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!
Dick Williams, Vestry Class of 2019
Erin Penniston, Vestry Class of 2020
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.
John McIntyre, Vestry Class of 2020