The nominees for vestry in 2018 are Whitney Blandford, Sharon Michel, Amy Petty and Tommy Pritchard. The parish will vote on their selection at the annual parish meeting on Sunday, January 21st at 9:15pm. Their bios are below!
My husband, Jason, and I moved to Warrenton in December 2004 after living in Nashville, the San Francisco Bay Area and a brief stint in Leesburg. I have Virginia roots as I was born and raised in Forest, Virginia. We have three children, Beckett (9), Easton (6) and Townes (3). I stay busy working full time, volunteering at the kids’ schools and shuttling everyone to and from their various sports and other extracurricular activities. As many know, we are a very busy bunch! I love to travel, plan fun family activities, hike and just generally get out and about. I am a graduate of Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!) and also received my MBA from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
We visited Saint James’ in the Fall of 2008 shortly after our oldest son was born. It just so happened that Judy Jones was at the door as a greeter that day. It was definitely meant to be. I think by the time we left that afternoon we had been added to the mailing list, joined a supper club, scheduled a church directory photo shoot, been introduced to countless folks — and absolutely knew we had found a new church home!! We will be forever grateful for the warm welcome and love we received that day!
I am proud to be part of Saint James’ for so many reasons, but I especially love the strong sense of community and support. I think our involvement and commitment to the local community through Saint James’ School and our many outreach programs really stands out.
I would love to see Saint James’ keep moving forward – whether in “big” ways like needed expansion and renovations or “smaller” ways like engaging young families and others in our community. I’m just happy to be a small part because, ultimately, I know Saint James’ will continue to grow and flourish by showing the hospitality we first experienced and making all feel welcome.
Hello, I’m Sharon Michel. I retired from the DOD after 34 years and am now volunteering at Fauquier Food Bank and People Helping People. Saint James’ is a big part of my life. I have served on the Saint James’ school board, vestry, welcoming committee, cafe, treasurer of ECW, and now as an usher.
I have lived in Goldvein with my husband Joe and our two children, Shannon and Erik for 30 years. We have been attending Saint James’ for 21 years. The Saint James’ community helped our children become the independent adults there are today through participation with acolytes, youth group, mission trips, lay reading, and choir.
I have always been very proud to be a part of the very welcoming and supportive community of our church family. I will be honored to serve on your vestry again.
Amy Petty lives with her husband, Glenn, and children, Anna Galina and Toly, in Warrenton. Amy works as the Director of Communications at the PATH Foundation, a charitable grantmaking foundation serving Fauquier, Rappahannock and northern Culpeper Counties. A native North Carolinian, she has lived in the area since 1999.
At the recommendation of friends, my family and I came to Saint James’ in 2007 in search of a more traditional worship service. We found the congregation warm and welcoming, filled with many faces already known to us, and felt it was the right place for our family.
My greatest experience at Saint James’ is seeing our children participate in the worship service has been incredibly meaningful. I am proud to be part of Saint James’ because there is a great sense of community, hope and support. I would love to see Saint James’; continue to find ways to support those in need in our community.
Thomas (Tommy) Pritchard
Saint James’ Church has been part of the Pritchard family since we moved to Warrenton in 2007 from Covington, Louisiana. My wife, Haifleigh and I have 4 boys (Thomas-25; John Mills-23; Decatur-21 and Hall-16) that have really grown up at Saint James’ participating in youth group and going to Hollywood, South Carolina on the yearly Mission Trip. Our family finds “community” at Saint James’ and several of our close friends were initially met in the pews (Back right-10:15 service!).
Haifleigh and I were married in a small Episcopal church in Franklin, LA and all of our boys were born in New Orleans. After several years residing in Covington, LA and attending Christ Church Covington our family moved to Warrenton to be closer to our son, Thomas, who was attending boarding school in Orange, VA. As a life-long Episcopalian and soon-to-be-member of the Episcopal Church, we believed it important enough before we absolutely decided on Warrenton, to call Saint James’ before we had ever seen the church and were met by the most heartfelt endorsements of the church and its ministry over the phone. We have not been disappointed since that day over our decision.
In addition to our family’s decade of attendance and support of the church, I have been active in the lay ministry as a chalice bearer. I have also accompanied my children on a few of the mission trips to South Carolina where I have never felt closer to God and his grace. I have also been blessed in the past to be Saint James’ representative on a working trip to the Holy Land organized by the Carter Center Foundation. I am humbled to have been asked by the nominating committee and Rev. Ben Maas to serve on the vestry. I look forward to this new opportunity to be of service to the church.