Vestry

The Vestry is responsible for enhancing both the spiritual and organizational life of the parish. It manages all church property and assets, approves the budget, and authorizes major expenditures. All Souls has senior and junior wardens, a treasurer, clerk, and ten additional members. Keep these Vestry members in your prayers — they have many responsibilities, and they are much appreciated!

Meetings

Meetings of the Vestry are held the 3rd Monday of every month at 6:00 p.m. and are open to all members of the Cathedral. Copies of the minutes can be obtained through the Cathedral office.

Members

Each year the Nominating Committee considers proposed vestry members and recommends a slate of candidates. This slate is then approved by the Vestry. Elections are held each year at the Annual Meeting, where nominations are also accepted from the floor. Four positions are filled each year, for three year terms.

Nomination Form for 2018-2020 Members

Nominations are now open for members of the 2017-2019 Vestry. All nominations are due to Samuel Hunter in the Cathedral Offices either in person or via email (samuel@allsoulscathedral.org) by Monday, December 11 at 5:00 p.m.

Please click here to download the nomination form.

Vestry Officers

2015-2017 Members

Jill Goldie

I grew up in Youngstown Ohio and had a fantastic time as a kid. I attended Denison University for my undergraduate degree and then attended Ohio State for graduate school. I moved to Asheville in 1997 and love it here! I looked around for a few years to find a church home, and after checking out All Souls in 2000 or so, I’ve never gone anywhere else; I truly love this place. After Nancy Reid passed away in early 2015, I was asked to fill her vacant spot on Vestry, so here I am! I have never been on a Vestry before, but we keep moving forward toward our challenges!

Jason Chambers

I am a native of Western North Carolina and along with my wife Tamara and daughter Gabriella have attended All Souls for the past four years and have been members since 2012.  I am currently employed as Loan Officer with Old Town Bank in Waynesville.  I have served on the Asheville Parks and Greenways Foundation, Haywood Habitat for Humanity and am currently a board member of the Friends of the Nature Center.  I enjoy hiking, golf, softball, and snow skiing.

Mike Heilig

My wife, Helene, and I moved to Asheville in 1997 and have been coming to All Souls for 16 years.  Our 3 boys Ethan, 15, Lucas 13 and Marshall, 10, were all baptized at All Souls.  Ethan is at Asheville High and Ethan and Lucas are home schooled.   I am a Physical Therapist and Rehab Manager with Mission Health and am currently working on a Masters Degree in Health Administration.  I serve as an usher and also train new ushers and mostly just try to be an active participant in our church community- parish dinners, Food Booth, church work days, Room in the Inn,  and youth group trips to name a few.  In my spare time I enjoy running and cycling and being active with whatever my kids are involved in, whether leading cub scouts, coaching sports or just goofing off.  I am very appreciative that our family can be part of the All Souls community.

Alex McPherson

I am originally from Great Britain and moved to the USA when I married Terry in 1984. Over the course of his naval career we moved ten times and belonged to seven Episcopal parishes. I’ve taught Sunday school, coordinated EYC programming, read as a lay reader and served on two vestries. During this somewhat nomadic lifestyle our Episcopal community was the one constant, providing support and comfort in it’s familiarity. In 2010 a career opportunity brought us and our youngest child Clare to Asheville. Clare’s love of singing brought us to All Souls, where she sang in the choir until graduating from high school.  At All Souls I currently serve as an usher and lay reader, volunteer at the office front desk, cook meals for Room in the Inn and enjoy participating in Foyer Groups. I have also served on the Outreach and Property Committees. I volunteer with various local community organizations including the Mountain Area Radio Reading Service (MARRS), and Buncombe County Pre-School Outreach Program. It it an honour to serve on the Vestry of the Cathedral of All Souls; thank you for your support. 

2016-2018 Members

Cydney Pitts

I have been a member of All Souls for 8 years. I grew up in WNC and left in my twenties to live in Washington, DC and New York state. Everywhere I went, I kept looking for the mountains, so my husband Noah and I relocated to Asheville in 2001. I have two daughters, Addie (16) and Amelia (13). Along with being a mother, I am an English teacher at Asheville Middle School. I spend most of my time striving to nurture and support my own children, while challenging my students with passion and integrity. In my free time, I like to hike, cook and read.

My husband and I were both confirmed at All Souls and both of my girls were baptized here. We have found a community at All Souls that embraces us and supports our quest to live a full life with a spiritual center. I have had the opportunity to experience many different facets of the All Souls Community. I have sung in the choir, volunteered on EYC trips, been on a discernment committee, raised money for Cuba, participated in foyer, lenten and parenting groups, and served as a chalice bearer. My girls have been acolytes, participated in the Children’s Choir, and are active members of EYC.

Kathy Rauch

I am a passionate member of All Souls Cathedral, singing in the choir and serving on the Membership Committee. I and my husband Bob feel blessed to share our spiritual journey in such a welcoming, trustworthy, and challenging church community. As President of The Satori Group, I will bring strategic planning, organizational development, fund development, and branding skills to the Vestry. I celebrate the differences that make all of us precious in God’s eyes, and relish opportunities to help energize groups around a task. 

