Our vestry is the board of our church, sharing with the Rector the responsibility for identifying the vision, mission, and goals of the congregation and making and implementing plans to reach those goals. They are also the trustees of the congregation, responsible for the church’s finances and property. Vestry members are elected by the parish members. Officers and youth members serve a one year term; other vestry members serve three year terms.
Bill began attending Redeemer shortly after he moved to Lexington with his family in 1993. Early on, Karen Bettacchi (then the Assistant Rector) got him involved with the high school youth group, with which he worked for several years. He has been actively involved in mission work, particularly the schools of El Hogar in Honduras, making four trips to Honduras (so far). Bill is a professor of political science at Pine Manor College in Brookline. He lives with Connie Parrish in Lexington. Daughter Katie was married at Redeemer and now lives in Arlington (with her two boys); daughter Sarah lives in Athens OH and will move to England in 2017 to join her husband - after she finishes her teaching degree.
Erica joined Redeemer in 2000, and has been active in the music program and in mission. She has visited the schools of El Hogar in Honduras for seven successive years, and credits those trips with strengthening many friendships at Redeemer. She recently retired after a 35-year career as a general surgeon, mostly within the Dept. of Veterans Affairs and Boston University Medical School. Her current interests include music, painting, hiking, and camping. She lives in Belmont with her partner Maida Tilchen. Her older son Alex is married and lives in Milton, and her son Nick lives in Providence.
Sam started attending Redeemer in late 1999 with his wife Margaret while living in Bedford, MA. Both Zachary and Jacqueline were baptized and confirmed at Redeemer and continue to participate in COOR’s youth education program and activities. Sam has spent some time on Vestry in the past and taught Rite-13 and J2A and has helped lead the Patriot’s Day Pancake Breakfast in the past few years. He has also spent small stints on the Nominating and Finance Committees. Sam, Margaret and kids continue to live in Bedford, with Zachary and Jacqueline attending Bedford High School. Sam works at Salem Five Bank (in Salem, MA) in Cash Management and has been in banking for over 23 years.
Sarah and her husband, Lance, joined Redeemer in 2008. Both their children, Jake and Janie, were baptized at Redeemer. Sarah has been involved on the Mission Committee and has enjoyed contributing to the Liturgy and Hospitality teams. In addition, Sarah volunteers as an Assistant in the Atrium classrooms. During the week, Sarah is the Chief Program Officer at The Steppingstone Foundation, an educational non-profit, in Boston. Having grown up in a family active in their Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia, Sarah has enjoyed having the chance to get involved with her family here at Redeemer.
Emily has been a member of Redeemer since September of 2014 when she joined with her husband Eirik and son Karl. Both Emily and Eirik grew up in the Episcopal church and are happy to have found a local parish where they feel very much at home. Emily spends her days working as a speech and language pathologist in Waltham Public Schools' TASC program for students on the autism spectrum. At Redeemer, she serves on the altar guild and as a volunteer in the Atrium program. Emily is looking forward to her second year on the vestry.
Christopher, and his wife Helene, have been members of Redeemer since 1988. He has fond childhood memories attending St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania. When looking for a new parish around the time of his son Jonathan's birth, Christopher was attracted to Redeemer, not by the ambiance of the Great Hall, but by the warmth of its parishioners. For the first twelve years, he was a member of the Finance Committee. Since then he has enjoyed working with the wonderful members of the Property Committee. He also has loved being a part of the Great Hall Renovation Committee, the Realizing Our Vision Team and the Great Hall Building Committee. He is very excited to see the Great Hall as a more accessible, attractive and functional space for the COOR and Lexington communities.
Bob and his wife Mary Etta joined Redeemer in 1977, shortly before the birth of their daughter Robin. Both Robin and her sister Leslie were fully engaged in parish activities until they left for college and carried their commitment to a faith community into adulthood. Over the course of the past 40 years, Bob has taught 4th and 5th-grade Sunday school, worked with the middle school youth, and been active in ministries focused on mission, stewardship, and worship. This is Bob's fifth term on the Vestry, including two as junior warden and one as senior warden. In his other life, he works as a research scientist in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at MIT.
Mia and her husband, Winthrop Brown, joined Redeemer in 2010. They live in Arlington with their son, Luke, who was baptized in the church in 2013. Mia has been active as a member of the Communications Committee and as a team leader who coordinates the relationship between Redeemer’s Mission Committee and Esperanza Academy. She also participates on Redeemer’s Anti-Racism Task Force. Mia is a social scientist at the Technical Education Research Centers, Inc. (TERC) in Cambridge, MA, where she conducts research related to promoting racial and gender equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Her current interests include cello, tennis, and tai chi. This is Mia’s first year on the vestry.
Born in Cambridge, MA in 1963, John grew up on the North Shore. He was baptized and confirmed at Ascension Memorial Church in Ipswich, MA. He graduated from Haverford College before starting a career in finance. He and his wife, Diane, were married at Emmanuel Church in Manchester, MA. And their daughter, Isabel, was baptized at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Tupelo, Mississippi. He has attended Redeemer since his family moved to Lexington in 2000.