Members of the Vestry at Christ Church – 2023
Catherine La Grutta – Warden
In her own words, Catherine is “one of those pesky reformed Roman’s” who joined Christ Church in 2005 . She has been a member of the ECW since day one and currently holds the position of Treasurer. Catherine is a member of the Altar Guild. She is semi-retired, owns her own electrolysis studio and volunteers within the electrolysis community.
Will Smith – Warden
Will 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. He loves soccer, obscure music, even more obscure films and welcomes everyone under the sun to CCBR.
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 and and volunteers on the Communications Committee to manage and maintain the website and manage the church Facebook page. If something you see here isn’t correct, blame her! 😉
Joy Basmajy Jr.
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.