Review this year's candidates nominated to the work of leadership as your Vestry.
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Allison Ayers – Allison is a lifelong Episcopalian and has been a member of Christ Church since 2001. She and her husband, Jason, were married at Christ Church by John Martiner in 2002 and have three children, Madison (12), Sydney (9), and Liam (8), who were baptized at Christ Church. Allison serves on the Stewardship Committee and is a member of the Newcomers Ministry. This service has allowed her to deepen her faith and to help Christ Church grow and increase engagement. Allison enjoys volunteering with the Greens Crew at the Green Show. Currently, Allison and Jason serve on the Children's Ministry, teaching the 4th and 5th grade class, and their children have been enriched by Godly Play and Vacation Bible School over the years. Professionally, Allison has worked for JPMorgan Chase for 19 years as a finance manager. Personally, she enjoys volunteering on the PTA and at her children's school events. Allison is honored to have been nominated to stand for the Vestry. She views this as an opportunity to give back to Christ Church and to help with the continuous growth and sharing of God's love through service. Allison hopes to use her professional leadership and volunteer experiences to care for the Christ Church parish family and surrounding community.
Kevin Clayton Brown – Clay, as he is affectionately known to us, has lived in Chadds Ford for the past 12 years and is blessed with two adult daughters and four beautiful grandchildren. He is an Episcopalian from birth. Clay grew up in a multicultural congregation in West Philadelphia during the civil rights movement. It was during this time that the foundation for Clay's ministry with diverse populations was formed. He and his family served the church in many capacities, including acolyte, Eucharistic ministry, and serving the homeless. Additionally, Clay is a veteran who served as an officer in the US Army Reserves. Approximately seven years ago, Clay stumbled upon Christ Church by accident when he turned onto Buck Road while attempting to take a shortcut. Attracted by the beautiful architecture of the church, he got out of the car and explained to the assistant rector that he had made a mistake and gotten lost. The assistant rector took his hand, looked him in the eyes, and said that it was no mistake. Since that time Clay has served with the Christ Church community as an acolyte, Eucharistic minister, assisted with Thursday morning worship, and regularly attends Bible study. Additionally during his early years with Christ Church, Clay helped develop and co-facilitated the first season of the Saturday worship service. Also he has volunteered and served on many projects including the Diocesan "Walkabout" here at Christ Church, the Bishop's ordination and consecration, and with Family Promise. Clay's love for ministry and the Church is shown in his desire to serve wherever needed. He is a graduate of The General Theological Seminary and brings with him a wealth of experience in ministry and congregational development. His daily vocation as a clinical nurse educator provides him with the skills needed to help others share in a broader view of life with those around us. Clay would be honored to serve with the Vestry as we strive to live out the call of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jamie Jones – Jamie began her life as an Episcopalian when preparing to marry her husband, Wes, at St. Alban's Church in Wilmington. She was received into the Episcopal Church in January 2000 and has been a member of Christ Church since 2002, after attending both St. Thomas in Newark and St. Barnabas in Wilmington, during which time their three children, Charlie, Meredith, and Natalie, were baptized and confirmed. All three are now happily married. At Christ Church Jamie has served on the Altar Guild, the Flower Ministry, the Celebration of Life Ministry, and as a Coffee Hour host and Vacation Bible School teacher. She has been involved with the Green Show Preview Party hospitality team for 10 years;
for the past seven years, she and Wes have chaired the Kitchen Crew. Jamie has worked on the Personnel Committee but found her true passion fulfilled when asked to join the Outreach Committee in 2012. Since that time she has chaired the group and continues to enjoy Outreach involvement. In the community, Jamie has volunteered in leadership roles with Girl Scouts of America, served at both Emmanuel Dining Room and Epiphany House, and volunteers at Mom's House and UrbanPromise. Professionally, Jamie taught in both Delaware and Virginia, working with students with exceptional needs in public schools. She has been a tax preparer/office manager for H&R Block and retired from a 12-year career at Ursuline Academy as admissions director. Currently, she manages financial accounts at two small, local businesses on a part-time basis. Jamie looks forward to using her gifts to nurture and grow the Christ Church community and is honored to be included as a nominee for the Vestry. She welcomes the opportunity to take on a greater leadership position at Christ Church.
