The vestry is an integral part of strategic planning and goal setting for the mission of the parish. The vestry has fiduciary responsibility for budgeting to achieve these plans and goals and for taking care of the building and grounds. The group meets monthly to discuss the goals and programs of the church and to allocate the funds for outreach and ongoing church activities.
The Very Reverend Marshall J. Vang is presently engaged as the Interim Rector of Bethesda, a ministry which commenced on January 2, 2012. His responsibilities include the leadership of all liturgical celebrations, pastoral care of the congregation, and oversight of the Vestry, the governing body of Bethesda. When requested by the Bishop of Albany, he also assists in diocesan matters. From 1998 to 2010 he served as Dean of The Cathedral of All Saints, Albany, and from 1987 to 1998 as Rector of St. George’s Episcopal Church, Schenectady.
Darren T. Miller, Senior Warden, is Director of Operations in the Office of Special Investigations, NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, having previously served as Senior Counsel at the Attorney General’s Office, and as Deputy Inspector General at the NYS Inspector General’s Office. As Senior Warden, Mr. Miller oversees all activities of the Vestry and parish operations, with particular emphasis on financial management. He is a graduate of Brown University and Albany Law School
Catherine White Berheide, a life-long Episcopalian and member of Bethesda Episcopal Church since 1979, was elected Junior Warden in 2015. She is Professor of Sociology at Skidmore College. A sociologist of work, she has published five books and over 50 scholarly articles on work, gender, and undergraduate education. In 2003, she received the Hans O. Mauksch Award for distinguished contributions to undergraduate sociology and has twice been named a Carnegie Scholar. A former Secretary of the American Sociological Association, she currently serves as President of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
Sara Manny has a Masters in French and a degree in secondary education. She taught French to children and adults for 5 years before starting a family. Now she is a full time mom and able to volunteer at her children’s schools. She is also an active member of the church and the local YMCAs.