The vestry is the legal representative of the parish with regard to all matters pertaining to its corporate property. The presiding officer of the vestry is the rector, and there are usually two wardens.
The senior warden is a support person for the rector and leads the parish between rectors.
The junior warden has responsibility for church property and buildings.
A treasurer and a secretary or clerk may be chosen. These officers may or may not be vestry members.
The basic responsibilities of the vestry are to help define and articulate the mission of the congregation, to support the church’s mission by word and deed, to select the rector, to ensure effective organization and planning, and to manage resources and finances.
At St. Andrew’s, we have a seven member vestry. The members are elected to the vestry each year at our annual meeting in January. An elected Vestry member serves for a three year term, with the various members’ terms staggered to maintain continuity.