Jan. 19, 2022 Annual Meeting - January 30, 2022

Calling all active members!*

On January 30th we will gather immediately after church for our Annual Meeting at which we will elect a new Vestry, vote on Bylaws changes, and welcome new members to Christ Church. The meeting will be short and sweet–and afterward we will gather in the courtyard for an old-fashioned potluck. Please bring a dish!

*Active membership is defined by The Episcopal Church as persons who participate in the life of congregation through attendance and a pledge, “regardless of how much or how little.” Showing up for Annual Meeting counts as your attendance; if you would like to renew your pledge, you may do so by going HERE. To secure your vote for the Annual Meeting, please complete this form before Thursday, January 27th.

Vestry Nominees 

Katy Bennett is a Coronado native who enjoys being involved in the community. She is a Coronado High School alumni and a graduate of Southern Methodist University. Katy serves as Account Director for KellyCo Agency, a full-service marketing and advertising agency in San Diego. Katy specializes in brand strategy and media executions for a variety of industry categories including automotive, healthcare, non-profit, government initiatives and education. Katy and her husband Todd Little have three children. Her daughter Caden is in 6th grade at Coronado Middle School and twins Georgia and Bennett are in 3rd grade at Christ Church Day School. Katy enjoys being involved with the Rady Children’s Hospital Coronado Auxiliary, volunteering as a Girl Scout troop leader and serving on the board of directors for the Coronado Schools Foundation. Katy likes to spend time with her family and friends. She enjoys watching her children play sports, traveling, reading and occasionally finds herself devoted to running. Katy is a life-long member of Christ Church and enjoys seeing her children participate in many of the same activities she participated in as a child including CCDS Chapel, Camp Stevens, Youth Group, Acolyting and coffee-hour donut-eating.  

Brett Molenaar is a native of Pasadena, CA his journey to Coronado would begin in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he met my wife Kara while attending The College of William & Mary on a football scholarship. After some convincing, he was able to woo her back to The Golden State, eventually settling in beautiful Coronado. He has spent the majority of his career in multi-family apartment development, management, acquisitions, and sales of which he continues to be active. Upon moving to Coronado Brett expanded into single family sales & development joining Napolitano & Associates of Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate in 2017. Their son Edwin is currently enrolled in SK at CCDS, and we are hopeful our daughter will follow suit in the near future. We feel blessed to be a part of the Christ Church Community.

Eliot Honaker, 44, moved to Coronado from Louisville, KY in 2019 with his wife Sarah and 2 children Andrew (12) and Jake (9). I have worked in Institutional Investment Management Sales for over 20 years with Invesco. At Invesco, I am responsible for new business generation and relationship management in the central part of the United States. I have lived in multiple states throughout the US and attended an Episcopal Church in each respective location. I graduated from the University of Kentucky (M.S.) 1999 and the University of Miami (M.B.A) 2001.  In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and coaching my kids in local sports. I look forward to helping Christ Episcopal Church as much as I can.

Claire Stengel - A cradle Episcopalian, Claire’s earliest memories of church are of attending St Paul’s Cathedral in Banker’s Hill with her grandmother. As a child, Claire lived in several different states and countries and joined many wonderful Episcopal, and sometimes Anglican, congregations with her family. After landing back in Southern California for a magical college and graduate school experience at UCLA, (Go Bruins!) Claire then moved to the East Coast to begin her nursing career in the Medical ICU at the University of Virginia Medical Center. After three interesting years in Charlottesville, she felt the pull to San Diego to be closer to family and friends. Claire has now been in Coronado for over five years, working in the Cardiovascular ICU at UC San Diego Health and attending Christ Church. Christ Church’s motto “Bridging Love and Service” deeply resonates with Claire, as she enjoys serving and loving her patients and their families in her daily work as a nurse. During the pandemic, the community at Christ Church was truly a Godsend, and Claire looked forward to the beautiful and creative virtual worship offerings each week. Some of her favorite activities were the “Waking Up White” book study and the Sacred Ground course, which presented invaluable opportunities for contemplation and discussion with fellow parishioners. Other ways that Claire fills her cup include reading, cooking, baking, running, yoga, hiking, scoping out museums, skiing, and traveling with family and friends. She is always on the lookout for cultural and educational activities, UCLA sporting events, live music performances, and food festivals. Claire is so grateful for the fellowship she finds at Christ Church, and she looks forward to serving on the Vestry and entering into the Year of Welcome with this wonderful community.

Kathleen Ireland - I grew up in the Episcopal Church, attending in whatever city the Navy sent my father to. In 1960 we moved to Coronado and began attending Christ Church where I was confirmed. With the exception of a two-year detour to New South Wales, Australia where I taught first grade, I spent most of my career in hi-tech marketing and product management in various east coast locations. Upon my return to Coronado, I returned to Christ Church and became active in the Service Ministry and a weekly volunteer in the Thrift Shop. I found myself unemployed and volunteered to work in the parish office which turned into a full time position as the Executive Assistant to the Rector for 10 wonderful and challenging years. 

When I retired in November of 2019, I didn’t expect to spend the first year of retirement  locked down in my home. Dreams of an African safari and trip to Ireland replaced by long walks with my newly adopted puppy. I haven’t raised a puppy in a very long time and clearly forgot the challenges that come along with the joy. In addition to loving to travel, I’m an avid reader, movie buff, jazz and symphony fan, tennis spectator, and always up for a glass of wine or meal with friends.

I find I don’t have the words to articulate my faith except to say that this church is truly my family, that I find comfort in the beautiful liturgy and a true feeling of peace when participating in the Eucharist. I try to live by Jesus’ charge to us to love our neighbors as ourselves and to live with gratitude for the many blessings I am fortunate to have. 

As a member of the vestry, I look forward to the opportunity to help shape and lead our church into a future of abundant love and inclusion for all.

Diocesan Convention Delegate Nominees

Terry Farrelly and Bill Cook, both of whom have been actively involved in Diocesan and parish governance for years.

Proposed Changes to vestry bylaws 

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Nominees and proposed Bylaws changes were approved by the Christ Episcopal Church Vestry on January 9, 2022.