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The vestry is the governing board of a local Episcopal parish and consists of the rector, the wardens, and lay members. In many parishes, the rectors, wardens and the treasurer form an executive committee and will often meet separately from the whole vestry between vestry meetings.

Unlike some denominations, the Episcopal Church uses a representative form of government instead

of a pure democracy. The vestry is the group elected by the individual members to make the basic

decisions about the church budget and manage the temporal affairs of the parish. Read more...


Church History

In 1869 on Orange Avenue and East 29th Street a small frame chapel was erected with funds garnered from various Episcopal churches. The small church started under the auspices of Bishop McIlvaine, second Bishop of Ohio, was a mission of St. Paul's Church Cleveland. The small German population constructed the pews, altar hangings, alms basins, lectern and prayer desks used in the original building. (The prayer desks and alms basins from the original congregation are still in use today). The first rector, The Reverend J.W.C Duerr, was born and educated in Germany and led the small parish for twenty years. Read more...


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