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Amy Phipps

Class of 2023

About

Each of the Vestry members were asked to reflect on the following questions:

 

WHY DO YOU FEEL CALLED TO SERVE ON THE VESTRY OF ST. MARK’S?

As a cradle Episcopalian who was raised in a different church, I found St. Mark’s only in midlife, and my gratitude is profound. The community here is beyond price, and the opportunities for service have been beyond rewarding. I have served on governing boards for various nonprofits during my career and have always found that level of involvement to be a genuine opportunity for deep impact. It is a privilege to be invited to serve and be part of St. Mark’s further growth.

 

PLEASE DESCRIBE YOUR PARTICIPATION AT ST. MARK’S AND/OR IN THE COMMUNITY, INDICATING EXPERIENCES THAT YOU THINK WILL BE HELPFUL FOR THE VESTRY.

At St. Mark’s, my first and primary involvement has been with the choir (18 years now!). I love being part of this community that is a such key part of our worship together. I’ve also served on the “Attitude of Gratitude” committee, the Outreach Grants committee, the Vestry Discernment Committee, and the Commission on Ministries. I have been a part of the Crockett Academy volunteer team for the last three years. All of these experiences gave me greater knowledge and appreciation for the depth and breadth of life at St. Mark’s and how we extend ourselves into the larger community. In that context, I believe I will bring to the Vestry my experiences in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors of San Antonio – as a nonprofit leader, foundation executive, and now philanthropic consultant. I am eager to do so, especially during these times of change and crisis, as we contemplate how to continue to live out our Core Vocation to Feed San Antonio with the Bread of Life.

 

ST. MARK’S CORE VOCATION IS FEEDING SAN ANTONIO WITH THE BREAD OF LIFE: FEEDING THE HUNGRY WITH REAL FOOD; FEEDING THOSE WHO ARE HUNGRY FOR KNOWLEDGE AND MEANING; FEEDING THOSE WHO ARE HUNGRY FOR BEAUTY AND CREATIVITY. HOW DO YOU ENVISION THE VESTRY WORKING IN SUPPORT OF THIS VOCATION?

I am so grateful to the Vestry members of the past who shaped the Core Vocation and have charted the course at St. Mark’s using it as a guide star. Centering ourselves around this well-articulated vision helps us all to understand our “who, what, where, when, why, and how.” I believe that, by coming together under its umbrella, we can exercise discernment in how we go forward as a community and beyond.

 

WHEN DID YOU JOIN ST. MARK’S AND WHAT CONTINUES TO DRAW YOU TO THIS COMMUNITY?

Three things drew me to St. Mark’s: the music, David Phipps, and 9/11. When he and I began seeing each other, I was not affiliated with a church, but as a lifelong musician, I very much enjoyed the evensongs and special services like Lessons and Carols to which David invited me. Then, the week after 9/11, when our country was paralyzed with grief, St. Mark’s had a special service. I slipped into a back pew, knelt in prayer, and never looked back. I joined the choir that spring, was confirmed in May 2002, and David and I were married here in June 2003 (thank you, Mike Chalk!). The deep comfort that being in this community gave to my soul was profound and continues to be so.

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