2020 Nominations

Brian Barnhart (running for second term on Vestry)

Brian grew up in an Episcopal Church in London Ohio. He joined the Holy Communion family when he moved to University City in 2012.  He has been serving as Treasurer for the Parish since the summer of 2016 and has enjoyed getting more involved with the congregation in that role. Brian is most excited about helping grow the income of the Church through innovative ways to and continue to improve its sustainability for years to come.  He is also eager to see the church increase its involvement and impact in the community.Brian can typically be seen at the 8 am service, following his daughters, Daphne (age 7) and Clara (age 5), and Penelope (age 1). These ladies, and his wife Cynthia, keep him busy and happy. Professionally, Brian has worked as a Management Consultant, specializing in Mergers and Acquisitions, for Deloitte Consulting.  He now helps Deloitte with their Financial Planning & Analysis. 

Sherifa Hardware Bethune (running for first term on Vestry)

Sherifa emigrated to the United States from Kingston, Jamaica at the age of 7, and her family settled in Camden, New Jersey. She moved back and forth between New Jersey and St. Charles, Missouri, finally settling in our state in 1988. She moved to University City in 2007.

Sherifa has foundational roots in the Catholic faith and non-denominational roots with the Salvation Army, where she developed her love for helping others. She started attending Holy Communion 10 years ago, to provide a church community for her daughter, and was confirmed in 2011 by Bishop George Wayne Smith. She has been a proud member since. Sherifa is a member of the Diocesan Dismantling Racism Commission and Holy Communion’s Beloved Community Task Force. She also serves as a door person for Godly Play.

Outside of church, Sherifa is a member of the HR department in the Department of Public Health of St. Louis County. She is the proud mother of Sherifa Olivia, and enjoys spending time with family and friends. Sherifa appreciates the welcoming diverse community of Holy Communion and looks forward to raising her daughter in this environment.

Patricia Redington (running for second term on Vestry)

My husband Randy Mariani and I joined Holy Communion when we moved to St. Louis in 1983, being drawn in by the very welcoming community and the diversity of people and ideas. Over the years I’ve served on the Vestry, participated in our Episcopal City Mission birthday parties for youth in detention, been an usher, and worked with several of the food ministries (Sunday breakfast, emergency meals, social events).  I’m looking forward to continuing the new growth we’ve been enjoying and seeing what new activities and ministries will come from that. I’ve been retired for five years after thirty years as an attorney with the County Counselor’s Office, and am enjoying the chance for a little extra physical fitness time, volunteer legal work, and more time with my family.

Courtney Dula-Pearson (running for Diocesan Delegate)

In 1984 Courtney Dula-Pearson was baptized in Oakland, California at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church. Her family moved to St. Louis in 1989 and began attending All Saints Episcopal church with other family members. After spending nine years out of state for school, she began regularly attending services at Holy Communion in 2010. Recently Courtney has taken on the role of lay co-organizer of the Holy Communion Parents And Caregivers of Kids (HoCo PACK) group seeking to develop friendship and build a community of support.
Outside Church, Courtney works as a research coordinator in the Department of Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine. When not working or learning a new hobby, she enjoys spending time with her husband (Adam), daughter (Vivi) and son (Phin).