Vergers serve in record numbers during the 110th annual Diocesan Council on November 18 and 19, 2016, at the Georgia International Convention Center, College Park, Georgia. More than 500 clergy and lay delegates were in attendance. Members of the Mark Emory Graham Chapter of the Vergers’ Guild played a significant role in facilitating the meeting by leading the opening worship service, serving as tellers, and performing other miscellaneous duties.
It has been widely reported that a big part of the success of this year’s Council was the well-organized Holy Eucharist Service led by the Vergers, and the expeditious counting of multiple ballots by the Tellers. The quick reporting of the voting results was very much appreciated by the Delegates. The organization of the Vergers and their skill in performing all duties efficiently and quietly was recognized by all in attendance, especially the Office of the Bishop.
Vergers who volunteered to serve as Tellers included Head Teller Karl Sachsenmaier (Cathedral of St. Philip), Head Verger Phillip Knight (St. Teresa's), Martha-Sue Blythe (St. Martin’s), Robin Dake (St. Matthias'), Janice Davis (Holy Spirit), Paul Davison (St. Christopher's), Thomas Democko (Epiphany), Owen Dorsey (Cathedral of St. Philip), John Haeger (Christ Church – Norcross), George Hinton (Incarnation), Tony King (St Paul's – Newnan), Jim Landers (St. David’s), Scott Miller (Holy Trinity), Jim Parks (St. James’), Craig Perkins (St. Teresa’s), Ric Sanchez (Holy Family), Ken Singleton (St. Paul’s – Atlanta), Ruth Anne Tatum (St. Martin’s), Rolando Thorne (Incarnation), Lorie Tola (St. Patrick’s), Kathryn Turman (St. Patrick’s) and Lisa Van Tassel (Atonement).