The Vestry of St. John's Grace is a dedicated group of elected parish members who strive to balance the needs of our faith community with the fiscal realities of the 21st century.
Senior Warden Thomas Lochner began attending services at St. John'-Grace in 1999. In November of that year Tom and his fiancee, Jan, were married here. Tom continues to participate in services and the life of the parish, making new friends and acquaintances along his faith journey. Tom has served as Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Usher and Vestry member. He also volunteers at church events such as Food Fair, the rummage sale, and the Memorial Day service. Tom also has had the honor of delivering a Sermon several times and serving on Discernment committees for parish members who have sought their call to become Deacons or Priests. For fun Tom likes to ride his bike, hike, read, garden, travel, watch baseball and practice law.
Junior Warden John Moffitt has been a member of St John’s-Grace in 2008 He sang in the choir and hopes to participate in the Spiritual Café this winter. He looks forward to repurposing the Parish Hall area for more church, as well as, community activities.
Our Vestry Members:
Jan Lochner along with her husband, Tom, have been members of St. John's-Grace since 1999 when they were warmly welcomed by the parish membership. Jan feels very strongly that their faith and the St. John's-Grace community have helped make their marriage flourish in the good times and sustained them in challenging times. As a first-time vestry member, Jan wants to contribute to the growth of the parish community spiritually, as well as, maintaining the church property so St. John's-Grace can continue to be an oasis of comfort. It is important to her that our parish remains a place in which to learn, refresh and renew our commitment to Christ and one another. St. John's-Grace is Jan's spiritual home and she is grounded, comforted, nourished, loved and taught the kindness and loving ways of Jesus. Jan has been active in Parish events. She was Co-Chair of the Food Fair for 5 years and also heads the Polish booth for that event. She has been a member of the Search Committee, a participant in the Dinner Group and currently serves as Greeter, Lector and Intercessor. Jan is also a member of the Altar Guild. Jan has been in the civil service system since she was 16, but is now happily retired from the NYS court system.
Herb Hogue - I'm a 68 year old retired Operating Chief Engineer for the City of Buffalo Water Department. I have been an Episcopalian for 38 years. I have served as Warden and on the Vestry of St. Thomas and St. John's Grace parishes. Served as Sunday school teacher and Bihops youth summer program director at St. Thomas church. Was elected four times as Diocesan Convention delegate. At present I am serving as Rehab Director. On the Steam Engine Society. I have been married for 36 years and raised four children on the west side of Buffalo.
Rob Petersen - A babysitter convinced my parents to let her bring my siblings and me to the Grace Church Sunday school. I have been involved with the parish ever since. Bishop Scaife confirmed the class of 1951 including me. The Junior Choir, Sunday School teacher, acolyte, YPF member, vestry person, and the like were activities I was engaged in during my years at Grace Church. I continued these kinds of activities when we became the parish of Saint John’s-Grace; I was one of those first members of the new Vestry of the merged parish. Thereafter, I have served in several capacities and offices at Saint John’s-Grace, and I am lately on the Vestry and also serve as the Treasurer. I am happy to be on of the three persons who were instrumental in promoting, planning, and implementing the Interdenominational Memorial Day Service which had its 12th anniversary celebration at Saint-John’s Grace in 2017. Loyalty and devotion to the congregation and the community have been strong factors in my continuing to be a member of the parish and to do service in it.
Taylor Minx - I fist came to St. John's Grace in 2014 with my now wife. We were hoping to find a spiritual home. Guess what. We did! This church has shown us the love and compassion that people possess. We had our wedding here. Everyone in the Parish came together to make it a very special day. As one of the newest members, I was asked to consider Vestry. I took the position hoping to offer new ideas, encouragement, and faith to bolster the amazing community that this church supports.
Ann Dutton -
Deborah Vranich - My spouse, Tracy Howland, and I became members of St. John’s Grace Church almost 3 years ago. We were warmly welcomed at an Easter Vigil Service and knew from that moment that this was going to be our place of worship. We felt like we were finally in a place that accepted us for who we are. I became involved in the Healing Team ministry; am a Lector at Sunday Service and am newly appointed to the Vestry. Tracy and I coordinate our volunteers, as well as participate in the Friends of the Night ministry, delivering food/personal donations to their Food Pantry. Being a member of the Healing Team ministry has enhanced my spirituality and has brought me closer to Jesus. I have never known such love and compassion that I feel with the members of this congregation. We are and continue to remain family to each other.
Rob Petersen - Fr. Steve, when I first came to Grace Episcopal Church, successfully recruited kids in the Sunday School to join the Junior Choir. I was one of those so recruited. A few years later, in 1951, I was confirmed by Bishop Scaife. Sunday School teacher, acolyte, vestry person, YPF member, and the like were activities I engaged in during my years at Grace Church. I continued these kinds of activities when we became the parish of Saint John’s-Grace; I was one of those first members of the new Vestry at the merged parish. Thereafter, I have served in several capacities and offices at Saint John’s-Grace, and lately I am the Treasurer. Loyalty and devotion to the congregation and the community have been strong factors in my continuing to be a member of the parish and to do service in it.
Our Clerk of the Vestry:
Peggy Moffitt is a 15-year member of St John's-Grace who is drawn to the 8:30 worship community and her involvement with our parish healing ministry. She and her husband John are the parents of 3 amazing adult children. Since 2010 Peggy is the face of the Department of Art, University of Buffalo. Peggy's work experiences include banking, law, corporate and not-for-profit organizations. She also volunteers as treasurer of Happening and secretary to DPCC.