Vestry Statements, Photos

Note: These statements were written in the years these members were nominated to the Vestry. Return to Vestry Page.

Tom Angell (2018–2021)

I was born in California in 1942 and was raised there, close to Stanford University, where my family regularly attended the non-denominational Memorial Church on campus. I left for college in 1959 and, for the next decade, studied first in Harvard College, where I was active in Memorial Church, serving finally, as Head Usher. There we were treated to annual visits of important preachers like Reinhold Neibhur and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. After earning advanced degrees at the University of Michigan, I came to Newark, Delaware in 1969 where I have taught Mathematics and helped to raise four children, all of whom now reside in California. I joined the congregation of the Cathedral Church of St. John in Wilmington, where I served on the Altar Guild and as an usher. There I also served, for several years, on the Vestry, and in the final two years as Senior Warden. When the Cathedral closed in 2012, I was grateful for the invitation to come to the Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew which, in so many ways, continues to carry out the ministries that were such an integral part of the Cathedral mission. Here at SsAM, I briefly served a partial term on the Vestry and have helped with both the Liturgy Committee as well as with the preparation of Lectors. I look forward to serving a full term as a Vestry member and to helping our congregation continue its vibrant and important mission in the community as we carry our message of love in Christ to our to our own congregation, to our community, and, beyond, to the world.

Jennifer Christy photoJenna Christy (2016–2020)

I’ve been a member of SsAM since I moved to Wilmington in 2002. I truly do feel that I have a family here at SsAM. I’m a cradle Episcopalian and have served on a vestry while I lived in Connecticut and also previously here at SsAM. I am interested in shepherding SsAM through our 20th anniversary and beyond. I am a long-time biology teacher and have a deep appreciation for the natural world and environmental issues. I’ve been lucky to travel with family and often with students to many fascinating places around the globe. I’m a gardener and an avid birder. When my husband and I travel, it is either to visit family or to bird and explore new habitats. Did you know that Central Park in New York and Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge are right up there with Costa Rica and Kenya as birding hot spots? Here at SsAM, Patty Greene and I are heading up the Usher Ministry and we look forward to strengthening the welcome that everyone feels as they arrive for the service. I also am in the Drumming Circle and enjoy being part of an active SsAM dinner group.  I see great value in the one-and-done type of commitments: clean-up days for both inside and out the building, making wreaths for greening the church at Christmas, and creating  banners. I feel quite honored to be a candidate for the Vestry at SsAM again. [Jenna graciously agreed to serve out the term of Andre DeCos, who needed to step down after two years service.]

Norwood J. Coleman, Sr. (2017–2020)

I have been an Episcopalian since the seventh grade when Father Wilson of St. Matthews PE Church and his wife, my principal at Elbert School in South Wilmington, invited me to attend St. Matthews and sing in the choir. I attended the Cathedral Church of St. John from 1968 until it closed. I served on the vestry at St. John and served as Senior Warden for one year. I served on the Diocesan Council for three years, the last of which I transferred my membership from the Cathedral to SsAM. My wife, Alice, and I attend the 8:00 a.m. service. I have participated in race relations discussions at the church and I lead the Diocese of Delaware’s Diversity Committee for several years at the invitation of Bishop Wright. I also served on the Diocesan Reconciliation Committee which resulted in the Diocesan Service of Apology for its Participation in Slavery. For many years, I was a member of the Pilot Congregation. I graduated from Howard HS in Wilmington, Delaware State University with a B.S. in music education, Virginia Commonwealth University with a M.S. in rehabilitation counseling, and I have completed all but the dissertation for a Ph.D. in social and behavioral science at Bryn Mawr College School of Social Work and Social Research. I am a retired diversity administrator from the State of Delaware’s Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families. I was an Assistant Professor of Human Services at Lincoln University (PA) for almost 30 years. Currently, I take classes at the University of Delaware’s Osher Institute for Life Long Learning and I coordinate all performing arts participation classes at Osher. I also play the trumpet in the Osher Concert Band, Osher Jazz Band and Osher Jazz Ensemble. I teach a class at Osher called US History as Viewed by African Americans – from 1503 to the present. This is a two-semester course. I play with the Lukens Steel Company Band in Coatesville, PA. Alice and I serve on the Governor’s Council for Vocational Rehabilitation. I would be honored to serve on the vestry of SSAM.

Rachel Gaskell (2018–2021)

Originally from New York City, I have been living and working in the Wilmington area for the last 26 years. Married to Paul Gaskell, I am raising two spirited children, both baptized at SsAM. I was originally introduced to the SsAM community by my mother, Lucia Robinson, in the early 2000s. The kids have roles within the church as an acolyte and an usher. Professionally, I have worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 25 years, most recently as the Director and Department Head of Clinical Operations and Biometrics, AstraZeneca Antibiotics Business Unit. My proven track record in leading drug development programs and assembling high performing teams, has led to the submission and approval of multiple drugs, including orphan and novel antibiotics.

