Vestry

Each member of the vestry is typically voted in for a 3 year term, some less to replace a Vestry member retiring before their term is complete. New members are voted in at our Annual Meeting each January. If you are interested in becoming a member of our Vestry, please speak to a member of the clergy or a current member to express your interest.

Privott Stroman – Senior Warden (elected 2017)

Privott grew up in Gadsden, Alabama, where her education began at Episcopal Day School. The school was affiliated with her home parish, Holy Comforter, and her mother, Joan, became the Headmistress.  Upon graduating from Gadsden High School, Privott attended Vanderbilt University.  Privott lived in Nashville until moving to Clarksville after marrying her husband, Steven in 2003.  Her career growth ‘officially’ began at Camp McDowell, the Camp for the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Alabama.  After attending as a camper since childhood, she spent her college summers as a Cabin Counselor, and will tell anyone who has time to listen that Camp McDowell is truly ‘God’s Backyard’ and a place to discover your true spirituality.

Privott is currently the HR Director for CDE Lightband. She also instructs for APSU’s Center for Extended and Distance Education, teaching one to two classes a semester. Privott is also very active in SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) and has received recognition and awards through various Board positions held.   She holds a SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Lean Six-Sigma Green Belt, and a Certified Power Executive (CPE) from the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association.

Privott serves on the Trinity Episcopal HR volunteer committee. Her most precious time is spent with her husband, Steven, and daughter, Allison Lee.  Steven is the Managing Partner of Invictus, LLC, and Allison Lee is in the first grade at Moore Magnet Elementary.

 

Bob Houston – Junior Warden (elected 2016)

IMG_2216I have been a member of Trinity Parish since 1999 just before the devastating tornado. Although a native of Paducah, KY, I now call Trinity and Clarksville my home. Before returning to Clarksville, I was an active member of All Saints Parish in Mobile, AL. Recently retired from teaching in the local school system, I find myself busier than ever with church and community activities. Having served as a vestry member previously, I certainly realize the integrity and responsibility this position requires.

I have, and continue to be, involved in several ministries here at Trinity. One of my greatest passions is participation in our extraordinary music ministry – adult choir and hand bells. It is a “spiritual calling”. Additionally I have been privileged to serve as Lay Eucharist Minister, member of pastoral care committee, children’s education (Vacation Bible School and Preparation for Kindergarten teaching assistant), member of the strategic planning committee, etc.

My vision for Trinity Parish is to continue the “best practices” for all our ministries. According to Tom Ehrich in his “Forward to the Basics” article of January 5, 2016 that implementing “best practices” for church wellness can only help (our) congregation to become healthy, to grow in mission, ministry and membership, and to do God’s desired work of transforming lives. I hope our Parish can continue to “reach out” to the marginalized, the dejected, and the unfortunate in our community and our society in general. The mandate with which Jesus left His followers was “Go, make disciples”. He did not say, “Stay here and worship” (Strategic Plan Report, 2013)

Beverly Kimbrough – Treasurer

 Jeremy Bowles – Vestry Member (elected 2018)

I grew up in Greenville, KY and raised in a Baptist church. I attended Western Kentucky University as an undergraduate and went on to receive a Doctorate of Pharmacy at the University of Kentucky in 2005. I met my wife, Haven, in college and we were married in 2004 at Trinity. Shortly after being married we moved to Clarksville where I have practiced pharmacy for over 10 years. Working in a variety of healthcare fields has shown me how important Trinity’s outreach efforts are. Haven and I have attended Trinity since moving to Clarksville, and our son, Robert, was christened at Trinity in 2012. In 2016, I was asked to head the Greeters Ministry which is when I began to really develop a deeper understanding of my faith. Since then, I have developed a greater appreciation of our three pillars: Scripture, Tradition, and Reason. This love for my faith has led me to call Trinity my church home and I was officially confirmed May 2017.

