In the Presbyterian Church more trust is placed in a group of people, who together seek to discern the mind of God to lead them towards faithful action, than in a single individual who has all the answers. As a result of this, committee leadership is a mainstay of the church. At the local, congregational level our church has one main board: the Session, as the decision making and care-taking body. This group constitutes a representation of the congregation as a whole.
The elders are ordained positions in the Presbyterian Church (USA). That means that we believe each of them been chosen by God and the congregation to be a leader in Christ’s church. The vows they take are the same vows that the pastor takes to become a minister of word and sacrament. Once a person is ordained that ordination is considered a lifelong vocation. The ordained elders have a responsibility to cultivate their prayer life, to study the Bible, and to seek God in their individual, and congregational life.
The Session is the Governing Board of the church. The Session consists of our pastor and elders in active service (the “ruling” elders). The moderator is our Pastor, the Rev. David Williams. Our Clerk of Session is Suzanne Stevens.