The Annual Parish Meeting will take place this Sunday, January 20, 2019, immediately following the 10 a.m. service in the Parish Hall (~11:30 a.m.).
Please plan to attend this very important meeting!
In order to prepare, we are sending along the election information for you that is current as of January 17, 2019.
See you Sunday!
Junior Warden Candidate
(Vote for 1)
Donald (Don) McKellar is a lifelong Episcopalian, born in New York City and baptized in Boston, Massachusetts. He was confirmed at Church of the Holy Spirit, Lake Forest, Illinois.
Don moved to Phoenix from Chicago in 1971, as an electrical engineer with Honeywell, and later joined the Del Webb Corporation as a commercial realtor. In 1982, he formed McKellar and Company, a full service commercial real estate and property management firm. He retired in 2012 and enjoys world travel, technology, aviation, and hiking.
Don and his wife, Mary, have been part-time residents of Prescott since 1984, and attended St. Luke's whenever they were in town. They are now full-time residents of Hillcrest at Forest Trails in Prescott.
Don served as an usher for many years at All Saints' Church and later as junior warden at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Phoenix. He is now active in the men's group, the building & grounds committee at St. Luke's.
(Vote for 4)
- I was born in San Francisco 1937 and was raised, lived and practiced medicine in the south bay area of California. I retired July 2017 as ENT physician after 53 years in combination practice in the Medical groups and solo private practice as well as the US Air Force.
- Prior Associative Clinical Professor of ENT Stanford Medical School
- Retired Col USAF 31 years active and reserve
- Served as 4th AirForce Reserve Surgeon 17 years and responsible for oversight, executive management and medical readiness training of 4,500 medical personnel in 42 medical units across the US
I have been married 25 years to Cynthia Drotar-Dear my partner, my companion and the love of my life.
We moved to Prescott, AZ, in September 2017 to live at Touchmark at the Ranch.
Cynthia and I were previously members of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Saratoga, CA.
We served as CO-Chairpersons of Faith Formations, chalice ministers, adult education committee and bible study.
I served on the Vestry at St Andrews until we moved to Prescott and transferred to St. Luke's.
We have found St. Luke's to be a very warm, accepting, caring church that provides multiple opportunities for developing
our spiritual growth.
I thank all at St. Luke's for all that you have shared and given us and I hope you will allow me the opportunity to serve you.
I am a cradle Episcopalian. I was born and grew up in Enid, Oklahoma and attended St Matthews where I was baptized, served as an acolyte, lay reader, and taught Sunday school. After graduating from a Disciples of Christ (Christian) university in Enid, I went to a Jesuit Law School, Georgetown, in Washington, DC. During the three years in law school, I regularly attended different Episcopal churches in the DC area. After graduating from Georgetown and admission to the Oklahoma Bar, I was accepted as a Judge Advocate in the US Air Force and commissioned a First Lieutenant.
My first assignment was Holloman AFB, NM, where by good fortune I met my wife Jan, an AF Nurse who outranked me. We were married by an Episcopal Chaplain. Nine months later, I was assigned to HQ 3rd Air Force outside London, UK for our 2 year honeymoon. We regularly attended an ancient Anglican Church near our home. Then I was assigned to the Air Force Academy and as an instructor in the Law Department for four years. During this assignment, we adopted our son and daughter, and we attended St. Michael The Archangel where our babies were baptized, and I served as a lay reader while Jan volunteered in the nursery. The Air Force sent me back to law school to obtain a master's degree in international law at the University of Michigan Law School followed by an assignment to HQ CINCPAC, in Hawaii.
In Hawaii we became very involved at St. Timothy's, in Aiea, serving as a lay reader, Chalice minister, chairman of the new-comers committee, served on the formation committee for a new K-3 church school, participated in various fundraisers, attended Cursillo and served as co-rector of Cursillo retreats for 2 years, and president of the Diocesan Cursillo Secretariat.
Our next assignment was Staff Judge Advocate at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, where we attended St. James for 3 years and I was a "licensed" lay-minister. Then back to the Air Force Academy as Deputy Department Head for 6 years. We continued at St. Michael's where I served on the vestry during the selection of a new priest, the removal of the priest, on the search committee for a replacement, and I was a chalice minister. As a representative of the church, I participated in the creation of a non-profit food bank and clothes closet for a conglomerate of churches of various denominations in then northern Colorado Springs. Jan and I taught Sunday School, served on the social committee and volunteered for other projects.
My next assignment took the family to Canberra, Australia where we became active at St. Paul's Anglican Church. After 3 years in Australia, we returned to The Air Force Academy and St. Michael's where we continued our activities with the social committee and I again served on the selection of a new priest. While at the Academy, I retired from the Air Force in 1992. The Law Department at The US Army Academy, West Point hired me as their first civilian professor.
After 2 years of bad weather, we decided to move West to retire in the sun. On our way across county we found Prescott, St. Luke's and old friends we had known in Colorado. After 3 months house sitting in Hawaii we moved to Prescott in January 1995. At St Luke's, I served on the Vestry from 1996 to 1999 during this time the Church decided to move from our crowded location on Marina to our present location, sold the old church property, obtained pledges to start building and move "10 miles out of town". This was a tumultuous time for the congregation and a busy time for the Vestry. Jan and I co-chaired "Don't Spend Christmas Alone" our first year at St. Luke's and then chaired it the next year and have volunteered nearly every year since. I also chaired the committee to select our first full-time music director, chaired the Worship Commission, served as a chalice minister and lay-reader, started the Men's Breakfast, served on a search committee for a rector, and volunteered for various other activities. I continued my participation in Cursillo, serving as vice-president and president of the Diocese Cursillo Secretariat and a team member of several Cursillo retreats.
