Meet Our 2019 Vestry Candidates

The vestry comprises nine elected individuals who serve as spiritual leaders for the church. These nine individuals reflect the diversity of Christ Church Cathedral, and possess a variety of talents and perspectives. Together, members of the vestry manage the property as well as the finances of the parish. They are dedicated to establishing Christ Church Cathedral as a church for the city.

Each member of the vestry serves a three-year term. At the annual meeting, three new individuals are elected to replace those whose terms have expired. Vestry meetings are open to the congregation, and are held from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. on the second Monday of each month.

Mr. Tim Culbertson

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As a college student, I attended my first Episcopal services with my then-girlfriend. I was drawn to the liturgy, the beauty and tradition in the book of Common Prayer, and the thoughtful theology.  Sixteen years ago, I moved back to Indianapolis and chose to join CCC because of the music and the central location. I have remained here because of the diversity of the congregation, and the personal bonds I have formed with people who are different than me.

I find fulfillment in roles that allow me to be a servant. I can most often be found in the kitchen, helping Carl & the St. Martha’s Guild or preparing the homeless breakfast once a month. I would spend all of Bake Week at church if it were possible, and I always look forward to the Strawberry Festival. I have been an occasional acolyte and a regular lector. For a few years, I taught Sunday school for the children and later the youth. My most fulfilling ministry has been pastoral care as a Stephen Minister, and I am excited to resume that role in 2018. I have served once before on the vestry and as Junior Warden.

I want to get better personally, and as a congregation, at welcoming strangers into our church home, whether it be for the length of a worship service or for a lifetime of membership. I often fall short as a communicator, and that is not likely to change much now that I am well into my forties. I wish I was good enough to sing in the choir, but anyone who has sat in front of me in church knows that I am not.

My talents tend towards having good ideas and initiating projects. I do best when working with someone who is good at following a plan through to completion. I am a good listener. I want to help when I see a need. Finances and numbers are familiar to me, and I feel comfortable dealing with them. When faced with challenging problems, I often think of creative solutions.

I believe the vestry should provide a foundation for the parishioners to successfully engage in the ministries to which they are called. We should expect our vestry to seek out the natural leaders of those ministries, encourage them, and support them with the coordination, communication and resources that they will need to thrive. The way our parish is set up, it seems to me that the vestry ought to work to marry the treasure of the church–for which they are largely responsible for managing–to the time and talents that the members offer to the ministries of the church. Where there is need, the vestry should also consider whether it is prudent to exchange some of the church’s funds to provide for support in time or talent that are lacking in an otherwise successful ministry.

My education was in music (I am still an amateur tuba player) and physics. I currently work as an actuary for an insurance company, and I spent ten years selling books before that. I hope someday to own enough land to grow most of my family’s food. All four of my children were baptized at CCC and three of them are in the choir. I am happily married to my wife, April, who was the woman who first took me to an Episcopal church.

Mrs. Andrea Hunley

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I am passionate about education, community health, and issues of access and equity. For the past seven years, I have served as the proud principal of an Indianapolis Public Schools elementary and middle school in the heart of downtown Indianapolis.  Prior to my career as a building administrator, I taught high school English and English as a New Language in one of the largest high schools in the state of Indiana (hablo un poco español, pero necessito practicar más).  I currently serve on the boards of the YMCA at the Athenaeum and the Indianapolis Art Center.

Our family was attracted to Christ Church Cathedral after one of my students invited us to attend a service to see her perform in the choir. I was awestruck by the immediate familiarity I felt; the service echoed my childhood church.  Then, our daughters (8 and 10) were invited to join Joyful Noise Summer Camp. We were able to see through the eyes of a child how welcoming, diverse, and servant-minded CCC is. We knew we wanted this to be our church home. In the time since we have joined Christ Church Cathedral, I have had the opportunity to be a part of the Cathedral Women, serve breakfast to our neighbors experiencing homelessness, and support various community outreach volunteer efforts of the Cathedral Women- like the Strawberry Festival.  I also beam with joy from the pew as our two daughters sing in the choir each Sunday.

As I have been prayerfully considering where best to use my spiritual gifts of Administration and Leadership, serving on the Vestry would both match my gifts and allow me to grow deeper in service to our church community.

Ms. Elaine Klemesrud

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Baptized into and raised a Lutheran (ELCA), I attended Christ Church’s catechumen program and was received on May 29, 2014 into the Episcopal Church and Cathedral.  An active member of First Lutheran Church, which was closed by the Lutheran synod several years prior, I had taken time to reflect on my spirituality, and when ready to rejoin a religious community visited many churches – Lutheran, Methodist, Disciples of Christ, and finally Christ Church Cathedral, where First Lutheran had, from time to time shared services.  It was a sermon given by Dean Carlsen one Sunday that pushed me forward. “Lean in,” the words still ring in my ears from his skiing story – a metaphor that I continue to refer to in times that I am uncertain. I learned that if you lean back, which is a natural reaction, you will lose control and fall. Leaning in, over your skies, will balance you and drive you forward.  I leaned in.

I was first drawn to Christ Church Cathedral because of the worship service – the reverence, beautiful music, worship structure, and excellent sermons – the high church with which I was familiar.  I became an Episcopalian and member of the Cathedral when I learned that searching and questioning were encouraged, inclusion was accepted, and the importance of diversity understood. I am drawn to downtown ministry and the opportunity it fosters for welcoming ALL people into a loving Christian community.  Treating everyone with dignity and recognizing the stranger among us, as well as within us, my strength lies in facilitation. Listening, making connections, seeing possibilities, and asking the questions to help move things forward.

