At the January 17 Annual Meeting, we will vote to elect new members for the vestry. Meet the candidates, then come to the meeting to vote!
John Burnett My wife, Nancy, and I moved to San Diego after her long career as a psychotherapist, and mine as a marketing professor. We joined the Episcopal Church in 1968. Our three children were baptized in the Episcopal Church. During the past 45 years I have been very active in the church, including serving on three vestries (once as senior warden), participating in three Cursillos (including one as the rector), singing in the choir, and offering free marketing advice. We joined St. Andrew’s three years ago.
During the past year I served a one-year term on the vestry. I was also on the Stewardship Committee, liaison to the pre-school, and chairman of the marketing committee. I am also a lay reader. The last twenty-five years of my professional life have been dedicated to helping nonprofits, including churches, with their marketing issues. Serving on the vestry this past year has made me aware of the issues and opportunities facing St. Andrew’s. I am secure with my ability to offer insights, passion, and a personal dedication to the mission of St. Andrew’s. I hope you will give me the chance to serve.
Bill Feeney Born in Quincy, Massachusetts, I was raised Catholic. I received a BFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1985, and in 1995 I received my MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara. We moved to North County San Diego in 1996 and have been here ever since. We started attending St. Andrew’s in 2006, and it has been our spiritual home ever since. During my time in this parish I have volunteered consistently; building sets for the Christmas pageant, painting banners for VBS, and working extensively with the youth group. I am running for the vestry in order to be of service and give back to the parish that has meant so much to me and my family.
I am an artist, so I have a colorful resume; I worked in construction for over 20 years, seasonally as a lifeguard for 30 years. I was an adjunct professor of art and art history for 8 years, and I am currently a full-time Lifeguard with the City of Solana Beach and the Director of the Solana Beach Junior Lifeguard Program.
Jeff Rhoads grew up in Oregon and came to know God through the ministry of Young Life. I attended Santa Clara University where I had a crash course in Catholicism. I eventually joined the Catholic Church through the rites of baptism, communion and confirmation.
Following college, I began an operations career with adidas. Starting in Portland, Oregon, I continued at headquarters in Germany before moving to Guangzhou, China, then Hong Kong and then back to Germany. Along the way I met a beautiful girl called Amy and we married in 2007.
In the summer of 2012, I had a chance to join TaylorMade Golf in Carlsbad. Amy and I were sad to leave our home in Germany but also excited about the new opportunities in San Diego County.
The St. Andrew's community intentionally and warmly welcomed us our first week in Carlsbad and we thought that St. Andrew's could offer a spiritual home for both me (coming from a Catholic background) and Amy (coming from a Presbyterian background). In 2013, we welcomed our daughter, Daphne, into the world and were blown away by the generosity of the St. Andrew's community in keeping us fed during the first several weeks of Daphne's life. Over the last 3 years, I have had an opportunity to engage at St. Andrew's through confirmation mentoring, Third Service discussions, Diocesan Convention, and even a couple of Lean In evenings.
I believe that at St. Andrew's we can continue to grow. That we have more good work to do in this world. That our faith can grow deeper. And that we can support each other in that faith journey.
I care deeply about St. Andrew's. I care deeply about defining our role in the world and how we best fulfill that role. I am passionate about entering more deeply into relationship with God and I love good liturgy! As a member of the Vestry I will work with you to help define our path into the future. We will work together to understand "what" we do and "how" we do it. And we will also work together to understand "why" we do it. Along the way we will distill the St. Andrew's mission into tangible steps for our community, we will deepen our faith, we will support each other. And maybe just, we will further God's Kingdom here on Earth. Please join me in building God's Kingdom.
Catherine Campbell St. Andrew's is full of so much excitement and love for one another. As a vestry member, one of my main goals would be to collaborate with you all about the best ways to share that love and excitement with those around us. Whether it is how to talk about our faith to neighbors or co-workers who just don't "get it," or preaching the Gospel without words, we have so much to offer one another and the community. My focus would be to help equip usto feel more comfortable with how we approach being Christ in the world.
I have been privileged to serve two terms as a vestry member here, as well as four terms of Secretary of Convention and as a member of Diocesan Council. I have also been one of the team leaders of our Sunday morning Adult Forum, have taught the parent confirmation class, and have mentored an Education for Ministry class (EFM) class for ten years. Thank you for the chance to help find new directions in our common life.
Joe Whitaker My wife, Pam, and I have been members of St. Andrew’s for a dozen years. We relocated to Carlsbad from the midwest in 2000. We feel very fortunate to have found St. Andrew's. This parish is welcoming and accepting. We enjoy the involvement of children and younger adults in the life of the church. We are very pleased with our rector and the lay vestry leadership. There are many opportunities for involvement within the parish. And there are also many, many active programs outside the church which care for those in the community. We have met so many good friends here.
Over the past two years I was a member of our parish's team on the Diocesan Mission Area IV task force. A life-long Episcopalian, I have served on vestries in St. Louis and Chicago. Vestry "duty" is a great way to help set the course of parish life.
Now retired, I was blessed with career work which always kept me interested. That work has included office building and golf course development, large computer system marketing with IBM, a stint as an army officer, and even now tangentially involved in the film business.
The first Super Bowl occurred during the first year of our marriage. So 2016 marks both Super Bowl 50 and our 50th anniversary. Makes the number easy to remember.
Chas Wurster was born in Illinois and my father was in the coast guard so we moved about every 4 years. I lived in Louisiana, Virginia, California, and Seattle growing up. Growing up my mother picked our churches as we moved and we usually attended Methodist, and Episcopal churches. When I was in Junior High and High School we attended an Episcopal church in Pleasanton California. I was active in the church’s scouting program and received my Eagle Scout rank there.
My background is in software engineering. I am currently the CTO of a local startup company that provides a mobile engagement platform. I have been the technical founder at two other startups, one that raised venture funding, and one that was bootstrapped. The most recent, Tapioca Mobile, provided video adaptation and delivery services to ABC, Univision, Gannett, Hearst Corporation, 4Info and more. Qualcomm purchased Tapioca Mobile in 2010. Prior to that, Chas was a founder and vice president of engineering for Tourmaline Networks, a mobile application development company that sold its email applications through more than 20 mobile operators around the world including Verizon, Vivo and Telefonica. Intellisync (Nokia) purchased Tourmaline Networks in 2005.
I started attending St. Andrew’s in 2003 and served as the vestry clerk from 2005 to 2007. When I started dating April we began attending church together at St. Andrew’s. Father Dan who was a frequent guest Pastor at St. Andrew’s and had recently moved there married us in Hawaii in 2006. Since then we have had 3 children, Charlie age 6, Megan age 4, and Paige age 4. We are active in the family ministry programs. I enjoy my experiences with St. Andrew’s and look forward to the opportunity to continue to contribute to the community here.