Our Vestry candidates

The candidates below are running to fill the 5 open Vestry positions.

Current Vestry members who will be remaining on the Vestry are: Jay Crocker, Sam Bridge, Steve Cherry, Gaylee Gillim, Bob Huffman, Jim Moyer, Bob Nesmith, Edie Nixon, Gibbs Reese and Laura Shaffer.

PLEASE NOTE: Michael Jones and Rhoden Streeter withdrew from consideration as candidates.

Vote for new Vestry members at our Annual Meeting Feb. 9.*


Neville Blakemore

Neville Blakemore

Neville Blakemore

Biographical Statement

Since 2004, at St. Matthew’s; 1968-2004, St. Francis in the Fields; 1938 (birth)-1964, Calvary Episcopal Church.

St. Matthew’s: attend 8:00 o’clock service; lector; Early Bird Theologians; Planned Giving committee; in the past, Horizon Readers, Via Media, Building the Spirit Capital Campaign, Moving Forward.

St. Francis: lector, chalice bearer; vestry (twice), senior warden; design committee for new sanctuary; managed construction thereof; Education for the Ministry graduate.

Diocesan committees: several over the years.

Current community service: Walden Theatre, finance committee; Mockingbird Valley Preservation Alliance, secretary; Actors Theatre Advisory Board.

Past community service: Actors Theatre, director, treasurer, president, Next Generation of Excellence Campaign, contributor, solicitor, organizer, committee co-chair; and other boards over the years (Greater Louisville Fund for the Arts, St. Francis School: Goshen, Home of the Innocents, Walden Theatre, etc.).

Occupation: real estate agent and typesetter; past occupations include vice president and general manager of large printing company, founder and president of woodworking company, author, and publisher.

How might God be calling you to serve as a member of the Vestry?

It seems to me that my management experience in businesses large and small and my community volunteer work are suited to helping solve the short term and long term problems facing St. Matthew’s. God’s immanence, understood as the Holy Spirit, is manifest to me not so much in specific callings, but rather by living in consonance with others, and by working to improve our common lot.

If you are not elected, how else might God be calling you to serve?

If not elected, I will continue my current involvement at St. Matthew’s, and broaden same as opportunities arise.


Carrie Bohnert

Biographical Statement

Carrie Bohnert

Carrie Bohnert

Hello, friends! I joined St. Matthew’s in 2007 after attending since 2003. I have served St. Matthew’s as a library volunteer, an usher, a member of the Children’s Committee, and now, a Bridge Chaplain. I am called to serve St. Matthew’s as a builder of community. My background in non-profit management and public administration has helped me developed strength in writing standards, developing the talent of volunteers, and creating strategic plans. I search out input and ideas from others and advocate for what best nurtures a healthy community. In my career, I am a program director at U of L and a board member of my professional organization. My husband, Aaron Vowels, and I have two great kids, Ivy (4) and Joshua (15 months). If not elected to the vestry, I will continue to serve the families and children of St. Matthew’s through the Children’s Committee and The Bridge.


Bill Bond

Bill Bond

Bill Bond

Biographical Statement

I have been attending St. Matthew’s for the past six years. I am a member of the choir and interim communications team, head of building maintenance, campaign manager for the Living the Spirit campaign and am a past member and junior warden of our vestry. I also serve on the diocesan Standing Committee. Prior to joining St. Matthew’s, I served as senior and junior warden and secretary on the vestries of other large parishes. I also served on several capital campaigns, including campaign chairman, served on two rector search committees, and have served on a discernment committee for a candidate to the priesthood. I have also served as a verger, St. Joseph’s Guild member, and youth group leader. In my professional life, I am the Director of Membership Analytics & Operations at Environmental Defense Fund. I am a parent of fifteen-year-old twins who attend church with me.

How might God be calling you to serve as a member of the Vestry?

I believe we are at a pivotal point in the life of the parish. In the next 3-year-period we will select a rector, deal with challenging budget short-falls, attempt to grow the staff, and increase our programs in many ways to serve this parish and attract more folks to join us. I think this takes driven leadership with a vision of the future and the experience and leadership to make it happen. I welcome the opportunity to apply my skills for St. Matthew’s on the vestry.

If you are not elected, how else might God be calling you to serve?

I would undoubtedly increase my participation in the interim communications committee because I firmly believe that in order for us to thrive as a parish we must attract more people to join St. Matthew’s and the more we are able to grow, the better we can further our mission of reaching out as Christ’s hands to the world.


Amanda Harrity

Amanda Harrity

Amanda Harrity

Biographical Statement

To say that I am shocked to have been nominated for the Vestry is an understatement. My family and I have been attending St. Matthews for 4 years now. What we found when we came to St. Matthews was a warm, open minded and inclusive community.

I am involved with the Children’s Committee, I am the head of the cookie ministry, a greeter, the parish wedding coordinator and I am the organizer for Family Foyers. Also, both of my kids, Emmalynne (5) & Elias (4), attended the community preschool for 2 years and we enjoyed our involvement. I have also been a middle school Sunday school teacher.

