Our Annual Meeting of the Parish was held this Sunday, January 22nd. In addition to an abundance of food and fellowship, we voted in three new vestry members: Sue Scott, Randy Brown, and Wayne Whitney.
In case you missed their biographies in the January issue of "The Messenger," here is a brief background on each of our new vestry members:
It is my belief that if you want to have a great church you have to be a participant with a servant’s heart. I joined the Episcopal church in 1988. Immediately, the liturgy and the music fed my spiritual needs. I have served as EYC sponsor, Outreach co-chair, Altar Guild member. Currently I sing in the choir, a ministry I enjoy very much.
For the last four years I have served in the Arkansas House of Representatives. During my terms I have been the Vice Chair of Audit, I have been a member of the Arkansas Legislative Council and also Judiciary. Serving on the Aging, Children and Military committee gave me insight on the struggles of our very young, our very aged and our Veterans.
My second retirement, and my next chapter, began on December 31, 2016. This will allow me the time necessary to serve as one of your vestry members. It will be my privilege to serve a "church family" that I truly love.
Moved to Bentonville in 2005 with wife Leanne and son Hunter and became members of St Theodore’s in 2006. I grew up in a church family as my grandfather was a Congregational Minister for over 40 years in Iowa. My parents were members of a Methodist Church in Missouri where I grew up and served in youth groups, choir and did volunteer work.
I retired after 36 years at Wal-Mart where I lived and worked in various states throughout the US and in Brazil. I am currently focused on giving back, serving as President of my neighborhood POA and working with Caring and Sharing and various other groups on projects that affect those in our community that are in need.
I was born into a career Navy family in 1950. During the Vietnam war I served 4 years in the US Coast Guard as a Marine Science Technician.
After college I worked for 31 years in the engineering field, working as a draftsman at the Omaha Public Power District, in Omaha, Nebraska; retiring in 2009.
I have been married to my sweetheart Colleen since 1982. We joined the Episcopal Church in 1985.
Our son lives in Little Rock, and we have two granddaughters. Colleen and I moved to Bella Vista in late 2009. I enjoy reading, hiking, bicycling, kayaking and fly fishing. We have been members of St. Theodore's since 2010 where we joyfully found our new church family. I serve as an acolyte at 8:00, and work with the treasurer's office as a counter.
If elected to the vestry, I hope to be a faithful servant to St. Theodore's.
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