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From the PCUSA Book of Order:

The Church’s ministry is a gift from Jesus Christ to the whole Church. Christ alone rules, calls, teaches, and uses the Church as he wills, exercising his authority by the ministry of women and men for the establishment and extension of God’s new creation. Christ’s ministry is the foundation and standard for all ministry, the pattern of the one who came “not to be served but to serve” (Matt. 20:28).

The basic form of ministry is the ministry of the whole people of God, from whose midst some are called to ordered ministries. These are described in the New Testament and maintained by this church as deacons and elders.  

Ordered ministries are gifts to the church to order its life so that the ministry of the whole people of God may flourish.

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“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”  - 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
Our Leadership
The Session

The Session is our governing body which is comprised of 15 elders, and elected by the congregation to serve 3-year terms. These elders make the majority of decisions for the congregation, guided by the Scriptures and the PCUSA’s Constitution:  the Book of Confessions and the Book of Order. The session is primarily responsible for the maintenance of worship, education, property, personnel, and the spiritual well-being of the congregation.

Elder is from the Greek word for elder, presbyteros, that our denomination derives its name. The history of this office is simple. Between 40 and 65 AD the Apostle Paul traveled the Mediterranean planted churches, helped them grow, and moved on. To make sure these churches had competent leadership, he would ordain groups of elders to oversee their spiritual and physical needs. Still adhering to this tradition, our congregation elects 5 new ruling elders each year to join the session.

Class of 2017 Class of 2018 Class of 2019
Mimi Goodner
John Granacher
Anne Kendall
Bob Norwood
Betty White - Clerk
Christy Goodner
Jean Horton
Bev Keely
Bobby Williams
Lamar Williams
Heather Deese
Jimmy Hicklin
Tom Hickman
Sherry Hutchison
Se Murdoch
The Diaconate

The Diaconate consists of 15 deacons, and is the body that organizes the work of the deacons and their committees.

Deacons  The New Testament also gave us the office of deacon, from the Greek word diakonos, which means, “to stir up dust!” Just as elders are focused on governance, deacons are focused on service (hence, you stir up dust as you move about serving others). Deacons are charged with serving those who need the most help: the hungry, the sick, the elderly, the poor, and the lonely. In our church, they accomplish this through several committees, such as: Congregational Care, Congregational Life, Fellowship, Visitation, and Mission  Outreach. Each year the congregation elects 5 deacons to serve 3-year terms on the Diaconate.

Class of 2017 Class of 2018 Class of 2019
Betty Caughman
Elizabeth Cycak
Mike Johnson
Joanne Lehman
Katherine Seerden
Kia Hicklin
Traci Jackson
Nancy Jones
Michelle Murdoch
Sheryl Smith
David Chubb
Charles Gresham
Karen Holt - Moderator
Bobby Smith
Meredith Spardley


To Learn more about our Committees and the work they do, click here.