Meet the Vestry

The vestry is an elected group of parish members who oversee the church and its operations. This group of parish members ensure that the church obeys the denomination’s church doctrine. Contact them at parish@stjohnstampa.org.

Brett D. Divers, Senior Warden (2022)

Brett is a life-long Episcopalian and a Tampa native.  He was baptized at St. Andrew’s and served as an acolyte there for many years.  Brett and his wife, Pam, have two children, Ryan and Hayley, who were long-serving acolytes before leaving for college. Brett and his family usually attend the 9:15 a.m. service and have…

Suzy Lopez, Junior Warden (2021)

A former acolyte and lifelong member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Suzy is a second-generation graduate of St. John’s Parish Day School, and her father served on the Vestry in the 1980s. She attended Camp Kanuga for Boys and Girls at the Kanuga Conference Center, the Episcopal Conference Center for Western North Carolina, for ten…

Laura Hobby, Clerk (2021)

Laura Hobby has been a member of St. John’s since 1985 when her parents, Bob and Lynda Vawter, joined the church. St. John’s has been the center of her life since then. She married her husband, Clarke Hobby, at St. John’s and her children, Charles and Virginia, were baptized at the church. Laura’s involvement in…

Sarah Bricklemyer (2023)

Sarah Bricklemyer has been an active member of St. John’s Episcopal Church since 2004 when she moved to her husband Clayton’s hometown of Tampa. She was born and raised in Greensboro, NC, where her family was an active member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. She attended their parish preschool, served as an acolyte, and she…

Paul Brokaw (2022)

I am a lifelong Episcopalian and have been a member of St John’s since 1990.  I grew up in Kansas, I was educated in Kansas and moved to the Kansas City area after college.  While living in the Kansas City area, my wife and I were members of St. Michaels and All Angels parish in…

Alvie Casey (2023)

Alvie is a life-long Episcopalian and a Tampa native. She was baptized at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, and she and her husband, Lee, married there in 1985. They joined St. John’s shortly thereafter. Their four children and two grandchildren were baptized at St. John’s. Their oldest daughter, Virginia Casey Galavis, graduated from St. John’s School,…

Dallas Coffield (2021)

I was born at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois to Air Force officer Dallas Biggs Coffield Jr and Tampa native Mrs. Sylvia Petteway Coffield, who met during their college years at the University of Tampa. The family moved to Tampa briefly while my father went to Vietnam. Upon his return, we moved to Germany,…

Laura Cruse (2023)

I am honored to be nominated for the vestry of St. John’s Church, a special part of the Body of Christ that has nurtured, supported, and grown with my family since 2004. My family has been a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church since 2004. I grew up attending the Methodist church in Temple Terrace…

Richard D. Eckhard (2021)

Rick and Tweed Eckhard have three children: twin daughters Carson and Sykes, both 2012 graduates of St. John’s Episcopal Parish Day School, and Skip, currently a sixth grade student at St. John’s. Rick has served on the Church’s finance committee and chaired the Every Member Canvas. Rick is a lawyer with Holland & Knight and…

Lockwood Gray (2023)

Lockwood is a 5th generation Floridian from the panhandle. He grew up in Pensacola being baptized and confirmed in the Episcopal Church at Christ Church Parish. He is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Business, Stetson University College of Law, and the University of Florida Graduate Tax Program. Lockwood and his wife,…