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.

Greg Hearing, Senior Warden (2020)

Greg is married to Kamra and they have four boys who have graduated or are still attending St. John’s Episcopal Parish Day School. Greg grew up in Tampa and has attended St. John’s Church since 1972, serving in the choir for six years. He graduated from St. John’s in 1978 and, after graduating law school, […]

Stephen Leal, Junior Warden (2019)

A native of Tampa, Stephen has been a member of St. John’s since 1994. He is a graduate of The Berkeley Preparatory School, Florida State University, and Stetson University College of Law. Stephen served as an Assistant State Attorney in the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office for six years before leaving to start his own […]

Doug Arthur, Treasurer (2019)

Doug first joined St John’s when he moved to Tampa with his parents in 1979.  He graduated Plant High School in 1981 and moved to Chapel Hill to attend the University of North Carolina.  After graduating with a degree in Economics, he moved to Atlanta to work in the financial services industry and made All […]

Heddy Murphey Brown (2019)

Heddy Brown was born and raised in Tampa and is a graduate of St. John’s School, Plant High School, and Vanderbilt University.  Her professional experience is in marketing, newspaper reporting, and free-lance writing.  She is involved in the Tampa Bay community through philanthropic work as president of the Sumter L. Lowry Foundation and the Lowry […]

Dennis Carr (2020)

Dennis and his wife Erin moved to Tampa from Atlanta in 1999 and have attended St. John’s for over nine years. Dennis was born in Jacksonville and raised as a Catholic in the Tampa area where he graduated from Jesuit High School. He was confirmed in the Episcopal Church in 2010. Dennis has been an […]

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, […]

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 […]

Kim French (2020)

St. John’s parishioners for more than 16 years, Kim and her husband Stephen have two children—Virginia “Bradley” (St. John’s and Robinson High School IB alumna, currently at Washington and Lee) and Emerson “Carter” (Jesuit High School). The St. John’s Church and School community has been a constant blessing in their lives since moving to Tampa […]

Laura Hobby (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 […]