The vestry is the legal representative of the parish with regard to all matters pertaining to its corporate property. The number of vestry members and the term of office varies from parish to parish. Vestry members are usually elected at the annual parish meeting. The presiding officer of the vestry is the rector. There are usually two wardens. The senior warden leads the parish between rectors and is a support person for the rector. The junior warden often has responsibility for church property and buildings. A treasurer and a secretary or clerk may be chosen. These officers may or may not be vestry members. The basic responsibilities of the vestry are to help define and articulate the mission of the congregation; to support the church’s mission by word and deed, to select the rector, to ensure effective organization and planning, and to manage resources and finances.

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Lee Shubert – Senior Warden. 1st 2 year term, ending 2020
Lee Schubert

David Chicaguala Junior Warden – 1st 2 year term ending 2021



Ann McNeal – 1st 3 year term, ending 2021

Daisy De Jesus – 2nd 3 year term, ending 2021

Grace JonesGrace Jones – 2nd 3 year term, ending 2020
A lifelong Episcopalian and minister’s daughter who enjoys sewing in her spare time and (quietly) knitting during services. Grace was married at CCBR in 2013, has served as Secretary of the ECW (2016), and volunteers on the Communications Committee to manage and maintain the website and manage the church Facebook page.


Christina MaravelChristina Maravel – 2nd 3 year term, ending 2020
Christina has been volunteering for the Girl Scouts for 43 years and has been the leader of a Junior Troop at Christ Church. In her spare time Christina enjoys knitting, crochet, and needlepoint. 



Tamara (Tami) Johnson – 1st 3 year Term, ending 2022

After growing up Lutheran, Tamara began attending Christ in 2017. A writer, editor, and photographer, she helps out taking photos and documenting life at the church. Tamara sings in the choir, and also can be seen knitting at coffee hour (and all over NYC). She was recently married to her longtime partner, Keith, and will be attending graduate school starting in the fall of 2019. 

Vestry Alumni

David Chicaguala Senior Warden 2018


Beth Duthie – Junior Warden – 2018

Beth Duthie

Catherine La Grutta – Served a partial term of one year, ending 2018
Catherine LaGrutta

Catherine joined Christ Church in 2005 and is a member of the Altar guild and the ECW where she and currently holds the position of Treasurer. 






Emily Hegarty, filled the vestry position previously held by Joyce Kalleberg –  term ending 2018.
Emily is an English professor and has lived in Bay Ridge for almost twenty years.

Laura Giustiani

Laura Giustiniani  – 1st 3 year term, ending 2020
Laura was born and raised in Brooklyn and has lived in Bay Ridge for over 20 years.  In her free time Laura enjoy spending time with loved ones, watching sports and helping rescue animals.



Will Smith – 1st 3 year term, ending February 2019

will-smith2Will was born, raised & still lives in Brooklyn. Though raised Roman Catholic, he gravitated towards the Episcopal Church as an adult. He has served on the vestry since 2008 and has previously served as Warden. Will and his wife Catherine are the proud parents of a lovely and witty daughter Madeleine, who teaches Sunday School at Christ Church. Will serves on the Buildings and Ground Committee where his professional experience in risk management and insurance are put to good use. 

Carla Clark – 1st 3 year term, ending 2019

Carla is working on her PHD (!), has two beautiful children and always has a smile ready to great everyone.





Members of the Vestry at Christ Church 2016

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