In the Episcopal Church, 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 facilitate good stewardship of the people resources, physical resources, and finances of the parish. The Vestry is the legal representative of the parish in all matters pertaining to its corporate property.
At St. John’s, the Vestry is comprised of 12 members in three classes of four members each. Vestry members are elected at the annual parish meeting. The presiding officer of the Vestry is the Rector. There are usually two lay wardens. The Senior Warden leads the parish between Rectors and is a support person for the Rector. The Junior Warden often has responsibility for church property and buildings. A Treasurer and a Secretary or Clerk serve the Vestry but are not voting members.