I feel grateful to be considered for the vestry at this important time when our congregation has increased to the point that there is a growing need to plan for our future expansion of our facilities, finances, all our ministries, and spreading the Good News of the Gospels.
My background is primarily in Military & Law Enforcement.
I served 4+ years in the U.S. Marines.
I worked 34+ years in law enforcement.
I have worked road enforcement in California with the Highway Patrol using patrol vehicles and riding an enforcement motorcycle.
I have been part of some large task forces in the San Diego area that planned large media events.
*1982 Olympics in LA
*The football Super Bowl when it was held in San Diego
The task force concept was developed to share information and ideas for situations and/or problems that involved the whole law enforcement community.
I was an investigator for the CHP. I investigated the backgrounds of prospective officers as part to their hiring process as well as numerous types of felonies, both local and those that involved other investigators from various other states and law agencies.
I have a commercial instrument and multi engine pilot's license. The last 8 years of my career I flew and was a crew member on the CHP aircraft based out of Paso Robles, CA.
I retired in 1998.
I have been baptized 3 times. 2 sprinkles and a dunk. (see Father Jack)
I have been a member of numerous churches and denominations:
Methodist as a child with my parents (sprinkle),
Baptist as a teenager with my high school friends (dunk),
Presbyterian until I moved here from Paso Robles, CA.
I sold out in California and moved here and bought a home in Prescott Valley in 2016.
I wanted to keep singing, so shortly after I arrived I contacted the Prescott Chorale web site. I auditioned for the Chorale and met Dennis. After a few months or so singing with the chorale he invited me to St Luke's as he "could use a bass 2" in the choir. I have been here ever since. I took Father Jack's class and joined the church. (after my third baptism, a sprinkle)
Seriously, I am honored to be considered for this position.
My name is Mary Queen. I was baptized and confirmed as a child at Calvary Episcopal Church in Ashland, Kentucky. My first church home in California was Holy Faith in Inglewood. During high school and college I attended St. Alban's in El Cajon, Ca. As a young adult I attended St. Andrew's in Torrance, California. Before moving to Prescott I attended St. Francis in Palos Verdes, California. I have always tried to serve in whatever capacity needed, including church school teacher, youth leader (Girls' Friendly Society), Lay Eucharistic Minister, Altar Guild, Education for Ministry mentor, General Convention volunteer, and vestry member.
For 47 years I worked for the Torrance Unified School District as a classroom teacher and staff developer. In addition, I served on the board of directors for the Torrance Teachers Association and as a delegate to the California Teachers Association.
Three years ago I retired here to Prescott and became a member of St. Luke's. Since arriving I have helped in the Library, Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Outreach and Fellowship commissions, and as a Eucharistic Visitor. Currently I volunteer in the office two days a week, helping to edit and publish the weekly epistle, and organize the display windows in the Gathering Hall.
I believe that my skill set and voice would be an asset to the vestry. Thank you for your consideration.
I was born in Anderson, Indiana of a cradle Methodist father and a cradle Catholic Mother who agreed to compromise their religious beliefs and became Episcopalians. I have been a life-long Episcopalian in good standing, actually just since the age of seven. I found God, or maybe he found me, but for sure I was baptized and confirmed at St. Phillips in the Hills in Tucson, AZ.
Our family moved several times during my middle and high school years. In 1961, we finally settled for good in Phx. and became members of St. Stephens Episcopal Church on 56th St.& Oak. I was a member there until moving to Chino Valley following my retirement in 2007.
We have two wonderful sons and seven wonderful grandchildren, so I have lots of Mother and grandmother experience; and I love every minute of it. I enjoyed teaching Sunday School at St. Stephens. Also, I was fortunate to work as co-director of Happening with Deacon Pat Huls for about four years. Among other events at St. Stephens, I was chairperson for their May Fiesta for multiple years. I was even a counselor at Chapel Rock for a summer. I am a Cursillista, have worked the cook team, and attended many Closuras and Ultreyas.
In my secular life I have worked for Montgomery Ward, a Traffic Barricade Company and an Audio Store, and was an apartment manager in Phx for three years. I returned to school after my children were born and have a BA in Elem Ed and a MA in Adult Education with an emphasis on English as a Second Language. I was fortunate to have had 20+ years of teaching in an inner-city school in Phx.
I was allowed to develop and run an innovative program for the smooth transition of families from one school to the next called the Welcome Center in a bi-lingual, bi-cultural K-8 school.
After my retirement I changed churches for the first time since I was 15. It was quite a change, but luckily for me a blessed one. While at St. Luke's I have completed the four year EFM course, been Kitchen Manager of DSCA for two years, taught Sunday School years ago and again this year, and worked with so many lovely people on a multitude of activities and luncheons. One of the things I truly enjoy here at St. Luke's is talking about English grammar with Father Pierre-Henry.
After the death of my husband and my mother last year, I felt a bit lost and prayed for God to help me discern what my life should be like in the future. Last summer I felt certain that teaching Sunday School would be just the right way for me to start being of help in the church again and at the same time put my particular training to use.
I kept praying asking God what else I could do to be of service my church. Then Beth Shaw and Fr. Pierre Henry asked me to think about putting my name in to be a vestry member. After much heavy thinking and praying, I felt my earlier prayers had been answered. As I have never been on a vestry, it will be somewhat of a challenge for me. I love challenges.
I have a huge love of St. Luke's and the people who attend here. Their love and support through these many years has been a blessing to me every day. I can't imagine life without it or them.
Lay Delegates to Diocesan Convention Candidates
(Vote for 5)
Diocesan Convention is October 18-19, 2019, in Phoenix.
Muriel de Ganahl