The Vestry oversees the fiscal and operational health of the parish. It is comprised of 15 elected members that serve three-year terms and is lead by the Senior Warden and the Dean. The Junior Warden is the chair of the Building and Grounds committee, which is joined by the Finance Committee and the Mission and Ministry Committee, the leaders of which form the Warden’s Committee. The vestry meets once a month and each member is part of a committee and works with one of the councils to ensure a strong path of communication.
To be voted on at the Annual Parish Meeting on January 19.
Nominated for three-year terms:
Victoria Cawley grew up in Somerset, England, coming to the U.S. in 1975 and to Houston in 1980. She came to the Cathedral in 1986, and joined as a member in 1989 after marrying her late husband, Scott. She has served on the Membership & Evangelism and Pastoral Care councils. Victoria joined the Altar Guild in 1995 and served as director in 2002 and 2010. Victoria is a registered nurse at Memorial Hermann TMC in the Heart and Vascular Institute.
Wayne Clawater has been a member of the Cathedral since 1980. He has previously served on the vestry and as chair of the Every Member Canvass. Wayne is managing partner of the law firm Shepherd, Scott, Clawater & Houston, L.L.P., and has an active civil trial practice. He has been married to Hollee Hedge Clawater for 32 years, and the Clawaters have two daughters, Jean Rose Clawater Cross (29) and Grace Clawater Doramus (26).
Christopher McCord and his wife, Scottie, joined the Cathedral in 2007 after a move from Chicago. Christopher is a native Houstonian and grew up in the Episcopal Church. He serves on the Stewardship Council and is a volunteer at The Beacon. The McCords have three children, Topher (6), Philippa (3) and Gillian (2 months). Christopher is a partner at Healthcare Growth Partners, an investment bank that advises healthcare technology companies.
Whitney Ogle has been a member of the Cathedral for 17 years. She has been a member of the Altar Guild since 2008 and has taught the three-year-old’s Sunday School class for the past nine years. She has served on the May Fete committee and the Children’s Ministry Council and is currently a member of the Stewardship Council. She and her husband, Rick, served as chairs of the 2014 Every Member Canvass. The Ogles have two daughters, Blake (13) and Quinn (11).
Charlie Prioleau is a cradle Episcopalian and a member of the Cathedral since 1992. He has served on the recent Search Committee and as an endowment trustee. He was also on the Stewardship Council and chaired the 2004 Every Member Canvass. Charlie retired from banking in 2008 and co-founded an energy company that was sold in 2010. He continues to be active in finance. Charlie is married to Mimi and is the father of Carolyn and Wilson.
To be voted on at the Annual Parish Meeting on January 20.
Nominated for three-year terms:
Chris Bell has been a member of the Cathedral since 1999. For the past five years, he has taught Sunday school for senior high youth. He has also served on the Cathedral Health Ministries Council and the Adult Education Council and has volunteered at The Beacon. A former U.S. congressman and Houston city council member, Bell is now of counsel to the law firm of Patton Boggs LLP. This past fall, he and his wife, Alison, served as chairs of the Cathedral’s Every Member Canvass. The Bells live in Meyerland and have two sons, Atlee (16) and Connally (15).
Ted Dom and wife, Lynne Whitworth, joined the Cathedral following their wedding in 1984. He has actively participated in several of the Cathedral’s outreach ministries including as a Beacon volunteer, as a two-term member of the Mission Outreach Council, and as a COMPASS board member for six years including the last three as president. Ted is a native of western Pennsylvania and he and Lynne have two children, Hank (25) and Isabelle (22). Ted is a partner in Cameron Management, a local real-estate firm which owns and manages commercial office buildings in downtown Houston.
Bill McKenzie has attended the Cathedral since 1997 when he moved to Houston from Canada, and was baptized in the Episcopal Church shortly afterward. First attracted to the Cathedral by its music program, he has been an active member of the Cathedral Choir ever since, currently serving as choir president. He has also served on the Liturgy Council. A software engineer by background, Bill currently works for Chevron as a technology architect. He and his wife Mandy are the parents of Shonda (26), Alex (14), and Emma (11), who are active in the acolyte program and the Cathedral Treble Choir.
Sonia Mascorro Velazquez
Sonia Mascorro Velazquez has been deeply involved in the life of the Latino congregation since coming to the Cathedral in 2008. She has been an organizer of the annual Latino conference and the Mini-Folklórico. Sonia attended this summer’s Spanish-language Lay Leadership Conference at Camp Allen and has hosted posadas for the past two years at her home. Originally from Coahuila, Mexico, she immigrated to the United States in 1985 and attended high school in San Antonio. Sonia works as a medical assistant in a private office. She and her husband, Rodolfo, have two sons, Rodolfo and Oliver.
