Pursuant to the Canons of the Diocese of Albany and the Episcopal Church, as well as the parish bylaws, Vestry members are elected on a rotating basis. Three members are elected each year for three-year terms. Members are limited to serving no more than two full three year terms. Wardens are elected to two years terms, with a limit of three full terms. Elected Treasurer and Clerk also serve on Vestry.
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.
You can read minutes from recent vestry meetings here.
The Reverend Charles Wallace was appointed Priest-in-Charge of Bethesda Church in August 2020.
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.
Field Horne is a self-employed historian and archivist, living in Saratoga Springs since 1979. He was community history editor for The Encyclopedia of New York State (Syracuse Univ. Press, 2005) and has authored a number of books on regional and local history. A former museum professional, he has experience in historic preservation and new construction. He previously served on the Vestries of Holy Cross Troy (now closed) and Christ Church Ballston Spa, has served Bethesda on both the Building Committee and the Capital Campaign.
Pamela Houde is a retired office Nurse who works with elderly in-home care. She was a hospital nurse in Worcester, MA, before moving to Saratoga Springs in the mid-1970s. She has served Bethesda on the Altar Guild, the Board of the Home of the Good Shepherd, Service League and in other volunteer capacities. She helped develop the Adopt a Grandparent Program, and special liturgies for children.
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 YMCA.
John Van der Veer, Treasurer, a lifelong Episcopalian, has served as a Vestry member, lay reader, usher and Lay Eucharistic Visitor. He is Vice President of the Board of the Home of the Good Shepherd. John earned his BA in American History/Economics at Hobart College, and spent his professional career in sales, advertising and marketing in the automotive and broadcasting industries. He is President of the Patroon Branch and Vice President of the Holland Society of New York.
Marcia MacDonald, as a Lifelong Episcopalian, joined Bethesda after she and Jerry were married there in l988. Marcia has been a 25 year member of the Flower and Fruit Mission which supports Womens’ Health at Saratoga Hospital, and also volunteers for Hospice, Skidmore, and the Senior Center. She is the proud mother of three and grandmother of seven.
Ann (Casey) Bullock grew up in Schenectady. She was graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in German, and from Albany Law School, and now practices law with her father in the law firm of Casey and Casey in Clifton Park. Although raised in the Reformed Church, Ann and her husband, Robert (Bob) Bullock, came to Bethesda largely because of the music program. Their daughters, Kate and Emma, both sang with the Treble Choir. Ann sings in the choir and Bob serves on the altar as verger.
Steve Rucker is a long-term Episcopalian, originally from Middlebury, VT. He is a Nurse Practitioner providing primary care in Bennington, VT. He holds a B.A. in International Relations, and a B.S. and M.S. in Nursing. He is fluent in English and Spanish.