Five people will be elected to serve on the Vestry.
At the Annual Parish Meeting on February 15, St. Matthew’s will elect to the vestry 5 adult communicants in good standing. Our 9 candidates for the 5 vestry positions are: Heather Bell, Laura Bomar, Becky Donovan, Patricia Enriquez, Tom Kolb, Angela Koshew, Andrea Ledvina, Rick Lotz and David Sparks.
Heather Weston Bell
I am a cradle Episcopalian, and practically grew up at St. Matthew’s. My mother, Sarah Weston, transferred from St. James, Peewee Valley, for St. Matthew’s youth program. I was confirmed here and enjoyed youth group activities. I still treasure my walking stick and get misty when the youth receive them.
Following college, I returned to St. Matthew’s with Peter Bell in tow. We were married here, and are now raising our family, Emma (6) and Michael (3), in this special community. Both Emma and Michael were baptized at St. Matthew’s.
We attend the 10 am service on Sundays, enjoy bringing our children to pancakes and pajamas and getting together with our family foyers group. My ministry at St. Matthew’s has included the Rector Search Committee (Chair of the Brochure Committee), Living the Spirit campaign (Chair of Congregational Gifts), handbell choir, Cooks and Bottle Washers, Children’s Committee, usher and greeter, and former acolyte.
Outside the parish, I am a long-time volunteer with the Every One Reads program at Lincoln Performing Arts School and active with the Leadership Louisville Center. My day job is Senior Vice President of Community Engagement at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. I oversee the Center’s education and community arts, programming and events, marketing and patron affairs. I attended the University of Kentucky and received a BA in Arts Administration.
I was raised attending Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church where my parents still attend. I joined St. Paul’s Episcopal in 2000. My husband Ben and I were married there in 2004 and raised our two step-children, Amanda (now 20) and Jamie (now 25). We transferred to St. Matthew’s in 2006 and it has been a blessing ever since. Amanda lives in Louisville and Jamie is in the Army currently stationed at Ft. Campbell.
I was a member of Bishop Gulick’s group to create the Diocesan Christian Education Department and a deputy to convention. I am an EfM graduate, certified Godly Play teacher working with the 1st and 2nd graders this year as well as a member of the Children’s Committee, Moving Forward, Care Team Ministry and Daughters of the King. I have helped with baptisms, receptions and anything else Debbi Rodahaffer and Lynn Miller asked me to do. Ben has been my constant support hiding behind the scenes. He graciously provides his skills whenever he is “volun-told” (asked) to make or do something for a committee or for Godly Play. My hope is to one day lead Godly Play with Alzheimer’s patients. I love learning about all religions as I continue on my faith journey to a deeper relationship with God.
I am the Office Manager for Meiners Medical & Safety during the week. We provide first aid supplies and safety equipment to companies for their employees. We also provide First Aid training and OSHA safety training. My job has given me the knowledge and resources to oversee the first aid supply needs of our church including checking the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) we are blessed to have.
At home I am a machine quilter/sewer, hand quilter, gardener and home project person. I work with Quilts for Kids, a non-profit group that provides lap-size quilts to sick children in hospitals. The Kentucky chapter meets in Winchester once a month and I try to get there as often as possible. I also am a member of the (hand) Quilting Group at St. Joseph’s Orphanage. I visit my Aunt Betty who is in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s as often as possible and attend support meetings to continue learning about the disease.
I am a person that works with the details of things. My goal is to help make things happen by cultivating the plan to get there. I am a researcher and analyzer. I work with finances daily and love finding ways to stretch the dollars whether at work or at home.
There is so much need in the world and in our community. I love that we take our mission statement seriously to reach out as God’s hands. I also know there is only so much we can do with the resources we have. Part of that outreach must also include in-reach. It is the strong community that we are and the wonderful resources such as our building and land that allow us to reach out. We cannot do everything but there is much we can do. Sometimes that means hard choices must be made. These decisions must be made by informed people through prayerful consideration.
I am a cradle Episcopalian and have attended St. Matthew’s since moving to Louisville in 1995. I am currently an usher, a member of the Wednesday handbell choir, and active in the Social Concerns Committee including chairing the Advent Tree and Alternative Gift Fair. I have been a lector, a youth group leader, a member of Cooks and Bottle Washers, a Vestry member, and an EfM graduate.
