A Vestry consists of lay representatives from the parish "vested" with the authority to manage church business affairs and to help provide spiritual direction and leadership under the Rector (Senior Pastor). The Vestry at All Saints is made up of eight members who each serve a two-year term. Each year at our Annual Parish Meeting, four members of the vestry roll off while four new members are elected by the parish. These are our current vestry members for 2020.
Jay Beavers is married to Katie Beavers and father to Jane, Lucy, and Sylvia. He is a Virginia native but has roots in West Tennessee on his father’s side. After teaching high school English for seven years, Jay became a student again, completing his Ph.D. at Baylor University in 2016. He now serves as an Assistant Professor of English at Union. He has attended Episcopal or Anglican churches since he was a teenager and was confirmed into the Anglican tradition in 2015. He currently heads up the sound ministry at All Saints. In his free time, Jay enjoys looking at old tools and making things out of wood. Jay serves as the Vestry's Secretary and oversees Stewardship.
Lynn Binkley has been married to Rob for thirty-three years, and they have six wonderful children, two terrific sons-in-law, and three precious grandchildren. Their oldest daughter, Rachel, lives with her husband, Nathan, and children, Josiah and Anna Clare, in Jackson; their son, Aubrey, lives in Nashville; their daughter, Tansil, and her husband, Casey, and daughter, Gina Lynn, live in Hendersonville; their son, Travis, just graduated from Union and lives in Jackson; and their sons, Hayes and T ad, are in college in east T ennessee at Lee and Covenant, respectively. Lynn grew up living all over the U.S. and overseas as an Air Force “brat.” She and Rob fell in love in law school, and she practiced law for eight years before retiring to stay at home with their growing family. As one who’s been a foreigner and a stranger, she is thankful for the opportunity to help with our immigration services. She loves spending time with her family, encouraging others, playing games, and fishing, even recently learning to fly fish in Colorado. She oversees our outreach initiatives.
Melinda Jordan has been married to Greg for forty-three years. Their oldest son James lives with his wife Emily in Chicago. Their younger son Donald introduced them to All Saints in 2012 where they were confirmed in 2015. Melinda loves all things food. Professionally she completed a master’s degree at UT Knoxville in nutrition and has used that degree as a registered dietitian for the past forty years at JMCG hospital, Jackson Clinic, public health, teaching nutrition at Union University, and for the past five years at the DCI dialysis clinics until retirement last year. During sixteen of those years, Melinda ran Greg’s Hallmark shop in the Old Hickory Mall, which Greg and Melinda owned from 1975–96. Activities she enjoys include eating her way across Chicago, gardening, and cooking for friends. Three little known facts about her: she rode a camel in Morocco, cut a treble fishing hook from her own leg with a razor, and caught a six-foot rat snake with a ribbon and a broom handle. Melinda oversees Pastoral Care.
Taylor Laird has been married to David Laird for twenty- five years, and they have three wonderful sons. Walker and Griffin are away at Rhodes, and James is a junior at USJ. The Lairds are founding members of All Saints and are thankful to be members of a church where the Holy Spirit is evident. Taylor is a cradle Episcopalian and attended an Episcopal school from Kindergarten through twelfth grade, so her Anglican roots run deep. Taylor is the Clinical Director and a therapist at the Exchange Club Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse. Putting an end to child abuse and serving those touched by it is Taylor’s passion. In her spare time, Taylor loves hanging with her family and her dogs, Mike and Roux; she also loves playing games. Taylor is thankful for being considered for a position on the Vestry. She oversees Visitor Connections.
Joy Moore moved to Jackson in 2007 for a position at Union University that quickly reshaped after the tornado of 2008. In her time there, she has helped start the university’s first coffee shop and music and arts venue, developed a campus roastery, designed a second shop in the university’s new library, trained and managed dozens of baristas, and hosted many musicians. Along with this work, she has taught writing courses in the English department. More recently, she has begun working as the Assistant Director for the Honors Community. She came to All Saints in 2014 and was confirmed that November. For leisure, Joy enjoys writing, reading, spending time with her family in Little Rock, and traveling to places with mountains to hike and/or great architecture and art to see. Joy serves in the area of Building & Grounds.
Chris Pope moved to Jackson with Celeste and Wilbur following a twenty-six-year career in the United States Air Force and Air National Guard. He spent five years teaching Air Force Junior ROTC at North Side High School, leading the unit to national recognition. He has since retired and now spends his time volunteering with the Boy Scouts as a Scoutmaster, member of the District Activities Committee, and running the Aquatics program at Camp Mack Morris in the summer. A lifelong Anglican, Chris has been a member of All Saints since moving here seven years ago and has supported Children’s Church, the youth group, acolytes, ushers, and is currently leading the Church Planting Catalyst Team. He previously served on the Vestry during the transition between Fr. Chuck and Fr. Wes. In addition to camping and backpacking, Chris enjoys classic movies and working on his Mustang. He oversees our church planting efforts and serves as the Rector's Warden.
Steven Swanson grew up in Southern California (yes, that can happen!). He is a retired Presbyterian minister with degrees in theology from Fuller Seminary and Princeton Seminary, as well as a doctorate in Old Testament Studies from the University of Edinburgh. He also retired last year after thirty-one years of teaching high school math, most recently at USJ. He is involved in All Saints’ prayer and healing ministries, sings in the choir, attends Bible studies, and helps out where he can. Steven has been married to Sally for seven years, and has two grown children and three grandchildren. He recently completed the Tennessee Extension Master Gardener program because he enjoys working in the dirt. Steven aims to stir up our prayer initiatives at All Saints.
Lloyd Tatum was one of five children raised in Henderson, TN. He graduated from Rhodes College and Cumberland School of Law, Samford University. He has practiced law in Henderson since 1986. He and his wife Lynn have four children. Lloyd was on the founding board of All Saints. He has previously served as a Vestry member and presently serves as the LEM Ministry Champion, a Stewardship Team member, and a choir member. In his spare time Lloyd is a student of World War II, golfer, and sports fan. Lloyd serves as the Junior Warden and Finance Chair.