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The EEC Vestry


Bruce Turner, Senior Warden


I grew up in Escanaba. After graduating from WMU with a degree in education I returned home.  Nancy and I were married in 1979 and shortly thereafter I was transferred to Petoskey.  We started attending EEC in the spring of 1980.  I(we) have been active in many aspects of parish life – many years in the choir, vestry, grounds, alter guild(Nancy), search just to name a few.  I fully retired in June 2019 and Nancy in 2018.  We like to travel and go camping. We have one daughter, Becca who is married and lives in Petoskey with her husband Trevor.  I look forward to being on this vestry as we begin a new chapter with our new rector.



Lauren Liebler, Junior Warden


Lauren lives in Petoskey with her husband, Nick and three daughters, Juliana (9), Maylee (7) and Emmelyn (4). Lauren grew up     in a small town called Union City, MI. She attended Lawrence Technological University, where she obtained a Master’s degree     in Architecture. In 2005, Lauren relocated to Petoskey and started attending Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Lauren taught architecture at both Lawrence Technological University and Ferris State University before her current teaching position at Petoskey High School. She teaches a variety of classes including Interior Design, Mechatronics, Architecture and Engineering. In addition to serving as a Vestry member, Lauren has also served as a Worship Center and Sunday School teacher.  Lauren enjoys traveling with her family, working on house projects in their new home, and crafting.



Ashley Price, Clerk


Ashley Price has been attending Emmanuel Episcopal Church since birth.  Her parents are members, Wendy and David Price.  Although you won’t see her dad other than Christmas and Easter, you will see her mom sitting in the pew with her every Sunday.  Ashley considers herself very blessed to have been baptized, confirmed, and married at EEC. 


In 2010 Ashley married Wendy Thatcher.  They were “married” for the sake of claiming to their friends and family they would live their life together even though same sex marriage was not legal at the time.  (In 2015, they were married legally in the church).  Ashley gained two step children with Wendy: Ashley Marie and Aaron.  In 2012 Ashley and Wendy wanted to grow their family and became foster parents and later adopted Taya and Parker.  They also now have four grandchildren! 


Ashley has a degree in Business Administration from LSSU and has been employed as a Property and Casualty Agent at Insurance by Burley in Harbor Springs since 2009.  In her spare time, Ashley enjoys attending her kid’s activities and events, skiing, camping, going to the beach, and spending time outdoors.  Ashley enjoys being part of the EEC family and has been the leader of the Youth Spiritual Formation Cell Group since 2014.  Ashley has a desire to see the congregation grow together during this time of transition and cannot wait to see where we end up!



Jay Emmendorfer


Jay is a lifelong resident of Michigan having grown up in the small town of St. Charles (about 15 miles southwest of Saginaw).  He was raised in the Catholic faith along with his brothers and sisters (he is one of ten children, YES 10 !!! ).   Jay moved to Saginaw where he eventually met his wife Pat, they were married in 1982.  Pat and Jay have two sons, Jason and Jordan.  Jason lives with his wife Whitney in New York City and Jordan lives in Lansing along with his girlfriend, Josie.


Jay attended Saginaw Valley State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.  While in college, Jay started his career at Saginaw Steering Gear Division of General Motors first as a co-op student and then being hired as an associate engineer.  During his 40+ year career, Jay held various engineering positions within the company before he retired in 2012 as a Sr. Plant Engineer.


After retiring, Pat and Jay moved from the flatlands of Saginaw to the Petoskey playground in 2014 where they enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities including camping, biking, kayaking, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, golf, and more.   After settling in, we shopped around for a church congregation that we liked and felt comfortable with.  Attending EEC for a few months and listening to Fr. Greg’s message caused us to join EEC as members in 2015 (It did help that our friends the Booths were also members of Emmanuel).



