Karen Holmes is in her second year as Vestry Clerk. She has been a member of Christ Church Tashua for 14 years, and on the Vestry and/ or Search Committee over the last 12 years. She has also been leading the Church school program for the last 3 years and has been a teacher since her kids were young and attending the program. Karen was born and raised in the Episcopal Church. The Church has always played an important role in her life as a youth and adult, always seeking leadership roles as God calls her. She is also an RN at Yale New Haven Hospital in Pediatrics. She has a loving and supportive husband John, and two children William, 18 years old, and Sara, 14 1/2 years old. The family are active members, contributing as Acolytes, Readers, Counters, Greeters, and Sunday school assistants/ Teachers. Christ Church Tashua has played an important role in the lives of her family.
Todd Rossel is the Senior Warden of the Vestry and has been a member of Christ Church Tashua for more than 20 years. He has served several prior Vestry terms and also co-chaired the capital campaign with his wife, Jennifer, in 2008 that helped enable the church to add an addition of new classrooms and office space. He serves as a lay assistant for Sunday Services, Jennifer helps teach Sunday School and runs the baked goods area at the annual Apple Festival, and their children, Louisa, a college sophomore, and Casey, a high school junior, have always been active participants in church activities.
Martine Yourieff has been a member of Christ Church Tashua for almost 30 years. During this time she has served on the Vestry (Christian Formation) and as Church School Director and likes to help with Outreach activities. In addition, Martine loves to work in the Church garden (together with her husband, Tim, and other Parish friends) and is also on the Executive Council of the Greater Bridgeport Ministry Network. (Formerly the G.B Deanery.) She describes the Christ Church Tashua family as ‘vibrant & nurturing’ adding “There is a real sense of community and fellowship here.” Look for Martine and her daughters, Georgia and Claudia, at the Face Painting tent at our annual Apple Festival.
Patrick Foster is one of the newest members of the Vestry. He’s also a longtime parishioner of Christ Church Tashua- he and his wife Diane were married in the church in 1980. Pat has served as a Sunday School teacher, as well as Lector and Greeter. He currently chairs the church’s Website Committee and serves on the Apple Festival Committee as well. “Christ Church Tashua is an integral part of our lives” he notes “the first time I came here it felt like home, and it has remained that way for 40 years”.
Jaye Irwin is the current Junior Warden at CCT, and a longtime member of the vestry. Jaye and his wife Jody have been members of the church since 1998 when they moved to Trumbull. “When we first moved to the area we looked at a couple of local churches, but we felt immediately at home at the little white church on the hill”. Jaye is a regular volunteer at church events throughout the year, his wife serves as treasurer of the ECW (Episcopal Church Women) and is a main coordinator of the annual Apple Festival. Their two sons have been long time members as well, both attended Sunday school and were confirmed in the church.