Our Leadership

The Vestry

The Vestry is the elected body of St. Mary's that is responsible for  helping define and articulate the mission of the congregation; supporting the church's mission by word and deed; selecting the rector; ensuring effective organization and planning; and managing resources and finances. 

St. Mary's Vestry members are elected for 3-year terms at the annual meeting in January.  In order to run for Vestry, a candidate must be entered on the Parish register, a regular worshiper of the Parish, and not in arrears in their financial pledge to the parish.

Vestry Leadership

  • Senior Warden - Murry Edwards  ( )  2021
  • Junior Warden -  Paul Westrom ( ) 2021
  • Treasurer - Chris Bartlett ( 2020
  • Clerk - Mattie Gustafson ( ) 2020

Vestry Members

  •  TERMS END IN 2019
    • Dave Ferkinhoff (
    • Chris Barker (
    • Jenny Williams (
  • TERMS END IN 2020
    • Trish Culver (
    • Michelle Freitas (

  • TERMS END IN 2021
    • David Brierley ( )
    • Peter Collins ( )
    • Julie Zecher ( )

Sarah Gibbs Trust

The Sarah Gibbs Trustees are responsible for the oversight of St. Mary's grounds.  Established by the Sarah Gibbs Trust in 1843, this group ensures that the property that Sarah Gibbs gave to "establish an Episcopal Church" is used to meet her wishes. 

The Trustees can either be independent or Vestry Trustees.  The independent Trustees are self-nominating for up to seven 3-year terms.  The Vestry Trustees are elected by the Vestry for the duration of their Vestry term to serve on the Trust.  The Bishop of Rhode Island is an ex-officio member of the Trust.

Sarah Gibbs Independent Trustees

  • Jeff Belden, Chair ( ) 2017
  • Fay Gosling ( 2019
  • Jim Vanicek  ( 2018

Sarah Gibbs Vestry Trustees

  • Chris Bartlett (2020)
  • Michelle Freitas (2020)
  • Paul Westrom (2017)

The Rt. Rev. W. Nicholas Knisely, Bishop of Rhode Island ( ex-officio