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.
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.
Murray joined Redeemer in 1999 and is the chair of the Music Committee, a member of the choir, an occasional instrumentalist for worship services, and a member of the Worship Committee. He recently retired after 35 years as a systems engineer and 7 years as a military pilot. He enjoys playing piano and keyboard, shooting hoops, billiards, and hiking. He lives in Bedford with his wife Karen. Together they have two daughters, a son-in-law, and three grandchildren.
Susan joined Redeemer in 2009. Susan is active in the Liturgy Team and Altar Guild ministries, and is in her third year of EfM. For the last 38 years, Susan has worked as a librarian at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Volpe Center in Cambridge, responding to queries on all aspects of transportation. Married to Larry Doxsey, they have four children, Sam, Sarah, Grace, and Martha. Her spare time is spent with her sewing machine designing and making quilts or in her flower garden. This is Susan’s first year on the vestry.
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.
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.
Mia and her husband, Winthrop Brown, joined Redeemer in 2010. They live in Carlisle with their son, Luke, who was baptized in the church in 2013. Mia co-chairs Redeemer's Racial Equity Action Group (with Deb Jacoby-Twigg) and serves as a team leader who coordinates the relationship between Redeemer’s Mission Committee and Esperanza Academy. She also participates on the Communications Committee. 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 second year on the vestry.
Bonnie came to Redeemer in the fall of 2014 and felt immediately welcomed
by such a loving community. Encouraged to join the Mission Committee, she
soon found herself happily cooking for the Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen and writing a grant application in support of Redeemer's work with the El Hogar Agricultural
School. Redeemer's focus on mission and education next drew her into
Education for Ministry (EfM) classes. With all of the Church's gifts of
inclusion and community, the invitation to join the Vestry was not only perhaps
inevitable, but irresistible. Bonnie lives and works in Weston as a Patient
Advocate and live-in caregiver. With two sons living in Ohio and NY, Bonnie
Is particularly grateful that her daughter, Erin, and her husband and grand-daughter live close-by on Hanscom Air Force base for now.