Personally, I am a physical therapy manager at Baptist Health. I am a foster parent and have had the privilege to share my home with two wonderful girls for the past two years. Diana is 6 and Sara is 4. They both enjoy time spent downstairs in the children’s program and I have enjoyed beginning to see all that is offered on the lower level.
I am excited about the future of St. Matthew’s, and if elected look forward to working to guide us in this new chapter of our lives together.
I have been attending St. Matthew’s since 2006. I had been looking for a few years for a church that was welcoming and that felt like home, and St. Matthew’s fit the bill. I liked it so much, I invited my mother to join me, and she loved it, too. Through the Via Media program here I made friends who have remained dear to me these past nine years.
I was received into the church in 2008. I have wonderful memories from Lenten study groups and days of quiet meditation (I love Lent! It’s true!). I have had the pleasure to serve for the past several years as an active member of Cooks and Bottle Washers, the Outreach Grants Committee, as an Usher, and on the Living in Zin Silent Auction committee. I also did a brief stint as a Sunday School teacher, where I learned to appreciate Sunday School teachers.
I am the gourmet foods buyer for Creation Gardens, serving restaurants here in Louisville and in neighboring states. I also serve on my condo board. I grew up in New Jersey and graduated from New York University with a degree in Drama. I have lived in Louisville for 20 years, so I now call myself a native.
I am always honored to serve this congregation in any way that I can, and consider this church to be one of the great blessings in my life.
My wife, Cathy Sutton, and I came to St Matthew’s from the Cathedral around 2003 and became regular attendees at the 5 o’clock Sunday service where we have been readers for many years. We have one child, a son, who was married at St Matthew’s and now resides in Portland, Oregon with his wife and our two wonderful grandsons.
My greatest involvement with St Matthew’s occurred only this past year when I was a member of the Search Committee that called our new rector, Kelly Kirby, to St. Matthew’s. During the sixteen months of that intense involvement I developed an even deeper appreciation and understanding of the unique character of St Matthew’s. During our months of surveys and other modes of interacting with our congregation and the committee, the people of St. Matthew’s impressed me as a group who valued our past but at the same time anticipated change that the future would necessarily bring. Serving on this committee was not only an honor; it was an education in preparation for the future of our church.
A second involvement about which I feel passionate is my membership on the board of St George’s Scholar Institute, a community center in the West End with which our diocese in general and St Matthew’s in particular has had a strong relationship for several decades. My work there has put me in touch with about 40 middle and high school students for whom St. George’s provides a refuge and a motivational center, especially in regard to academic achievement and readiness for college. I feel strongly that we must reach out to the young people in our own city whose lives we can affect for the better.
Before joining St Matthew’s my wife and I were members of Christ Church Cathedral where I was co-chair of the annual pledge drive (as I also have been at St Matthew’s), a member of the chapter, an usher, and a bell ringer.
I received a degree in Chemical Engineering many years ago and have now retired after working over 40 years in the heating and air conditioning field for Bryant, Carrier and Trane. Somewhere in that time I served in the US Army Reserves as a medical tech for six years working mostly in hospitals. Since my retirement a year ago, I have become a regular, weekly volunteer building houses for Habitat, as a weekly volunteer ESL (English as a Second Language) Aide with Catholic Charities and a volunteer rowing coach with Louisville Adaptive Rowing
I hope to bring my abilities, enthusiasm, and love for St Matthew’s to bear as a member of the vestry, for St Matthew’s is truly like a family to me.
I have been a parishioner of St. Matthew’s for about 35 years. David Niehaus and I were married here in 1981; and, our children, Benjamin and Peter, were baptized and grew up at St. Matthew’s. You now see Peter’s older two, Emerson and Delilah, on a regular basis.
I have served on the St. Matthew’s vestry, including as Senior Warden. I have been privileged to have sung in the choir for 30 or so years. I have also taught church school for 20 plus years, an experience which has brought me joy and laughter, as well as the benefit of the insightful theology of the young. I have been honored with the opportunity to serve as a Confirmation mentor for a number of these young persons over the years.
In the Diocese, I have served on Trustees and Counsel of which I was Vice-President for two years under Bishop White, and have been the Diocesan Budget Chair and Co-chair on several occasions. I have also served as a Trustee of the Bishop Dudley Trust. I am currently the president of the Diocesan Disciplinary Committee.
I am an attorney and retired last year from the University of Louisville. I continue to serve the profession and community as a board member of the Louisville Bar Foundation.