My professional history is varied.  I was in the for-profit sector 20+ years in the music industry, and understand the bottom-line of business.  A trained massage therapist, I know the importance of the body, mind and spirit, and the dis-ease caused by imbalance.  My most recent 20 years of employment were spent at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites (ISMHS) where I utilized the for-profit and therapeutic skills learned, and my college degree in music and drama.  I began as Assistant Editor; then became a Program Developer; then the Program Facilitation Coordinator, hiring and managing full- and part-time staff, and facilitating the communication and implementation of educational and public programming; and most recently the Visitor Advocate and Evaluation Specialist.  In this position, I looked at everything from the current and potential visitors’ perspectives, conducting focus groups, interviews and surveys, and assisting the institution in writing two five-year strategic plans, setting goals and objectives, creating measurables, and implementing evaluations at the museum and the sites.  In 2017 my position at the ISMHS was eliminated, which allowed me to take some time to regroup, and made it possible to work part-time for Transcendent Travel as a tour specialist, assisting the company with their tours of the United Kingdom in 2018.

Spiritually, I am on a journey which includes prayer, contemplation, and community.  Still leaning in, I attended Catechumenate, then completed four years of EfM (Education for Ministry), and I am currently the clerk for our Vestry.  I attend the 10 a.m. service regularly, ushering at least once a month, am involved with our human needs program, and have assisted in other capacities where needed.  I am honored to be a Vestry nominee, and if selected would be proud to serve, as a member.

Mrs. Judy Lovchik

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I grew up Catholic in Montana and attended several Jesuit colleges.  After graduation I joined the Sisters of Providence and taught for a few years before beginning graduate studies in Madison, Wisconsin.  After nine years, I no longer took vows and became an Episcopalian.  After getting my PhD in medical microbiology, I did a post-doctoral fellowship in Canada before taking an academic job at the University of Maryland Medical School.  I married and raised a son before taking a public health job in New York City.  I came to Indianapolis in 2007 to work in state public health.  Presently I direct the public health lab and am Assistant Commissioner of health, responsible for five divisions including environmental, preparedness, lead and healthy homes, immunizations, and food protection.

At Christ Church Cathedral, I help with hospitality and coordinate the Centering Prayer group.  I also served on search committee for our Spanish-speaking priest and participated in Bridge group meetings.  I have been lector at 10am service this year.

Mrs. Jude Magers

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Hello – Hola, my name is Jude Magers and I am an active member of our Christ Church Cathedral community. My formative life history is rooted in the tradition of the Roman Catholic faith. My experience in the CCC community began August 2015 as I searched for a deeper meaningful experience of prayer, liturgy, community and social justice focused ministries. I found this “solid fit” among and with you. I highly value the diversity of our faith community, the opportunities to be present in a variety of ways and in support of social justice outreach; co-chair the CCC Ministry Outreach Team and active member of Faith in Indiana with special interest in immigration and health care advocacy. My professional background of 47 years includes hospital administration in ethics, charity care and community benefit, spiritual care, strategic planning, organizational development and years engaged in professional nursing; both clinical and administration in the fields of hospice, cancer care, mental health, home care and chemical dependency. I am humbled to be considered for the CCC Vestry and, if chosen, I hope to help lead with the CCC mission and vision of our faith community to realize greater integration and expression of its diversity, increased participation in social justice outreach partnerships and opportunities, expansion of membership in the CCC community and to help continue strengthening the rich tradition and role of CCC within the Diocese of Indianapolis and its relationships beyond. Thank you.

Mrs. Liliana Marrs

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My name is Liliana Guzman, I am Colombian and I have lived in this country for over 20 years. And like all Latino immigrants who come to the United States with one sole purpose, to accomplish our Dreams, I was not the exception. However, that dream that we work so hard for, It can also become a nightmare. And I say it this, since many immigrants go through the bad taste in the mouth of abuse, swindling and discrimination by those who know the system and how it operates. I arrived at the Episcopal Church a little over 11 years ago, and I think I arrived at the time I needed it the most. That is why we say that God works in a mysterious way. And although I arrived only with one hand forward and the other behind, as we say in Latin America; When I first entered the nave of our church, I sat on one of their benches and started crying and crying and I did not know why I was crying. Now that I look back, I think now I know why I was doing it. I think that at that moment it was God who consoled me and told me, “Do not fear, here you are safe. You got where you had to go. ” Since then, I do not know how, all my problems were disintegrating. The Episcopal Church taught me a different God than the one I knew. He taught me a God who does not judge, a God who does not discriminate, a kind God, but, above all, a God who loves us as we are. I began to serve in the Church because I wanted in a certain way to give back to God all that I was given. I began to serve then as a reader of the word of God. I also served as Usher and in the Altar guild. Currently I am part of Coro Latinoamericano of the Cathedral. This year I wanted to apply for the Vestry, because it was one of the things that I still had to do inside the Cathedral. And the truth is that I did it as a challenge to myself, as I know, how difficult integration is in a bilingual and multicultural Episcopal church. But nevertheless, I think that to grow spiritually we must have the flexibility and patience to accept process of adaptation and change. My proposal is to maintain harmony, and discipline in the community. United as English and Spanish speakers at meetings of the parish council. Live our Mission and Vision every day, able to look us in the eyes and recognize the spiritual being in the other when greeting us inside and outside the church and give us time to explore together a new way of being an Episcopal Church bilingual and multicultural. I would also support projects where the community benefits, and where we will also be analyzing the budget that will be used to support the mission of the Cathedral. I am willing to follow up responsibly, always making sure that our resources are used in an appropriate way. I would raise my voice for those who cannot, respecting the dignity of the human being. For me, It is important that each of the people who enter through their doors feel part of an inclusive and diverse sacramental community that integrates all people with love.