Whenever and however it comes, the word of truth, God’s truth, has the power to change people. And those to whom God’s truth is spoken have a choice: they can choose to hear that word of truth, or they can choose to ignore it. If we choose to hear the word of truth, we will be changed.
-Br. James Koester, SSJE
2020 Vestry Slate
Robert V. Cochran
I was born and raised in South Florida. After thirty-eight years as a chief electrician at United States Sugar Corporation, Sally and I retired in 2009 and moved to Townsend, Tn.
We were members of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Clewiston, Fl. St. Martin’s is a very small church and all the parishioners shared the work in the various ministries. I was a member of the vestry for a total of four years, serving a year as Jr. Warden.
When we moved to Townsend, we found St. Andrew’s and felt welcomed by the parishioners. We have served and worked on various ministries since our tenure here.
Soon we will be welcoming a new priest and I want to be a part of assisting the parish during this challenging and joyous transition.
I have been a member of St. Andrews since May of 2003. I grew up as a Lutheran in Pennsylvania, attended Pharmacy School at the University of Pittsburgh, then Medical School in Charleston, SC. I moved to Maryville in 1991 after completing my ophthalmology training in Portland, Oregon. I currently work part-time in Maryville at University Eye Specialists. I have one daughter, Amelia, and two grandchildren (Mason and Magnolia) who live nearby.
While at St. Andrews, I have taught childrens’ Sunday School, helped with the Food Connection and Family Promise, completed 4 years of EFM, and currently sing in the choir. If elected to the Vestry, I look forward to giving back to the church, and would be honored to serve the people of St. Andrews responsibly with diligence, openness, and in God’s love.
I joined St. Andrew’s in the summer of 1987 when our family moved to Maryville from New Bern, North Carolina. At that time, there was not a youth group for our two sons and we soon began to look for other opportunities for them. My husband, Tom Ellis, had grown up in Maryville and had attended New Providence Presbyterian Church in his youth and he knew they had an active program for youth at that time. I agreed to give it a try for the good of our sons. It didn’t take long for me to realize the Episcopal church was where my heart and soul was, so as a family we returned to St. Andrew’s two years later.
Professionally I retired as a Registered Nurse after forty years, having positions as a cardiac nurse, hospital administration in the area of coding and reimbursement, and servings in medical practice management with my husband who was a CPA.
As a member of St. Andrew’s I have served on the vestry, chaired or co-chaired Garden Day and the Holiday Bazaar, and have been an active participant in the kitchen ministry.
Our Parish Profile has provided candidates with the wants and needs of our community. If elected to the vestry, I would give as much of my time and energy as possible to help with the selection of a new priest who will meet the needs and wants of our parish.
I was confirmed in the Episcopal Church in 2010. Since then I have been active in various church ministries, such as Altar Guild, Verger, lector, intercessor, vestry, youth Sunday School and most recently as Crucifer. It feel it is important that each of us find places where we can serve.
This is an exciting time in the life of our parish as we are searching for our new rector. As we move forward, we need to be prepared to venture out of our comfort zones in order to serve Him as well as grow personally and as a parish. This is the gift I have received in this interim time and I encourage us to venture out of our comfort zones. There are amazing things waiting for us there!
Gretchen and I moved to Tenn a year and a half ago when I retired. I was lucky to spend 20 years on active duty working around the world and then 20 years as a civilian working for the Air Force. We spent 5 years looking at different areas to relocate to and found Maryville to be the perfect spot for us. We have been very fortunate to find St Andrews and have felt welcome here since day one. I have become active in the local AMVETS working to help out Vets who aren’t as fortunate as we are. We enjoy getting out to enjoy the beauty of East Tenn and have taking up kayaking to explore the waterways in the area.