The Chapter is the governing body of the Cathedral that determines policy issues, sets goals and provides stewardship of the Cathedral's complex operations. The Chapter reviews the activities of each of the Cathedral's parochial entities and ministries on an annual basis, and reviews the church's financials on a monthly basis. Unlike the vestries of smaller parishes, the Chapter does not usually get involved in the day-to-day activities of the Cathedral; instead, the Chapter of the Cathedral functions similarly to a "Board of Trustees.”
Each year, a Nominating Committee identifies a slate of six candidates for a three-year term on the Chapter, to be voted on by the parish at the annual Parish Meeting in December.
Nominees for the Chapter Class of 2019
The Cathedral Nominating Committee has submitted the following slate of candidates, approved by the Chapter, to be voted on by the parish at the annual Parish Meeting, which will take place on Sunday, December 11 at 10 a.m. in Child Hall. Mary Caroline Cravens continues her two-year term as Senior Warden. The Committee has also selected Doug O’Bryan from the pool of current Chapter members as their nominee for Junior Warden 2017-2018.
J. Matthew Anthony
Matt has been a member of the Cathedral for over 25 years, currently serving on the finance count team and participating in Old Fashioned Sunday School. He has served as a Sunday School teacher, usher, and chair of the Stewardship Committee. An attorney, Matt is a partner at Warner Bates and member of the Georgia State Bar, Atlanta Bar, and Inn of Court. Other activities include involvement with the Lovett School and coaching youth sports. Matt and his wife Beth have four children: Matthew, Wesley, Mason, and Hendricks.
Carol has been a member of the Cathedral for eight years and began singing in the Cathedral Choir and Schola as a staff singer over sixteen years ago. She participates in St. Veronica’s Guild, and with the Cathedral Choir she has served as the social chairman, choir rummage sale organizer, and president. Carol is a retired elementary school teacher who also was a Gwinnett County PTA president and board member of the Atlanta Schola Cantorum. A new resident of Fulton County, Carol and her husband Newell have three adult children: Jonathan, Elizabeth, and Patrick, and a one-year-old grandson, Oliver.
Bridget Bobick James
Bridget has been active at the Cathedral for 21 years. She is the owner of The James Law Firm, LLC. A member of St. Monica’s Guild, Bridget has served as their outreach chair and treasurer, volunteered with and sponsored the Cathedral Antiques Show and the Homeless Requiem, and participated in Foyers. Other activities include Atlanta Women’s Foundation, the Cathedral Preschool Parents’ Council, Jackson Elementary School PTA, Notre Dame Club of Atlanta, and the Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault, as a former board member. She and her husband David have two young children: Marianne and Brendan.
Jenny has been a member of the Cathedral for 24 years. She participates in the Old Fashioned Sunday School, St. Anne’s Guild, and St. Catherine’s Guild. Jenny has served as a board member and chair of the Cathedral Counseling Center, volunteered for the Cathedral Antiques Show, and organized the sponsor party the last two years. Her other activities include volunteering and committee work for the Southeastern Flower Show, Botanical Garden Associates, Northside Youth Organization, Pace Academy, Westminster Schools, Club Estates Garden Club, and Lake Rabun Association Board. Jenny and her husband Alan have three adult children: Tippa, Alan Jr., and Ford.
Cy transferred to the Cathedral three years ago. He serves as an usher, volunteers at Week of Wonder, attends Sons of Thunder men’s prayer breakfasts, and has chaired the Kanuga Parish Retreat. Cy is a freelance consultant and stay-at-home dad. His other activities include Buckhead Forest Civic Association, and with the Lovett School he serves as a classroom volunteer, Cub Scout den leader, and on the True Blue Annual Fund Parent Committee. Cy and his wife Carrie have two young children: George and Anna.
Matthew D. Richardson
Matt has been a member of the Cathedral for ten years. He is an usher and attends the Sons of Thunder men’s prayer breakfasts. An attorney with Alston & Bird LLP, Matt serves as board member and legal counsel for Atlanta Ronald McDonald House, and board member for Atlanta International Arbitration Society. He and his wife Allison have three young children: Reid, Grace, and Graham.
Mary Caroline Cravens continues her two-year term as Senior Warden. The nominating committee has selected Doug O’Bryan from the pool of current Chapter members as their nominee for Junior Warden 2017-2018.
Mary Caroline Cravens
A member of the Chapter Class of 2016, Mary Caroline accepted the dean’s call to serve a two-year term as Senior Warden last year, and now continues in that office through 2017. She also serves as Cathedral Preschool board chair and Ricks-Wheeler Fund Committee member. She is a past St. Monica’s Guild President, has led classes in summer and regular series Old Fashioned Sunday School, and participates in the Dean’s Women’s Bible Study and Altar Guild. In the wider community, she has been involved with PAWS Atlanta (animal shelter) and Everybody Wins! (literacy program), and is currently an active Westminster parent and Tiger Cub Den Leader. A former federal law clerk and adjunct professor of African and Latin American history, with continuing passions for teaching, writing, and volunteering, Mary Caroline currently uses her Ph.D. and J.D. to care for her husband Will Sugden, and their two boys, Alex and Sam. She has worshiped at the Cathedral since 2006.
Douglas C. O’Bryan
The Nominating Committee selected Doug as their nominee for Junior Warden 2017-2018. A member of the Chapter Class of 2017, he has served on the Executive Committee since accepting the dean’s call to serve as the 2015 and 2016 Treasurer. Doug has been attending the Cathedral for over thirteen years. He has volunteered for the Cathedral Antiques Show, Foyers, and Emmaus House Christmas drives. He is an usher, participates in the Sons of Thunder men’s prayer breakfasts, and has been involved on the Homeless Dinner and Requiem Committee since 2014. A banker at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Doug is also active as a Pace Fall Fair volunteer, and participates in the March of Dimes March for Babies. He and his wife Andi have three daughters: Grace, Charlotte, and Sally.