David Clewell has been a lifelong member of the Memorial Episcopal family. Over his twenty-plus years, he has participated in Godly Play, Rite 13, and Youth Group; served as a member of the Rector’s Search Committee (1999-2000) and Finance committee; and served in worship as an acolyte and a reader. Outside of Memorial Episcopal, he works at T. Rowe Price and earned an MBA from the R. H. Smith Business School at the University of Maryland. He lives in Woodberry with wife, Janice, and their cat, Amelia.
Denise Weeks, Vestry Class of 2017
“And a child shall lead them.” Denise arrived at Memorial Episcopal Church in 2002 via her then five year old daughter Paris who thought Memorial had the best Sunday school ever. In a desire to know more, she joined the new members/inquirers group and was confirmed as a member at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in May 2006. She became a partner in the youth ministry, first teaching Sunday school and then as a coordinator of the Sunday school program. In the theatre outreach, she has performed in Memorial’s productions of “Cats” and “Annie.” Denise has helped out where needed at Festival on the Hill, Memorial Apartments Christmas Dinner, and the Samaritan Kitchen. She looks forward to a service on the Vestry.
Nora Adams, Class of 2017, Registrar
Nora Adams grew up in Ohio and South Carolina. Raised Roman Catholic, she started attending services at Memorial in the summer of 2005 after moving to Baltimore from Atlanta, GA. She was received into the Episcopal Church in the spring of 2007. At Memorial, Nora volunteers her time behind the scenes to support Memorial Players and is currently serving as Registrar. She also attends Connect gatherings, a group of people who gather for dinner and reflection once a month. In her professional life Nora works as Director of Food Safety for Wilkins Rogers Mills, a regional flour mill. Nora lives in Columbia with her partner of 15 years, Mary Goodwin. Two cats, Sangria and Riesling, round out the family. Nora and Mary find Memorial to be an uplifting spiritual home with a diverse community of supportive and gifted people!
Erin Penniston, Vestry Class of 2017
Erin and her husband, Tom joined the Memorial community when they moved to Bolton Hill in 2009. Since that time, their family has grown to include Aliona, Jude and Matilda. They love living in Bolton Hill where they can walk to the places they learn, work, play and pray (and watch House of Cards filming)! Erin remains drawn to Memorial’s diversity, theater arts, and outreach ministries, and she hopes to see her children grow up engaging in this community. As a lifelong Episcopalian, Erin considers this vestry nomination an opportunity to strengthen her spiritual growth, continue her call to service, and share Memorial’s Episcopal ideology with her family.
Amy Krulak, Vestry Class of 2018
Amy is a lifelong Episcopalian and a member of Memorial since she and her fiancee Alastair Palmer joined the church in August of 1991. They went on to marry and baptize their three children in this, their church home. Amy has been on the board of the Samaritan Community since 1994, even doing a stint as Board President. Amy keeps busy working full time for Baltimore City Public Schools and is based at City Neighbors High School. Their daughter Zoë is now a sophomore at Tulane University. Gordon is in 11th grade at Towson High School and Henry is an 8th grader at Dumbarton Middle School. Amy feels like she would like to take a greater role during this transition period, having been busy with babies during the last transition. She would be honored to support Memorial through service on the vestry and the opportunity to spend more time with the people and community that she loves.
Bev Sanderson, Vestry Class of 2018
Bev visited Memorial to satisfy the cajoling of a friend, and decided to stay and figure out what all the excitement was about. Intrigued by this fresh new language (she had spoken Presbyterian for 30 years), she was intrigued by the diverse community and fearlessness to have differing opinions and speaking one’s mind AND heart. It took two joining members classes to convert her, and in 2013 she decided to make the commitment after reading the 39 Articles of Faith and reflecting on them. Bev stays at Memorial because, quite simply, it is a community that nurtures her faith journey. One way she can support the life of the church is to be willing to become a Vestry Member. As a new grandmother, Bev keeps fit by running after a 2 year old and a 14 month old; she enjoys reading, gardening and laughing and talking with friends.
Wendy Shuford, Vestry Class of 2019
Wendy Rambo Shuford became an Episcopalian as a teenager and became a member of Memorial in December of ’75. She has been a youth advisor in three churches, including Memorial’s “Talk In”. Since she has been at memorial, she has been part of “Spiritual Companions”, a prayer shawl ministry and in charge of “Meals Appeal”, and has done make up for the musical. One thing she appreciates about Memorial is the “round robin” of giving rides to one another when needed. Before coming to Baltimore in 1972, she worked in Botswana as a nurse. She was at GBMC for 31 years and retired in 2005. She worked at Claggett as a nurse over many summers, served on the Claggett Committee, and now serves on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for the Diocese. Outside of Memorial she hosts musicians in her living room, is now on her 8th year volunteering in the classroom at Eutaw-Marshburn Elementary School, and is a swimmer. This will be her first time on a vestry and is she is honored to do so.
Marjorie Forster, Vestry Class of 2019
Marjorie Forster grew up in England and was raised in the Church of England. She joined Memorial Episcopal Church in 1998 and was attracted to this community because of its diversity, and to a church that welcomes every one regardless of religion, race or persuasion. At Memorial over the years Marjorie has volunteered her time as Usher, Chalicist, Co-Chaired Festival on the Hill for several years, Co-Chaired with Mary Goodwin the recent Profile Committee in preparation for the Rector Search, is a contributing member of the “Meals Appeals” program, and as a baker supports various Memorial events including Memorial Players and the Christmas Fair. Marjorie is a member of the Connect group that gathers monthly for dinner and discussion. Until her retirement on June 1, 2015 Marjorie worked at the University of Maryland Baltimore as an Assistant Vice President, Research and Global Health Initiatives. Marjorie lives in Bolton Hill with her dog, Sandee, and cat, Obsidian. The Memorial Community is unique and she looks forward to the opportunity of being part of the Vestry.
Dale Balfour, Vestry Class of 2019
In 1994, I had just completed a Masters in Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and was wondering what God intended me to do with it. Barney Farnham, with whom I was serving on Diocesan Council, mentioned that he needed a Director of Christian Education. For six years I ran the church school and adult education programs at Memorial. Barney was a wonderful boss, teacher and friend, and I miss him still. After I retired from that job, I took on the food pantry at the Samaritan Community, which I am still running, or it’s running me – whatever! My other preoccupations are gardening, which I enjoy sharing with the Memorial altar, traveling, especially where there are birds to see, taking adult courses in art and literature, and bridge.
I have been married to Bill for 55 of my 75 years; we have a grown son and daughter and three thoroughly delightful teenage granddaughters.
I served a previous term on the Memorial vestry, early in Martha Macgill’s tenure. I also was on the vestry at St. Thomas, Garrison Forest, have been on several Diocesan committees and been a deputy to five General Conventions.
I drive past any number of Episcopal churches to get to Memorial because it is such a special place!
Paul Seaton, Treasurer