Elders/The Session


The Session consists of Teaching Elders (our pastors) and Ruling Elders drawn from our membership. The Book of Order calls upon the Session to provide for worship and encourage people to fully and regularly participate in worship. Members of the Session are elected for three year terms, typically with five new members added each year. We also elect a youth member for a one year term. We have regularly scheduled meetings on the fourth Monday of each month. Meetings are moderated by the Clerk of the Session.

The responsibilities of the Session include evangelism, mission and justice, worship, education, stewardship, finance, transformation, administration, relations with higher governing bodies (e.g., the Presbytery), and ecumenical relationships in the community.

Current Session Members are listed below:

CLASS OF 2022   David Nelson, Michael Smith, Bill Springer, Ross Bogue, Emily Schlesinger (Youth)

CLASS OF 2023   Gary Carder, Debra Johnson, Jill Minner, Chris Raaths      

CLASS OF 2024   Jodie Hanson, Gil Semmen, Bill Shaeffer, Robert Stine, Al Zick

The Session is organized into committees:

  • Adult Ed: Jill Minner (L)

  • Children/Youth:  Jodie Harmsen (L), Bill Shaeffer (L),  Aron Van Cleave (L)

  • Communication/Outreach: David Nelson (L) 

  • Congregational Life (Clam): Carol Buchta (L), Gil Semmen (L)

  • Finance/Stewardship: Rich Barbour (L), Michael Smith (L)

  • Mission: Ross Bogue (L)

  • Personnel: Bill Springer (L)

  • Trustees/Admin-Maint: Ron Furst (L)

  • Worship: Chris Raaths (L)

Recent Activity

The Session meets on the fourth Monday of the month. 

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