Vestry Nominees 

Vestry Elections will be held on
Sunday, December 2nd and 9th.

Bill Housand

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My name is Bill Housand. I have been married to Suzanne Dunn-Housand for 4 ½ years; together we have three grown sons (Brian, Paul, and Declan), and one daughter-in law (Angela).

I am from Myrtle Beach, SC and was raised in a strict religious and military family. We lived in Europe for eight years of my youth (Germany and Northern Italy). I attended the University of Alabama, where I ran track and played club soccer. I am retired after 42 years in the textile industry as a textile engineer. I am an avid college football fan and golfer.

Jason Sirney

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My name is Jason Sirny. I was raised in the Church of Christ, but have been an Episcopalian for eight years. I have spent this time as a member of St. Francis. During my time at St. Francis I have served as a lay delegate at council. I am active with the Haitian Hope ministry. My family and I have traveled to Haiti to support this ministry.

I have enjoyed my relationships at St. Francis. We have a warm and welcoming congregation. I would like to continue serving the church and help with our future endeavors. Serving on the vestry would be an opportunity for spiritual growth and collaboration with other members of St. Francis.

I received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1993. I finished a Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia in 1999. I have been practicing as a nurse anesthetist for nineteen years. Currently, I am the Lead Anesthetist at a large GI center in Macon. I manage the flow of approximately fifty patients a day that are anesthetized, under the care of my team. I am used to a fast paced environment, while providing personalized care to my patients.

I recently married my partner Brad of eight years. Brad and I are building our lives together here in Macon. We believe in this community. It would be an honor to serve on the vestry at St. Francis.

Joseph Whidby

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I first ventured onto the St. Francis campus in the fall of 2009. I was amazed at the beauty of the grounds, but not yet ready to talk to anyone, or open myself up to a different way of relating to God than I had experienced in the past. I attended my first service at St. Francis in September of 2012, and the then interim Rector's proclamation "all are welcome at God's Table" began a whirlwind of a journey of growth, challenges, discoveries, and opportunities for me. In the 6 short years since that time, I have worn, and continue to wear, many hats. I currently serve St. Francis in many capacities including Verger, Eucharistic Minister and Cantor during worship services. 

Outside of worship, I chair the Parish Life Team, coordinate the Weekend Lunch Program, and am on the Stewardship, Hospitality and Outreach committees. I have been a Vestry member for the last 13 months, am a member of the Altar and Flower Guilds, and recently facilitated my first Adult Christian Formation class on Desmond Tutu’s “Made for Goodness.” The community of St. Francis has done so much for my personal and spiritual growth as well as my relationship with the Divine, and I am always looking for new ways to foster closeness with each other and with God. One of my current projects is to continue to grow the St. Francis Day Festival into a true community event for our wider Macon and Middle Georgia Family.

Linda Destree

My Family and I moved to Macon from Wisconsin over 30 years ago. Macon quickly became our home. St. Francis plays an important part in that.

I am co-director of the Altar Guild, responsible for inventory and ordering. I’ve learned many things through my participation in the Altar Guild and I continue to learn. I also bake communion bread for the church. Baking the bread is a joyful thing to do.

Many of you know I bake for our Sunday morning coffee hour. I enjoy doing this. I consider it as a way to give back to St. Francis for the things it has given me.

Sandra Brown

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I am Sandra Brown, the third of seven children all still living in Georgia.  I grew up in Waycross, and was raised in the Presbyterian Church.  I found the Episcopal Church through a brother and sister who were actively involved.  While still living in Waycross, I began attending Grace Episcopal and thoroughly enjoyed the liturgy, the sacraments, the priests and the parishioners. My priest was a true blessing ministering to my family through the sickness, death and grief of my father’s passing.  I sought out St. Francis Episcopal when I moved to Macon two years ago.  I began attending and have enjoyed Sunday school, worship, and many church activities and functions.  I was received by the Bishop in April of 2017.  When asked to describe myself for this election, I was at a loss for words.  So, I asked my co-workers who replied “caring, very quiet, and determined.”  My niece and nephew said I’m “supportive, passionate and a good cook.”  I am devoted to my work, my family and my faith - and I am honored to be considered for this opportunity at St Francis and welcome the opportunity to serve.