Our 2022 Vestry Candidates

Join us in person Sunday, April 24th for our Annual Parish Meeting to vote. Or, follow this link to use our online voting option if you are unable to attend that day.

The Episcopal Church of the Advent has decided to continue to offer Vestry Election via an online ballot as an option in addition to in person on April 24th.

Voting will close on April 23, 2022 at 11:59 pm; ahead of our Annual Parish Meeting on April 24, 2022 at 11:30 am.

To be eligible to vote in Vestry elections at Advent, you must be a member in good standing at Advent.

To be in good standing you must:

- Be at least 16 years or older
- Have attended at least 3 church services in the past year
- Have contributed to our annual pledge at least once in the past 3 months

Households may have multiple members and each member can vote.

There are six (6) people running for six (6) open spots on the Vestry:
- Stuart Davies - Kim Hoeschel - Jay Hummel - Vicki Knotts - Jim Palic - Elizabeth Swain

Stuart Davies

Vestry Candidate

Stuart is presently a Vestry member serving as Development Warden and Chair of the Endowment Committee.

He has just retired from DuPont Capital Management where he was a Senior Portfolio Manager for Global Equities.

Stuart and Ellen have been members of Advent for over a decade and have two grown daughters.


Kim Hoeschel

Vestry Candidate

Kim Hoeschel began serving her second term on Vestry in 2019. She is currently the People's Warden and the vestry liaison to Christian Education for children and adults.

Kim and her husband Andre joined Advent in 1995.

Their three children were baptized at Advent and grew up participating in the life of the church.


Jay Hummel

Vestry Candidate

Jay is excited to be involved at Advent Kennett Square. He has been involved in many ministries throughout the EDOPA.

He serves on the Parrish Education Committee. He hosts a monthly discussion group about the radio program "On-Being".

Jay loves history and hopes to open the churches doors. He and his partner Curtis live in Kennett Square. Jay has his own technology and training company. called MCT.

He is a graduate of Temple University, Klein College of Media and Communication. He loves to drink coffee and making the world a better place.


Victoria Knotts

Vestry Candidate

Vicki first stumbled upon Advent driving by in November of 2013, she pulled in and not only discovered her church home, but also long lost relatives on her Father’s side, his Aunt Gene Friebel and cousin Deb Peterson!

John, her husband, and Vicki have been active members ever since. They have 2 adult children.

Vicki has been a Registered Nurse for 30 years, currently working in Quality Assurance Research for Medicare and Medicaid.

It is in her nature to ‘serve’ and she would be honored to bring her service to the Vestry.


Jim Palic

Vestry Candidate

My family became members at Advent in 1990 when our youngest son was baptized here.

Over the years I have served on a variety of ministries, most recently on the Stewardship, Endowment and Capital Campaign committees. I am currently participating in the Chancel Choir and Handbell Choir as well as helping out with the Memorial Garden and Pancake Supper.

My past involvement includes serving as Treasurer, People’s Warden, Rector Search committee, Parish Profile committee, Usher, Lay Reader, and Outreach committee.

I currently manage a computer training company, based in Wilmington, DE, that I helped start in 1983.


Elizabeth Curtis Swain 

Vestry Candidate

Liz, a lifelong Episcopalian, joined Advent in 2013. She served on Advent’s Vestry for two terms serving Advent’s Partnership In Mission formerly Outreach Ministry among other missions.

Liz is active in diocesan matters. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. She also serves on DIOPA’s Commission on Wellness and the Diocesan Council. She brings this to Advent.

She attends our 7:45am service. She is an attorney and, after retiring from the former DuPont Company in 2015, brings her legal practice and professional experience to work with a variety of nonprofit and not for profit organizations to advise and aid in achieving their objectives.

Her personal life is one characterized by a deep level of faith and prayer.