“The primary tasks for a vestry are discerning what God is calling your faith community to do
and articulating a hopeful vision of the church and the world as God's mission.”

~ Episcopal Church Foundation Vestry Resource Guide (Forward Movement, 2016)

The Student Vestry is a council of undergraduate and graduate students at Princeton University, Westminster Choir College, and Princeton Theological Seminary tasked with providing lay leadership for the vision, mission, and ministry of The Episcopal Church at Princeton.

In addition to gaining practical leadership skills directly transferable to the parishes students will join upon graduation, the Student Vestry infuses a collaborative approach to every aspect of ministry at ECP––with lay student leaders working together with their chaplain to discern what God is calling us to on campus and articulate a hopeful vision for our share in the Jesus Movement.

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James Yuang Lee (李語堂), Senior Warden

James is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, where he is writing on the role of economic development in U.S. national security policy during the Cold Wars. He serves Senior Warden and Verger at ECP.


Carolyn Beard '18, Junior Warden

Carolyn is a junior from St Louis studying comparative literature at Princeton University.  A member of Cap and Gown and Kappa Kappa Gamma, she spends her spare time watching Netflix. Actually, she spends all of her time watching Netflix. In addition to dedicating her first piece of independent research at Princeton to her cat, Carolyn has never eaten a PB&J. She serves as the Junior Wardcan be reached at cebeard [at] princeton.edu


MARK E. WALKER, Graduate Student Liaison

Mark is a PhD candidate in Science, Technology & Environmental Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. His dissertation examines the development of international safeguards for verifying the peaceful use of gas centrifuge-based uranium enrichment facilities. Although he was born in Oak Ridge, TN, he spent much of his childhood growing up in Cardiff, Wales, before returning to the United States. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, playing the piano, watching college football, and stressing over college football (as many Vols fans do!). Mark convenes the ECP Graduate Student Fellowship and can be reached at markew [at] princeton.edu.



Kristen is a junior at Princeton University, concentrating in molecular biology. She is a coxswain on the Princeton Women's Open Rowing Team, a runner, and a member of Quadrangle Club. When not working academically or physically, she likes to volunteer with various groups and watch sports, especially teams from her home state of Indiana. She is a vegetarian and, unlike Carolyn, eats lots of PB&Js. Contact Kristen at kristena [at] princeton.edu.

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William is a junior at Princeton University majoring in Operations Research and Financial Engineering. A native of Montgomery, Alabama, William is the president of the Princeton Rugby Football Club and is a member of Cottage. In his spare time he enjoys fly fishing with the Princeton Anglers and rooting for his beloved Alabama Crimson Tide. He can be reached at whaynes [at] princeton.edu.

(For more on building a collaborative leadership culture in the church, see the Episcopal Church Foundation's Vital Teams initiative, "Why Vital Teams?" by Miguel Escobar, and the "Vital Teams: Team Leadership Essentials" webinar.)