Congratulations to Liliana Guzman, Andrea Hunley and Steve Whaley on being elected to the CCC Vestry for 2022-25. Each year, Cathedral members elect three new representatives, each for a three-year term, for a total of nine members on the Vestry, the Cathedral’s governing board that is responsible for overseeing the property and finances of the parish.
The Vestry generally meets on the third Tuesday of each month, and meetings are open to all Cathedral members. The new Senior Warden, who is appointed by the rector, and the new junior warden, who is elected by the other Vestry members, will be announced following the Vestry’s February meeting. We thank Tim Culbertson and Andrea Hunley for their gracious and faithful leadership in 2021 as Senior Warden and Junior Warden, respectively.
Our heartfelt thanks go to Conner McNeely and Perry Mihalakos for also standing for election. We truly appreciate their continuing leadership in our parish.
We also thank all those members who returned their ballots via mail or by voting in person on Sunday, Jan. 30.
About the Class of 2025
Feeling like a member and a part of a social group is what most identifies human beings. Jesus invites us to feel like his members through the Church that he founded. All his members are equally important and each of us fulfills his mission.
I am one of those who thinks that occupying a leadership seat in the Cathedral is a job that requires dedication, time and love.
My vision is that we continue to be an actively evangelizing Church, committed to social justice and care for creation, teaching the community the model of life of our Lord Jesus Christ.
At Christ Church Cathedral, I’m involved in:
- Participating in programs established by Christ Church Cathedral
- Being the link between my community and the clergy
- Formulating projects and activities
- Investigating problems, needs and existing resources
- Encouraging participation from the individual to the collective
- Improving as a society
I would like to thank all those who have placed their trust in me. I will continue to search for the best way to continue working together for the common good of our society in Indianapolis, and especially for our congregation at CCC.
I am passionate about education, community health, and issues of access and equity. For the past 10 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 mas.)
Our family was attracted to Christ Church Cathedral seven years ago, 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 (now 11 and 13) 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, to serve on the Vestry as Junior Warden, to lead the Search Committee for our new Dean and Rector, and to support various community outreach volunteer efforts—like the Strawberry Festival.
As I have been prayerfully discerning how best to use my spiritual gifts of administration and leadership, serving on the Vestry during our time of strategic renewal will both match my gifts and allow me to grow deeper in service to our church community.
After being raised in a German Lutheran Church, I started attending services at Christ Church Cathedral in 1995 when I married Betty. I was drawn by the architecture, sounds and the welcoming congregation. The reason I decided to run for Vestry was to continue in a much different capacity to serve the church and be part of its continued growth as a loving community of faith that embraces our diversity and is committed to serving those less fortunate.
My vision for Christ Church Cathedral is to continue the journey we have begun since Dean Gray began leading us. I would like to see us become a vibrant contributing member of the downtown community partnering with our neighboring businesses and making a difference in our community as well as leading by example as the Cathedral for the Diocese.
I am currently the chair of the Outreach Ministry Team. With my wife Betty, I led several mission trips to Ecuador and Southeast Mexico. I serve on the Covenant Grants Committee and help volunteer for the Sunday Community Breakfast. I volunteer annually for the Strawberry Festival.
I attend the 1 p.m. service. I do not speak Spanish, but I understand love and acceptance that has been shown to me by our Latino community. I want to encourage non–Spanish-speaking parishioners to worship with our Latino congregation and to realize how much we have to learn from each other as we share each other’s cultures.