Patty Greene (2018–2021)

My name is Tesa-Patrice Greene, better known as Patty. I was born in Antigua, which is a beautiful island in the Caribbean. I am a cradle Anglican with a Catholic education. In Antigua, I was a member of the St. Andrew’s church, which is why I initially chose SsAM as my new church home. I customarily attend the 10:30 am service with my active and vast family. Since we’re heavily involved in sports, nearly every weekend requires us to be on the road. The church played an active and important role during my formative years in Antigua. Whether for school or my home life, I was an always an active member. So it made sense that I was actively involved at SsAM. Jenna Christy and I currently lead the Usher ministry. As the head doorkeepers to this wonderful church, we look forward to strengthening, improving and growing this important ministry. I have dual MBAs in Finance and Marketing with over ten years of higher education experience working in the areas of Student Affairs and Athletics at Wilmington University. I’m also the Student United Way advisor there. Our service projects have impacted more than 500 adults and 2,000 children within the community. I also oversaw the implementation of the Education through Peace Initiative which consisted of an interactive program that addressed bullying and behavioral issues affecting elementary students (K-5); and won the 2015 Student United Way Worldwide Promising Practice Education Award for our volunteer work in the Education through Peace Initiative. I chose SsAM because of its name but I stayed because of its mission. The Anglican Church has not always been welcoming to everyone, but SsAM is on a mission to find ways to relate to the plurality of cultures within our community. I want to help foster that change. It is an honor to be considered for the Vestry.

Sam Lamptey (2018–2021)

My name is Sam Lamptey and I was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa. After graduation from high school, I was fortunate to obtain a ‘Swiss Government Technical Aid’ scholarship to study Culinary Arts at the Kenya Utalii College in Nairobi, Kenya. I earned an Associate Degree in Food Production and I then moved to London, England, for the opportunity gain more culinary flair and experience. I returned to this region in 2003 and was hired by Nutrition Management Services Company (NMSC), Kimberton, PA as Director of Dining Services and later District Manager. I have held similar positions with the Compass Group’s Morrison Senior Living, Sodexo and Acts Retirement-Life Communities. I was able to complete requirements for Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (Management) from Widener University, Chester, PA.
As we say in Ghana that ‘the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach’, I have been fortunate to marry the love of my life who in addition to giving me love, treats me to good food all time. She is also from Ghana and we are blessed with our daughter. My baptism and confirmation into the Anglican Church in Accra, Ghana, make me feel so much at home at SsAM. The contribution I can make to SsAM’s vestry stems from my life and work experience. I have been able to use my background to prepare meals for YYF and SsAM events over the past few years. I have trained and mentored scores of chefs and hospitality service personnel for thirty years. I am confident I can make immense contribution to SsAM’s vestry.

Mary Morgan (2019–2022)

Born, raised, and practiced Roman Catholicism until 2003, when I attended my first Palm Sunday service at an Episcopal Church, Calvary-Hillcrest. Since then, I have been an active Episcopalian; serving two terms on Vestry at Calvary-Hillcrest as a member at large, Jr. Warden, and Sr. Warden. My tenure as Sr. Warden was during the formation of the Brandywine Collaborative Ministries with The Church of the Ascension and Grace Episcopal Church. In 2016, I transferred to SsAM. After a short time of “just being”, I became involved with the ECW, and am currently the Clerk of the Vestry. At the Diocesan level, I have been appointed as the Church Periodical Club Co-ordinator and I served as the Clerk of the Diocesan Convention this past January. My hobbies include, but are not limited to, gardening, cooking, and, most recently, crocheting. I have quite a few nieces & nephews and it is my goal to crochet each of them a keepsake afghan. So far, I’ve made 34, and I’m still working on it!

Danny Schweers (2019–2022)

My father had a career in the U.S. Navy, so our family lived in nine places in the U.S. by the time we settled in San Diego, California. I received a BA in physics and philosophy from UCSD. A work-scholarship at the Navy Electronics Laboratory took me to Stanford University and MIT. I moved to Austin, Texas in 1970 to study philosophy and stayed in Austin for 30 years, working at the Fusion Research Center at first, but then changing careers to work on The Rag, an underground newspaper, and on other publications, finally becoming self-employed in typesetting and graphic arts. Active in photography, I published 13 editions of the Austin Book of Days calendar and served a term as president of the Texas Photographic Society. I became a Christian in 1976 thru a group associated with Intervarsity Fellowship. In 1983, I was baptized into St. David’s Episcopal Church, Austin, the Rev. “Dutch” Stolz’s first-and-only full-immersion baptism. That was in the Pedernales River! I led St. David’s Church, Austin, to build two houses for Habitat for Humanity, served on the vestry, and joined their staff as their director of communications. Barbara Henry and I were married in 1992, my third marriage, still strong! We moved to Arden, Delaware in 2000, me a trailing spouse. Here, I was briefly managing editor for Image: A Journal of Art & Religion. I became a freelance website designer. For four years, I served half-time as the communications coordinator for Westminster Presbyterian Church. For 11 years, I produced the Delaware Communion newspaper for the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware. I served on the board at Reach Academy for Girls and twice on the board of the Arden Club. I served the Village of Arden as its Town Secretary, as Chair of the Town Assembly (equivalent to mayor), and am still an officer of the village. Now mostly retired, I am currently chair of the Brandywine Photo Collective and teach a photography class at the Delaware Art Museum. I have maintained this website for many years and just recently started greeting people at the front door on Sundays. I look forward to the vestry at SsAM becoming part of my life and hope to see SsAM and the city continue to thrive.

