February 2, 2022

Take part in Annual Meeting 2022

At our Annual Meeting, on Sunday, February 6, 2022, St. John’s will elect new leaders, provide updates on parish ministries and church finances, and recognize outgoing vestry members. The meeting itself will be part of our Sunday worship live stream, directly following our 10 AM service. Simply stay on the feed at the conclusion of the worship service. You can follow along using our 2021 Annual Report, available for download below.

VESTRY VOTING:

Below is a list of candidates who would serve St. John’s with a three-year term on our church vestry and parishioners who would represent St. John’s at the 2023 Diocesan Convention. Please vote for no more than five Vestry candidates and two Convention Delegate nominees. ONLY ONE BALLOT WILL BE ACCEPTED PER EMAIL ADDRESS. While only “members in good standing” are invited to vote on the 2022 slate, all parishioners can attend Annual Meeting.

The voting window has closed. Results will soon be announced by parish email.

2022 SLATE OF CANDIDATES:


LUCY KANE CARTER

Lucy Carter and her husband, Chris, along with their adult children, Sara, Katie, and Grace, were baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Lucy has been a member at St. John’s since childhood and was a former member of the St. John’s Vestry.

Over the years, she has taught Kindergarten and First Grade Sunday School as well as Children’s Chapel. Lucy has volunteered with the Youth Program, the Market Preview Party, and the St. John’s Bookstore. She has also been a member of the Youth Advisory Commission and the Vestry Nominating Committee. Currently, Lucy is a leader for the St. John’s Shepherd program, providing pastoral care to parishioners, and a volunteer with the St. John’s team at the Kearney Center. Lucy and her family enjoy delivering Meals on Wheels on Christmas Eve and serving at Grace Mission during their Christmas celebration. Lucy works in the Florida Senate as a Program Manager and oversees the Senate Journal production as well as the Senate webpages, publications, and research. She has been employed in the Senate for 22 years.

Lucy enjoys traveling, walking, and spending time with her family, including her mother, Betty Kane, and her grandchildren, Brailyn and Carter Ann. Her passion involves helping children, youth, and seniors and those in need.


JANINE COUCH

Janine Loumiet Couch has been a member at St. John’s since 2013. Originally from Miami, Florida, Janine and her husband, Jeff, have lived in Tallahassee for most of the last 20 years. As a former teacher and school administrator, Janine has primarily been involved in the children’s ministry at St. John’s. She served on the Children’s Ministry Commission, taught third and fifth grade Sunday school, and chaired Vacation Bible School. Over the years, Janine has also served on the Stewardship committee, the Market Preview Party Committee, Parish Weekend Committees, and co-chaired the Call Street Block Party. Janine also participated in the Growing in Grace program and was received at St. John’s in 2015.

In her professional life, Janine is the director of the Center for Academic Excellence at Maclay School, directing teaching and learning grades Pk-12. Janine has a master’s degree in School Leadership from Harvard University. In addition, she holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature with a minor in Spanish and an additional master’s degree in English Education from Florida State University.

Janine and Jeff have two children, Charlie (13) and Georgiana (10), who enjoy serving at the 10AM service and attending youth and Club 45 events.


SUSAN GWYNN

Susan Gwynn joined St. Johns in 1985 when she married her husband, George Gwynn. All three of their daughters were christened at St. John’s. She has served as Secretary of the Vestry, Sunday School teacher, Chaired the Stewardship committee, chaired the St. John’s Market, organized the breakfast at the Market for many years, taught and chaired Vacation Bible School, C Group Youth leader and Café volunteer.

After teaching pre-school for many years, Susan began her real estate career in 2006 with Ketcham Realty and is currently with Armor Realty. She has served as a Board member of the Tallahassee Board of Realtors. Susan enjoys workouts, cooking, the beach, and time with her husband, daughters, son in-law, and two grandchildren!


KAREN HABER

Karen Haber is a graduate of Furman University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Woman’s Studies in 1997, and Florida State University’s College of Law, where she received her Juris Doctorate in 2000. She is a member of the Florida Bar and is currently a contract attorney with Kutak Rock LLC.