I hold a double BA in Journalism and Political Science from Indiana University. I serve on the Membership Committee of Women for Women in Asheville, and previously served as Vice President of the Community Foundation, President of the ARTS, and President of the Twin Tiers Affiliate of Susan G. Komen in the Southern Tier of NY. Bob and I live in Fairview, are avid gardeners, and share our gorgeous mountain vistas with two high-spirited Jack Russell terriers and two rather larger equine friends.  

Monroe Moore

My husband, Lupe Perez and I have been together for 25 years and have three kids, Maria 14, Beatrice 12, and Oliver 9.  Lupe and I first visited All Souls in 1999 looking for a welcoming community, as we were planning to adopt and wanted to raise them in an Episcopal faith community.  All Souls has witnessed our three kids baptisms, Maria’s and Lupe’s confirmation, as well as Lupe and my wedding in 2007. I am an usher, on altar guild, the 1st Quarter lead for Funeral receptions, scheduler for Acolytes, have participated in two discernment committees, involved in Foyers groups, youth group trips, and various one time committees and reception events. 

My main focus is being a stay at home dad, but have a lot of other items on my plate.  Homewood and Asheville Beverages are businesses that I founded and run with an extraordinary staff.  We welcome guest into our home on a short term basis.  I enjoy painting, drawing and writing.   Lupe works with Solace and is a knitter, quilter, and crafter of many trades.

Julie Fortney

All Souls has been at the center of my life and that of my family for the past four decades. It is where I was received and welcomed into the Episcopal Church. It is where I met my husband, David, where we were married and where our two boys, Michael and Matthew were baptized. It has both anchored and nourished my spiritual journey since I arrived in Asheville to begin my tenure on the music faculty at Mars Hill University. Over the years, in addition to singing in the Choir, I have enjoyed serving on the Vestry and also on the Stewardship, Christian Education and Food Booth Planning Committees. Most recently, I have helped to prepare food for the Community Breakfast and assisted David in providing refreshments for the Sunday services.

I have a profound appreciation for the members of this faith community. It has been inspiring to worship with them each week and I have been empowered by this interaction to serve the wider community as a performing musician and music educator.

2017-2019 Members

Billie Stahmer

I have been a member of All Souls since May 12, 2013. I have lived in Asheville for 36 years, moving here from Miami with my husband of 46 years and our daughter from a previous marriage. Our daughter lives in Jacksonville, Fl, we have three grandchildren, one great granddaughter, and a great grandson on the way in April.

I have over 50 years of experience in accounting. I presently work part-time time at the Basilica of St Lawrence downtown. I have been their bookkeeper for over 7 years. I had been retired, but decided to go back to work after working 26 years as office manager and an officer of the company here in Asheville. As I had always worked in commercial accounting, the transition to non-profit was a rewarding challenge.

All Souls and all the clergy, employees, and parishioners make it such a wonderful church, which is something I’ve sought for a very long time. I am a pancreatic cancer survivor, being diagnosed in September of 2004, which changed my life completely. Through very special friends, I found All Souls an answer to my prayers and I am so grateful to be part of this community.

Caroline Fleming

I was born and raised in the Southeast. After college I moved to the West Coast where I met my husband, George. We moved back to Asheville, my birthplace, in 2003. We have two children, Nicholas and Amelia. 

We spent several years seeking an authentic spiritual home and nurturing community in Asheville, which we finally found here at All Souls. We have been happily engaged in the community of All Souls since 2011. I have been involved with the Cuban Pilgrimages over the last three years, fostering our sister relationship with Fieles a Jesus in Matanzas, Cuba. I also enjoy being a lay reader. Our daughter Amelia enjoys singing with the choir, and Nicholas loves being a part of EYC. 

I am a high school Spanish teacher here in Asheville and enjoy reading and trail running in my free time.

Joseph Cummings

My wife Sandy and I have attended All Souls since 2010. I serve as an usher and a docent. I have helped with Food Booth, attended the newcomers class, and belonged to two Foyer Groups. This has enabled me to meet many people at All Souls.

I was born in Miami and retired and moved to Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community. My wife and I owned and operated an insurance agency in Coral Gables, Florida - Such a business provides life experiences that are useful in many ways and which will extend to serving on the vestry. 

I have been active in the Episcopal Church since 1970 and served as Senior Warden and Junior Warden at various times and various parishes.

Outside of my church work I have been busy at Deerfield serving on committees and playing croquet, hiking, and helping build Habitat houses.

Bill Bryant

As a member of the Cathedral of All Souls since 1990, I have served as an usher, lay reader, member of the Cathedral Arts Commission, and volunteer with Room in the Inn. I served as Chair of the Properties Committee for the past three years, overseeing the restoration of the Roof, the replacement of the heating and air-conditioning systems and the installation of the audio/visual system for Owen Library.

My wife Janis and I recently celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary. We are the parents of three sons, and are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our first grandchild in March!

I hold degrees in Music Education from Western Carolina University and the University of Illinois.  Retiring as band director of A. C. Reynolds High School in 2012, I am now an adjunct Instructor of Music Education at Western Carolina University. I remain professionally active as a music performer, conductor, and teacher, and I play tuba with the Appalachian Brass Quintet and Brevard Symphonic Brass.