Vestry Candidate Biographies

The Vestry Election will be held on Sunday, February 17 at 9:15 a.m. in the Parish Hall. You must be present to vote.

2019 Vestry Candidate Biographies

These are presented in no particular order

Barbara Smith

My family and I (husband John and four children) joined Calvary in 1984. I sang in the choir for over 25 years and chaired the committee to purchase a new organ. I helped plan both the 125th and 150th anniversary celebrations for the church. During previous times on the Vestry, I was Senior Warden for two terms. I was a founding member and first president of Faith Chapter, Daughters of the King, and am currently vice president. Currently, I am also on the Food Pantry Board, a member of the Altar Guild, lector, chalice bearer, and lay Eucharistic visitor. I feel it would be a privilege to represent members of the congregation on the Vestry during a time of anticipated growth and new programs.

Betty Robbins

I became an Episcopalian almost 50 years ago when I married Bob. We have three children and six terrific grandchildren. Bob’s career has led us to many different places and I have been active in many different aspects of the church communities we were part of. I am a retired R.N. but remain active as a parish nurse. I am also a professional ministry clown. I am past president of the Food Pantry. I am now feeling the Lord is leading me into a different direction and have decreased some of my current activities as I wait to see where He is calling me to use the gifts He has given me.

Godfry Soukup

Hello Calvary family, My name is Godfrey Soukup. I have been a member of Calvary since 2006 and was confirmed into the Episcopal faith two years later. I attend the 8:00 a.m. service each Sunday with our grandson Godfrey, with whom each month we serve as greeters. I work as an electrician with A American Electric, and have worked in Hendersonville for over 40 years. I have volunteered in the Henderson County community through the years, coaching youth baseball for my son, assisting with pup football needs for my grandson and running youth activities as a member of Knights of Columbus. I have greatly enjoyed my years with Calvary and would be honored by the opportunity to give my time to the vestry.

Steve Rerych

My name is Steve Rerych (Rare-ick). I am an 8-o’clocker. I am a retired surgeon. I moved to Asheville in 1986 after my Duke residency. I remained in Asheville for 20 years in private practice at Mission/St. Joseph’s Hospital, Subsequently, I moved to Point Pleasant, WV, where I was employed by a rural hospital as Chief of Surgery and Chief of Staff, and stayed there for ten years before retiring back to Asheville.

I am a life-long Episcopalian, and became a member of Calvary in 1987, where my daughter, Stephanie was baptized. I served on the vestry until I had to relinquish my position when I relocated to West Virginia. While there I served as a senior warden as well as becoming a Rotarian and a commissioner on the public housing board of Point Pleasant.

As I told my friends at Calvary prior to my departure to West Virginia, “I shall return,” and I did! I currently live in Arden and have been a member of the Calvary family for the past three years, serving as a lay reader, and am a member of the Health Ministry Committee. I am also involved with the Food Pantry.

I believe I can contribute in a meaningful way to the Calvary family. I would be honored to serve on the vestry at your pleasure.

Judy Garren

I joined Calvary in 1964 and have recently returned and become active in the parish. I have four children and two grandchildren. I am a retired RN; I started at mission Hospital in 1983, starting as a floor nurse in surgery. I advanced to Charge Nurse, which included being in charge of staff assignments as well as having my own patients. Later I moved to Radiology, which was the most interesting of my nursing career. I left Mission in 2002 and worked in a hospital in Montana, returning to Asheville in 2009 to care for family.

I returned to active involvement at Calvary in 2016. Calvary is like no other church I have been involved with. When you walk through the doors you feel welcomed. Calvary is indeed my family and my church. I was 16 when I first became acquainted with Calvary, and it has been part of my life whether I was here or on my travels. I feel honored that my name was put forward for consideration for the vestry.

Anne Spruance