It is our pleasure to introduce three candidates for the vestry, and we'll be voting on these at the Annual Meeting on January 28th, so please plan to attend. A light lunch will be served, and brief state of the parish reports will also be provided from the perspective of the Vicar, Wardens, and Vestry.
Katie Griffey (candidate for 1-year term)
My husband, Bo, and I have two children: Eliza, age 22, and Jackson, age 19. I was born and raised in Paris, and have been a member of Grace since birth.
I am a graduate of UT Knoxville. My present civic clubs and organization activities inclue: Henry County Healthcare Foundation, Athena Delphian, PLUS Endowment.
I have previously served on the vestry and have been on one of our rector search committees. I am a current member of the Altar Guild and a member of the finance committee.
Jim Lacey (candidate for 1-year term)
I was baptized and confirmed in the Protestant Episcopal Church of America in Southbridge, Massachusetts. Having lived in Paris, Tennessee since 12/04/2004, my wife Mary and I have regularly attended Grace Episcopal Church. We have 2 sons, one in McKenzie and one in Massachusetts. Our McKenzie family includes 3 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. I have an EE degree from Carnegie-Mellon. We have lived in Paris for 13 years.
I have been a vestry member twice before and am willing to serve again. I have been a licensed Lay Reader, a licensed Worship Leader, and a Licensed Eucharistic Visitor in the Diocese of West Tennessee. Before moving to Paris, I was a licensed Lay Reader in the Episcopal Dioceses of Southern Ohio, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.
I am a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Rhea Public Library and have worked at Helping Hand for several years. I have been an active Grace Church choir member. I am an active financial contributor to Grace Church and a regular attendee at the Eucharist.
In addition to editing/publishing Grace News, I help manage the Grace Church office wireless network and associated applications.
Dianne E. Carlisle (candidate for 3-year term)
Wife of Bruce W. Carlisle and mother to a daughter Morgan and a son Bruce Wayne II.
Education: studied Psychology and Pre-Law at West Virginia Wesleyan College, MLT training from Columbus Para-Professional Institute
Though I have attended Grace for 19yrs., and been a member for 14 yrs., this is my first time running for Vestry. I am originally from the Jersey Shore where I was born and raised. I met my husband 43 yrs ago at WVWC. Our family moved to Paris 20 yrs ago when Bruce took a job here with DANA CORP.
I have been active at Grace on many different levels. I began volunteering in the office within a month of starting to attend church here. I ran the church office for about 10 yrs both as a volunteer and later as a paid employee. I have served and been trained as a lector, Lay Eucharistic Minister, and in the past, have led morning and noonday prayer on a daily basis. I was a member of the ECW and taught Sunday School. Under Fr. Kevin, I was asked to set-up Patriot’s Community Kitchen. I have continued to work in its’ ministry for 10yrs and for the past 5yrs, running it with my husband. Through this ministry we have served over 20,000 meals and provided Christmas to hundreds of children.
Right now, I am working with a church in Huntingdon that is hoping to copy our success and giving my time to their efforts. I also helped with the start- up of a version of PCK now serving out of a Methodist Church in Camden. PCK has been recognized by the Episcopal Church for its work in our community. I love doing this outreach for Grace.
Though my health has been an issue that I have struggled with the last few years, God has given me the strength to move beyond my weaknesses. With His help, I have committed myself to the things that I enjoy and draw strength from. First is my art. I am back to creating a whole new line of my handmade glass jewelry and lighting, along with the addition of painting and photography. Our church has always been at the center of our family’s life. Our time at Grace has been no different. I feel it is time for me to serve Grace through more than just Patriot’s Kitchen. Serving Grace by serving on the Vestry is just one more way that I feel my talents would be useful. I also intend to once again, serve as a lector and LEM. I believe service is the key to living and being a Christian.
Grace Church, as I know it, is a place of comfort and strength. That strength has always been our willingness and desire to move through our differences, to a place of common ground. Though Grace, like many other churches today, faces difficult challenges, it is our history of strength, commitment and faith that has seen us through. As a member of Grace and hopefully, a member of Vestry, I will commit myself to doing all that I can to keep us as a relevant resource in this community.
Stanley Leslie (candidate for 3-year term)
I was born in Memphis, TN in 1945. From the age of 5 I lived in Potts Camp, MS. I was reared in the Methodist Church. I attended Ole Miss and graduated from Delta State University. I worked as a social worker for Mississippi and Tennessee for 34 years.
I became a member of Grace Church in 1974. I was a member of Grace for 32 years and then a member of St. John's in Murray, KY for 12 years. When I was at Grace before, I served as a member of the vestry several times and served as Senior Warden as well as clerk. I was also a member of Bishop's Council under Bishop Dickson and Bishop Coleman in West TN. I also served as a member of the Saint Mary's Chapter. I have served at the Altar in several areas. I served as president of the TSEA WHBC chapter for ten years. I have been involved with several local organizations and am presently very involved with the Paris Quota Club.
Since retirement, I have worked as an office manager of a retail boat business, a substitute teacher, a nursing home social worker, and twice as a part time social worker for the State of Tennessee.
I am married to Bernie Leslie (10 years). He has two children and four grandchildren. I have never had children of my own. I volunteer at the Henry County Archives one day a week and we both volunteer at the Wildlife Refuge.
I have lived in Henry County since July of 1969.
Scott Walsh (candidate for 3-year term)
My hometown is Wellsville, N.Y. I’m the single parent of one daughter, Cassie, who is also a member of Grace. I attended St. Bonaventure College and have lived in Paris for over ten years.
I have been an Episcopalian for twenty-three years. Here at Grace, I have served as a vestry member and also as Junior Warden. My service as a licensed Eucharistic Minister continues. For several years, I was chairman of Patriots Kitchen.
Out of love for Grace Church, Cassie and I stripped the baptismal font and refinished it for Grace. Some years ago, we returned to Erie PA and brought back the candle rack as a present to Grace from the Catholic Diocese of Erie Pa.
I am presently working as a machinist at Advance Machine and Tool in Mayfield, KY.