Ari Measday

Candidate for Vestry Class of 2024

I’m putting myself forward to serve on the vestry in order to use my time and talent for St. Luke’s. Also because it just feels good to be more involved with this fabulous community!

I’ve been a member of St. Luke’s since 2014, when my husband and I got married here. We are so grateful to have found this welcoming, inclusive community.

I usually attend the 9am Celebrate! service with my son, Kevin (who is my ambassador and social director!). In my work life I was a project manager for clinical drug trials, and have a degree in public health.

My service at St. Luke’s includes the following:

My first volunteer experience at St. Luke’s was at Toni’s kitchen. Most recently I served on the Peace & Justice Ministry Listening Tours campaign, to listen to the community and clarify what social justice actions the congregation is called to. I am proud to have served previously on the vestry, especially during the renovation to make St. Luke’s more accessible to all. I served as vestry Secretary 2017-2019. On the stewardship committee, I served as captain for the 9am Celebrate! service.

I co-ran St. Luke’s play group, pre-COVID (and hopefully in the future!). The play group serves both the congregation and the wider community, helping to fulfill our mandate to “be the cathedral in the community.” I recently volunteered for grounds maintenance and am looking forward to getting my hands in the dirt! Additionally, I was introduced to the First Friends organization through St. Luke’s Peace & Justice Ministry and have volunteered to help welcome recent immigrants.

This past year has amplified the deep need for community which St. Luke’s provides. It has been a time of recognizing how much we need each other. Over the past year I have missed being at church in person. But in attending virtual church I feel we have welcomed each other into our homes and let ourselves be seen in our honest, human pandemic mess. I hope we are able to take that with us coming out of the pandemic.