The Rev. John Martinichio
The Rev. John R. Martinichio, was called as the Rector at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Endicott, NY on January 1, 2012 after being their Priest-In-Charge since March 1, 2011. Being a native of Binghamton, Father John graduated from Chenango Forks High School and attended Wadhams- Hall Seminary College in Ogdensburg, NY; Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, NY; and was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest in 1985. After serving in Utica and Cortland he requested a leave of absence in 1991. He then attended Simmons School of Mortuary Science and became licensed as a New York State Funeral Director. Having been employed at Funeral Homes in Marathon, Watkins Glen and the Binghamton area he switched careers in 2002 after being Received into the Episcopal Church and becoming the Priest in Charge at Christ Church and then the Rector in 2004. He served as Dean of the Binghamton District, Chair of the Commission on Ministry and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Diocesan Board and on the Ministry Support Committee. He has served as Co-Chair to the Pastoral Response Team, Coordinator of the Safe Church Program for the Diocese of Central New York, and on the Board of Directors for the Haven at Trinity Memorial Church. He is also Vice President/Secretary to the Broome County Funeral Directors Association. He and his wife Barbara live in Binghamton and have two children Samuel and Molly along with four dogs, and two cats. Fr. John also loves to go camping in the Adirondacks.
Jennifer Westermann (Term Ends 2016)
I have been a member since 1984 serving on various committees throughout the years. My husband, Jack, and I have three children who are now out on their own. I came to St. Paul’s because I was raised in the Episcopal tradition. I stay at St. Paul’s because we welcome people from all traditions. My service on the vestry is a way for me to help promote St. Paul’s as a church that wishes to share God’s love with every person who comes through our doors.
Bruce Dailey (Term Ends 2017)
I became active at St. Paul’s after attending the “Faith Alive” in the mid 70’s. Barb had already been in the choir at that time. St. Paul’s was an important part of our lives as we raised our children. I was the church school superintendent for a few years then chaired the Christian Education commission for a few more. I served on the vestry in the early 80’s and have been a warden since 2013. Barb & I attended Marriage Encounter and Cursillo and were on team for New Beginnings and Happening diocesan youth programs. We also served as advisors to St. Paul’s youth group for several years. I’ve worked on several projects with St. Paul’s Men’s Group. Currently I’m on the Worship and Gould Investments committees and enjoy being a Greeter and playing in the hand bell choir. I was a Boy Scout leader from the mid 80’s until 2007 and am still active on the troop committee. I’m a lifetime member of Girl Scouts and continue to help out on council events. I retired from IBM in 2009 after nearly 40 years of service.
After 20 years of St Paul’s being supportive of my involvement in Boy Scouts (including me showing up many Sundays smelling like a campfire) and 5 years of support while Barb and I were active with the diocesan youth programs, I felt it was time for me to be more involved in St. Paul’s leadership, so I decided to run for warden.
Eunice Barton (Term Ends 2018)
I am Eunice Barton, a widow with a personal family of five adult units and eight grandchildren. Although none of these families are active members of St. Paul’s they all support me in my ministries in this parish. I have been an active member since 1976. I have served in many areas over the years. Membership and Christian Education were high on my list of service. I still love to see young people taking an active part of our church. I have been an active member of our Vestry for several years. When I was not a Vestry member I was clerk of the Vestry. (Not my favorite job, but if you want to know what is going on you have to be there). Other things I have done here are past Chair of the Women of the Church, Chair the semi-annual Rummage Sale, the Ice Cream Social, lead the Funeral Luncheon Committee, work at the CHOW pantry and provide brunch for the choir on Easter Sunday. It is a privilege to serve our church and community.
Karen Cahill (Term Ends 2018)
I have been a member here at St. Paul’s for 31 years. During these years, I have taught Sunday School, a Bible Study, chaired the Worship Committee, and have sung and am still singing with the choir. From time to time I substitute on the piano for the congregational singing when our Music Director is away. One of God’s biggest blessings for me was leading me to St. Paul’s and the wonderful people I have been privileged to worship and have fellowship with all these years.
For a parish to run successfully, there are a lot of things that go on behind the scenes of Sunday Worship. For me, as a member of this congregation, I believe it is my duty and responsibility to volunteer from time to time to run for Vestry. It an honor to serve my parish in this capacity. We on the vestry take on the business of tending to those things behind the scenes of Sunday Worship that lead to our Parish life being run as the Scriptures say “decently and in order.” I am glad to be a member of our Vestry and believe it is yet another way of serving God, by serving His people.