Karen is married to Wes Haber, with whom she has two children, Walt (age 16) and Maggie (age 13). She is a member of the Leon High School Foundation and Los Robles Neighborhood Association Board of Directors, and is a volunteer with Holy Comforter Episcopal School, Holy Comforter Church’s food pantry, and Grace Mission Church.


MATT HUDSON

Matt Hudson and his wife Jennifer, joined St. John’s in 2020. The challenges of the pandemic and the restrictions put in place to protect parishioners, limited opportunities for involvement. However what became abundantly clear was that choosing St. John’s was one of the best decisions he has made. The love and support from St. John’s during the pandemic and through challenging times personally have blessed him beyond words. He hopes to serve on the Vestry so that he can give back to St. John’s what St. John’s has given him.

Matt currently is Vice President of Research and strategy for Hope Healthcare in SWFL. He is fortunate to be able to work remotely for a firm that provides hospice and senior care to more than 3000 people daily. Previously Matt had the honor of serving in the Florida Legislature for 9 years. Matt lives by the motto “I live to serve”. Service was instilled in him at a young age and has been the guiding principal of his life.

Outside of the office Matt enjoys umpiring baseball / softball, FSU sports, music, the arts, and traveling. He has two grown children, four grandchildren and a dog and cat.


DUSTIN PAULSON

Dustin grew up in Tallahassee attending Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. He began attending St. John’s with his family upon moving back to the area in 2015, and officially joined the church in 2017. Dustin, his wife Helen, and daughters Rachel and Grace, have felt so welcomed and connected with the church community.

Dustin has been heavily involved with the Children’s Ministry, assisting with Children’s Chapel, teaching Sunday School, co-chairing Vacation Bible School, and serving on the Children’s Commission. He loves connecting with church members and their families by participating or volunteering at St. John’s events and has shared his story through devotionals and as part of the Annual Giving Campaign. He has been excited for so many opportunities to serve God and the community and looks forward to continuing those efforts for many years to come.

Outside of church, Dustin enjoys music, sports, and spending time outdoors. Professionally, Dustin works as a Legislative Assistant in the Florida Senate.


STEVE PETERS

Steve and his wife, Patricia, joined St. John’s in 2017 when they moved to Tallahassee from Massachusetts. Their three children and six grandchildren live in upstate New York, Colorado, and Montana.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Steve was graduated from Trinity College in Hartford. He then served five years in the USAF from 1968-1973, the last two in Turkey. Next came Vanderbilt Law School and work in Nashville. When Lehman Brothers recruited him to work in bond finance in NYC, Steve and Pat moved to New Jersey. During his career at Lehman and Barclays Capital, he also worked in Los Angeles and Boston. Steve served three years on the Vestry at Christ Church in Short Hills, New Jersey. In Lenox, Massachusetts, he served eight years on the Vestry at Trinity Church in several roles—chair of the Finance and Stewardship Committees, Junior Warden, and Senior Warden. The latter positions included the search for a new rector, and the operational merger with a nearby Episcopal church.

At St. John’s, he participates in Men’s Bible Study and The Shepherds, a small group that meets monthly. He admires the commitment of the parishioners to the services, programs, and events at St. John’s. Steve would be honored to serve on the Vestry as St. John’s continues its movement forward.


RODNEY REEVES

Rodney hails from Charleston, SC, but has long since considered himself a Floridian. And while he was raised Methodist, Rodney has been an Episcopalian and part of the Episcopal Church and Ruge Hall campus ministry since he was a young man. He officially became a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in 1997.

Rodney holds a Ph.D. from Florida State University in Instructional Design for Higher Education. He is currently part of the Classics Department at FSU, where he also worked as an Associate Researcher for several University colleges. Rodney also previously served as Director of Tallahassee’s Habitat for Humanity and has many times taught, consulted or counseled on issues of education, economics and sociology.

During his years at St. John’s, Rodney has served as a Sunday School teacher, and during worship as an usher and a verger. He has also assisted at Camp Weed with several parish priests. Since 2012, Rodney has been a fixture in the St. John’s worship party as a Lay Eucharistic Minister, both on Sunday mornings and regularly at the 12:10 weekday service. He has also been involved in the diocesan Prison Ministry, has regularly assisted with Elder Care food service and delivery, and has been part of St. John’s Compass Rose Commission, which took him on several mission trips to Cuba.


