My name is Phyllis Doyle. My husband, Bob and I came to St. Mary Anne’s for the first time on St. Francis Sunday, 2006 and immediately knew we had found a new spiritual home. I was impressed by the warm, casual atmosphere and the many activities here. I have enjoyed working with the Altar Guild, Outreach Office, EFM, Prayer Shawl Ministry, Youth Group and our Annual Garden Market. I love gardening, yoga and several types of needlework. I usually keep several projects going simultaneously.
I consider St. Mary Anne’s and the people here my second family. It’s time I stepped a little deeper into the heart of this church, and when asked to join the vestry I felt honored. I hope I can bring the passion and love I feel for St. Mary Anne’s into my time with the vestry. I would be honored and humbled if you allow me to play a role in continuing to make St. Mary Anne’s a vital instrument in carrying God’s work and word into our local community and everywhere her parishioners travel.
I am Bruce England and I married into the SMA family over 32 years ago. My wife Barbara and generations of her family have been members of SMA much longer! After our 3 boys advanced beyond Sunday School participation, my family became routine 8 o’clockers. On Sunday, you can generally find me in the almost front pew by the side door and at most coffee hours between the services.
Over the years, I have volunteered and contributed to various efforts at SMA and was a member SMA’s last Search Committee. I credit the many prayers of SMA parishioners in 2007/8 for my continued physical presence.
I am the Executive Director of the Susquehanna Workforce Network, Inc., a non-profit organization that advances and executes economic and workforce development programs and services in Cecil and Harford County. This engages me with a wide range of private sector enterprises, educational institutions, governmental and community organizations.
I graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park campus in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science of Degree in Business with a concentration in Personnel Management and Labor Relations.
I made a career with the Federal Government’s U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in the field of human resources and labor management. During my 36-year career, I rose through the ranks to become the Director of Human Resources at several VA medical centers around the country. Parts of my responsibilities were to advise, and get the buy-in of various management officials within the medical centers on all aspects of human resources. This included recruitment and placement, labor relations, classification of positions, pay, awards, disciplining employees, and steps to correct behaviors. This included human resources guidance and policy development to the medical center’s top management. Additionally, I retired, after 22 years, from the U.S.
Navy Reserves as a commander in the medical service corps. During this time, I was a member of various hospital units and held various positions with the unit, including OIC of medical reserve fleet hospital unit, consisting mostly of physicians.
While attached to a hospital unit in Richmond, VA, I was activated to coordinate and assist all medical assets travelling to and returning from Operation Desert Storm. I was the OIC of a small contingent of enlisted personnel during this time.
These experiences have helped me gain broader insights into how to get things done through listening, suggesting and compromise. Also, I was a Vestry member at my previous parish in southern Indiana and found the experience challenging and motivating.
During our time, here I have been a member of the Mission Committee and helped at the bake table during the Garden Market. I also attended bible classes on Wednesdays.
I’ve found, as I’ve gotten older, that I deeply value my relationship with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. My sense of striving to be a better person has become much more important to me and I try to be that better person each day. I also deeply value my senses of honesty and fairness which together with my relationship with God, will I feel, help contribute to the success of the Vestry and therefore, St. Mary Anne’s.
I am Rick Waterhouse and I have been a member of St. Mary Anne’s congregation since 1983. Julie and I first came here because of the beautiful, historical building and grounds, and because we were welcomed so warmly by Father Shand and John Bregger (whom I believe was the senior warden at the time). Worshipping in the same church, where thousands of souls have worshipped for hundreds of years before me is a comforting thought. In the time we have been members, I have sung in the choir, played music for services, done children’s sermons, served on the Vestry, the Worship Committee, and the Mission Committee, helped manage the North Elk Coffee House, helped run a fair trade booth at the Garden Market, helped start the Heifer Pot Luck Supper, started the Family Train Day, and graduated from EFM.
In my personal life, Julie and I have raised two children, Jonathan and Lauren, who were both members of the youth group, children’s choir, and acolyte corp. I was an elementary teacher in the Christina School District, Newark, Delaware for 30 years. I retired from teaching in 2005 and now work as the Programs Coordinator for the Delaware AeroSpace Education Foundation (DASEF), and am self-employed, performing at schools, libraries, and community events with my guitar and puppets. Julie and I sing with the New Ark Chorale, which is directed by Michael Larkin, the former St. Mary Anne’s Director of Music Ministry. I am also a member of the chorale board. I have performed in community theater many times over the past 40 years.
I believe that my experiences at St. Mary Anne’s and in my personal life have developed my management skills and my ability to relate to people, which will be of benefit in serving on the Vestry. In my years of playing weekly guitar anthems for the 8:00 service, I have felt the Holy Spirit inspiring me in composing
the lyrics based on the readings. I believe this inspiration is a part of all creative endeavors. I think the presence of the Spirit will assist me as I try to do the work of the church as a member of your Vestry.
And, in a more practical sense, I believe that the members of our church, who are able, should take a turn as a member of this managing body of the church. Since I was last on the Vestry, when Bishop Shand left and Father Hartman was called to be the new rector, I think it is time for me to serve again.
I currently serve on the Mission Committee, and am also an Offering Counter. In the past, I have supported the Garden Market, the Rotating Homeless Shelter, Train Day and Wreaths Across America Day at St Mary Annes.
I am employed with the US Army at Aberdeen Proving Ground as a Department of the Army Civilian with the US Army Research Development and Engineering Command. I served as a US Army Chaplain 1984 – 2002 at Fort Campbell, KY, Korea, Hawaii, Army Chaplain’s School Staff and Faculty, Fort Carson, Colorado.
I graduated with a BA, Psychology, from Mobile University. I received a Masters of Divinity, from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I also have a Master of Science, from Florida Tech; Information Systems and Management from National Defense University; Chief Information Officer Program, Harvard Senior Executive Fellows Program.