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Vestry Nominees for the Class of 2025

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Steve Bennett

Steve has been a member of Trinity since 2016, having moved to Asheville after

living and working in Atlanta, GA for 35 years. An Alabama native, he obtained BM

and MM degrees in organ performance from Samford University and Florida State

University (FSU), respectively, with the goal of teaching at the college level. Such

jobs were scarce at the time of graduation, however, and he quickly realized the

need for an alternative plan for providing food, shelter, etc.

He began taking evening classes in Information Technology while working as assistant registrar in FSU’s College of Law, and eventually landed an entry-level IT position at

BellSouth in Atlanta. He later obtained his CPA certification and held various roles over the years in finance, accounting, project management and internal audit at BellSouth, Georgia-Pacific, and Metso Finland.

 

Steve was an active member of the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta for 35 years. During that time, he served as a volunteer chapel organist and worked in several stewardship campaigns. He was also active in the Atlanta Preservation Center and the High Museum of Art.

 

Volunteer activities in Asheville have included MANNA FoodBank, Asheville Symphony Chorus and Chamber Chorus, and occasional appearances (in VERY minor roles) at Asheville Community Theatre (ACT).

 

At Trinity, he’s been a member of the chancel choir for 6 years, and occasionally serves as a substitute organist at the 10:45 am service.

 

Steve has served on the Board of Directors of ACT for two consecutive terms and is in his 4th year as Board Treasurer. As a member of the Executive Committee he was heavily involved with developing funding and staffing strategies to assist the organization, one of Asheville’s oldest arts entities, in weathering the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. ACT has since reopened, is fully staffed once again, and is in a strong financial position to begin its 2022-2023 season. He also volunteers at Asheville Art Museum as a touring docent and is a member of the museum’s Collectors’ Circle.

 

Steve resides in the Lake View Park neighborhood of north Asheville, and his hobbies include working in the yard, travel, hiking, grilling out/entertaining in his backyard, and working on old houses. He’s a regular participant in OLLI classes at

UNCA and is active in the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County.

 

Steve has a keen interest in the nexus between music and congregational worship at Trinity, and the use/impact of innovative approaches to parish communications. He’s been especially proud of Trinity’s response to the steadily growing online community (especially during the pandemic) and has high hopes for further outreach opportunities afforded by this newer means of communication and inclusion. Steve also feels grateful to have discovered Trinity’s sincere, welcoming community right in the heart of downtown Asheville, and would be honored to

increase his role in this vibrant congregation.

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Graeme Browning

Graeme began screening Trinity’s services online after COVID struck.

 

She was so moved by the devotion she saw and the sermons and music she heard

that when the parish went back to in-person worship she quickly joined the lay

ministry. She serves as a reader, greeter, chalice bearer and intercessor, and is an

occasional volunteer editor for Trinity’s Easter and Christmas prayer booklets. She

just completed her third year of EfM, under the leadership of Peggy Buchanan, and

is looking very much forward to her fourth year.

Graeme was baptized in the Presbyterian Church but fell in love with the Episcopal Church at age 12, when her parents joined. She has been an active and involved Episcopalian since then, as a crucifer, acolyte, and usher as well as chalice bearer

in several churches.

 

She has been a member of two vestries and was a delegate for seven years to the annual convention of the Diocese of Washington, D.C.  During those years she learned the importance of commitment both to the church and to those in the community around her and in the world beyond. At St. Columba’s in Washington, D.C. she was a member of an outreach organization constructing an Episcopal elementary school in Siguatepeque, Honduras and helping women there develop micro-businesses to generate income for their families. She has been a Sunday school teacher and involved in church youth activities.

 

At Trinity she participated in our recent Habitat for Humanity project.  Graeme got her undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky and a law degree from Vanderbilt University. In her first career she was a reporter, columnist and editor at newspapers including the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun and Chicago Sun-Times, and a political reporter for National Journal. She has written two books and has been a consultant for federal government projects for the last 18 years.

 

The most important person in her life is her daughter, Lowry, who is a child therapist working with foster families in Louisville, KY. Graeme lives with two Cardigan Welsh Corgis and a sweet cat and counts her good friends and the Trinity

community as her Asheville “family.”

 

She is honored to be considered for a position where she can give back to Trinity and all who worship here.

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Stuart Camblos

Stuart is a “cradle Episcopalian” who grew up at Trinity. She happily sang in the Junior Choir and remembers helping her mom at the Trinity Christmas Bazaars in the 50s and early 60s. She was an active member of the EYC (Episcopal Young Churchmen) during high school. “We had supper meetings and lots of fun every Sunday night in the undercroft!”

 

Stuart returned to Asheville in 1997 and considers herself fortunate to have chaired our special September 1999 Celebration at the Governor’s Western Residence. During this event Trinitarians kicked off the Every Member Canvass and met our new Rector, Bill Whisenhunt.

Stuart served on the Vestry from 2001-2004. She co-chaired Trinity’s Centennial Celebration Weekend and has also been a member of the Trinity Art Guild. Currently, she enjoys volunteering at Lake Logan.

