferences ever!

Click the big red button to register for the 2017 Annual Conference opening on October 12th and running through noon on the 15th, in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference is the most popular and anticipated VGEC activity every year - please join us!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Top Ten Moments at VGEC 2016 Spokane Conference

The Official Photo of the 28th Annual Conference of the Vergers Guild of the Episcopal Church

By the VGEC Communications Team

Here are some snap shots of a few of the activities we enjoyed at this year's VGEC Conference in Spokane, hosted by Dallas Hawkins and a host of vergers from the Spokane area.

Which photo do you like best?

Dallas sorts through registration name tags for eager conference attendees

The ladies of the "St Monica Guild" serving dinner at the 2016 conference. The food was amazing!

VGEC Board meeting on Thursday morning at the Davenport Hotel

Morning Prayer on Friday morning in the Nave of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist

Duke DuTeil demonstrates some virges during Verger 101

The Rt. Rev. Katherine Jefforts Shori sent us out in groups on a field trip looking for borders.

The 28th Annual Business Meeting of the VGEC on Saturday morning

Brand new Fellows of the VGEC who were recognized at the Saturday night awards banquet

Our keynote speaker the Rt. Rev. Katherine Jefforts Shori was also the preacher at the Sunday morning Holy Eucharist

The Thurifer contemplates the use of the jabot while censing the vergers seated in the transept

This picture says it all

To see all the photos that were taken at the conference, be sure to check out our 2016 Flickr Albums and also go to Facebook and search for #vgec28 and you will find a large number of posts with photos from attendees.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Meet the 2016 VGEC Board Nominees

A few past VGEC Boards - What will the future hold?

By Ken Holloway, VGEC News Manager, with Duke DuTeil, VGEC Treasurer and Nomination Committee member

We will be electing three board members at our Annual Conference in Spokane during the business meeting, on Saturday morning, September 24th.The leadership of the guild is defined in the VGEC Bylaws and is based on the vestry model in which each year three of the nine board members are elected to serve a three-year term. When the new board is established at the annual conference, it immediately elects its officers: a president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. Those officers serve a one-year term and may be re-elected at the next conference or the board may choose to elect different officers.

The three board members who have expiring terms are Rich Lammlin, Barry Norris, and Richard Parker. All three of these members are eligible to stand for another term on the board. Barry Norris and Richard Parker have agreed to stand for election to another three year term. Rich Lammlin has informed the Nomination Committee that he would not be able to serve on the board because of increased responsibilities in his parish and diocese.

Your Nominations Committee submits the following four candidates for your consideration. Our sincere thanks to all these VGEC members willing to stand for election to leadership positions.

In alphabetical order, here are their statements:

Scott G.N. Crowell, St Francis Episcopal Church, Palos Verdes Estates, California

Scott was born and raised United Methodist in Houston and loved going to church. In 1986 he had a British roommate who was away that Christmas, so he decided to have a British Christmas Eve and went to St. Francis Episcopal Houston for Christmas Eve Mass and was hooked on the liturgy and converted to the Episcopal Church. The next year, he moved across town and moved his letter to Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, where the 1998 Conference was held. He met Rob Rhynerson there and became very inspired of the Verger program, yet did not join the ranks of Vergers as they had enough. Scott moved to Las Vegas for work in 1994 where he met Sean Saunders his life partner/husband and have been together since 21 Feb 1995. Scott was appointed Verger in 2000 at Christ Church Episcopal to assist the other two Vergers. During his training he was called to St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Henderson, NV by his friend stating they needed a Verger program started there. In 2002, Scott made the change and worked for the next several years instilling the Verger Program in Henderson including taking the training course in 2004. While there, the liturgist had to take a medical leave for several months, and Scott filled his shoes working with the Rector on planning and orchestrating the liturgies. He was installed as Verger by +The Right Reverend Katharine Jefferts-Schori in 2004 when she was Bishop of the Diocese of Nevada. Scott served under her as Diocesan Verger assisting at Diocesan events. Later Scott was asked to serve as one of the many Vergers at Bishop Jefferts-Schori’s Installation at Washington National Cathedral. Scott later became Head Verger with the addition of one additional Verger, trained under his guidance. In 2007 Sean was transferred to Los Angeles and Scott moved his letter to St. Thomas the Apostle Anglican Episcopal Church, Hollywood. Scott served as usher, lector, and acolyte including the Saturday evening Latin Vigil Mass. St. Thomas is very high church, but Scott did not serve as Verger there as they have a ceremonial Verger only used on Christmas, Easter and high feast days and only to process the clergy in and out. They have a Master of Ceremony and Sub Deacon that do the normal Verger duties every Mass. St. Thomas is 27.5 miles away from where Scott and Sean reside. In 2011, with a major road works project on one of the freeways and a marathon taking place the same Sunday, it took Scott 2.5 hours to get home and Scott decided to find a new parish closer in. Scott moved his letter to St. Francis Episcopal Church where he instantly became Verger there, one of 11 vergers, although presently only 2 are members of the guild. Through time, he has served on the Altar Guild, the Worship Team, assisted with liturgies, and served as the Worship Shepherd. The rector often goes to Scott as the go-to person for liturgy suggestions and questions. In 2016, Scott was invited to serve as Verger for a week at Carlisle Cathedral to learn the ropes of being an English cathedral verger. Ever since Scott has joined the guild, he has attended 4 conferences: Dallas 2004, Sewanee 2005, Nashville 2013, St. Louis 2015, and is attending Spokane 2016 and planning on attending Atlanta 2017. Scott looks very forward to working with the board of directors and officers of the VGEC and thanks those who nominated him as well as those who elected him.

