A week from this Sunday, on January 31st, we will gather after the 10am service for our annual parish meeting. One of the most important tasks of the annual meeting is to meet and elect our new slate of Vestry members. So for this Friday's newsletter, I introduce to you our new candidates for the Ascension Vestry class of 2018. Each of them will be elected to serve a three-year term. It is a significant gift of their time and talent to serve in this leadership capacity at our parish, and I am grateful for those who are able and willing to step forward to serve. Remember to mark your calendars for the annual meeting, where we will also see the 2016 budget, hear annual reports, and enjoy a nice coffee hour and fellowship together.
Yours faithfully in Christ,
I am Holly Butler, age 49, and a Denver Girl. I grew up in southern Denver where I attended Cherry Hills Elementary and St. Mary's Academy. Both of my parents were members of the Episcopal Church and I have fond memories of my Christian formation in the Episcopal Church. Christ Church in Englewood is where I was confirmed, and St. Gabriel's is where I spent most of my teen years. I met my sweet husband Davis Butler in college at Texas Christian University where I received my degree in Interior Design in 1989. After our wedding in 1993 we made Denver our home. After attending St. Johns for many years, Davis and I felt we needed a smaller, more intimate parish family, and we joined The Church of the Ascension in 2008. Davis and I have been blessed with three wonderful children; Harris (18), Avery (16), and Collin (10). My mother Sue Haynie is also a member of Ascension; she joined the church in 2015 after moving into our home. My life is filled with caring for my three amazing kidos, my dear Mother, and a few design projects. I love being a part of the parish family at Ascension. It is truly a home away from home and I am honored to be on the Vestry.
I am from Western Pennsylvania. I attended James Madison University on a golf scholarship. After college I worked as a legal assistant for a large firm in Pittsburgh, where I met my husband Mac, who was my next door neighbor. We were married in 1999 in Maine and moved to Denver four days later.
I was raised Roman Catholic but ventured away from church in my college years. I really wanted to find a stronger faith and a comforting feel in church, which I never felt growing up. I looked for a couple years only to find it two blocks away. Ascension has helped Denver feel like home to me. I am grateful that our children; Lily (15), James (13), and Jackie (12), are learning about the Lord and what it means to have faith through Ascension. Lily is currently in the confirmation class. James is a frequent reader and Jackie likes to usher with his sister. I recently became a Chalice Minister which brings me closer to my faith and the church. It is a special gift.
I keep myself busy chairing the East High School Teacher Appreciation Committee and volunteering in the school store, among other East activities. I love working out at Pearl Street Fitness, but what fulfills me the most is being a Mom to our three children. We travel back East for the summer to spend time with family because our fall and winter are spent supporting the Denver Broncos.
I am honored to be a part of the Vestry and look forward to learning more about the church and the beautiful people who make Ascension what it is to me.
Deep spiritual roots go back to my earliest childhood. I'm the youngest of four and was raised in a "Midwest-like" rural home in Northern California. I had a happy childhood and loving parents. We were originally Missouri Synod Lutherans, but my parents joined a Bible church when I was in 3rd grade and that's really where I cut my spiritual teeth.
I was always very serious about my relationship with Christ and am grateful for the spiritual journey that I've been on. This has included the Charismatic movement, and eventually a year at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Fifteen years ago I found the Episcopal church and have enjoyed it's worship and ministry ever since serving in music, teaching, and leadership roles. Contemplative Christianity is also a keen interest and has been a very nourishing aspect of my faith.
Professionally, I've been in human resources for over 30 years, where I've held various leadership roles. In the past six years I created my own executive coaching and leadership development practice - a passion of mine. My partner of 15 years and I live in the Montclair neighborhood and are thrilled to be in Denver!
It is a genuine privilege to be considered to serve on the Vestry and to partner with the Rector and parish in our collective journey with Christ.