 

Community service includes the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, Western North Carolina Historical Association, Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County, and the French Broad River Garden Club. Stuart loves music, art and design, and hiking the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.

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Sharon Lechner

Hello, Trinity family! Some of you know me from the Becoming Beloved Community Book Club, which I co-lead, and from Parents In Conversation, which I [insert honest assessment] participate in when I can. 

 

I grew up as an earnest, zealous child in Maryland where my family attended a conservative Presbyterian/Calvinistic church with an Evangelical bent. The foundation I received was steeped in the Bible’s stories and poems. It showed me the importance of living in interdependent community and started me on a path of paying attention to God experiences. 

My dream since I was young was to become a physician and I marched toward that goal, attending college and medical school in Maryland. Residency in family medicine brought me to UNC-Chapel Hill and introduced me to my husband, Logan, an OB/GYN. We settled in AVL where I have been taking care of patients at Community Family Practice since 2011. Along the way, my fantastic daughters made me a mother twice over. (You might know Miriam and Eve by their messy hair and cowboy boots!)

 

Our family’s journey toward the Episcopal Church unfolded slowly as life busted my boxes for God and people. My patients taught me that love and dignity are everywhere I never thought to look. My children taught me that the goodness given to us by God cannot be erased and that the Mother-love of God is fierce. After dissonance with the tradition I inherited had been building for years, my faith underwent a death and slow rebirth. Certainty is gone but what replaced it is much more beautiful.

 

I encountered Trinity as a refugee of sorts in 2018 and am thankful to have been taken in. I love that the sick are cared for and that children are cherished. I love that food is God's presence and that beauty matters. I love that this church is rooted in something ancient and time-tested, yet its theology is generous enough to include everyone. There is room to ask questions here. There is room for me to be myself.

 

I would be coming to vestry as a question asker. How can we enjoy the beauty and stability of the liturgy and the Eucharist, but do so in a way that invites more diversity in our parish? How do our rituals and practices open us up to the sacred in the everyday? How do we allow the Bible to disrupt our comfortable lives? How do we pass on a faith to our children that sticks without wounding them? How do we center the voices of the marginalized and powerless in our community? In short, how do we love Jesus more and our systems less?

 

Thank you for your consideration, church. Humbly, Sharon

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Tom Williams

My wife Laurie and I joined Trinity Church in 2017 soon after I retired from a communications and public affairs role with Duke Energy in Charlotte and we moved to our home in Fairview full-time. As the son of an Episcopal priest, attending and being active in my father’s church was non-negotiable while I grew up in Winston-Salem and Charlotte.  Over time, I grew to enjoy it and later worked at Kanuga Conferences for five summers as a teenager.  Our daughter Mary also had an excellent experience both as a camper for many summers at Kanuga and as an elementary and middle school student for six years at Trinity Episcopal School in downtown Charlotte.

I served two terms on the vestry of St. Peter’s Episcopal church in downtown Charlotte, a church that is similar in many ways to Trinity, and look forward to getting more active at Trinity as a member of the vestry. 

Delegate Nominees to the 2023 Convention

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Leslie Welker

Leslie Welker has been a member of Trinity since 2014 when she moved back to Asheville, her childhood home. She sings in the choir and often plays the flute, serves as chalice bearer and lector/intercessor, is a member of the Daughters of the King, the Garden Guild, and served on the discernment committee for a priesthood candidate.
Leslie received her undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University and her masters and doctorate degrees from the University of Alabama. She was a band director for almost 30 years in Tuscaloosa, Alabama before moving back to Asheville. Leslie has been an Episcopalian for most of her life. In Alabama she was very active in her church, serving on the vestry, choir, Daughters of the King, as acolyte master, chalice bearer and lector/intercessor, altar guild, Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, and as president of the Episcopal Churchwomen. Leslie served as Senior Warden for 2022.

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Page McCorkle

Page Conner McCorkle is a big smile, a compassionate heart and a Christ-loving soul seeking to serve God through her work and life.  Through her career and leadership in higher education, she has brought people together to raise awareness around the issues involving race, equity and inclusion in education and workforce development.  As a single mother, she dedicates time for her and her two sons, Collin and Aiden McCormick to practice a martial art – taekwon-do – together.  Through the practice of taekwon-do not only do they gain physical control, skills, and strength, but they development their character through the specific tenets of courtesy, integrity, self-control, perseverance, and indomitable spirit.  Page is a spiritual being living a human existence, with all the imperfections and sin that goes along with being a human.  She seeks opportunity for growth and learning in all that life’s experiences have to offer.  Working with Trinity’s clergy to offer Adult Forum presentations and Parents in Conversation (PIC) topics has been a wonderful way to contribute over the past several years.  The PIC group has grown.  Page has seen parents and families continue to deepen connections and explore ways to further integrate faith into the lives of the children.  Vulnerability is something Page embraces and when shared with others God’s light shines brighter to warm those around her.  Maya Angelou said, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  Page wishes to share God’s love so those that she encounters feels it and she will continue to do this through a life of service, committed to God, her family and her community.  Page is completing her three-year service as a member of the Vestry

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