Session (Governing Body)
The Presbyterian Church takes its name from the New Testament Greek word for "Elder": presbuteros. It describes the way the church is governed, with oversight resting on elected bodies at the congregational, regional and national levels.
The governing group in each congregation is called the Session, a body made up of men and women known as "Elders" who have been "set apart" by election and ordination into a supervisory role. The Session meets monthly to conduct the business of the church. "Teaching Elders" are the name for installed pastors in a congregation. They are also members of the Session with equal rights to the other Elders.
Lay Elders generally serve for staggered three-year terms, with a third of the Session elected each year. Ordination is a for life designation.
(click on Commission title for information about the committee)
Buildings and Grounds Commission
- Chair Person: Roger Liefeld ('23)
- Members: Ken Anderson, Mark Dinwiddie, Zelda Anderson, Jill Turner, Adrienne Schilling, Kathleen Dinwiddie, and the Volunteers dedicated to maintaining the Church and grounds.
Clerk of Session
- Clerk: Helen Purkerson
- Vice Clerk: Marilyn Brinster
Christian Education / A sub-committee of Worship & Nurture
- Chair Person: Doris Perry ('22)
- Members: Adrienne Schilling, Wendy Wells, Gina Harrington, Kathleen Dinwiddie, Linda Dunn, David Hutchinson
- Chair Person: Kathleen Dinwiddie ('24)
- Members: Jill Turner, Treasurer; Carol Jones, Secretary; Mark Dinwiddie, Finance Clerk; & Helen Purkerson
Membership and Outreach
- Chair Person: Wendy Wells ('24)
- Members: Wendy Wells, Kathleen Dinwiddie, Karen Roldan, Gina Harrington, Becky Frazier, David Hutchinson & Kathleen Dinwiddie
Mission & Peacemaking Commission
- Chair Person: Gina Harrington ('22)
Personnel & Administration
- Chair Person: Linda Gaskill ('23)
Music, Worship and Nurture Commission
- Commission Chair Person: Doris Perry ('22)
- Members: Adrienne Schilling, Gina Harrington, Judy Gilbert, Gayle Clemmer, & Doris Perry