John Gillespie

Elected in 2019 to Vestry

John Gillespie

Cathedral member since birth (1950)


Cathedral Ministry Involvement

  • Trustee and secretary, Episcopal Society of Christ Church (Cathedral) Endowment
  • Member, Jubilee Committee (Focus: Mortar, Inc. and Cincinnati Union Cooperative Initiative)
  • Co-chair, Annual Appeal Committee
  • Former co-chair, Third Century Capital Campaign
  • Participant, Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival (since 1955)
  • Former member, Vestry
  • Counselor and head counselor, Christ Church Camp (1966-1968, 1970, 1972-1973)



  • BA summa cum laude (Phi Beta Kappa), Denison University, Granville, OH
  • MA (Community Planning), University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH


Professional Experience

  • Realtor, Coldwell Banker West Shell (current)
  • Healthcare executive (ret.), University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati; UC Health; Medical Center Fund of Cincinnati; University of Cincinnati Foundation; East End Community Health Center


Community Volunteer Experience

  • Board member and/or executive officer/trustee of Caracole; Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Ohio, its Investment Committee and Cincinnati Region Foundation; United Way Allocations Committee (1984-1989)


Candidate Statement

As we state publicly –– at Christ Church Cathedral –– we claim God’s mission as our own, seeking to serve as a catalyst for hope and a resource for transformation in the world. The basic responsibilities of the vestry are to help define and articulate the mission of the congregation; to support the church’s mission by word and deed; to select the dean; to ensure effective organization and planning; and to manage resources and finances. God’s mission is our mission. That said we must remember “No margin, no mission.” My work as a trustee of the endowment, co-chair of the Annual Appeal and as a volunteer leader of several local agencies make me sensitive to maintaining the delicate but critical balance between serving now while maintaining resources for future generations.

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