2021 Election Candidates

Jim Barker | Vestry Candidate

Jim has been a member of St. Paul’s Church since 2001, though with a 5-year hiatus when his family moved to North Carolina from 2004-2009. His roots in Concord and at St. Paul’s date back a couple generations, with some current parishioners remembering his father, aunt, uncle and even his grandparents. Over the last 10 years, many of you have witnessed his children (Emily, 19; Kate, 17; Teddy, 15) growing up while attending church semi-regularly, especially when they were younger. As Ministry Coordinator for Annual Giving, Jim enjoys collaborating with St. Paul’s clergy, staff, vestry and other parishioners on the annual campaign. He is grateful for the full team effort, with everyone who pledges their support to make our worship and ministry possible. He also enjoyed helping to lead the successful Founding the Future capital campaign in 2017. In addition to time with his kids, Jim enjoys playing hockey and skiing in the winter, and biking on New Hampshire’s roads and trails in the summer. He has also been known to dabble in guitar and boat-building.

Allwynne Fine | Vestry Candidate

Allwynne was born in England where she was baptized in the Church of England. She was brought to the States by an aunt and uncle and lived in Hopkinton before moving to Concord. She earned a degree in English education at UNH and has taught in Lebanon NH and at Rundlett and Concord High. Before she retired she worked at St. Paul’s School in the admissions office. She was confirmed and married at St. Paul’s where she has attended since 1962. For many years she directed the annual Christmas pageant, taught Sunday school and was a member of The Diocesan Women’s Council. In normal times she takes a regular shift in Chapter Two and staffs the Scrip table on Sunday morning.In the local community Allwynne has served as past President and Treasurer of the following: The Community Players of Concord, the Concord Music Club, the Friends of the Concord City Auditorium, and the Junior Service League. Presently she is a board member of Concord TV and a trustee and Treasurer of the Walker Lecture Fund. She’s a proud grandmother of 12 and great grandmother to six.

Russ Ingraham | Vestry Candidate

Russ and his wife Sheryl retired to Concord in March of 2017. After settling into Concord Russ, a former Catholic, immediately started looking for a church. St. Paul’s was the first church he attended in his search. Russ felt so warmly welcomed, that he has attended regularly since that day. Bishop Hirschfeld received Russ into the church on June 9, 2019. St. Paul’s has become a significant part of Russ’ spiritual life and he is actively involved in supporting St. Paul’s ministry. Currently Russ is Director of Missions and Outreach, supporting: • Food Pantry, • Chapter Two Thrift Shop • Thanksgiving Baskets • The Giving Tree • Family Promise • St. Paul’s New American Partnership • Jamaica Mission • Youth Mentorship • Emergency Assistance Network • Prescription Assistance. Russ also: Is licensed as a Lector and a Lay Eucharistic Minister; Works as a volunteer at the Food Pantry, Chapter Two and the Friendly Kitchen; Has overseen the CROP Walk for St. Paul’s the past two years; Is the Chartered Organization Representative for St. Paul’s Scout Troop 88; Is in the second year of EFM.

Bill Pribis | Vestry Candidate

Bill and his wife Sue live in Concord and have been members of St. Paul’s since 1995.  They have two adult children – Alaina and Carter.  In addition to serving on the Vestry, Bill has been an usher for the church for many years.  He also serves as the volunteer coordinator for St. Paul’s participation in the Family Promise program.  Outside of church, Bill practiced law in Concord for over twenty years.  In 2019 he retired from the law and went back to school to obtain a masters degree in English education.  He is currently teaching at Plymouth State University and will likely continue to pursue opportunities in the education field.  Bill would be honored to continue to serve as a Vestry member!

Kerry Purse | Vestry Candidate

Kerry comes to St. Paul’s through family worshipers dating back to grandparents and parent/step parents. She was born and raised on Lookout Mountain, TN, moved to Concord in 1975.  She earned an Associate of Science degree from NHTI.  She is a single mother of 1 daughter and has 1 dog and 3 cats.  Kerry has worked for her current employer for over 15 years and has enjoyed volunteering for various non profits for over a decade.  She is currently an usher at St. Paul’s and has volunteered with Invitation Sunday, Altar Guild and Food Pantry ministries.

Tamar Roberts | Junior Warden

Tamar Roberts has been a member of St. Paul’s since her baptism on St. Patrick’s Day 1957. She is a product of St. Paul’s Sunday School and Youth Group, and was confirmed at St. Paul’s in February 1970. Tamar considers St. Paul’s Church to be part of her home and loves the people of St. Paul’s as family. She has served in almost every lay capacity over the last six decades and besides being Junior Warden is currently serving as chair of the Emergency Preparedness Committee, co-chair of the Building & Grounds Committee, member of the Finance Committee, Lay Eucharistic Minister and Lector, Altar Guild member, Usher, and Acolyte (although some of those duties have been on forced hiatus due to the pandemic). She also serves as co-mentor for one of the EfM groups at St. Paul’s. Tamar feels that perhaps the most important responsibility that she has as Junior Warden and member of the Executive Committee and Vestry is to always be approachable and listening to the members of St. Paul’s and she encourages all members with any church concerns to contact her. She certainly doesn’t have all the answers, but will listen to you and do her best to find them.

Barbara Collins | Diocesan Convention Delegate Candidate

Barbara Collins has enjoyed being a physical
therapist for many years and is currently working for the Concord Regional VNA. She graduated from Northeastern University with BS in Physical Therapy. She graduated from New Hampshire College with Masters in Business Administration. She served on the Board of the NH Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Board of Allied Health Professionals, Stamp Act Island Conservation Committee, and Multiple Sclerosis Advisory Board. She is a member of the Nature Conservancy, American Physical Therapy Association, Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy, and Home Health Section. She is blessed by God’s presence, family and friends, the beauty of music and nature, kayaking, hiking, camping and exploring the Maine coast. She is a long time Episcopalian and was drawn to St. Paul’s by worship, sermons, the community and opportunities to explore and deepen her spiritual journey. She a Minister of Presence, serves on the Altar Guild, and continues in Education for Ministry.

Bob Samson | Diocesan Convention Delegate Candidate

Bob Samson is a lifelong Christian (formerly Roman Catholic), having made his way to St Paul’s Church in November of 2009.  A short time later he joined the Stewardship Committee, then became a lector, and is now involved in a number of ministries, including Coffee Hour in August (Iced Coffee Month), along with his husband Brad Decker. He is Ministry Coordinator for the Greening of St Paul’s, and serves on the Building and Grounds Committee. Bob joined St. Paul’s choir as a tenor, and now sings in the Quarantine Quire.  He also helps with the Scrip program, helping to support many important St. Paul’s ministries. Bob has taken part in many spiritual formation programs, including EfM, graduating in 2018. Bob is serving his first term as a delegate to Diocesan Convention and is seeking a 2nd term.  He attended his first virtual Convention this year. He and Brad live in Pembroke, where Bob was a member of the Pembroke Board of Selectman and the town’s Energy Committee.

Michael Sauve | Diocesan Convention Delegate Candidate

Michael has been a parishioner of St. Paul’s for over ten years now. He has been active in church services and formation series. He is an usher at the 8:00 am services. He has been and continued to be a board member with the Episcopal Diocese Prison Concerns Committee and is also a board member for criminal justice reform. He was a volunteer for the food pantry. He continues to be a volunteer at the Friendly Kitchen at times. Michael asks for your vote to become a diocesan convention delegate.