Bess Wareing has attended Christ Church Cathedral for 23 years. In that time she has served on the Youth Council and the Adult Education Council, chaired the Every Member Canvass, taught Sunday school, and co-chaired May Fete. She has also served on a discernment committee and taught the Parenting Class as both leader and guest speaker. She and her husband, Matt, have two grown children, John and Madeline, both of whom served as Cathedral acolytes. Bess is a psychologist in private practice where she sees adolescents, adults and couples. She also acts as a consultant to several private schools in the Houston area.
Nominated for a two-year term:
Ellen Harrison was received into the Episcopal Church at the Cathedral, which has been her spiritual home since 1986. Completing the four-year Education for Ministry course inspired her to seek opportunities for active service at the Cathedral. She is completing a term as chair of the Religion & the Arts Council and currently volunteers with the Cloister Gallery. For the past two years, she has served as a mentor in a writing workshop at The Beacon. A native Houstonian with a doctorate in English education, Ellen has taught and directed educational programs for public schools in the U.S. and Australia; taught at the University of Houston and the University of St. Thomas; and served as vice president of a national nonprofit, Project GRAD USA.
To be voted on at the Annual Parish Meeting, Sunday, January 22, at 9:45 a.m. in the Great Hall
The vestry is the legal representative of the parish with regard to all matters pertaining to its corporate property. The presiding officer of the vestry is the rector. The responsibilities of the vestry are to help define and articulate the mission of the congregation; to support the church's mission by word and deed; to ensure effective organization and planning; and to manage resources and finances. (Source: An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church; Church Publishing, New York, 2000)
Walker Taylor has been a member of the Cathedral since 1985. He has served on and chaired the Mission Outreach Council, ushered, sung in the Parish Choir, served as a lay reader and is currently a board member and past president of The Beacon. A native Houstonian, Walker grew up in several Episcopal churches. He is married to active Cathedral member Susan Taylor. Walker's two daughters, Sarah and Kathryn, are alumni of the Cathedral House Episcopal School, EYC and the Honduras mission trips. He is an attorney with Chevron and is currently assigned as general counsel of Angola LNG Supply Services.
Phyllis Renfro and her family joined Christ Church Cathedral in 1984 after a four-year search for a Baptist church similar to their home church in Jackson, Miss., and a following a recommendation by their former minister, John Claypool, who had "heard good things" about the Cathedral. Since then, Phyllis has served on several councils including Membership and Evangelism, Community Life, and Adult Formation; been a longtime Altar Guild and DOK member; worked as an usher; lead the Center at the Cathedral; co-chaired the three-day Faith and Reason "Mysticism, Empowerment and Resistance" conference featuring Marcus Borg, Joan Chittester and John Dominic Crossan; and chaired the well-attended "Abraham's Children: Welcoming the Stranger" series. She and her late husband, Bill, are the parents of Courtney, an ICU nurse, and Cooper, a recently accepted MBA student at Cambridge College, England. A part-time pre-school teacher, Phyllis is expecting her first grandchild, parented by Cooper and his wife, Victoria, in June 2012.
Kaki Grubbs is a cradle Episcopalian and a native Texan. She and her husband Kent have been Cathedral members since 2003. She holds a bachelor's degree in theater from Trinity University and a master's in acting from the University of Connecticut. She is a 2008 graduate of FIND — the Diocese of Texas' school for the formation of spiritual directors. She has worked as a spiritual director for the Cenacle Retreat House in Houston. She and Kent have been ushers and Beacon volunteers. They were the EMC chairs for 2009 and served on the Stewardship Council. She regularly attends the dean's Women's Bible Study group. She has lived in the Ivory Coast, England and Australia. She and Kent are the parents of Caroline, 26, and Colin, 25.
David Kirkland moved to Houston as a four-month-old and has called Houston home ever since. He and his wife Anne began attending the Cathedral on Christmas Eve of 1983, shortly after David finished law school and started work in Houston. David has practiced corporate law and mergers and acquisitions law with Baker Botts since graduation and is currently the firm-wide chair of their corporate department. David and Anne have two children, Diana, 22, who works at the Texas Heart Institute, and Will, 19, who is a sophomore at Yale. Both were baptized and confirmed at the Cathedral. David has served on the Stewardship Council for several years, and Anne taught Sunday School for a number of years when Diana and Will were younger.
Shannon Hayes has been a member of Christ Church Cathedral for 12 years. Over these 12 years, she has served as chair of the Community Life Council and has served on the Children's Ministry Council. She has also taught Sunday School at the Cathedral for five years. For the last three years, she has served as one of the physicians for the Cathedral's medical mission trips to Honduras. She also had the pleasure of setting up the children's activities at May Fete for several years. Currently, she is on the Parent Youth Council for the Cathedral youth program.