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.
Alfred Escoffier, Co-Senior Warden
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 enjoy my fellow parishioners and working with them to ensure Trinity a successful spiritual future.
Barbara Feduska, Co-Senior Warden
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 currently volunteer as an Usher, and Lector.
I am a mother of 3 sons and 7 grandchildren of which five live in Southern California.
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.
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.