Dennis McGeath


I was born and raised here in Petoskey.  I was baptized at Emmanuel when the church was located downtown at the corner of Mitchell and Waukazoo and then confirmed at Emmanuel in its present location.  I was an acolyte for many years until my graduation from Petoskey High School.  My parents (Carl and Fern) were very active in the church - my dad as a lay reader and vestry member and my mom as a choir member, Sunday school teacher, altar guild and other positions.  Their ashes are in the chapel columbarium.


I received a B.S. from Western Michigan University, my M.D. degree from Wayne State and then completed a pediatric residency in Grand Rapids. I have been in practice for 38 years, the last 30 years as founder and owner of Petoskey Pediatrics so I do have a professional relationship with many grandparents, parents and children of Emmanuel!!


I was married to Kathy for over 41 years.  I have 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren.  When our children were younger, Kathy taught Sunday school here at Emmanuel.


I am a Rite 1 (8 o’clock) attendees and I serve as a LEM.  History and tradition are important to me and others and I look forward to working with the other vestry members and fellow parishioners as we face the challenges ahead as a parish, diocese, national church and Americans.



Sharyn Olliffe


I was born and raised in a small town in Waterford Township, MI.  My father was baptized Russian Orthodox and my mother raised in a non-denominational rural church in So.  Michigan. As a child I attended the local Presbyterian church near our home and my elementary school.


In 1974 Larry and I were married in the Episcopal Church in Waterford. He was born and raised an Episcopalian.  In 1976 we moved to Walloon Lake with our blended family of three daughters and one son.  We have been blessed with three grandchildren and two great grandchildren that bring us much joy.  We share our home with our dog Kizzie and cat Katie.


Larry and I attended Nativity in Boyne City for many years and I served on the vestry there, before transferring to Emmanuel after we built our new home on the west arm of Walloon Lake. In 2014 I took confirmation classes with Fr. Greg and was confirmed with Bishop Hoagland along with Larry who was re-affirmed in his faith. We have been attending Emmanuel since 2010. 


I helped form and now am co-chair of the Pastoral Care Ministry, a Lay Eucharist Minister, on the Rector Search Committee, have been through training for the Altar Guild, and have received training from Fr. Alan to enable me to take communion to those who are unable to attend mass.   The turning point in my life was when post-surgery, I spent 3 months in hospital. God was with me throughout and that was a life changing time for me.


I feel drawn to serve God, serve on the vestry, help welcome our new rector, and do all I can to make Emmanuel a very special place to worship. I love and am proud of my Emmanuel family and the warmth they bring to each other and the work they do in our community and beyond. 



Tim Tippett


Tim is a lifelong resident of northern Michigan.  He grew up in Harbor Springs where his family has lived since 1876.  He currently lives in Petoskey with his wife Jessica.  Tim has been a second grade teacher since 2000.  He attended Central Michigan University receiving degrees in geography and elementary education.  He later earned a graduate degree from Spring Arbor University.  Currently he is in his 19th year teaching public school in Petoskey.  Tim has been a member at Emmanuel since 2001.  He enjoys serving as an acolyte during services and became a member of the Order of St. Vincent in 2015.  Tim enjoys travel adventures with his wife, reading about presidential history, baking, and researching family history.      



Nina Wagar


Nina lives in Petoskey with her husband Guy, and her dog Mari.  She retired from the Char-Em Intermediate School District three years ago, where she worked as an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher and as an Early Childhood Specialist. During her career, she supported children and families through teaching, mentoring, and serving on committees that promote quality services for the children in our community.  Since retiring, Nina has enjoyed traveling with Guy, visiting her children Morgan and Colin, and sharing time with her parents, Doris and Gunnar who live nearby.


Emmanuel has been Nina’s spiritual home for herself and her family for many years.  She has shared her time and talent in a variety of ways, including working in our grounds and gardens, helping in our Nursery, reading as a Lector, and serving as a Cell Leader for our Stewardship Cell.  Currently, she is a member of the Pastoral Care Cell, and helps support our parishioners through phone calls, cards, and weekly visits.













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