Darin Herndon, VGEC Technology Manager, St Augustine Episcopal Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Darin Herndon was raised in the Southern Baptist Church but found his love for liturgy and liturgical worship, along with his the love of his life (his wife Katherine), in the Episcopal Church. From usher to lector to Lay Eucharistic Minister to acolyte master to verger, his focus of service in the Episcopal Church has always centered on our communal worship. He is currently Head Verger for the former mission now parish of St. Augustine of Canterbury, a growing community of faith in Oklahoma City. He has been a member of the VGEC for six and a half years, has served as Technology Manager for the guild for three years, and joined the VGEC pilgrimage in the UK in the summer of 2014.

Professionally, Darin is the Oklahoma area Consulting Engineer for a firm providing professional IT services and equipment which he joined last December. Prior to that he served in a variety of senior technical, supervisory, and internal consulting positions for over 22 years at both a fortune 500 firm and a privately held architectural engineering firm. Much of Darin’s experience has centered on creating or improving technology and processes to achieve business goals and to improve competitive advantages.

An Eagle Scout, Darin has previously served multiple years on local council or regional executive boards of the Boy Scouts of America. A graduate of the University of Tulsa, majoring in management and minoring in finance, Darin is currently approaching 20 years of serving on the IT program’s curriculum advisory committee at a branch of the Oklahoma State University system. Academically a business and finance focused individual, he has aptitudes for technology and strategic planning and management that have guided his career. Darin has served as Technology Manager of the VGEC leading the monthly maintenance of the technology infrastructure of the organization for the past three years. Darin is honored to be nominated and considered for a position on the VGEC Board. If elected, he will bring his prior board level and professional experience to contribute with the other board members in the guild’s planning, direction, governance, growth, financial and strategic management, and (of course) technology; all with the perspective of supporting the individual vergers of our Church.

Barry S Norris, VGEC Guild Shop Committee Chair, 2015 General Convention VGEC Booth Co-Chair, Church of the Holy Spirit, Harleysville, Pennsylvania

Head Verger, Church of the Holy Spirit, Harleysville, PA
Cradle Episcopalian
Became Verger in 2005
Joined Guild 2005. Earned Fellowship 2006.
Attended my first conference at Sewanee in 2005 and have attended every conference since
Elected to the Boar d in 2013
Assumed responsibility for Guild Shop within my first year on the Board
Co-chair of the VGEC booth at General Convention in Salt Lake City in 2015

Warden of Church of the Holy Spirit Vestry for 7 years
Diocesan Council 5 years, Finance/Budget Committee 7 years
Chaperone for J2A Youth Groups for three pilgrimages to the UK
Responsible for training and scheduling for all lay ministries

In summary, I take care of the logistics so our priest can take care of the people. I would be honored to serve the VGEC membership for another three years.

Richard A. Parker, VGEC Board Secretary, VGEC Chapter Development Committee member, Founding member, Diocese of North Carolina Chapter of the VGEC, Church of the Holy Comforter, Burlington, North Carolina

I am the Head Verger at my Parish Church in Burlington, North Carolina. I joined the Vergers Guild in 2011 and was awarded my Training Certificate at the Annual Conference in 2012. I currently serve as the Secretary to the Guild.

My work in my local church includes all of the normal duties of the verger which I have enjoyed over the past five years. My work on the VGEC Board of Directors has included two years on the Chapter Development Committee and now one year as your Secretary. I write the minutes for all of the Board meetings as well as the agendas for the upcoming meetings. I also enjoy attending the Mid-Year Meetings at the host church for the annual conference.

If elected for another 3 year term, I would gladly continue to serve as the Secretary for the Guild. Please accept my nomination for a seat on the Board of Directors.

Click the big red button to register for the 2016 Annual Conference opening on September 22nd and running through noon on the 25th, in Spokane, Washington. The conference is the most popular and anticipated VGEC activity every year - please join us!

Abstract: Every year the VGEC elects three of the nine board members to serve, using the vestry model of rotating three-year terms. This is your opportunity to get to know the candidates for the VGEC Board election, coming up on Saturday morning, September 24th in Spokane, Washington.