Review this year's candidates nominated to the work of leadership as your Vestry.
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J. Harold Erskine III – Hal has been a member of Christ Church since 1992. His four college and high school age children, Meredith, Jake, Anna, and Peter, were all baptized here and have grown up at Christ Church. As a family, they have been involved with every Christ Church activity available to them. Hal is a regular at the 10 AM Adult Christian Enrichment sessions and 11 AM services, where he enjoys his regular left back row corner seat. Hal is honored and humbled to have been asked to be considered for the Vestry since the main reason he attends Christ Church is his hope for personal forgiveness and redemption. He has attended Christ Church regularly since joining in 1992, and Christ Church has and continues to be a major part of his life. Hal grew up in Mooresville, North Carolina, attending church every Sunday at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church where he was an acolyte. He was very active in church-related activities and earned his Eagle Scout, Boy Scout Troop 162, at St. Mark’s Lutheran. Hal graduated from Clemson University in 1981 with a BS in Chemical Engineering and received a Masters of Business Administration from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 1992. He has over 30 years of business management experience starting with DuPont, then MBNA, Bank of America, Western Alliance Bank, and presently owns and operates Erskine Financial Services.
Eleanor L. Gregory – Eleanor has been a member of Christ Church since 2001 when she joined to fulfill her premarital counseling requirement after relocating from Louisville, Kentucky. Her children, Amelia (11) and Hayden (9), were both baptized at Christ Church, have spent many vacations at Memorial House, and Hayden attended Christ Church Episcopal Preschool. Eleanor has served in the ministry of hospitality for Coffee Hour and Lemonade on the Lawn and chaired this committee for several years. She co-chaired the Saturday luncheon for the Green Show for five years and currently ushers at the 9 AM service. Eleanor has a catering business that delivers healthy, gourmet dinners to busy families in the Wilmington area. She is a member of the Wilmington Garden Club and is passionate about gardening. She joined other Christ Church members on a spiritual journey on the Camino de Santiago in Spain in 2014. Eleanor volunteers for the women’s Limen House, a therapeutic environment for women recovering from alcohol and drug abuse. She was a member of a Christ Church book club about women in prison that shared a meal with Epiphany House residents and was so touched by the experience that she is a current sponsor of Friendship House. Eleanor is honored to be included in the Vestry process and looks forward to using her skills and talents to benefit Christ Church, if elected.
Christopher T. Grundner – Chris is honored to be considered for the Christ Church Vestry. His first visit to Christ Church was in 2005 at the invitation of friends Roger and Alexandra Kirtley. Chris was searching for a church home as he dealt with the tragic loss of his wife, Kelly, who passed in 2004 from a brain tumor. He was extremely moved by the sermon that day and by how gracious and welcoming the members of the congregation were to him. With that, he began regularly attending services. In the years that followed, God opened Chris’ heart to love again, and he started dating his wife, Susan, in 2006. When Chris brought Susan to Christ Church for the first time, she also felt a strong connection, and the couple decided to officially join the church. In 2008, their first child, Cooper, was born and was baptized in May of that year. Three years later, their second child, Cameron (“CJ”), was born and baptized. Chris has an extensive work history in for-profit marketing and strategy but has been using his God-given talents to help the Delaware community from the nonprofit sector for the past decade. In addition to launching a local brain tumor foundation and then merging the organization and its programs with the national leader, Chris became the CEO of the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement, a post he held for three and a half years until he became the Chief Operating Officer at the Welfare Foundation. While Chris and Susan have been longtime donors to the Green Show and have hosted Lemonade on the Lawn, they became more actively involved at Christ Church several years ago when Chris began serving as a Eucharistic Minister and Susan began teaching Godly Play. Also, Chris has served as a panelist for the church’s annual Outreach Agency Breakfast. Chris is particularly interested in seeing Christ Church continue to grow and thrive with families with young children and hopes to not only leverage his business experience as a Vestry member but also his knowledge of board governance and operational best practices.
Elizabeth R. Moro – Over a year ago, Elizabeth was invited to attend Christ Church by her now husband, Vince, who has been attending since 2010. Together with their five children, Rachel (22), Vinnie (20), Abby (18), Kate (16), and Jack (12), they attend weekly services and participate in various volunteer activities throughout the year, including the Green Show Kitchen Crew as a newly promoted “galley rat” and as a Coffee Hour host. Elizabeth is the Vice President and Managing Broker for Berkshire Hathaway HomeService Fox & Roach Realtors in Kennett Square. A native of Michigan and the eleventh of 12 kids, Elizabeth has made this community her home and loves finding new ways to bring people together to celebrate; she and Vince are known for their farm to table dinner parties at Chadds Peak Farm and Rebel Hall. Recognized by the Delaware House of Representatives for her contributions to women’s leadership, she will soon be filing for the U.S. Congressional race for Pennsylvania’s District 7 and is locally involved in many charity efforts, including open space preservation and economic development. In her “spare” time, Elizabeth enjoys renovating her historic home and raising heirloom chickens. Elizabeth feels blessed to be a part of this wonderful spiritual home and looks forward to bringing her gifts to help build upon the church’s strengths.