Daisy Crowley – Vestry Member (elected 2017)

Daisy Crowley, and her husband Neal, moved to Clarksville from the Washington DC area in 2014. Both Neal and Daisy are federal government retirees. While living in Washington, Daisy was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square. During her professional life, in 2011, she received the Pace Award from the Secretary of the Army as the civilian employee who had the most impact on the Army, she also received the Theodore Roosevelt Award from Risk and Insurance Magazine for having the most effective civilian workers’ compensation program across the entire federal government. Here at Trinity Episcopal Church, Clarksville, Daisy is serving as a lector, a member of the Parties and Picnics Committee, and president of Episcopal Church Women.  If elected, Daisy would like to involve more women in the work of the church, especially ECW.

 

Larry Faust – Vestry Member (elected 2018)

My wife, Jeanie and I have lived in Clarksville for 41 years and have been members of our Trinity Parish for 38 years. While at Trinity, I have served on many varied committees and 4 terms on the vestry. Jeanie has also served on the vestry and is active in choir and altar guild. I practiced pediatrics for over 40 years including a focus on children with special health care needs. Recently retired, I enjoy outdoor activities such as running, hiking, and bicycling. Most of all, Jeanie and I enjoy travel, especially when travel involves visiting family and playing with grandkids. I am proud to be a member of Trinity Parish. Our parish is a true potpourri of individuals from different backgrounds, but we have always come together with genuine concern for each other, this community, our nation, and the world. If elected, I would be privileged to serve the congregation of Trinity in our ongoing spiritual growth through worship and ministry.

 Adam Fleming – Vestry Member  (elected 2018)

I am a 37-year-old native of Clarksville and have been attending Trinity regularly for several years. I was confirmed at Trinity in 2012 and have tried my best to be involved as much as possible. I have served as an usher for the past there to four years and currently in my second year of EfM (Education for Ministry). Serving the church has become one of my greatest joys. My beautiful wife, Heather, and I have been married for 13 years. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, going to concerts and sports events (bucket list: see every baseball park), fishing, sporting clays, and good food & drinks with friends.

Howell Foust – Vestry Member 

hfoust (1)I am a Clarksville native and Episcopalian by choice. I serve as the Trinity’s Treasurer therefore a member of the Executive Committee and chairman of the Finance Committee and I attend all Vestry meetings and functions. I also serve on Buildings & Grounds committee, Strategic Planning committee and served on the committee that established the Parish Ministries Council. I am very interested in the Military Ministries. My son and I have a construction company, Blackpatch Development, and have built two homes for wounded veterans through the HelpingaHero organization. I also do consulting work for investment brokers and credit work for banks through Foust & Associates. I spend the least amount of time with the construction business, but enjoy it the most. My wife Sheila currently serves as Senior Warden, if you haven’t figured out the connection yet. We enjoy being “foodies” at home on the weekends by experimenting with new recipes and wines.

Nancy Gibson – Vestry Member (elected 2017)

Nancy has been a member of Trinity for over ten years, serving God and the church in many roles including Journey to Adulthood youth group leader, youth Sunday school teacher, and children’s chapel leader. In 2012, she was asked to be part of the Strategic Planning Initiative. As an outcome of the planning, she formed a young adults group at Trinity, which met for two years as a Sunday school class and social group. Nancy has also served on the Parish Ministries Council since its inception in 2014 as the Parish Life Chair. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, movies and TV, Lego Architecture, and traveling.

Professionally, Nancy works at Austin Peay State University as Associate Professor and Distance Education Librarian in the Woodward Library. She has worked at APSU for over ten years in different capacities, but always with an emphasis on student success, providing research instruction and support. As a professor, she has published articles with colleagues in state and international publications, and presented at national and state conferences on library projects undertaken to bolster student success. Prior to landing at APSU, she worked as an administrative assistant for a high school exchange program and graduated with a Dual Masters in Information Science and Library Science.

