2023 Annual Meeting
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 2023 Annual Meeting
will be held on Sunday, January 29, at 11 a.m.
December 2022 Treasurer’s Report
We will be electing 2 Wardens (1 Two-year term; 1 One-year term),
and 4 Vestry members (3 Three-year terms; 1 Two-year term).
Candidate for Warden: Andrea Brown
I have attended St. Paul’s for 14 years. During that time, I led the youth group for several years and served a term on the Vestry. I am currently on the Search Committee and am a counter. I currently am a project manager at an education technology company, where I oversee several large, state-wide websites for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. I also volunteer at the school, chairing the book fair 2-3 times per year. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and hiking. I look forward to serving St. Paul’s on the vestry again!
Candidate for Warden: Gail (GG) Michaels
I previously served two terms on the St. Paul’s Vestry. I retired in 1999 from a position as the Director of Development in the School of Management at UB. Just prior to retirement, as member of Church of Advent, Kenmore, I served for over a year on the diocesan search committee that called Bishop Garrison. After retirement, my husband Dick & I spent 6 months/yr. in Pawleys Island, SC as members of All Saints Church, a pre-civil war Episcopal church & one of the churches to initiate the movement to the Anglican Church in North America. While in Pawley’s Isl., I served on the Board of Teach My People (TMP), an after school NFP serving disadvantaged children in the area. (Georgetown County is one of the poorest in SC.) I was successful in writing & obtaining a $250k grant for TMP. Summers back in WNY, we were active members of St. Mark’s, Orchard Park. I was widowed in 2011, and shortly after that became a member of St. Paul’s. I have 2 adult children. My oldest son Rich is married with 2 sons aged 20 & 16. I am passionate about the Episcopal faith and in particular St. Paul’s and enthusiastically offer my time, talent and what little treasure I have to sustaining St. Paul’s as a viable faith community in the Episcopal tradition.
Candidate for Vestry: Ward Caldbick
I have been at St. Paul’s since 2007. I served on the Vestry for four years, two of them as Warden. I also served on the finance and property committees, and as an usher and a counter. It would be an honor to serve a three-year term on the Vestry.
Candidate for Vestry: Kate Macke
I have been a member of St. Paul’s since Mother Judy married me and Aaron in 2003. Our two boys Colin and Ryan were also baptized at St. Paul’s. I have been on the Vestry a couple of different times through the years and would love the opportunity to serve our congregation again. St. Paul’s feels like a second home to me and I consider the people there my family.
Candidate for Vestry: Susan Petherick
I attend the 10 o’clock service, and have been a member of St. Paul’s parish since the mid 1990’s, nearly 30 years. Rev. Judy Burrows was the rector at that time. I served on the selection committee some years later when Rev. Vicki Zust was called. During this time, St. Paul’s church and the people who are its hands and feet in our communities have become an important part of my life. I am the mother of four adults. Three of my ‘children’ and their spouses live out of town- London, UK; Long Island, NY and CT. Gratefully, one son and his family still live in Lancaster. I have 2 grown granddaughters, also of Lancaster, that have begun their professional careers in WNY, one at Best Self in Buffalo and the other at SUNY Brockport. My professional life included teaching elementary school and 7th and 8th grade Social Studies and Literature prior to earning my MLS degree and becoming a Children’s and Youth Services Librarian for Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. I worked mainly at the Lancaster and Depew branches, retiring in 2008. I am interested in helping our ‘family of faith and caring’ work together navigating this time we are experiencing without a permanent pastor.
Candidate for Vestry: Linda Ryan
I served on St. Paul’s Vestry previously for five years. I have been an Episcopalian for over 30 years. I served as the head of the Human Concerns committee in my previous church, Grace Episcopal in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. I would be proud to represent the 8:00 attendees as I regularly attend that first service. I like the church’s fairly liberal stand, its welcome to all people, and its outreach work. I love St. Paul’s and its people. Each year, I organize the Senior Holiday luncheon and even during the pandemic, Vicki and I filled teacups with goodies and passed them out as senior members drove by the side of the church. I have taught English as a Second Language for over 30 years in various colleges, technical schools and private English schools. I have also tutored for many companies and a junior high school. I am retired, but currently am tutoring for Literacy Buffalo Niagara. In Buffalo, I also volunteered as an ESL teacher at Vive, a center for asylum seekers, and at the Refugee Center for Jericho Road. I am, therefore, particularly interested in increasing outreach at our church. I am married to Dennis Ryan, who is also a St. Paul’s member. We have two children, a daughter Jennifer, who lives in Buffalo with her husband and 12 year old daughter. Our son Joe lives near Boulder, CO.
Candidate for Vestry: Marc Ziegler
My wife and I have been members of St. Paul’s for the past 27 years. We have two daughters who went through the Sunday school program and were married in our church. I have been head usher for over 20 years, and currently serve as the Chairman of both the Stewardship and Search Committees. I’ve served on the Stewardship Committee for the past 10 years, in addition to serving 2 previous terms on the Vestry, and as Warden in 2014 & 2015.