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Vestry Elections
2021 CANDIDATES
Susan Bagan

Member of Trinity since: 06/16/2003

Baptized: St. James Episcopal Church, North Salem, NY

Confirmed: St. James Episcopal Church, North Salem, NY

Local resident since: 05/17/2003

Immediate family members: Dan Bagan (Husband)

Occupation: Realtor

Current and past leadership roles, civic and/or in Christian ministry.

Food Pantry

Personal interest: Gardening, entertaining, reading

Ministry involvement at Trinity

Newcomer’s committee, Thrift Store, Altar Guild, Chalice Bearer and Reader

Spiritual Gifts: Serving, leadership and giving

I would like to serve on vestry at this time because….

I would like to be a part of our outreach into the community with our growing parish and would hope my life experiences in business and in my personal life would be an asset.

 

Bruce Belmont

Member of Trinity since: 06/01/2010

Local resident since: 07/12/2004

Baptized: St. Paul’s Methodist Church

Confirmed: Trinity Parish

Immediate family members: Mary Lou Belmont (spouse) Nicholas Belmont, Suzanne Belmont (children)

Occupation: Realtor

Current and past leadership roles, civic and/or in Christian ministry.

  • St Augustine Beach Chamber of Commerce
  • Served a prior term on Vestry
  • Current Vestry member serving a 1-year term 2020
  • Current Junior Warden 2020

Personal interest: Golf, surfing, sailing, traveling

Ministry involvement at Trinity:

  • Current Junior Warden
  • Stewardship Committee for last 5 years
  • Past Involvement in Youth Ministry
  • Member of Empty Nesters
  • Served on multiple Cursillo Teams
  • Co-Chaired Discovery twice

Spiritual Gifts:  Faith, discernment, evangelism

I would like to serve on vestry at this time because….

if it is God’s will, I would like to continue to serve our parish and parishioners and continue the work I have begun to serve God’s Church.

 

Darcy Davis

Member of Trinity since: 09/01/1992

Baptized: Episcopalian, Farmington, MI

Confirmed: Trinity Episcopal, Buckingham, PA

Local resident since: 07/15/1989

Immediate family members: Mike (husband), Wesley-Katherine, Reese,  Ethan and Matthew (children)

Occupation: Retired teacher. When our kids were young, I taught for 2 years at TELC.I also spent 16 years in the public school system teaching first and second grade.

Current and past leadership roles, civic and/or in Christian ministry.

  • Past TELC Board member (1995-2003?)
  • TELC Board member 2019- current
  • Cathedral Parish School -PTO past board member
  • RB HUNT PTO Past Board Member – secretary
  • Past Grade Level Chair at WD Hartley Elementary

Personal Interest: Traveling, exercising, cooking, reading

Ministry involvement at Trinity

  • Search committee for Fr. David
  • Sunday School Teacher (1990-2000) & 2019
  • VBS Volunteer
  • Mission Trip Volunteer (2009)
  • Alpha Prayer Team/participant, Alpha Leader
  • Realm Neighborhood Leader
  • Empty Nester member

Spiritual Gifts:  Hospitality. teaching/mentoring, faith, listening/compassion/empathy

I would like to serve on vestry at this time because….

Trinity holds a special place in my heart. It been an integral part of our family for many years, through many different seasons of life. I am forever grateful and feel called to give back.

 

Grace DeLaughter

Member of Trinity since: 10/25/1998

Local resident since: 08/07/1998

Baptized: Grace Baptist Church, Gainesville, FL

Confirmed: Trinity Parish

Immediate family members:  Doc (husband); Madeline Costa (bonus daughter)

Occupation: Teacher; retired.

Current and past leadership roles, civic and/or in Christian ministry.

  • Former member of the local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international Women Educators’ Society.
  • Longstanding member of The Order of The Daughters of the King, and former middle school Sunday School teacher.

Personal Interest: Writing, animals and nature, cooking

Ministry involvement at Trinity

  • Phone ministry
  • Lay reader
  • Grouping (weekly small group as part of Cursillo).
  • Monthly visits to St. Francis House for encouragement and prayer (Prior to Covid)
  • Lay Eucharistic Visitor
  • Chalice

Spiritual Gifts: Encouragement, compassion, faith. (They are all intertwined.)

I would like to serve on vestry at this time because….

