The Vestry

Under the Canons of the Episcopal Church, the Vestry of Saint Monica and Saint James is responsible for the economic health of the Parish and for providing support for the ministry of the clergy.

The Vestry consists of the Rector, the Senior Warden, the Junior Warden and six members of the Vestry elected by the Parish. The six members serve staggered terms of three years and the Senior and Junior Wardens serve one-year terms.

Members of the Vestry serve on the major committees of the Parish — Finance/Stewardship and Property and Grounds. The Vestry is assisted by Parish officers—the Secretary, the Treasurer, and an Assistant Treasurer. These Parish officers are appointed by the Vestry annually.


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Zach Williams

Class of 2022


Zach Williams was confirmed Episcopalian during college and has been attending SMSJEC since 2015. He lives on Capitol Hill with his beagle, Annie. He is twice a graduate of the University of Virginia and currently works as an attorney within the federal government.

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Stephanie Lett

Class of 2022

Although a native Washingtonian, Stephanie lived for over 45 years in New Jersey.  She and her husband Douglas, both recently retired, returned to Washington, D.C. in 2018.  Looking for a local Episcopal church, they were happy to find St. Monica and St. James within walking distance.  Stephanie serves on the finance committee, hoping to apply some of her experience from a career in commercial banking.  Stephanie attended Middlebury College (VT) and Princeton University. 

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Patricia Leyden

Class of 2021

Patricia arrived on in Washington D.C. in the fall of 2012 after spending almost a decade abroad. Her work with women and children in disadvantaged circumstances in Central America, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East includes grassroots community development initiatives. This work focused primarily on education and women's reproductive health.

At at St. Monica and St. James she finds her interests in mission participating in an inclusive community of people who find guidance and intimate meaning in the life story and teachings of Jesus.

Class of 2021

Bob Sonderman

Patricia Leyden

Irene Moore

Class of 2022

Jocelyn Beer

Stephanie Lett

Elisa Shearer

Zach Williams