Deacons and Elders


The session governs a particular congregation. It is made up of elders elected by the congregation, plus all the installed pastors on the staff, including pastors, co-pastors, and associate pastors. (G-10.0101)

The session is responsible for all decisions regarding the program and policies of its congregation, except for the two powers reserved for the congregation: the election of officers, including the pastoral staff, and the buying, selling, and/or mortgaging of church property. The constitution spells out 19 specific duties for the session. (G-10.0102, G-7.0304)

Source: PC(USA) Structure and Governing Bodies

Moderator — While we are between pastors, Session will be moderated by our two Certified Lay Pastors, Darryl McCollum and Ann Keirns
Clerk of Session — Jon Myers

D E P A R T M E N T S:
(elders may be listed more than once)

The Heritage & Towers Residents
—Matt Chapman

Discipleship/Spiritual Growth
— Marilyn Wollenweber
— Ann Johnson

Connections/Care & Fellowship
— Ann Johnson
— Susan Koester
— Marilyn Wollenweber
— Ann Keirns

Great Commission (Missions/Volunteers)
— Susan Koester
— Ann Johnson

Worship & Music
— Ron Potts

— David Dowell (non-session representative)

— Jon Myers (Personnel)
— Vern Hance (Finance)
— David Stearns (Property Management)

Book of Order

The Book of Order is a governing document of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Download a copy here.

Deacons Ministry

Twelve Deacons serve staggered 3-year terms. Each Deacon ministers to a geographical neighborhood parish while serving on a committee to provide care and services to the church family. The committees are Prayer Chain, Transportation, Meal Services, Home Aid, Friends-At-Home, Chancel Stewardship, and Funeral/Memorial Receptions.

The Book of Order calls ordained deacons to a ministry of “compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress" (G-2.0201)

Moderator — Wayne Matzen
Vice Moderator — Carrie Smith
Secretary — Phyllis Graser

Other Deacons:

— Beth Byrne
— Kaffy Cecil
— Carol Hance
— Bev McHale
— Diane Nickerson
— Nancy Sansom
— Diana Stearns


Four elected members responsible for the church’s real property. Serving staggered 3-year terms. They are responsible for acquisitions, sales, leases, contracts, and other legal documents relative to church property.

President — Frank Fribley
Vice President — Vern Hance
Secretary — Allen Nickerson
Trustee — Bill Selb