What is a vestry?
A vestry is a group of elected lay members called to assist the parish priest and to serve the common good of the congregation. The complete description of vestry duties and responsibilities may be found in Holy Trinity's bylaws.
Kelly and her husband Sean were raised in military families, which required that they move and reside in several national and international places most of their early childhood. North Carolina became a long-term home and where they met as teenagers then eventually married after college. Since 2001, they now enjoy raising their children and being a part of the community of beautiful, rural Chatham County.
Before their children were school age, Kelly became increasingly concerned about education for their family and fellow Christian families. They were introduced to K-12 classical, Christian education and immediately became actively involved in founding a non-profit school in 2007. Haw River Christian Academy opened its doors in August 2008. Soon after this was underway, another paradigm shift occurred in their family. Through the school, they were invited into a small group that regularly met in Pittsboro but was connected to an Anglican church based in Durham.
Within a couple years, the small group prayerfully sensed that the Lord was leading it to launch a local Anglican church. While this meant being involved in planting two significant and unique organizations in Chatham County, it was an answer to Kelly’s yearning for home, church, and school life to be well integrated with God’s goodness, truth, and beauty. Thanks be to God!
Outside of her involvement with Church of the Holy Trinity and the school, she is a freelance professional photographer and treasures time to run or hike trails, read, travel, and most of all, spend time with family and friends.
Mitzi grew up in Greensboro, NC and moved to Fearrington Village with her husband, John, in early 2011. They found Holy Trinity from a newspaper notice and were warmly welcomed into the worship family in February 2011. Mitzi is a member of the prayer ministry team at Holy Trinity and the special events committee.
Mitzi is an RN and has a master’s degree in adult education. After being a critical care nurse for years, she started her healthcare consulting and education firm, Grey and Company, Inc. in 1993. She travels extensively and loves the flexibility of setting her own schedule. John and Mitzi are parents to Lynne, Erin, and Megan who are all three married to wonderful men and grandchildren are on the way. Mitzi enjoys planning and decorating for special events along with boating on Jordan Lake.
Dianne Martin was raised in a military family that moved around a lot until she was 16 when they landed in the Washington, DC area. She finished high school there and went to a small liberal arts college in Maryland where she met her future husband Dave. It was freshman math nerd meeting senior captain of the basketball team – this unlikely pair married when Dianne graduated, and they stayed in the Washington DC area for 50 years, where Dave was a lawyer and Dianne became a computer science professor. They were active in an evangelical Methodist church after they had two children, teaching Sunday school and running the youth program for a number of years. Eventually they made the move to become Anglicans, seeking a deeper faith experience. During their married life they were able to travel all over the world. After Dave passed away from cancer in 2014, Dianne decided to retire from George Washington University after 33 years of service and move to Chapel Hill in 2016 to be near her daughter Jennifer and two grandchildren. Her son Charles also relocated to NC and now lives in Raleigh where he works in IT.
Dianne describes her own faith journey as Do-it-yourself Dianne meets the Maker – she did not become a committed Christian until she was 30 years old, and it was a journey of headfirst, then the heart, then the hands following the lead of the Spirit. “Once I was in, I was all an, and as a result, God has put me in some amazing situations. He still continues to surprise me!”
Mia Munn and her husband Dan have lived in the triangle since 1984. They have three grown sons and two grandkids. The family attended Evergreen Methodist in Chatham County while the boys were growing up. Several years ago, a fellow cub scout leader mentioned Holy Trinity, which had just started meeting at Evergreen. After growing up in the Episcopal Church, Mia’s first Sunday at Holy Trinity felt like coming home, and she has been actively engaged in doing whatever is needed for the church every since, currently serving as Treasurer. Mia is a business data analyst on a contract at Cisco. For fun, she walks, reads, cooks, and visits her grandkids.
Todd and his wife Cheryl moved to Chatham County from the foothills of North Carolina a dozen or so years ago when Todd took a job leading the data warehousing work at Blue Cross of NC. The move allowed Cheryl to move into a full time stay-home role as mother to their 7 children (don't panic, some have already moved out of the house and, in Todd's words, "off the payroll"). Several years ago they were looking for a deeper worship experience and stumbled into a small church plant called Holy Trinity of Chatham. It was spring time and their first experience going through Lent and Easter Vigil with this group of people and in this way of worship was exactly what they needed. Their kids were part of starting up the first youth group and they have enjoyed watching the church grow in depth of spirit and in numbers.
The family recently moved out of a subdivision and onto a small piece of land in northern Chatham County to downsize their inside and upsize their outside space. It has been a wonderful change. Todd loves to make things from wood! He designed and built the altar and side table when we moved to our current location, engineered and built the hardware to hang our decorative banners in the church and since moving to their new home has tackled a chicken coop, a set of Adirondack chairs, and a critter-proof raised garden.
Todd's favorite verse is Philippians 4:6-7. One of his favorite quotes in life comes from Mark Twain, "I've lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened." Both are reminders that we need to worry less and pray more.
Shelby is the rare Chapel Hill local. She was born and raised in the Chapel Hill area and other than a few years living in Boulder, Colorado and the Pacific Northwest, has called Chapel Hill home. Shelby’s Christian formation was shaped heavily by her grandparents in Asheville. Shelby was baptized, confirmed and married in the Episcopal Church but as she and her family grew she found something lacking in their church experience. One visit to Holy Trinity was all the Pohlman Family needed to realize this was the church community they had been searching for. Shelby, her husband and both boys jumped right into serving and know they are blessed to have found such faithful Anglican fellowship at Holy Trinity. Shelby holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Accounting from UNC-Chapel Hill. Shelby has a CPA firm in Chapel Hill where she has practiced for almost 20 years. Shelby’s interests include reading the Internal Revenue Tax Code and pretending that she is actually 5’ 1” tall.
Nick will tell you that Holy Trinity is the church of which he has long dreamed. Nick and his wife Nancy have raised their four sons in Chapel Hill and have grown to love the area. He has a law firm in Pittsboro where he has practiced for over 20 years. He has undergraduate and law degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill. Raised Catholic in a military family, Nick was born in Spain. As a child he lived in various places, including Japan and El Salvador. His family retired in North Carolina when he was 10 years old. Nick loves to run. He has some strong opinions about certain cookies.