The Vestry

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. 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.

Gene Niednagel, Senior Warden

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Gene Niednagel, 2016 senior warden, is a lifelong Indiana Episcopalian and a member of St. David’s since 1988.  He and Donna have been married for 54 years and have three children and four grandchildren.  In his church life he has served as a youth group advisor, worked on Bishop John Craine’s cabinet, been a Waycross and Hickory Hill camp director and executive director of Waycross, volunteered as a lay reader and served on a number of committees.  In the community he works with the local Lions Club with vision screening, scholarships, parade organization, and as a pancake flipper.  He’s also been an English/journalism teacher, worked for newspapers, and run a furniture store.  He’s sure nothing can separate us from the love of God.

Jan Holloway, Junior Warden

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I grew up in Massachusetts and England, and have a BA in English Lit and Sociology from Colby College in Maine. After a few years as a background writer/editor at the New York Times, I came to Indiana University Bloomington to do a PhD in America Lit (unfinished), and loved teaching. After writing and editing at IU, I’m now a freelance editor. A highlight is working with self-published authors. I’m a rock hound (geodes), and make jewelry from semi-precious gemstones and sterling. Though I’ve explored many churches, denominations, and spiritual practices, I never expected to join a church. But in 2009 I found St. David’s, a diverse community of welcoming, loving, talented people, who share a great sense of humor. This is home.

Mike Day, Christian Formation

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I began attending Saint David’s Episcopal Church in Bean Blossom in about 2001, when I moved to Brown County. My wife and I were looking for a church that we could both embrace and feel accepted in. We found that in Saint David’s: a caring, giving, tolerant and spiritual church.

This is the second time that I have served on the church vestry. Each time my reason for serving has been a desire to see Saint David’s succeed in its mission, to reflect and be the gospel of Christ. The work of the church is an unending but joyful experience.

Dona Glentzer, Building & Grounds

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My childhood was spent in the Finger Lake area of New York State.  I graduated from the College of Education in Oswego, New York and received my Early Childhood Education degree at Indiana University.  In 2001, I built a retirement home in Nashville and moved from Martinsville.  I became a member of St. David’s in 2003.  After teaching first grade for many years in Colorado, Delaware and Trafalgar, IN, I retired in 20005.  Currently I enjoy working part-time at the Brown County Public Library.  My son and his family live in Frankfort, Illinois.  My hobbies are reading, gardening and traveling.

Sharon Kitchens, Parish Life

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I began attending Saint David’s Episcopal Church in Bean Blossom in 2010, a short while after we bought a summer place on Lake Lemon.  At that time, we were attending Christ Church Cathedral but began spending more weekends in Brown County.  We had heard about St. David’s being a very outreach-ministry oriented place and immediately became won over by the friendliness and immediate acceptance of the congregation.

I recently retired after working 17 years for a civil engineering firm and 30 years as a paralegal.  St. David’s has provided me the opportunity to become an active volunteer in its church community; a charge that is very near and dear to my heart.

 Ralph Linscott, Treasurer

Carol Ruffin, Secretary

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My childhood was spent in the Finger Lake area of New York State.  I graduated from the College of Education in Oswego, New York and received my Early Childhood Education degree at Indiana University.  In 2001, I built a retirement home in Nashville and moved from Martinsville.  I became a member of St. David’s in 2003.  After teaching first grade for many years in Colorado, Delaware and Trafalgar, IN, I retired in 20005.  Currently I enjoy working part-time at the Brown County Public Library.  My son and his family live in Frankfort, Illinois.  My hobbies are reading, gardening and traveling.