Dolly Chergosky (Term Ends 2016)
I have been a member of St. Paul’s with my husband Luther for over 40 years. Although I have been active in many church activities it was only six years ago that I felt I could contribute to the vestry. It has proved to be very rewarding and educational, being part of the behind the scenes of our church: a gathering and sharing of ideas, problem solving and decision making, along with working together with a common goal.
Duncan Finlayson (Term Ends 2016)
I was born and grew up in Rye, New York, attended Christ Church and performed all of the good things that young people do in church including, choir, acolyte, crucifer, and attended Sunday School. I attended Norwich University, became a commissioned officer in the Army and served as a 1st Lieutenant. As I grew up, I held many jobs which ultimately took me to travel around the world, and to see life from all of the vantage points. I could go on for ever, but the important point and the reason why I am on the vestry is that I want to bring what I have learned over these many years to the church, to add value to the thinking of the vestry, and to serve the interests of our parishioners.
Mary Gilfoyle (Term Ends 2017)
I am a retired speech/language pathologist from the Union-Endicott Schools, however, my experience has ranged from working with special needs preschoolers to adults with brain injuries and resulting cognitive impairments. The focus for any age group with which I have worked, has been to improve overall communication skills for both speaking and listening abilities. I am a “cradle Episcopalian”, having been baptized, confirmed and married in Grace Episcopal Church in Cortland, NY. After having moved to Endicott in January, 1979. I joined St. Paul’s and have been a member since that time. During my years here, I have taught Sunday school (several years ago) to the 7th and 8th graders, which was both challenging and interesting! Years ago, I was also a volunteer with the CHOW pantry and presently am a substitute occasionally when one of my sisters is unable to do her Thursday CHOW time. I am currently an usher at the 8:00 service, which has enabled me to get to know many more people and also am part of the Flower Delivery Ministry, which I truly enjoy. This allows me to visit with many members who are now unable to attend church. I have also helped coordinate the soup and salad suppers which were held the previous two years. I love attending St. Paul’s Church and although I previously felt that Grace Church in Cortland was my home church, I now feel that St. Paul’s here in Endicott is my true home. Serving on the Vestry allows me to contribute more time and talent to our church!
Lynda Helmer (Term Ends 2018)
Member of St. Paul’s since 2012. Has served as lector and chalice bearer. Served on Standing Committee of the Diocese of CNY from 2006-2010 and currently serves on the Diocesan Disciplinary Board. Hobbies include photography and video production. Was elected to the Vestry in 2015 after prayerfully discerning a call to this ministry.
Lynne Jones (Term Ends 2017)
My name is Lynne Jones, I have been a member of St. Paul’s since the 1980’s.
I teach our younger children Sunday school and play in the hand bell choir. This is my second time serving on the vestry. I like serving on the vestry because you feel like you get a better sense of the church, the people and how God has blessed our church with the help we can give to our church family and community.
Jennifer Kakusian (Term Ends 2017)
I am the granddaughter of Harriet and Franklyn Doolittle (for those of you who remember them.) I have been a member of St. Paul’s for almost 25 years. I have previously served on Vestry and also held the position of Vestry Clerk. I reside in Vestal and have been married to John for 25 years and we have two children, Michael and Tori Jo. I am a Department of Environmental Conservation Fly Fishing Guide, work for the Vestal School District Transportation and am an Administrative Assistant at the Jewish Federation.
Bob Pettit (Term Ends 2016)
I and my family have been members of St. Paul’s for more than 40 years, starting when we moved to Endicott from St. Andrews, Vestal in 1975. Suzanne and I both are cradle Episcopalians, having been brought up in the church through high school. Our two boys and many foster children all were brought up in St. Paul’s. While disabled, I am now cancer free. I have served most recently as a vestry member, reader, usher, counter and Finance Committee chairman. I am responsible for generating St. Paul’s fiscal budget every year and for reporting and appropriately commenting upon the monthly financial income and expenses to the vestry in a simplified version of the Treasurer’s report. I also generate a report to the vestry on the Gould Fund’s monthly performance from the Morgan Stanley report. I have been on the vestry many times through the years, starting in 1976. I have served as a member of the Outreach, Facilities, Finance and Search Committees. I was a Chapel Leader and nursery monitor back when those programs were necessary.I serve on the vestry because it is my responsibility to do what I can with the talents and experience I have to further the work of St Paul’s in the community. Serving is learning.