The Vestry of St. James’ is elected by the congregation of the parish to attend to the financial affairs of the church, providing lay leadership to and oversight of the various parish activities and programs. Some members of the Vestry are elected every year, each member serving a term of three years.
Senior Warden (Class of 2017)
Lifetime member of St. James’
Laura is a cradle Episcopalian and is the fourth generation of her family to be a member of St. James’. She has served on the vestry several times, Sr. Warden four times, as well as serving on different committees; was Altar Guild Director and Choir Director. She has been active in the Diocese and was selected by Bishop J. Neil Alexander to be on the Diocesan Strategic Planning Commission in 2001. Laura is a native of Cedartown where she has lived and worked almost her entire working career.
Junior Warden (Class of 2018)
Parishioner at St. James’ since: 1971
I came to Saint James’ Church from the Baptist church in response to a call to be the organist and continue to play. I have served several terms on the Vestry and serve on the Altar Guild. I am a registered nurse and work at Redmond Regional Medical as the clinical coordinator for inpatient and outpatient Cardiac Rehab.
Parish Life Commission (Class of 2019)
Parishioner at St. James’ since: 2007
Hazl retired from a 32-year career in social services in 1997. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Berry College, is married to Mason and has two children and five grandchildren. During her time at St. James’, Hazl has served the Parish and the community in a variety of capacities: formerly as President of the ECW and chair of the Hospitality Committee, and now as a member of the Altar Guild, a volunteer in the church’s outreach ministry at Samaritan House food pantry and at “Our House” thrift store, which supports the local battered women’s shelter. This is Hazl’s second stint on the vestry.
Mission/Outreach Commission (Class of 2019)
Lifetime Member of St. James’
George was baptized and married at St. James’ Church. He is currently a cattle farmer, and a long time Boy Scout Leader. George is an Army veteran where he served as a diver. He spent his professional career as a commercial diver, inspector and consultant, primarily in the North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. George and his wife Alice and have been married since 1965 and have three married children and ten grandchildren. Their children, Karen, Ed, and Steve, were all baptized and confirmed at St. James’. This is George’s first time on the vestry.
Worship Commission (Class of 2017)
Lifetime Member of St. James’
Born in Cedartown, GA at Chaudron’s Hospital. A fourth generation St. James’ cradle Episcopalian who was baptized, confirmed, and married at St. James’. Graduated Cedartown High School in 1954 and North Georgia College in 1958. Army assignments took our family to many places over the years, but we eventually settled back in Cedartown in 1975. Employed as a director/teacher for The Adult Learning Center then sponsored by Polk School District. Worked in that challenging and rewarding program until retirement in 1995. It was my honor to be chosen the first woman Sr. Warden at St. James’ in 1978 when Fr. James Callahan was our priest. In addition to serving on the vestry several times, I also have been active in supporting our mission with The Samaritan House, and planning social activities. A memorable occasion was our 125th Anniversary of St. James’. Married to Floyd Murphy who has just served three years on our vestry and was Sr. Warden his last year. We have two grown children, Laura Wood and Bill Hammond, four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Parishioner at St. James’ since: 2010
Bill came to St. James’ from the United Methodist church and has served the church as Treasurer for the past 4 years. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business and his Master of Science in Educational Administration from the University of Tennessee. Bill has been married to Faye since 1993 and they have five children and nine grandchildren.