Rachel M. Macha – Rachel was born and raised in Delaware by loving parents that were great Christian examples. Her parents centered their lives and family around serving Christ, always helping others and involved with the church. Rachel was active in Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, youth group, played the piano for prisons and outreach ministries, and sang in a youth choir that traveled and did mission work during the summer. Rachel met her husband, Rich, while working with AT&T, and they married in 1983. During the first 15 years of marriage, they relocated with AT&T several times but always found a new church home. In 1999, they relocated back to Wilmington and made Christ Church their home. Rachel and Rich raised their five children—Aaron, Abbey, and Ashley (20-year-old triplets) and Anthony and Austin (18-year-old twins)—at Christ Church. All five children were confirmed here and regularly attended Sunday School, sang in the St. Nicholas Choir, served as acolytes, went to Camp Arrowhead, and participated in youth mission events. Rachel has been an active parishioner, serving on the Strategic Planning and Outreach Committees, taught Sunday School, prepared meals for Friendship House, served as a Coffee Hour host, greeter, and usher, and helped with the Green Show and numerous potluck suppers. For the past 15 years, Rachel has faithfully played the piano at Stonegates for Christ Church services. She has been actively involved with the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware and serves on their board as well as on various community and school councils. Rachel has more than 30 years of business management experience working with global clients in the area of communications and business process optimization/outsourcing. Her expertise is in growing and retaining client relationships, marketing, communications, and planning. Rachel is honored and thankful to be considered to serve this loving, Christ-centered community.
E. Ashley Hershey Schlobach – Ashley has been a dedicated member of Christ Church for the past 40 years when her parents returned to Wilmington in 1978. She was confirmed here, served as an acolyte, and was married at Christ Church in 1999. Ashley is a graduate of the Kent School, an Episcopal preparatory school in Connecticut, and received her B.S. degree from Washington College. She has worked extensively in all aspects of retail management and marketing and is currently running the Tower Hill School Store that she and fellow parishioner, Louise Barton, founded in 2016, both as volunteers. She and her husband, Stephan, have two wonderful children. Their son Christian (15) attended Madame Layton School, was confirmed at Christ Church, and is a second-year acolyte. Anna (12) was in the St. Nicholas Choir and attended Christ Church Episcopal Preschool. As an integral member of the community, Ashley is involved in many local charities and is passionate about volunteering. Her family volunteers yearly at the Green Show and at other community events. When her daughter attended the preschool, Ashley joined the Parents' Association and took on the leadership role in fundraising. She founded the Spring Gala and served as chair for two more years; the Gala today is the most successful fundraising event for the preschool. She continued her mission to support the preschool when she accepted her calling to join the Board of Trustees and head the Annual Fund. She completed her term on the board in 2017 and feels blessed to have been chosen as a Vestry candidate for 2018. Ashley is honored to be asked to stand for the Vestry and believes it’s now time to take on a larger role where her skills and talents will continue to serve and bridge the preschool and church communities, while deepening her faith.
Albert W. Schyman – Al was raised in the Catholic tradition near Washington, DC. In 2005, he was 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 13 years. In 2008 Al was baptized into the Episcopal faith. He is a member of the Eucharistic Visitors Ministry, which communicates Christ Church's spiritual message to those who cannot attend services. Al is a member of the Episcopal Ministry for the Deaf, as he is a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), as are many in his family. In 2015 he became a member, then leader for the PACT ministry, an organization committed to Christian growth, justice, and action. For the past two years, he has represented Christ Church as a delegate at Delaware's annual Episcopal Diocesan Convention. Al serves as a greeter at the 11 AM service and participates as a leader in Christ Church's worship services at Stonegates. Al's corporate leadership experience as the Global Sourcing and Logistics Leader for DuPont's Industrial Biosciences has not only been invaluable but has introduced him to the Wilmington area. Prior to DuPont, Al was based in Hong Kong as the Asia Pacific Sales Manager for Mitsui. In his spare time, Al is a member of the Wilmington Rowing Club and mentors at the United States Business Leadership Network. He appreciates the support from the Christ Church community and would be honored to serve on the Vestry. If elected, Al looks forward to working for the church in this capacity and will be committed to Christ Church's continued growth.