Our 2023 Vestry Candidates

Join us in person Sunday, April 30th 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 30th.

Voting will close on April 29, 2023 at 11:59 pm; ahead of our Annual Parish Meeting on April 30, 2023 at 10:00 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:
- Jaclyn McCabe ~ Philip Rollinson ~ Doug Kaucic ~ Bill Garrett ~ Mary Beth Verget ~ Jose Colon

Jaclyn McCabe

Vestry Candidate

Jaclyn McCabe is a lifelong resident of Unionville, PA, where she continues to live with her husband and two daughters. She has been a member of Advent since 2015 and was honored to serve recently on the Discernment Committee.

She is a double graduate of Villanova University, with Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees.

Philip Rollinson

Vestry Candidate

Philip was born and educated in the United Kingdom. He studied agriculture specializing in entomology and nematology and joined DuPont Crop Protection in 1981. After managing businesses in Eastern Europe, France, and Italy, he moved to the United States in 2001 to lead a global team and a portfolio of assets for the company. He has traveled extensively throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America where he focused his time understanding and addressing the needs of smallholder farmers and their families.

Philip retired from DuPont in December 2015 and joined a Santa Monica based biotech startup. He moved back to Kennett Square in July 2022. He is now a consultant helping fledgling agricultural technology companies establish a global presence and a volunteer mentor with the SCORE organization.

Apart from farmers and the global agriculture business, Philip’s passions include photography, classical music and reading non-fiction.

He is married to Rebecca and has a son Joseph. Philip and Rebecca have attended the Episcopal Church of the Advent (primarily at 0745) since 2005 and served as lector and eucharistic minister. In Southern California Philip and Rebecca were members of Saint Albans Episcopal Church in Los Angeles where Philip served on the vestry from 2017 to 2022.

They are delighted to return to Kennett Square and grateful to have been so warmly welcomed back into the Church of the Advent community.     

Bill Garrett

Vestry Candidate

Bill and Mary Garrett moved from Wilmington to Kennett Square in 1995, and began attending Advent soon thereafter. They have raised four sons, now ranging in age from 28 to 38 years old.

Bill’s first term on the Advent Vestry began in 2020, and he has been the Junior Warden for the past two years. He has participated in various Advent activities and programs, including service as an usher, greeter, lay reader, and coffee-maker. During the COVID hiatus, Bill regularly helped with the car communion service logistics. One of his primary goals has been to learn member names and help everyone, especially newcomers, feel welcome at our church

Before moving to Kennett, Bill was President of the Limen House Board for two years and served as a Board Member for more than ten years. The Limen House is a Wilmington halfway house for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts, launched as an outreach of St. Andrews Episcopal Church. For several years he was a member of the Board for TRIAD, a ministry of Trinity Episcopal Church in Wilmington that offers counseling and other support for the recovery community.

When his four sons were much younger, Bill coached a multitude of youth soccer, flag football, and baseball teams in various local leagues. In March, Bill began a new life chapter as a substitute instructor at schools in the Kennett school district, as has thus far survived multiple days handling cafeteria and playground crowd-control at Greenwood Elementary.  

Doug Kaucic

Vestry Candidate

 I believe serving the church and our community is a responsibility and a privilege. Now that our children are grown, I am at the point in my life where I can devote the necessary time to give my best efforts. As a church family, the last several years have been very challenging, but I think with Father Tim’s leadership, I am very confident we can work together to re-new the bonds that have enriched my family for the past 27 years.

 As an engineer and a consultant, I would have to say I’m a good problem solver. For the many that know me, I would say my sense of humor will help ensure we are always having fun and laughing, regardless of the challenges we face. 

Mary Beth Verget

Vestry Candidate

With the calling of Father Tim and our church beginning this new chapter in its history, I feel I can assist in making a positive contribution to the future life of our parish. I have served in many areas, but never on the Vestry. This is an exciting time for us and hopefully, with God’s grace, I can continue to be of service to my church family.

Church of the Advent has been my home church for the past 36 years. I have fond memories of raising my family here and being a longtime member of the Kennett Community. My working career is varied – starting with administrative work in large corporations many years ago to owning my own businesses in later years. I have always volunteered in numerous ways – serving on PTO’s, The Kennett Newcomer Board, school functions, After-the-Bell programs, and therapy work with my previous dogs for over 12 years at the Ronald McDonald House & the Kennett Friends Home, to name a few. Volunteering, especially with my dogs, has shown me that sometimes the smallest gesture or a kind word spoken can have such a large impact. I have always enjoyed meeting new people and trying new things!  

Jose Colon

Vestry Candidate

Jose was born in Lares, Puerto Rico. He came to the United States as a five-year-old, and has been here ever since. After attending West Chester University, he remained in Chester County. He is employed by FCCB and works with real estate investors, developers and small business with a focus on the Hispanic community.

He has served on the boards of numerous Chester County, PA non-profit agencies including Pathstone/ABH, La Comunidad Hispana, the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce, and Longwood Rotary. He is married to Karin and has three children and lives in West Chester, PA.