Peggy Shane (2019–2022)

Born and raised in New York City, I married Ronald Shane in 1976 and transferred to Delaware with Avon Products in 1977. I obtained my master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Widener University and completed courses in Organization Development at the University of Pennsylvania. Over the next several decades, I worked in Philadelphia for the law firm of Obermeyer, Rebman, Maxwell and Hipple, Drexel University, Fidelity Bank, Betz Laboratories, US Healthcare and Independence Blue Cross. After retirement from Independence Blue Cross, I spent the next nine years teaching a critical thinking course in the Business Department at Widener University – University College. Four years ago, Ron and I decided to find a church home. God led us to SsAM. We reaffirmed our baptismal vows and I was confirmed in 2015. To learn more about SsAM and this faith practice, I volunteered to work in the archives with Cynthia Primo Martin, which led to my participation on the Organization and Design sub-committee of the Property Committee. I am an active member of the Episcopal Church Women ministry. I am part of the Pastoral Care team and I dabble in event planning. I am a step-mom, a Nana to two grand children, and a mentor.

Nana Soto (2017–2020)

Nana Sarpongmaa Soto is a wife, mother and co-founder of My-StarRadio. Born and raised as a Methodist Christian in West-Africa Ghana, had her secondary education at Tema Methodist Day Secondary School, Gh. Studied Business Information Technology (BIT) Gh, and Stradford Career Institute. Moved from Ghana to the USA in September 1999. She is passionate about serving people. Her love for humanity made it easy to join SsAM and got confirmed in June 2016. She loves jogging, traveling, enjoying good food, listening to good classical music, and socializing. Nana is a self-motivated woman who loves to pass on her positive energy to every person she meets. Two of her favorite quotes are: “Whatever you do big or small, do it right or not at all.” and “Today I choose to live with gratitude for the love that fills my heart, the peace that rests within my spirit and the voice of hope that says … All things are possible.”

Linda Whiteside, Vestry Member, Saints Andrew and Matthew Episcopal Church, Wilmington, DelawareLinda Whitehead (2017–2020)

My name is Linda Whitehead and I typically attend the 8:00 am service. I have been attending SsAM for about three years, ever since the Cathedral Church of Saint John closed. My father was a Lutheran minister, so I grew up fully immersed in the Lutheran church which has many similarities to the Episcopal Church. About 15 years ago, I was ready to make a change in my spiritual life believing that diversity enriches each of our lives. I went in search of a more diverse church life and found the Cathedral. I attended the Cathedral for over 10 years, serving twice on the Vestry. After the Cathedral closed, it was so refreshing to become part of the vibrant community which is SsAM. At SsAM, I serve as a lector and attend Environmental Justice meetings. I am passionate about ending racism, stopping climate change and supporting parents and young families. I recently semi-retired. Prior to that, I was VP of Education and Development for an early education company. I was responsible for children’s curriculum and family communications. I’m now a senior advisor working one day a week. (Ms. Whitehead is serving out the term of Queon Jackson.)

Dan Young (2019–2022)

Dr. Dan Young is the Director of the Doctor of Business Administration Program at Goldey-Beacom College.  He has also taught at Wilmington University, University of Delaware, West Chester University, and Temple University.  Dr. Young is a graduate of the University of Delaware Honors Program in Business Administration and also has an MBA from UD with a concentration in Finance and Marketing.  He attained his PhD in Social and Behavioral Marketing from Temple University and has served as a consultant for many of Delaware’s nonprofits in the area of generational engagement in giving.  Dr. Young is a board member of the ACLU, a graduate of Leadership Delaware, a recipient of the Delaware Business Times Top 40 Under 40, and an entrepreneur who has had four business start-ups. Dr. Young can frequently be seen in church with his four well-behaved children. Dr. Young is the son of William and Anita Young, the nephew of Robert Young, and the grandchild of Charlene Simmons and the late William S. Young, Jr. and Cecile Young, all members of SsAM or St. Matthews.

About Vestry Elections

Vestry Members are elected at our Annual Meeting, held in June. The annual meeting includes reports from the Vestry and others of general issues and critical concerns. The meeting usually includes the Celebration of the Eucharist. The meeting is open to all members and friends of the parish. However, those eligible to vote in the elections and on actions before the meeting are those who meet the requirements set forth in Article 6 of the Parish By-Laws: qualified voters are persons who are baptized, at least 16 years of age, and have been an active and contributing member for at least the six months prior to the meeting.