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Redeemer Vestry & More
Church leadership is called The Vestry. Think of it as a board of directors for the goings-on of the church. The vestry participates in day-to-day church business, they represent the church in official matters, and members also participate in church services in various ways. In the words of one Vestry member, "I think the goal of our vestry is simply to do everything possible to keep the doors open so that all of us who love Redeemer so much can continue to do the work God has asked us to do."
Father Ken Cumbie
Father Ken has been a priest in the Episcopal Diocese since 1993. He served as a Navy Chaplain for 24 years as well as a Hospital Chaplain and Parish Priest.
Father Ken says, "Over and over again my life has been enriched and blessed by others." Redeemer is blessed to have him lead the parish.
Sue Rollins, Senior Warden
I am a lover of Jesus. I am a registered nurse by training and education with 40+ years of experience. I have had many different roles and responsibilities through the years but I am now retired.
I am a lover of cruises to Alaska having enjoyed 4 over the past 10 years.
I am the Senior Warden of the Vestry which means I am the President of the Board.
Ellen Copeland, Vestry
Pictured with Santa. I am a recently retired Social Worker (September 2020). I am a cradle Episcopalian and grew up in Demopolis as a member at Trinity Church. I attended Camp McDowell from age 12 until I graduated and was active in all EYC and Youth Department activities of the Alabama Diocese and was a camp counselor for 5 years. I joined Church of the Redeemer in 2017. I am not a birth-mother but have many children who call me mom. I am married (Jerome Kekatos 2006) and we have been the happy retirement home for senior rescue animals for the last 8 yrs. It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of our Redeemer community and its ministries.
Sara Robinson, Vestry
I have been an Episcopalian all my life. I joined Redeemer 18 years ago. I have two wonderful children, Hannah and Emory. I love the traditions and liturgy of the Episcopal Church along with the acceptance of all God’s children.
I have worked at Providence Hospital for 30 years. I started as a transporter there and have been in Physical Therapy for 25 years.
Richard Wilkins, Vestry
I have been an Episcopalian since childhood. My father was a priest. Attended Shaw high school, University of South Al., and Southwest Tech.School. I have one daughter and one grandson. l have worked as a maintenance director and supervisor. Retired from Scott Paper Co. Really like Redeemer and look forward to serving on the vestry.
Diana Long, Vestry
Redeemer brings me into a large loving family of Christians that I know I can trust to be by my side. I find them to be accepting of all of God’s children. I have a feeling of closeness and safety with all of my fellow church members. I am a retired nurse, a wife, a mother, a grandmother and a great grandmother in addition to serving my second year on the vestry.
I've been a member of Redeemer 30+ years! I enjoy playing in my yard and volunteering. I love spending time with family and friends.
Vivian Watt, Vestry &
Thomas Archer, Vestry
I have a lovely wife, an enthusiastic daughter, a caring son, 3 dogs, 2 ducks, 1 cat and a handful of fish. I’m an Eagle Scout, a Marine Corps Veteran, a graduate from the University of South Alabama, and I’m from Mobile, Alabama. I enjoy working with my hands, developing new ideas and my hobby is working at Airbus building the safest airplanes for you and your family to travel in.
Ellen Pitman, Vestry
I'm a retired bookkeeper and originally from Jackson, AL. I grew up Presbyterian and joined Redeemer Episcopal four years ago. I am enjoying cooking for the church cafe.
Will English, Vestry
I have been married to my wife Jane for 34 years and we have two daughters, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. I worked full time for the Alabama Army National Guard for 27 years retiring in 2010. I had a total of 35 years of service with the Guard and the active component retiring as a Sergeant Major/E9. I am also a combat veteran serving in Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. I belong to a mystic society where I served on the Board of Control for eight years. I am a life long Episcopalian and enjoy the parishioners and Redeemer more than any church I have ever attended. I promise to serve the church to the best of my abilities.
Bridget Archer, Clerk
Bridget Archer is a teacher with the Mobile County Public School System. She is a devoted volunteer and is on the board of the Junior League of Mobile, the RAIN Group and the Women's Focus Conference. Her children, Cecilia and Colin are smart, spirited, and compassionate and her husband, Thomas, always keeps life interesting.
New Vestry Member
This position is waiting to be filled.
David J. Ayers, Music Director
David has taught in the Alabama Community College System for the past 30 years teaching Choral Music, Voice, Piano, Music Theory and other general education music courses. He has prepared choirs for select performances at Carnegie Hall and state and regional choral festivals.
David continues to serve as an adjudicator and clinician for state and district choral festivals. He is also serves as a collaborative conductor with regional choirs and universities. He holds memberships in the American Choral Directors Association, having served as the Two-Year College Board Representative for Alabama; Southern Region 2020 Conference Committee, and the Alabama Vocal Association, NAfME.
For 22 years he has served as Church Musician and Director of Music for Episcopal Church of Redeemer, Mobile, AL.
David holds the Master of Music in Voice Performance degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Mobile, and an AA in Music from Snead State College. He has also participated in study abroad programs in Italy and Korea.