RYAN SMITH

Ryan and his wife Kelly joined St. John’s in 2019. Ryan has been active in the Parish Buddies program, small group, and volunteering at the Kearney Center.

Ryan graduated from the Florida State University. He is a political and public affairs consultant. To Ryan, serving others is one of the most important ways to follow Christ, and St. John’s truly embodies Jesus’ spirit of service. Ryan would work to maintain that passion for serving the community that is a hallmark of St. John’s if elected to the Vestry.

Ryan and Kelly are expecting their first child in March. The Smiths have two dogs, Winston and Brandy. Ryan is also a mentor in Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys going to the movies, reading, cooking, and, yes, talking politics.


MAHASKA WHITLEY

As an active member at St. John’s for the past 40 years I have had the privilege to serve our church in many roles; including being a Mentor for EFM, two terms on the vestry, a convention delegate, teaching Sunday School and member of the Altar Guild. Seven years ago, I founded and continue to chair the Flower Guild Ministry which is responsible for Altar and Chapel flowers on a weekly basis as well special celebrations.

In addition, some of my community activities include serving as President of LeMoyne Board, serving on the Goodwood Board, as well Chair of the School Advisory Council for Leon High School. Professionally, I am retired from Leon High School where I taught Art and later served as the Testing Coordinator. My husband Tom and I have two adult children who are members of St. Johns and two granddaughters who acolyte.

I would be honored to serve on the Vestry as we go through this transition of finding a new Rector. While I can share a great deal of history, I look forward to our continued growth as a vibrant downtown church.

Once the Commitment is clear, you do what you can, not what you can’t. The heart regulates the hands: Corinthians 8:12


CONVENTION DELEGATE NOMINEES

SKIP FOSTER

Skip Foster is a lifelong Episcopalian who has been a member at St. John’s since moving to Tallahassee 6 years ago. He has served three different stints on vestries at two churches, including one at St. John’s.

For the past 20 months, he has chaired the St. John’s COVID-19 Task Force, to which he was appointed by Father Dave. The group has meant bi-weekly since the pandemic began to shape policy for the church during this difficult time. While on the vestry, Skip was the marketing/communications liaison working closely with Mandy Schnittker and others to create a new logo and web site for the church.

Skip graduated from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he met his wife Dina. They have three children: Mary Frances and Matthew are in Washington D.C., and Will goes to school here in Tallahassee. Skip has launched a new PR/Crisis communications consulting firm called Hammerhead Communications.


JONATHAN JACKSON

Jonathan Jackson joined St. John’s in 2018 and sings bass in the choir. He volunteers with Grace Mission as a member of the advisory board. Jonathan loves live music and serving on the board of The Tallahassee Bach Parley and String Academy. He enjoys attending and occasionally leading the Men’s Bible Study, serving as a Eucharistic Minister, and is currently in Year 3 of Education for Ministry. Jonathan and his partner, Greg, are avid members of the Gulf Winds Track Club. He walks his dog Chief before dawn most mornings and teaches marketing at the Florida State University College of Business.


BROOKE S. KENNERLY

Brooke, the widow of Arthur G. Kennerly, Jr., is a life-long Episcopalian and a member of St. John’s for over 40 years. She currently serves as Secretary to the St. John’s Vestry. She is also serves as a volunteer in the Lively Cafe and is a member of the Flower Guild. She has previously served as treasurer of the St. John’s Market, chair of several Market booths, volunteer at Vacation Bible School, co-chair of the pre-school Sunday school, and chair of the St. John’s Directory committee. She is retired from the State of Florida, having served as Executive Director of the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission for 42 years.


KELLY KIRBY

Kelly Kirby started attending St. John’s in 1994. Currently, she is a Mentor at Riley Elementary and a Member of St. Mary’s Circle. Kelly has been on the Vestry and has been chairperson of the Market, Advent Women’s Luncheon and Vacation Bible School. She has also helped with Grace Mission, Meals on Wheels and a variety of fundraisers at St. John’s.

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