J. Scott Poole – Scott a native Delawarean, grew up in North Wilmington, and attended the Methodist Church for much of his middle and high school years. It wasn’t until he met his wife, Amy, a lifelong Episcopalian, that he became involved at Christ Church. Scott and Amy were married here by John Martiner in 1998. Shortly thereafter, Scott and Amy moved to Atlanta; however, after exactly two years, they opted to move back to Wilmington and have lived here for the past 17 years. It was then in 2000 that they made Christ Church their home. Scott was confirmed here in 2001. While their family was still young, they participated in numerous parish activities such as potluck suppers, Lemonade on the Lawn, and Trunk ’n Treat. In addition, Scott co-chaired the Parish Life Committee, has served as a Eucharistic Minister and Lector, and ushered on occasion. Also, he became involved with the Green Show, assisting with the Wine Corner for several years. Scott’s children, Abigail (16) and Bradford (13), were baptized at Christ Church. As his kids grew, he became involved with teaching Godly Play. Bradford was in the inaugural class of the then newly-formed Christ Church Episcopal Preschool. Abigail was confirmed at Christ Church, and Bradford is in the current confirmation class. Both of his children are traveling to the Dominican Republic for the youth mission trip this summer. Scott worked for DuPont for several years in an organization which dealt with environmental issues associated with their past and current manufacturing sites. Currently, Scott works for the Campbell’s Soup Company as a Corporate Environmental Engineer. Scott believes it is now time to take on a larger leadership role at CCCH and hopes his past experiences and leadership abilities will help serve his parish community.
Albert W. Schyman – Al was raised in the Catholic tradition near Washington, DC. In 2005 he was first introduced to the Episcopal faith and Christ Church by his husband, David Schueck II, who has been a member of the Christ Church Choir since 1989. They have been together for 12 years. In 2008 Al was baptized into the Episcopal faith. For the last three years, he has served as a Eucharistic Visitor, communicating CCCH’s spiritual message for parishioners who cannot attend services. He is a member of the Episcopal Ministry for the Deaf and a mentor at the Delaware School for the Deaf. Al’s parents were deaf, as are many in his family, and he has a special place in his heart for the deaf community. Al is currently the Leader for the Diocese of Delaware’s PACT (Practical Approaches for Cross Cultural Transformation) organization. This ministry is dedicated to building a beloved community, through open hearts and open minds. Al and David have participated in Christ Church’s Foyer Groups and have loved the connections made there. In addition, Al serves as a greeter at the 11 AM service and was selected to represent Christ Church as a delegate at the 2017 Diocesan Convention. Al is the Global Sourcing Leader for DuPont Industrial Biosciences. This business is focused on manufacturing energy and materials which are non-fossil fuel based. Prior to DuPont, Al was the Asia Pacific Sales Manager for Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, based in Hong Kong. For recreation, he enjoys rowing, reading, and international travels with David. Al has found Christ Church to be inclusive, engaging, and spiritually fulfilling. He appreciates the support received from the Christ Church community and would like to “pay it forward.” If elected, Al looks forward to serving the church in this new capacity and is committed to ensuring Christ Church’s continued growth.
Lynne T. Swartz – In 2010 Lynne was searching for a spiritual home and found a warm welcome at Christ Church, where she feels blessed to worship. She and her husband, Tom, have four grown children plus four grandchildren who joined them each week to attend Sunday worship and Godly Play when they lived in the area. Her interest in the community prompted her to serve on the Outreach Committee, increasing her appreciation for the role that Christ Church plays in assisting those in need through our local agencies. Working on the Green Show has been a yearly commitment, and as a member of the Parish Life Committee, Lynne led the Parish Picnic for three years. In addition to Parish Life, she currently serves on the Newcomers Committee, the Flower Ministry Team, is a communion bread baker, a 9:00 usher, and coordinates a group of parishioners who maintain and care for the clergy vestments. In the community, Lynne has taught art, ceramics, and sculpture to students ages 5 through adult in local volunteer programs and art centers. She has served on the Board of Trustees of The Tatnall School and is a member of The Garden Club of Wilmington where she’s worked to support the club’s community outreach. Caring for and working with people are very important in Lynne’s life, and she strongly values her membership at Christ Church, her relationships with her fellow parishioners, and the opportunity to serve. Currently, she is working with another member to develop a new Christ Church ministry that will embrace the more senior members of our parish family. Lynne feels honored to be asked to stand for the Vestry and is interested in supporting church growth by reaching out to the community to welcome new members and to become stronger from within by contributing to the nurture and care of our existing Christ Church family.