The reason that I want to be on Vestry is simple. I believe in the mission and ideals of this church. I want to be a voice for education and family needs on the Vestry.

How might God be calling you to serve as a member of the Vestry?

I feel very blessed to be a part of such an open and inclusive community.  I love that after the church survey the entire congregation was on the same page about growing our church and focusing on young families and children.  I come from a background in non-profit outreach ministry—this is an area in my life about which I am passionate.  I have loved watching the young families in our church grow and feel blessed to help in that effort.  I feel that I can serve the church by being a voice for young families, children and the youth.  I have a lot of ideas on how to grow different areas of the church.  As a business owner, minister, homeschool mom and an active participant in St. Matthews, I feel that I have a unique perspective on what we are capable of during this time of transition. 

If you are not elected, how else might God be calling you to serve?

I will continue to serve the church by being a Family Foyers convener and organizer, a greeter, cookie ministry organizer and wedding coordinator for the church.  I will also continue to organize a homeschooling co-op for families in the Louisville area..


Mary Johnson

Mary Johnson

Mary Johnson

Biographical Statement

My husband Robin Garr and I joined St. Matthew’s six years ago; before that I was a “Vatican II” Roman Catholic. At St. Matthew’s, I’ve moderated “Faith and Life” classes and worked with Dimensions of Faith, the Food Pantry, the garden, recycling and Cooks and Bottlewashers. I helped publish the “St. Matthew’s COOKS!” cookbook and was on a “Moving Forward” team. I’m very interested in the future of this parish and its outreach. Right now I’m handling the parish website and eSpirit. In my professional life, I’m a writer, editor and designer, and run a non-profit small press focused on disability rights. Robin and I also own a web design and publishing business. Born and raised in Louisville, I’ve lived here for all but 4 years, when New York City was home. Now Crescent Hill is home. Robin and I have no children, but we do parent a family of cats!

How might God be calling you to serve as a member of the Vestry?

It may be that God is calling me to be a part of this community in a new way by serving on the Vestry as we grow into a new phase with a new rector. If God is calling me, I hope to be able to discern clearly how to best help in those areas in which I have background and skills, and to accept new tasks as they come my way.

If you are not elected, how else might God be calling you to serve?

If I am not elected, I hope to continue my present path of helping out with communications and learning how to care for others through my membership on a Care Team.


Kit Kincade

Kit Kincade

Kit Kincade

Biographical Statement

Over the years, I have served the Episcopal Church at the lectern, in the choir, on the vestry, on capital campaigns, on diocesan boards, and teaching Sunday school and confirmation class, among other roles. My most consistent interest has been adult education. I am engaged in it right now as the coordinator for the Clingman Forum after Sunday worship. I did this previously for three years. When Joan and I came to St. Matthew’s ten years ago, we brought with us a group that read and discussed the works of theologians, biblical scholars, church leaders, and historians of religion, among others. The group was originally aimed at, but not limited to, graduates of Education for Ministry, which Joan and I completed in 1987. My attention to starting and leading this group was part of my continuing search for a God of my understanding.

How might God be calling you to serve as a member of the Vestry?

If God is calling me, I will hear it through this community where I worship and work. I feel called to offer my experience and skills for the many decisions facing the vestry and a new rector. I would apply skills I have acquired over two careers, 13 years as journalist and 36 in financial services – insurance and securities. This background would be useful to the parish as it deals with communications, finance and employee benefits. In addition to vestry experience, I have served on and chaired the following diocesan boards, Trustees of the Bishop Dudley Fund, All Saints Center, and (co-chair) All Saints Capital Campaign. In the Louisville community I served on and chaired the board of Walden Theatre.

If you are not elected, how else might God be calling you to serve?

I will continue seeking God’s voice through the parish community and will serve that community as I have in the past.


Margaret Krantz

Margaret Krantz

Margaret Krantz

Biographical Statement

A member of St. Matthew’s since 1992, I sing in the choir, have served as co-leader of two series of Bridges to Contemplative Living sessions, and during the church’s capital campaign, co-chaired its spiritual emphasis committee. For the wider Diocese, I served on the search committee for the Eighth Bishop of Kentucky, am first alternate to the 2014 General Convention, and have led a full-day retreat for the Diocesan Deacons’ School. I am a spiritual director, lead a contemplative prayer group for college students, and completed the Spiritual Guidance Program of the Shalem Institute a decade ago. For 23 years, I have been the Career Center Director at Hanover College. I am married to John Krantz, with whom I play cribbage nearly every weekday lunch, and am the mother of Michael, Jenny and Daniel.

How might God be calling you to serve as a member of the Vestry?

The way that I am drawn to serve on the vestry is as a contemplative. That is, my orientation is to seek God, and to try to discern God’s will, within a situation through a prayerful stance. I would try to bring that quality to the vestry.

If you are not elected, how else might God be calling you to serve?

I only have an indirect response to this: in whatever way God is calling me to serve, prayer would be at its core, perhaps through working individually with people who would like to grow in their own prayer lives, or through leading a contemplative prayer group.


