Churches in the Presbyterian tradition are governed by what is called “the session.” The session of First Presbyterian Church is comprised of fifteen elders and our church’s pastor, who serves as the moderator. The session is responsible for the mission and governance of the church, meaning it is the session responsibility to provide for the worship, ministry, education, fellowship, mission, service, and life of the congregation.
Elders are chosen from the membership of the congregation. Each year, the Nominating Committee chooses from among the men and women of the church those members they feel are called to serve in this leadership role. Their nominations are then presented before the congregation for election. Once elected, they are ordained to their role. Active elders may serve one three-year term, with the opportunity to serve a consecutive three-year term if re-elected.
Deacons are church leaders ordained to the particular ministry of offering care. They provide communion monthly for members unable to attend regular worship services. Our diaconate is comprised of six deacons, elected to one three-year term, with the option of serving a consecutive three-year term if re-elected.
Trustees oversee the stewardship of large gifts given to the church. Our trustees ensure that those gifts are used to the glory of God. Our board of trustees is comprised of six members, elected to a three-year term, with the option of serving a consecutive three-year term if re-elected.