Vestry Nominee Information - As provided by the Nominees
(in alphabetical order)
Each nominee presented here by the Nominations Committee meets the requirements of the Canons of the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Michigan along with the qualifications adopted by the Vestry of the Cathedral.
Elaine Belz: I have been a member of the cathedral since 1998, when I was received into the Episcopal Church. While I grew up in a different denomination, my family was very involved in our church. At the cathedral, I am a lector and I sing in the choir. I love Detroit, and am proud of our cathedral's involvement in the life of this city. I am particularly grateful for the cathedral's wide welcome to all members of the community.
I am currently in the dissertation phase of a PhD program in theological aesthetics at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. While living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I worked as an assistant verger (a staff position) at Grace Cathedral. In that role, I welcomed visitors to the cathedral, assisted with preparing liturgies, taught occasional classes, directed the Altar Guild, led and assisted with liturgies...and carried a big stick. I've had the privilege of verging twice now here at home.
I look forward to even deeper involvement in the cathedral's life now that I am back in Detroit. This is where I fell in love with the Episcopal Church and the BCP. I look forward to any way I might be of service.
Shane Cornett: My family and I have been attending our Cathedral for two years, and I have been serving as an usher for the last year. Prior to moving to the Detroit area we attended St Paul's Cathedral in Buffalo, NY, where we served several ministries. My wife Kara and I have five children. The oldest three children, Hannah, Noah and Owen serve as Acolytes. Our youngest daughter, Madison, serves in the Cathedral Choir; while our two year old son Liam serves as entertainment for the parishioners in the surrounding pews. I have been working in the financial industry for more than fifteen years and am currently employed by Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor. In the past I have served on the board of directors for multiple community theatre groups and parent teacher organizations. My other interests and hobbies include performing and visual arts, going to baseball games, cooking for his family and genealogy.
Robert Williams (Bob) Prout: I was born and raised in White Plains, New York. After high school I attended General Motors Institute in Flint. I then worked as an Engineer for GM until I retired in 1999. I also served as a Navy pilot during the Vietnam War. After the war, I stayed with the reserves until retiring in 1986. Sandy and I have been part of the Cathedral community for about 8 years. We have been active in the Episcopal Church since shortly after returning to Michigan in the 70's. My parents had always been very involved with the Episcopal Church and Dad was the treasurer of our church back home in New York for about 30 years. Mom was the church secretary for nearly 10 years. Although my ancestors on both sides of the family were pretty much always Episcopalians, There were many early generations on my Dad's side that were Congregationalists. There was even a pair of Baptists.
I have always felt most at home with the liturgy we use in the Episcopal Church. On our trip to England last year I really felt at home, and the trip was almost a pilgrimage for me. Serving at the cathedral (as Head of Ushers, Chair of the Veterans' Day Committee, and developer of our docent (guide) program) is a privilege for me, and a wonderful way for me to be thankful to God for the great life I have lived.
Don Wiggins: Member of the Cathedral since 1971, I have been married to Lois for 32 years. I have served five previous terms on vestry; senior warden in 2006. I was an original Crossroads volunteer. Much of my ministry has focused on being an Education for Ministry mentor from 1995-2014. I served as a member of Diocesan Council from 2007-2012. I have been a Lector for thirty years. From 1983-1993 I was a Volunteer Chaplain at Henry Ford Hospital, and I was a night staff Chaplain at Sinai-Grace Hospital from 1993-2004 and at Oakwood Hospital from 1995-2006. Since 2007 I have served as president of the Ferndale Housing Commission. I currently usher at 8:15 service. I work as a case manager to the homeless.
The Vestry is the 12-person body that, along with the clergy, leads the congregation. The members of the Vestry work with clergy, staff, and parishioners to oversee and implement Cathedral policies, programming, outreach, and ministry. Working committees of the Vestry include, Finance, Stewardship, Cathedral Life, Planned Giving, and more.
At the Cathedral, vestry members must be pledging members; they are elected at the Cathedral’s Annual Meeting held each January, to a three-year term. One-third of the Vestry leaves each year following the end of their three-year term, to be replaced by newly elected members.
The head of the vestry is the senior warden , who is responsible for running vestry meetings in the absence of the dean. He or she is assisted by the junior warden. The Vestry meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm, unless otherwise noted in the service leaflet, and all parishioners are welcome to attend.
- Senior Wardens-Guy Thomas (2016)
- Junior Warden-Emery Dumas (2016)
- Secretary-Mike Morgan
- Jim Edwards (2015)
- Jesse Eggleston (2017)
- John Filkins (2015)
- Jerry Hardy (2016)
- Dawn McDuffie (2015)
- John O'Brian (2017)
- George Swan (2017)
- Jane Thomas (2016)
- Gary Wood (2017)
Note: The year after the name indicates when the person will be retiring from the Vestry.
Minutes of each meeting are available from the main office once they have been approved by the Vestry.