St. Peter’s Rosedale Wardens and Vestry
The Vestry is the “Board of Directors” for the parish corporation and is subject to the Diocesan and National Church Canons of the Episcopal Church. Members of the Vestry are agents and legal representatives of the parish who are elected by the congregation at the Annual General Meeting to manage corporate and financial matters as well as the parish property.
St Peter’s Vestry consists of 12 members, including the Rector, who is the Presiding Officer, two Wardens and a Clerk of the Vestry. The Treasurer, though not a Vestry member, plays an important role in the managing of the financial affairs of the parish and reviews the financial statements with the Vestry at the regular monthly meetings that is scheduled on the third Sunday of each month.
The members of the Vestry are assigned to three working groups, which seek to address the main areas that undergird the church’s functioning. These are: Administration & Governance, Stewardship and Mission & Evangelism.
Below is an introduction to our vestry members:
The Very Rev. Steve L. Foster, Rector
Phyllis Harris-Williams, Warden
I came from a long family history of Anglicans/Episcopalians faith throughout the West Indies and the United States. I joined St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in 1984 and found the parishioners to be welcoming, warm and caring like in the West Indies.
I became involved in many of its ministries such as: Treasurer, President and trip planner for the Daughters, Taught Sunday school for a while, Member of the Pastoral Guild, Member of the St. Luke Guild, Member of the Bible study group, Member of the Usher Guild, member of the bereavement group, Coordinator of the concert series and The Tree of Life, a volunteer of the Yvonne Gittens’s Pantry, member of the Vestry where I served as the assistant Treasurer. Presently, I am a Warden of St. Peter’s church.
I welcome all new parishioners; you too will find a home at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Our leader The Very Reverend Steve Foster is very committed to the faith and cares for people in our surrounding communities.
Yvonne Robinson, Junior Warden
Mrs. Lamarcia Parkin Bascombe, Clerk of the Vestry
Lamarcia Parkin-Bascombe became a member of St. Peters after relocating to Rosedale in 1990. Over the years, Lamarcia and her family have celebrated baptisms, confirmations and marriage at St. Peters. Her husband, Mike, has been active in the life of the church, always supporting church events and activities. Her daughter, Latoya, was active in the Sunday School, Youth Group, Junior Choir, and Young Adults. While, Lamarcia has been a long-time member of the Senior Choir, and serves on the Pastoral
Care Committee, and as the secretary of the St. Luke’s Guild. Additionally, for the past 12 years, Lamarcia has hosted a Senior Appreciation Day; Partnering with the Youth Group and Young Adults, the Senior Appreciation Day is an evening for the seniors to attend a special service with prayer, worship, entertaining skits and games as well as being served a hearty meal. Accordingly, in 2018, Lamarcia was awarded the Bishop’s Medal to recognize her service, patience and leadership in doing God’s work.
Lamarcia is a Registered Nurse, practicing for over 33 years. Currently, she works in the Department of Surgery, Trauma Service, One Brooklyn Health System, in the Brownsville region of Brooklyn. She is also a part-time Home Care Infusionist providing infusion therapy for patients no longer requiring hospitalization.
Lamarcia’s stress diffuser mechanisms are attending church, traveling, gardening and regular exercise.
As an elected vestry member, Lamarcia promises to support the church’s mission and ensure effective organization and planning.
Monica Carrington, Vestry Member
I relocated to Laurelton Queens from Brooklyn in 1976. This new community reminded of my home in Trinidad. I heard church bells daily. Those bells lead me to St Peter’s church where I started attending the 8 am service. I was warmly welcome by the Rector and the parishioners. They all made me feel quite at home.
I became an active member and joined several of the organizations including: the Pastoral Care committee, where we visit our parishioners who are sick and unable to attend church. St. Martin De Pores Ministry: were we distribute Thanksgiving bags full with food supplies for their dinners at three shelters. Our Food Pantry, where we distribute food supply weekly to our parishioners and families in the community. St Luke Guild health ministry, which is our health ministry and I am also on our International Day Committee. This committee encourages parishioners to showcase their culture with food, music, talent and art. I truly enjoy serving in these ministers.
In January 2016 I was elected to the Vestry and continue to serve under the leadership of our Rector The Very Reverend Steve L. Foster. As we continue to bridge the gap between St Peters Church and the surrounding communities. .
I am truly blessed to be a member of St Peter’s Church, Welcome!
Cynthia Craig, Vestry Member
Sandra George, Vestry Member
Gail Adams, Vestry Member
I came to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in 2017 after my prior church (St. Lydia’s Episcopal Church) closed. I was looking for an Episcopal Church close to home, and St. Peter’s was the perfect fit. My first evening at St. Peter’s was to celebrate the Stations of the Cross. Rev. Foster and the St’s Peter’s Church family were very welcoming, even remembering my name after being told only once. They welcomed me with open arms, and I felt like I belonged. Shortly thereafter, I inquired about becoming a member, and the very next year, I was inducted and officially welcomed as a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. The members of St. Peter’s have now become part of my extended family.
Together with my sister, we started the Legal Eagles Committee, providing free legal advice and consultation through seminars and guest speakers. I am also a founding member of the Yvonne Gittens Food Pantry, providing free pantry items for the church members and broader Rosedale community every Saturday.
As an elected member of the vestry, I enjoy working with other vestry members for the betterment of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and the Church Community.
Michael Prescod, Vestry Member
Elaine Henry, Vestry Member
Hello and welcome! My name is Elaine Henry and I’m one of the newest vestry members at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. I had been to many different Christian denomination churches, Presbyterian, Methodist, AME, Lutheran and Catholic looking for a place I felt comfortable. Fortunately, my place is close to home. I started attending in the mid 1990’s and I feel quite at home in this parish. I became involved as a lay reader and then in the St Luke’s Guild Health ministry and now the vestry. We are not a big congregation, but we are genuine and faithful. Our parish is intimate and friendly. Our current pastor, Father Foster is quite approachable and very helpful to our members.
We welcome everyone and hope that you can find a place here to also call home.