As we look to embrace the future and how we can extend what St. Matthew’s offers our parishioners, the community and the diocese, I would be honored to serve on the vestry. My husband, David, and I have been members at St. Matthew’s for over 13 years. My involvement at the church has included playing in the adult handbell choir (13 years), teaching 4th/5th grade church school (4 years), serving as a Eucharistic Visitor (2 years), reading as lector (3 years) and participating in Women in Conversation (4 years). In addition, I was a member of the founding committee for St. Matthew’s preschool. As a child, my family attended St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Lowe Road. As a youth, I was actively involved in the youth and handbell choirs along with the youth group there.
In the community, I have been involved at both Meyzeek Middle School and Wilder Elementary school. At each school, I have been a member of the PTA board. Through volunteer opportunities at work, I have assisted single moms supported through the Family Scholar House.
Currently, I work for Humana as a technical analyst. Prior to this position, I was a homemaker for 12 years. Earlier in my career, I was employed by NASA in Greenbelt, Maryland.
David and I have two children, Kate (13) and Luke (10). Kate is in 8th grade at Meyzeek Middle School and Luke is in 5th grade at Wilder Elementary. My parents, Richard and Judith Hudson, are members at St. Matthew’s, too.
I am honored to be nominated as a vestry candidate. If elected, I would look forward to working with the other members to further our connections to the community and the diocese. All of this important work begins within the doors of the church, but I feel strongly that the greater responsibility of the church extends beyond these doors.
I became a member of St. Matthew’s since 1981 and have involved myself in many aspects of parish life in the years since then. I have been on the Vestry several times in the past and have served as Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Lay Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Children’s Chaplain, and Usher. I have been the Annual Pledge Drive Chairperson on three occasions, co-chair of the Living the Spirit capital campaign, member of the Children’s Committee, and a Church School teacher. Most recently I served as Vice-Chair of the Search Committee that resulted in Rev. Kelly Kirby’s call to St. Matthew’s, and I currently work as a Reception Desk volunteer and attend Rector’s Bible Study each week.
I am married to Jan, a lifelong member of St. Matthew’s. We have three grown children and three grandchildren. I am retired now after a 35+ year career as a Project Manager with the Army Corps of Engineers.
I fully support growth of our parish, both physically and spiritually, through worship and internal programs as well as pushing for outreach in our local, diocesan, national and international communities.
I began coming to St. Matthew’s as an employee, providing childcare during the 10am service in 1997. My wife, Brooke, had been working with the youth since before we were dating in college at Bellarmine where we both graduated, I with a degree in Business Administration.
When our daughter Kimberly was born, I also began coming to St. Matthew’s every Sunday. Our son, Nathan, was born a few years later and both kids grew up in the church. We became members and the kids were baptized here while Brooke and I continued to work with the youth every Sunday until 2013 when we retired from “the downstairs”.
We are joyful to now actually get to attend services regularly. I work for ZirMed, a healthcare software company as a Technical Architect where I help to design and deliver software solutions. I am an Eagle Scout and I continue to work through the Boy Scouts of America. My son is in Troop 317 and my daughter is in Crew 309 as a Venture Scout. Through Scouting we all work for and serve the community.
In addition to these 5 people, the parish will also elect youth representative(s) to the vestry. This year both Margot and Charlie Bond are willing to serve as youth vestry representatives. If elected, Charlie and Margot will share one vote at any given vestry meeting so that both siblings have the opportunity to serve on St. Matthew’s vestry as a youth representative.
For the past seven years I have attended St. Matthew’s and have been an active member of this parish. I have been involved as a member of the Youth Group, an acolyte, an usher, an active member of the Christmas Pageant cast, and I regularly volunteer at the food pantry here at St. Matthew’s.
I am a junior at Trinity High School where I am a member of the Investment Club, and the St. Joseph of Arimathea Society. In addition I am also a Trinity Student Ambassador, and I work as a dance instructor at Louisville Cotillion.
I have attended St. Matthew’s for the past seven years and have been an active member of the Parish. I am very involved in Youth Group, participate in the Christmas Pageant every year, acolyte on a regular basis, and have recently become an usher. I also volunteer at the Food Pantry on a regular basis.
I am a junior at Sacred Heart Academy where I sing in the A Cappella and Madrigal Choirs. I am a member of the National Honor Society and French Honor Society. I participate in theater productions at Sacred Heart and outside of school. I also work as a dance instructor at Louisville Cotillion.