Susan Prater

Susan Prater

Susan Prater

Biographical Statement

Susan Prater has attended St. Matthew’s for nearly 28 years. In that time, she has been involved with the Christian Education committee, served as a Youth Adviser, Children’s Chaplain, served on Vestry, co-chaired a committee for Moving Forward, and is a member of Dimensions of Faith. In addition, she has served on the board of the preschool, facilitated Via Media and serves at the Episcopal Church Home. Susan is a 7th grade teacher at Meredith Dunn School and has two adult children, Lindsay and Ryan, who grew up at St. Matthew’s.

How might God be calling you to serve as a member of the Vestry?

God calls through the voices of the community. Listening to what others at St. Matthew’s say and suggest to me has impacted my desire to serve. Knowing that I may do the will of those I would represent and help to make a decision regarding the hiring of a future rector has guided me.

If you are not elected, how else might God be calling you to serve?

Whether I am elected or not, I will continue to heed God’s call. This includes the small groups I am part of such as foyers, the Early Bird Theologians and as a member of the Dimensions of Faith Committee as well as my service to the Episcopal Church Home. In addition, I know that there may be future opportunities I have yet to discern.


Penny Shaw

Penny Shaw

Penny Shaw

Biographical Statement

I am a cradle Episcopalian and have been a member of St. Matthew’s for about 14 years. Prior to St. Matthew’s I was a communicant at the Cathedral, joining just after my move to Louisville in 1978. At the Cathedral I served on the chapter (vestry), taught Sunday school and over the years was part of many committees. At St. Matthew’s I attended the Sunday 5 o’clock service and the Tuesday morning Eucharist. I am on the Outreach Committee and have recently joined a Care Team. I am married to Lee Deters and between us we have 6 children and 11 grandchildren.

How might God be calling you to serve as a member of the Vestry?

In part God is calling me through the encouragement of my friend Helen Jones and through our interim Tom Momberg who reminded us all of God’s call, the call to follow and serve. In my prayer time, meditation and daily readings of the Psalms, God gently urges me to be alert and open to the Spirit.

If you are not elected, how else might God be calling you to serve?

Whether elected or not my journey of faith shall continue uninterrupted. God is present in the ordinary rituals of our daily lives. I will continue to worship on Tuesday morning and Sunday afternoon. And I will serve as a lector, be a member of the Outreach Committee and the newly formed Care Team. And always, I shall try and be attentive to God’s call to serve.


Martha Wallingford

Martha Wallingford

Martha Wallingford

Biographical Statement

My hopes for the St. Matthew’s Church community, and goals for the Vestry:

A flourishing congregation which nurtures families and individuals…

A church where questions are encouraged, doubts are not denigrated, and faith can grow…

A strong pastoral presence to lead us…

A continuing program for our children and young people to learn and experience God’s presence in their lives and in the world…

In my years at St. Matthew’s it has become a family for me. We are fortunate to have so many opportunities to serve others, feeding the hungry in our own neighborhood, helping orphans in Africa, visiting the sick and homebound. I hope to use any talent I may have, as long as I am able.


Dwayne Watson

Dwayne Watson

Dwayne Watson

Biographical Statement

Hello everyone. You may have seen me at the door on Sunday mornings (I’m the one with the long hair). My wife Vicki and I have been members here at St. Matthew’s since 1995, happy to have a found a home. After moving from Washington, D.C., where I opened the Holocaust Museum as the chief engineer, I worked at the VA Hospital here in Louisville until I retired in 2010.

I have served on the Vestry and also headed up the Grounds and Building Maintenance Committee while I was on the Vestry.

I look forward to serving St. Matthew’s and our large family in any way I can.

How might God be calling you to serve as a member of the Vestry?

I believe that God is calling me to be a member of the Vestry to continue to serve God’s people in whatever I may do. God has a plan for each of us and that plan might not always be clear. However, we are each shown in God’s time what is necessary and right to do; God always lets us know.

If you are not elected, how else might God be calling you to serve?

I will continue to serve St. Matthew’s in whatever way is necessary to ensure that we continue to be a welcoming family for all, regardless of age, race, sex, sexual preference, previous religious experience, finances, etc. God should be the judge of people, not I. Everyone is welcome in my home.


Kate Wagner – Youth Representative

Kate Wagner

Kate Wagner

Biographical Statement

I’ve been a member of St. Matthew’s since 1996 where I was baptized and grew up in our parish. I am currently 17 years old. When we had a children’s choir I was part of it, and I’m currently a lector and acolyte for the 10:00 o’clock service. I take part in the youth activities and I’m in the annual Christmas pageant. Both my mother and grandmother took part in bell choir till a few years back. I am a junior at Ballard High School and part of the school’s band program, playing percussion in both concert and marching band. I am part of my school’s Beta club and NEHS program. Also this coming summer I will be taking part in the Kentucky’s Music Ambassador Program where I will be traveling over Europe for two weeks playing concerts in small towns all over. My current employment is a cashier/bagger at the Kroger in Prospect. I’ve only had one other job and it was at the Louisville Zoo for their food service. So I have many interactions with dealing with many types of people and even though I can be shy, I know how to speak in front of others.


Vote for new Vestry members at our Annual Meeting Feb. 9.

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