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.
Sheila Foust – Senior Warden (elected 2015)
I am an Alabama girl but have been a Tennessean most of my life. I moved to Clarksville from Nashville when Howell and I married in 1994 and Trinity soon became our church home. I currently serve as Senior Warden now in my third term on the Vestry. I have led the Stewardship campaign for several years and helped establish the Red Door Committee, a group that organizes fundraisers in support of various missions and needs of the church that fall outside the standard church budget. I also served as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and assist Howell with his duties as Trinity’s Treasurer. My lifelong career includes 36 years in commercial lending and risk management. I currently work at Pinnacle Bank in Nashville. We have one son Glenn who owns a construction business here in Clarksville. We enjoy trips with friends to east TN Mountains, Sunday afternoon jeep rides, our English Labrador – Sadie, and searching for great food paired with good wine.
Bob Houston – Junior Warden (elected 2016)
I 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)
Bethany Kelly – Clerk
Bethany Kelly joined Trinity as Parish Administrator April 2015. Bethany grew up in southern Mississippi, graduating the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Advertising and Marketing. After college, she worked as marketing membership manager with the Girl Scouts of Middle Mississippi. Upon marrying her then active duty husband with the 101st Airborne, joined the staff of Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, serving in various roles such as: customer service manager, volunteer relations and regional executive. Bethany, along with her retired US Army husband, and two daughters, are now proud to call Clarksville, TN home.
Howell Foust – Treasurer
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.
Phil Blake – Vestry Member (elected 2015)
I am an “Army brat” who claims San Antonio, Texas as my home town. I am a life-long Episcopalian and have served churches for many years in a variety of ways, to include acolyte, lay reader, chalice bearer, and junior warden, to name a few. I have been on Trinity’s vestry twice and am also on the Parish Ministries Council. As a career Army officer, now retired, I have been a member of Episcopal churches in many parts of the U.S. and overseas. My wife Reda and I settled here in her home town twenty one years ago and became members of Trinity. She is involved in several parish ministries. We have two children and five grandchildren. Our daughter and her husband and children are active members of a parish in California. Our son is the head of an Episcopal school in Texas and involved in church life.
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.
Heather Fleming – Vestry Member (elected 2015)
I am a 31 year old Army brat and moved to Clarksville as a child while my parents were serving in the U.S. Army. I am a cradle Episcopalian and was confirmed at Trinity when I was 15. I have been married to my husband, Adam, for 11 years. We became active members of the church 2-3 years ago because we felt a lacking in our spiritual lives. As soon as we began attending regularly we found what we had been missing. I served as the Vestry clerk last year and am now serving my first term on the Vestry. I serve as a chalice bearer, lay Eucharistic minister and am on the military outreach committee. I have been a practicing attorney in Nashville, Tennessee for the past 5 years. I enjoy sewing, thrifting and canning. My husband and I love traveling, going to concerts and sports events, fishing and being with friends and family.
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.
Nancy Hawkins – Vestry Member (elected 2016)
I have grown up as a local Baptist until my mother-in-law, Grace Hawkins, brought me to Trinity in 2013. I was pleasantly surprised when I went through the Confirmation Class to get more info and found that becoming an Episcopalian was a perfect match for me at that spiritual time of my life. I have not been disappointed in becoming an Episcopalian or becoming a member of Trinity Episcopal Parish. It has been my honor and pleasure to become involved in different areas of service, such as, coordinating and supervising the Wednesday Night Suppers, becoming a co-team leader of the Parish Life Committee on the Parish Ministries Council, a member of the church Greeters, and also a substitute for the Children’s Chapel. It has really been a special part of my life to become admitted to the St. Clare of Assisi chapter of the Order of the Daughters of the King, and now becoming a member of the Vestry. To top it off, I get lots of entertainment and knowledge by attending Dr. Richard Gildrie’s Wednesday Night Book Group and Dr. Gildrie’s Sunday School Class.
As one of those rare born-and-raised Clarksvillians, originally Nancy Carpenter, I have been married to another Clarksvillian, Mark E. Hawkins for 19 years. I have a great family to keep me entertained with my in-laws, a daughter, a son, a step-daughter, a step-son, 3 grandsons, and 3 granddaughters. I have attended local schools and got my B.S. degree in Psychology from Austin Peay. After working with local and Federal government jobs, I started my 18-year career with the State in the area where I intended to start, as a counselor. I was able to go back to school through my job and a Federal grant to obtain my Master of Education degree from Auburn University in Rehabilitation Counseling. I work with individuals with disabilities in assisting them to find employment, a very rewarding job.
For my fun activities, I enjoy playing with the grandchildren, reading and baking, and attending concerts with my husband. There are also times when I support my husband by attending his concerts or shows, since he is a musician in three bands: American Floyd, Hot ‘Lanta, and Mother Earth.
Liz Holt – Vestry Member (2016)
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)
Kate 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.
Privott Stroman – Vestry Member (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.
Ric Williams – Vestry Member (elected 2015)
My name is Ric Williams, I have been married to my wife Jennifer for twenty two years and we have two children, Robert and Rebecca. Robert is a Junior in college currently in Italy for the semester. Rebecca is in seventh grade and also serves as an acolyte. She is also a completive gymnasts and travels frequently to meets. I am retired from the Army after twenty four years of service and have been employed as a civil service civilian at Ft Campbell for the last eight years. My wife is also a civil service employee at Ft. Campbell as a nurse in a pediatric clinic. My family and I have been a members of Trinity Parish for fourteen years. We participate in Room in the Inn preparing meals and Nashville Cares delivering food. If there is one thing to know about me it is that I am a lifelong die hard New York Yankee fan.