The Vestry is the governing board of the church. It consists of the Rector and members of the parish elected by the church membership. The Vestry is responsible for the care of church finances and buildings. The members of the Vestry and the Rector work in tandem to create a vision and oversee the church’s activity and welfare.
A Vestry member appointed by the Rector to be Senior Warden is the Vice President of the Parish Corporation of which the Vestry is the Board of Directors. The Senior Warden is the chief lay officer of the Parish and is the administrative authority of the Parish in the absence of the Rector.
The Junior Warden is a member of the Vestry elected by the Vestry and is in charge of building and grounds maintenance and is the Second Vice President of the Parish Corporation.
The election of vestry members takes place during the Annual Meeting, which is held on the last Sunday of January. Each Vestry member volunteers to serve on the Vestry for a 3-year period. Minutes from the Vestry meetings are taken by the Parish Administrator and posted on the parish communication bulletin board in Buttrum Hall.
Ruben Cota Schultz, Senior Warden
I became a Sonoma resident and member of Trinity Church in July of 2017. Although I resided in Orange County California, my home parish was Grace Cathedral in San Francisco where my husband Michael and I were married May of 2014 after being together 14 years. Although I was baptized a Catholic and attended Catholic school and Michael was baptized Lutheran, we joined the Episcopal church due to its inclusion of all in the community and equality of men and women in the church. Our dream has always been to live in wine country and in 2017, we decided to move to Sonoma primarily due to the sense of community and beauty of the surrounding area.
I have worked in the medical field for the last 16 years in various executive management positions. In 2007, Michael and I co-founded our medical consulting firm which is headquartered in Orange County. Prior to my medical career, I held various executive positions in telecommunications as President & CEO of inserv eCustomer Solutions and as Chief Operating Officer of SBC Internet Services in San Francisco. SBC was later acquired by AT&T. I am a graduate of Stanford University and the Duke University Executive Management program.
Over the last several years, I have begun to refocus my energy in making a difference at Trinity using the gifts and talents God has given me.
John Eiler, Junior Warden
I have lived in Sonoma and attended Trinity for five years. With the help of church leaders and the congregation, I have found new hope and a new life. One of the proudest days was the marriage to my wife Arminda in 2019 which took place at Trinity and was celebrated with friends, family and the congregation. I have two children and five grandsons.
I was born and raised in the East Bay where I attended St. Peter’s Oakland, All Souls Berkeley, St. Clement’s Oakland, and Christ Church Alameda at different times. I attended an Episcopal Girls’ high school in Walla Walla Washington. Most recently I was a member of St. James San Francisco, which I attended with my adored godmother. I moved to Sonoma in 2018 where I immediately joined Trinity and shortly thereafter opened my clinical psychology practice.
George Michael Marcy
Friends and family call me Mike. I was born in Newark, N.J., and grew up the youngest of four boys in Summit, N.J., sons of Charles and Ruth Marcy. I was baptized and confirmed at Calvary Episcopal Church, Summit, where my father served on the Vestry and as parish treasurer.
My wife, Mileva, and I met at the wedding of mutual friends at Washington National Cathedral, and we were married in 1978 at St. Mary’s-by-the Sea Episcopal, in Pacific Grove. We have been blessed to have two daughters, Megan and Morgan, and three grandchildren, Libby, Liam and Ayla. We also have three rescue golden retrievers.
I am a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College and served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army (Infantry). After the service I worked as a newspaper reporter and trade magazine editor in New Jersey before holding corporate communications and energy policy advocacy positions –in San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Bakersfield, San Ramon and Martinez– with Chevron and Marathon for more than 30 years.
We first came to Trinity and Sonoma in 1981 and it is here that our daughters were baptized and where our daughter Morgan is at rest in the Memorial Garden. After I retired, we returned to Sonoma in 2005. Since our return I have served the parish as an Acolyte, member of the Memorial Garden Committee, Senior Warden and as a licensed Lay Eucharistic Minister.
My husband Don and I moved to Sonoma about 6 years ago, after being Lutherans for 50 plus years. We quickly became Episcopalian after visiting Trinity and heard a sermon by Fr. Jim on kindness and love.
We have three children, living in Chico, Kona HI, and Mill Valley with five granddaughters. When Don became ill in May of 2017, the people of Trinity surrounded us with love and care, and Don’s favorites, cherry pie and peanut brittle. When Don passed away in December of that year, our family was again surrounded by love and care which continues to this day.
Along with church each Sunday, I attend the Wednesday morning prayer service, and the Wednesday Noon Bible Study. I wouldn’t miss Centering Prayer at 8:00 am on Saturday mornings or the Mindful Living Women’s Fellowship each Thursday at 10:30 am.
I very much enjoy being a part of the Vestry. It is a loving small group with everyone committed to making Trinity run smoothly, always remembering our church’s ultimate responsibility, to spread the work of God to all people.
I began attending Trinity in the spring of 2017, shortly after moving to Sonoma from San Francisco. Although a life-long Catholic, I attended St. Luke’s Episcopal Church shortly after moving from the Peninsula in 2014, where I lived with my family since 1975. I initially attended St. Luke’s to hear the beautiful organ and fine chorus, while praying in that beautiful interior sanctuary. I continued to attend services due to the sense of community which was in sharp contrast to several different Catholic Churches I attended over the years.
My first, and most loved career was as a nurse. I received my nursing degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1966, and retired in 2014, as Director of Patient Services at a non-profit hospice in San Mateo County, where I worked for 10 years where I spent the most rewarding work of my professional life.
After I moved to Sonoma, I visited the Catholic and Episcopal churches in the area a few times, and once again felt a sense of being sincerely welcomed at the Episcopal churches- especially Trinity. It was an easy and obvious choice to become a member. I generally attend the 10:30 service, and volunteer as an Usher, and Lector.
I am a mother of 3 sons and 7 grandchildren of which five live in Southern California.
I have been attending Trinity Episcopal Church as a weekender since 2005. I began attending regularly when we moved from San Mateo to Sonoma full time in 2016. My former church was Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, San Francisco, where I also served on the Vestry.
I earned my AB at Stanford University in Art History and my MLS in Library Science from University of Denver. I was library director of the Burlingame Public Library for the last 20 years of my career. I am currently a docent at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and also volunteer at the Sonoma Museum of Art.
I grew up on the San Francisco Peninsula where my daughter was raised. She attended St. Matthew’s Episcopal Day School, where I was active on school board and the parent’s group. Michelle now lives in Hingham, Massachusetts with her husband Ryan and her 3 children.
My husband Steve and I enjoy living in this beautiful place. I look forward to working with the parish and my fellow vestry members in ensuring a successful spiritual future for Trinity Episcopal Church.