 

Phil Harpel – Vestry Member (elected 2018)

I have spent all but about 5 years of my life living here in Clarksville!  One year away attending St Andrews Episcopal Prep School (where I was first exposed to the Episcopal Church service and real wine at communion!).  I attended and graduated from a small Methodist university outside Kansas City – Baker University.  My family attended Madison Street United Methodist Church as did I until about 5 years ago – at that time I decided to join my wife of almost 33 years at her Church – Trinity Episcopal – The Red Door Church!

I have not served on any particular committee but, whenever able to, help clean up or set up for an event,  and have no problem doing so!  This past summer and fall I helped water Trinity’s flowers and bushes. It was a nice break from work. the phone and fun just to look the grounds over. Laura and I usually attend the 7:30 service – yes one of those folks who like to get up early on Sunday and get to church. I grew up helping in the family funeral home which was right across the street from Trinity.  After college I helped our Mom sell the funeral home which is when I went into the banking field.  I have been a banker for over 35 years with a 5 year break when I became the Chief of Staff for Montgomery County Mayor Bowers.  I am now back to banking and not yet ready to retire. I look forward to being part of the vestry and getting to know Trinity better!

Liz Holt – Vestry Member (2016)

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 I was raised in the Catholic Church just down the street, although my great grandparents were members of Trinity.  My husband John also grew up here at Trinity and likes to joke that we met through my Aunt Tootsie, as small children at the pancake supper.  After marrying, we were conflicted where our spiritual journey would lead us.  While raising our three children, Sarah, Harrison, and Jack we were pulled toward the Episcopal faith and I fell in love with Trinity.  We have been members here since 2009 and I have served leading children’s chapel, teaching Sunday school, as chalice bearer and verger.  Professionally, I hold a doctorate of physical therapy and am Administrator of a home health care office.  I am honored to serve our parish and with this vestry.

Russ Longhurst – Vestry Member (elected 2017)

Russ is 3rd generation member of Trinity Episcopal Church as the grandson of the late Charles & Marion C. Greer and the son of Elaine G. Longhurst.  He was born and raised in the Clarksville area and has been associated with Trinity since childhood.  Currently he resides in Guthrie Kentucky and serves as an usher at Trinity. Dr. Longhurst holds a B.S. degree from Tennessee Technological University as well as a M.S. & Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.  All his degrees are in mechanical engineering and he is a licensed professional engineer in the states of Kentucky and Tennessee.  He is an experienced professional with a combined 20 years of experience from working in the automotive industry, private practice, and academia.  His positions have included: project engineer, project manager, maintenance group leader, principal engineer & owner, and associate professor.  From his education and professional experience, he has expertise in the design & control of automation, robotics, welding, and manufacturing processes.  Currently he is an associate professor at Austin Peay State University in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Kate Smith – Vestry Member (elected 2016)

ksmithKate Greene Smith has been a member at Trinity since March 1999, when she and her husband Chris moved to Clarksville with their son Timothy. Since then, Kate and Chris’ daughters Meg and Lillie have been baptized at Trinity, and Kate, Chris and Timothy were all received or confirmed at Trinity. This church community has become their extended family.

Kate has served on vestry in the past, and was part of the Strategic Plan development team. She currently serves on altar guild, in the handbell choir, as a lector, on the Red Door Committee, and on Picnics and Parties, and directs the Nashville Cares Christmas basket program. Through the years she has taught Sunday school for children and adults, has been Outreach chair for Parish Ministries Council, and has sung in the choir. Kate is Assistant Director at the Red River Regional Library in Clarksville. She has home-schooled her children for the past 12 years. Timothy is a high-school senior taking dual-enrollment classes at Austin Peay State University. Meg and Lillie have both elected to start public school this year, Meg as an 8th grader and Lillie as a 7th grader, at Rossview Middle School. Kate and Chris have been married 22 years and together they make a darn fine Brunswick Stew for the Fall Fest.

 

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