Jan. 5, 2023 Vestry Nominees 2023
Vote on January 29th for four vestry members
Please note that you must be "givers of record" to be authorized to vote.
Hello… This is Peter Babin, age 79, Coronado resident, married with 3 grown daughters. Some career achievements are noted below:
-Graduate of Wesleyan University and the University of Connecticut School of Law; admitted to Connecticut State Bar Association
-Staff attorney, CIGNA
-Corporate Vice President (Risk Management and Insurance), The May Department Stores Company
-CEO of several managed care organizations/HMO’s including MetLife of Colorado, United Health Care of Ohio, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana
-Served on the Vestry for St. James Episcopal Church, Waimea, HI
If selected for Christ Church’s Vestry, I would hope to apply my business and legal background in strategizing the Church’s involvement in pressing community issues such as homelessness, poverty and social justice/education for immigrants. Further, I would wish to promote the Church ‘s involvement in these issues so as to enlist more male participation in their resolution. Currently, participation by male parishioners is minimal; ALL parishioners need to be emphatically reminded that “faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead” (James 2:17).
My name is Gary Brown.
I said, “Yes” when asked by someone I sincerely respect if I’d serve on the Vestry, but now realize the wisdom of Congressman Mo Udall when he said, “If nominated, I shall run to Mexico. If elected, I shall fight extradition.”
Patsy and I have been members of Christ Church for less than two years, but feel warmly welcomed, and it’s been great fun to work on the Coffee Service. Those apple fritters are essential to comity and community. We also admire the nascent work of the Peace and Justice Committee and look forward to working on housing and homelessness and other challenges. We facilitated Sacred Ground discussions that opened our eyes and made friendships throughout the diocese.
My work background is mainly in managing local government services. I appreciate Christ Church’s emphasis on community, inclusiveness, and service, but I need more time to know its people and values. Considering the talented people at Church, there are more qualified nominees, but in contrast to Mr. Udall I’ll do my best to serve Christ Church if elected.
My name is Patsy Brown. I live in Imperial Beach and have been a member of Christ Church for about 18 months.
I am a candidate for the Vestry because I was asked to be, and I am willing to serve for that reason. I have no special skills or qualifications for the position other than that I served on the parish council at Saint Timothy's Catholic Church in Mesa, Arizona for three years. I have a B.A. in secondary education and have volunteered in an ESL class at San Diego City College. I enjoy volunteering, reading and writing poetry.
Thank you for your consideration,
Christ Church has been my anchor for the last 25 years. It is a place of spiritual growth, fellowship, outreach and hope in the future! We come together to help others and each other.
I have had the privilege of serving on many different committees, the capital campaign, the calling committee, the Vestry, and the Altar Guild. I presently am a member of the Planned Giving Committee. We are coming out of a period unlike any in my lifetime. The covid pandemic has changed our lives in many ways. Christ Church is on a path of recovery. As a representative on the Vestry, I would like to offer my service to help keep us on that path.
My wife, Karen, and I have been members of Christ Church for 23 years. We both love Christ Church and our parish family. Karen and I have been married for 53 years and have a son, daughter and three granddaughters the oldest of which is a sophomore at UC Davis.
I am a native of St. Louis, MO. My bachelor’s degree is from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and my MBA is from The George Washington University in the nation’s capital. I completed 30 years of active commissioned service in the Navy retiring as a captain after which I had a 13 year career with Cubic Corporation in San Diego. I am now fully retired.
I have previously served Christ Church on vestry and as junior warden, property chair, stewardship chair and as a volunteer mentor in the prison ministry. I am currently serving on the Stewardship Committee, Finance Committee, and Pastoral Care Ministry where I serve as a lay Eucharistic visitor bringing communion to members of our parish family who are unable to attend in-person worship. I am also a verger, usher/greeter, reader and member of a small group working to improve our church security.
I consider it to be an honor to serve and believe that I offer the commitment and experience to serve once again on Christ Church vestry. If elected I will work diligently to help us in this post-pandemic time to continue to come together in a closer community of service, faith and love.
I have been a member of Christ Church since 1996. I am a cradle Anglican/ Episcopalian baptized at Christ Church Anglican church in the parish of Christ Church, on the Island of Barbados in the Caribbean. Later, moved to the city and was confirmed at St Mary's Anglican Church, the first Cathedral on the island. I immigrated to the United States and got married to Everton (Jim) Rowe who is now retired after serving in the United States Navy for 24 years. Our son, Sean, was born in Coronado, baptized and confirmed at Christ Church Coronado; attended CCDS. Sean and his wife, Yessica, now live in Los Angeles County. Frequently, Sean returns and sings with the choir. I am now a retired RDA, after working for the San Diego Children’s Dental Center, a non profit Organization for low income children, for over 30 years in many capacities. I am involved with many ministries here at church including the Chair of The Altar Guild for almost a Year. I serve in many capacities here at church and I am enjoying them. Whenever God calls, I answer.
If elected for the Vestry, this would be my third time to serve, and I will try to do the very best I can to serve our church family with God’s help. As a parishioner serving on the vestry gives me a sense of belonging, and a greater understanding of the daily operations of the church.
Dear fellow parishioners,
I am running for vestry because I have been asked and encouraged to do so. I would be honored to serve you and our parish by being on the vestry. I love Christ Church Coronado and the Episcopal Church. As a vestry member I would do my best to help Christ Church realize our motto (“Bridging Love and Service”), ensure effective organization, planning, and management of resources and finances.
I have been a member of Christ Church Coronado since July 2008 when I, along with husband, David, and daughter, Loie, moved here from Arlington, VA. Currently, I am an active member of the Service Committee, volunteer at the Thrift Store, and a member of the Altar Guild and the Peace and Justice Committee. Previously, I was the trip leader for monthly visits to Vida Joven in Tijuana from 2010 - 2015 (approximately). Before moving to Coronado, we were members of Grace Episcopal Church in Alexandria, VA. Ministries I participated in there, were Altar Guild, ushering, and I was one of three adult leaders for the High School Youth Group. I was the President of the Parents Association at Grace Episcopal Church Day School for two consecutive years during which time, I was automatically on the vestry. Our daughter, Loie, attended Nursery through 5th grade (7 years) at the Day School. Loie went on to attend grade 6-8 at t St Stephen St Agnes, Alexandria, VA. Of note, I attended Christ Church Coronado from 1972-1976 when my parents, Thea and Cecil Kempf, were stationed here. I was baptized, confirmed and married in the Episcopal Church.
I retired as a career Registered Nurse of 30 years May 2021.