To our Members:

It is my privilege to present these candidates for our 2019 vestry, all of them capable and Spirit-led people who demonstrate a diversity of leadership expertise, evidence of faithful stewardship, and a clear understanding of the animating principles of Village Church as a local expression of one holy catholic and apostolic Church within the Diocese of the Carolinas and the Anglican Communion. They will be primarily responsible for finances and facilities with some key involvement in spiritual leadership under the Rector - guidance, collaboration and support for the parish.

  • The 5 candidates below will represent an expansion of our 5 member vestry to 9, with one replacing Beth Bryant. For continuity, Beth will remain on vestry for the first quarter of the year, giving us 10 until April 1.

  • We will affirm Jeff Martin as well, who served as an interim at the appointment of the current vestry, replacing Jill Smith who relocated to IL. (see below)

  • The candidates are nominated by the membership in collaboration with the Rector and the 2018 Vestry. The vestry will answer directly to our Bishop and the Standing Committee of the Diocese. They shall serve up to a 3 year term, unless unable or unfit. Since this is an expansion, new members will be assigned to a 1, 2 or 3 year term to allow for rotation and continuity.

  • These candidates are presented for election by affirmation, seeking a 2/3 majority. Of the 5 potential nominees who met the criteria, offered diversity to the board and were sought after to serve, all 5 were available and willing to make this commitment, hence the vote of affirmation.

  • Voting will be held at our Annual Meeting on December 9 at 6pm.If you would like to know more about the vestry and our church polity, see the column to the right. You may also request a copy of our bylaws from the vestry.

Every blessing,

The QUALIFICATIONS and DUTIES of the vestry are found on pages 9-10 of the Canons of our Diocese. If you would like to read more about our polity and governance, you can do so in the Canons of the Diocese of the Carolinas (ACNA).

Vestry Candidates

Upon their election, the following candidates will join the existing vestry of TJ Friesen, Brian Pate, Jeff Martin & Katie Pittman


Mark and Susan have been a part of Village Church for nearly 2 years, after moving to Greenville from Bangor, ME where they helped their son, Fr. Justin Howard, plant Imago Dei Anglican Church (ACNA) in 2011. Mark is a retired NYPD police officer / investigator. He and Susan have 6 children and 10 grandchildren. Mark served many years as a deacon in his Methodist church before coming into the Anglican tradition. They live in Simpsonville. Mark enjoys fly-fishing and woodworking. They feel very blessed to have found Village Church and love being a part of a congregation with so many children.

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Kristy is married to Robert, mother of Genevieve (6), Davis (4) and baby girl due in March. The Cliffords have been at Village Church since 2017. From Kristy: “I’m a first generation college graduate who grew up in a rural Pentecostal church in VA, attended a Catholic university, and managed about half a MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary. Vocationally, I spent a few years as a civil servant in the federal government before sensing and following a call to ministry with Young Life, working with high school and college students, young volunteers and new staff in Arlington, VA and Philadephia, PA. I continued working for Young Life while in Greenville, until I became the Director of Parent Giving and Engagement at Furman University a year ago.

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Sarah and her family have been at Village Church for 2 years. From Sarah: “My husband, David, and I have been married for 17 ½ years. We grew up in Minnesota (but we don’t miss the cold!). Graduate school and David’s job brought us to the South. We have four children: Graham, 13, Beatrice and Ingrid, 10, and William, 8. Our kids attend Veritas Preparatory School. I also work at Veritas, where I am a fourth grade teacher and Director of the Lower School. David is a religion professor at Furman, and we are grateful for the opportunities to minister to students of all ages in Greenville. Sarah has her BS from Northwestern College and her MA.Ed. from Hamline University

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Anton is married to Jocelyn and is the father of 2 teenage girls: Ayren and Avery. The Thomas Family has been at Village Church since Summer 2017. Anton is the Vice President of Product Performance at Michelin North America. Before joining Michelin, Anton was a research assistant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he earned a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. Anton previously served several years on the board of Resurrection Church, under the leadership of the Rev. Seth Cain, before moving to France.


Dixon is originally from Jasper, AL, but moved to the Greenville area to attend Furman University in 2005. Following graduation with a degree in political science, he worked in Bar Harbor, ME and Vail, CO for outdoor adventure companies before returning to the South to settle into a "grown up" career. In Greenville he spent five years as the Operations Manager for an online, high end cycling company, Glory Cycles. In 2012, Dixon married his college sweetheart, Kate Dabbs, at Paris Mountain State Park. Dixon and Kate first attended Village Church in January 2015 after being inspired by what they learned during chance conversations with Wes Whitesell, Blake and Kilpy Singer, and Brian and Alicia Pate. Dixon is currently employed as a manager for Southeastern Paperboard in Piedmont, overseeing operations in the waste and recycling division. In his free time, he enjoys being outside as much as possible -- spending time on Lake Keowee, doing yard work, riding bikes with his wife, and hiking with his black lab, Flo. He volunteers with the Greenville Spinners Safety Foundation, raising funds to purchase helmets for underprivileged children, and is a member of the Young Alumni Council at Furman University. Dixon and Kate are also active supporters of the United Way of Greenville County and the Community Foundation of Greenville.

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Jeff Martin has served faithfully as an interim at the appointment of the current vestry, replacing Jill Smith in July 2018. He must be affirmed by the membership to continue in 2019.
Jeff was the Executive Director of The Conference Center and Inn @ Clemson since it’s opening in 1995.  Prior to this, he was Director of The Clemson House, Visitors Center, Historic Properties and the Summer Conference Program.  His background is in Student Affairs and held several positions in University Housing both at Clemson University and Western Carolina University.  He retired from Clemson in July, 2018. Jeff holds a Ph.D.  in Educational Leadership from Clemson University, a Master’s Degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green University (Ohio) and a Bachelor’s Degree in American History from SUNY @ Plattsburgh. He taught in the College of Health, Education and Human Development as well as the College of Business at Clemson University.   Jeff and Cheryl have three sons – Thomas, Sam and Nate - and two daughters-in-law. Also, a three year old grandson: Wilder Luke Martin with a new grandchild due any day!