Our Session

Ruling Elders


Our Session

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Class of 2018Committee(s)
Bob Berkley Service and Outreach (Chair)
Joe Bird Whorship and Music
France Burger Communications
Jim Cleland Congregational Life (Chair)
Amy Heppner Personnel
Ron Hill Service and Outreach
Cameron Howe Communications
Bob Miles Facilities (Chair)
Roberta Miller Service and Outreach
Cathy Oakes Care and Nurture (Chair), Nominating (Vice Chair)
Chuck Overstreet Stewardship (Chair)
Stannard Preston Communications
Bill Semones Personnel
Jason Shoemaker Facilities, Weekday School Board, APNC
Camp Sommardahl Worship and Music
Judy Stowers Stewardship
Dave Tate Communications (Chair)
Noel Thomas Spiritual Growth
Frank Whitehouse Finance, Nominating (Chair)
Class of 2019Committee(s)
Paul Hensley Spiritual Growth
Russell Hovda Communications
Van Lewis Stewardship
Lou Mekanik Care and Nurture
Greg Pierpoint Communications, Facilities
Amy Thompson Congregational Life
Sue Thornton Worship and Music, Care and Nurture
Class of 2020Committee(s)
Catherine Adams Spiritual Growth
Mason Basten Facilities
Ygondine Creasy Personnel
Annie Gilbert (one year)  
Morgan Hollister Service and Outreach
Eric Koroneos Spiritual Growth
Emmett Lifsey Strategic Planning, Congregational Life
Donnie Ore Worship and Music, Nominating
Kirk Todd Spiritual Growth, Budget and Finance

The Ministry of Discernment and Governance (G-2.0301, Book of Order)

As there were in Old Testament times elders for the government of the people, so the New Testament church provided persons with particular gifts to share in discernment of God’s Spirit and governance of God’s people.  Accordingly, congregations should elect persons of wisdom and maturity of faith, having demonstrated skills in leadership and being compassionate in spirit.  Ruling elders are so named not because they “lord it over” the congregation, but because they are chosen by the congregation to discern and measure its fidelity to the Word of God, and to strengthen and nurture its faith and life.  Ruling elders, together with Ministers of the Word and Sacrament, exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of a congregation as well as the whole church, including ecumenical relationships.  When elected by the congregation, they shall serve faithfully as members of the session.  When elected as commissioners to higher councils (Presbytery), ruling elders participate and vote with the same authority as Ministers of the Word and Sacrament, and they are eligible for any office.

Terms of Service (G-2.0404, Book of Order)

Ruling elders are elected to serve terms of no more than three years on the session, and may be eligible for reelection according to congregational rule.  No ruling elder is eligible to serve more than six consecutive years, and a ruling elder who has served six consecutive years shall be ineligible for election to the session for at least one year.


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