Sunday, September 27th
On Sunday, September 27, St. David’s will hold its Annual Meeting virtually. We will share in the reports of the blessings of our financial position, the ministries highlights of the year past, a look forward for our year in The Way of Love, the recognition of outgoing Vestry members, the election of four new Vestry persons, and our year in photos video.
Our slate for the Vestry this year is Jay Baldwin, Betsy Spiegel, Tom Watkins and Liza Whelan. Voting will take place electronically leading up to the meeting.
Please mark your calendar to join in celebrating all that God has done and is doing among us as a church on the mission to Know God in Jesus Christ and Make Christ Known to Others.
Biographies for Vestry 2020-2021
Jay and his wife, Theresa, have 3 adult sons and 2 grandchildren who live in the area. Theresa and Jay have been part of the St David’s community since moving back to the area in 2000. Jay has been active in Sunday worship since arriving. He ran the acolyte program from 2002 to 2017 and was part of the worship commission during that time. He has been a verger since 2012. Jay is a lifelong Episcopalian. Jay greatly enjoys the fellowship of the men’s Friday morning bible study group. Jay retired in September 2020 after working for 42 years in the property insurance industry. He had been the branch manager for FM Global Group’s Philadelphia branch since July 1999 achieving a successful record of profit, retention and growth. He now enjoys spending time with his family, reading, golf and biking. For several years Jay and Theresa have been supporters of St James School.
Betsy and her husband, Reed and their two children, have been members of St. David’s Church for 13 years. While her children were growing up, Betsy regularly taught Sunday School at St. David’s Church. She also has worked on a number of committees and events at St. David’s, including Coffee Hour, Military Support and Altar Guild. Additionally, Betsy has been very active with the St David’s Fair. During the past 3 years, she and her husband ran the midway prize booth and prior to that Betsy donated her time and talent at a variety of different booths at the fair. Outside of St David’s, Betsy has been involved with several community organizations including The Saturday Club and the Devon Horse Show. Before moving to the area, Betsy was a high school teacher in Indiana for nearly a decade, teaching American History, World Geography and U.S. Government. After moving to the area in 2005 she became a volunteer in the T.E. School system, where her children attended school. Most recently Betsy taught preschoolers for two years at the St. David’s Nursery school and she also taught for a short time at the new St. David’s Day School. Betsy hopes to use her background and skills in education along with her strong and abiding faith in serving on St. David’s Vestry.
Liza Whelan, her husband, Michael, and their daughters have been members of St. David’s for 25 years. Her two daughters were both in the children and youth choirs and participated in Sunday school, Youth Group and served as co-chairs for Hip Hop Hippo. Liza supported children’s choir as a “choir mom” and was an adult supporter for Hip Hop Hippo for seven years. While at St. David’s, Liza has served on several committees including a past Co-Chair of Second-Hand Rose and a former committee member of Women’s Ministry. She currently serves as Co-Chair of Caring Meals Ministry and a member of Altar Guild, the Phone Ministry and Newcomer Greeters. She has also been part of the After-School Program since its beginning. Liza looks forward to using her experience and sharing her talents while serving on the Vestry.
Tom has been a member of the St. David’s parish since 2002 when he moved to Willistown Township from Chestnut Hill. He was an active member of St. Paul’s Chestnut Hill for 30 years. At St. David’s, Tom has been a cofounder of the Art of Faith ministry and helped organize the spring organ recital series. He is particularly interested in promoting the music and art ministries and in becoming more involved in church life as a whole. Tom is presently Chairman of the Men’s Fellowship Ministry. His wife Penny has been an active parishioner for many years. She has also been a Stephen Minister and is presently a member of the Altar Guild.
Graduating from Penn Charter in 1959, Tom has a BA degree from Columbia University, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He was in private practice for many years and served as a judge in the first judicial district for 21 years, retiring in 2004. Allison Watkins, Tom’s daughter, resides in Bologna, Italy and Penny has four children and 7 grandchildren residing in New York and Los Angeles. Penny is a trustee of the Curtis Institute of Music, a board member of the Natural Lands Trust, a former board member of People’s Light and Theatre, and presently serves on the Library Committee at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Penny and Tom are subscribers to the Philadelphia Orchestra and are active members of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.