2022 SC Nominee – Lay

Mr. Jeremy Chesman

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Elected to Standing Committee in 2022. 1st two-year term.
St. James Episcopal Church, Springfield. (Southern Deanery).

 Involvement at a Church Level

  • For over 15 years, I have served as organist at St James church. In addition to serving in my lay position, I have also participated in youth programs and Christian formation. We were married in the church, and both of our children attended St James.

Involvement at a Deanery Council/Diocesan level:

  • On the diocesan level, I have been involved with providing music at diocesan events and for clergy retreats.

 Involvement at a Provincial/General Church level:  

  • At the general church level, I coordinated music for the installation and consecration of the Rt. Rev. Jos Tharakan.

Additional comments

Because of my employment at St James, I have avoided serving on vestry due to conflicts of interest. I would welcome the opportunity to serve on the diocesan level, where I wouldn’t have the same conflicts.

Updates

  • 10-19-2022. None to date.

Ms. Marsha Patterson

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Elected to Standing Committee in 2022. 2nd two-year term.
Christ Episcopal Church, Springfield. (Southern Deanery).

 Involvement at a Church Level

  • Vestry – 2001-2007 (2 terms).
  • Vestry – 2012-2018 (2 terms).
  • Senior Warden (2013-2018).
  • Chair of Parish Council 2015-2018.
  • Co-Chair of Parish “Ripe for the Harvest” program 2013 -2014.
  • EfM Graduate 2011-2015.
  • Volunteer at Center City Christian Outreach Well of Life Food Pantry 2012-2019.
  • Treasurer – St Macrina Chapter of DOK.
  • Chairman of 2 Congregational Discernment Committees – 2001 & 2013.
  • Stewardship Committee – Chair 2005 & 2006.
  • Member of 2 Youth Minister Search Committees.
  • Coordinated Congregational Mediation Process – 2016.
  • Facilitator Women’s Bible Study 2021- present.

Involvement at a Deanery Council/Diocesan level:

  • Diocesan Council – 2015-2019.
  • Member of Development Committee for the South Youth Network – 2013-2015.
  • Bishop Day Conferences.
  • Delegate to Diocesan Convention 2012- present.

 Involvement at a Provincial/General Church level:  

  • None at present

Additional comments

I have been an Episcopalian since I was a young child at Trinity Episcopal Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We have attended Christ Church, Springfield for more than 35 years. Over the years, my family has received many blessings for which I am very grateful. Serving on the Standing Committee for another term would be a way for me to use the knowledge I have learned in the past two years to continue the work of the Diocese in this period of transition and to give back to God, the Diocese, and the Church.

Updates

  • 10-19-2022. Updated with latest supplied information for nomination to Standing Committee.
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