What is the Cathedral Chapter?
It would be easy to describe the Cathedral Chapter simply as a board of directors or a parish council (Vestry in Episcopal Church terminology). But the Chapter is more than that. At its heart it is a group of 13 elected Cathedral members who commit to be good stewards of the Cathedral’s resources. That means that they embrace its mission, wisely manage its finances and property, operate as directors of its corporation and provide counsel to the Dean. They value the Cathedral’s history, live into the challenges of the present and plan for the future.
Twelve chapter members are elected for three-year terms and one, a youth member, is elected for a one-year term. Those elections occur at the annual meeting in January. There are also three officers. The Senior Warden, a leadership role, is appointed by the Bishop and is not among the regular elected members. The Junior Warden is elected from among the members of Chapter. Ex-officio members include the Service League president, the Treasurer and the Curate (assisting clergy person).
The Chapter normally meets the third Tuesday of each month and meetings are open to visitors except when an executive session is necessary. The Bishop is the president of the Cathedral Corporation, but traditionally the Dean presides at Chapter meetings.
Current members of the Chapter are:
- Jason Brown
- Colin Haffner
- Jim Holmes
- Michael Leiserson
- Isabella McDonnell
- Karen Byrne
- Katherine Karr-Cornejo
- Gretchen Ramey
- Elizabeth Rosenzweig
- Justin Haldeman
- Kathie Hawkins
- Patti Stice
- John Wallingford
Lay leadership positions include:
- Senior Warden - John Wallingford
- Junior Warden - Katherine Karr-Cornejo
- Chancellor - Jason Brown
Additionally, the Chapter oversees eight standing committees:
•Mission and Strategy
•Education and Youth
As with most organizations, the standing committees vary in their activity and regularity of meeting.
Assorted task forces, teams, and other groups form, as needed, to provide special events, new programs, etc.