For years I have taken the behind-the-scenes work of “Church” for granted. Now that I’m retired from fulltime employment, I can spend more time in Bible reading, prayer, and service to Trinity.

 

Elena Laguardia

Member of Trinity since: 09/01/2014

Baptized: Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Paterson, NJ

Confirmed: Catholic

Received: Trinity Parish

Local resident since: 07/04/2006

Immediate family members: My husband, Dan Gassert, and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary this spring. We have three children, Daniel (16), Eva (14) and Emilia (11). Eva and Emi attended Trinity Early Learning Center 2010-2014. Our family moved to St. Augustine in 2006 when Dan joined G.I. Associates of St. Augustine.

Occupation: Director of Major Gifts, Flagler Health Care Foundation (I stepped down in August to be home with our girls who are doing virtual school.) I have an MBA from New York University and have worked in marketing in both healthcare and financial services.

Current and past leadership roles, civic and/or in Christian ministry.

Current

  • Nease High School, School Advisory Council (SAC), Member
  • Nease High School, IB Booster Club, Membership Chair
  • R.J. Murray Middle School, St. Johns Center for the Arts Booster Club, Member
  • Duke University, Alumni Association, Interviewer

Past

  • Flagler Health Care Foundation, Board of Trustees Member, Planning & Development Committee Member
  • tag! Children’s Museum, Board Member, Presidential Advisory Committee liaison
  • Junior Service League of St. Augustine, Founder of “Feel the Wheels” event, Current Active Sustainer
  • All American Air Charitable Foundation, Board Member
  • R.B. Hunt Elementary School, Student Advisory Council (SAC), Member

Personal Interest: Travel, art museums, time with my family

Ministry Involvement at Trinity

  • Lay reader at 9:00 AM service
  • Children’s Sunday School, 4th-5th grade class
  • Chaperone of Youth Group field trips
  • Vacation Bible School and Children’s Church Volunteer

Spiritual Gifts: I would like to serve our parish using my spiritual gifts of Discernment, Leadership and Service.

I would like to serve on vestry at this time because….

As a parent of school-aged children, I have seen the impact family ministry has on our youth. I will work to support our family faith formation efforts to meet the needs of our growing community.

 

Helen McCrone

Member of Trinity since: 11/26/2017

Baptized:  All Soul’s Church, Hastings, East Sussex, England

Confirmed: All Soul’s Church, Hastings, East Sussex, England

Local resident since: 11/04/2017

Immediate family members: Archie McCrone (husband)

Occupation: Copywriter

Current and past leadership roles, civic and/or in Christian ministry

  • President of my community’s HOA (USA)
  • Chair of my HOA’s Welcoming Committee (USA)
  • Financial controller for a retail subsidiary of Swiss Air (Netherlands)
  • Departmental manager for three manufacturing companies (UK)
  • Member of All Soul’s Parochial Church Council (UK)
  • Assistant to St John’s Hollington Sunday School (UK)

Personal Interest: Yoga, photography, playing Bid Whist

Ministry Involvement at Trinity

  • Assist Administrator once a month with various ‘front desk’ roles
  • In Communication Group (Internal/External)
  • On rota for providing meals at St Francis’ House
  • Helped with coffee/cakes on Sundays

Spiritual Gifts: Encouraging, helping, hospitality

I would like to serve on vestry at this time because….

I appreciate being a member of such an active, welcoming church. This is an opportunity to grow my faith, open my heart to other aspects of the church, and serve God and my neighbors.

 

James Pearson

Member of Trinity since: 03/27/2016

Baptized: Mill Creek Baptist Church, St. Augustine

Confirmed: Trinity Parish

Local resident since: 02/20/1985

Immediate family members: Amanda (wife), Samuel, Mariam, and Magnolia (children)

Occupation: Machinist, current

Current and past leadership roles, civic and/or in Christian ministry.

Former Deacon at Ancient City Baptist Church, St. Augustine

Personal Interest: Cooking

Ministry involvement at Trinity

  • Lay reader
  • Dining with dignity food prep

Spiritual Gifts: Hospitality, teaching, public speaking

I would like to serve on vestry at this time because….

This is an exciting time for Trinity Parish with the renewed focus on young families and future plans for a church plant in World Golf Village, both of which concern groups I can represent.