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 — Session is moderated by Rev. Dr. Johanna McCune Wagner
Clerk of Session — DeVonn Powers, CLP

D E P A R T M E N T S:
(some elders work with more than one team, and may be listed more than once)

— DeVonn Powers, CLP (Personnel / Communications)
— Susan Koester (Finance)
— Jeremy Martin (Property)

— Ruth Stevenson (Outreach)
— Ruth Mejia, CLP (Congregational Care)

Great Commission
— Ruth Mejia, CLP (Missions Team)
— Lee Borden (Worship and Music)

Spiritual Growth
— Josh Maitland (Children / Adults)
— Jeremy Martin (Youth)
— Carlos Flores, CLP (Leadership Development)

Special Purpose Teams
— Ruth Mejia, CLP/Susan Koester (1001 New Worshiping Communities)
— David Stearns (Task Force on Membership)
— Matt Chapman (Heritage/Plaza Tower Mission)
— Susan Koester (Pastor Advisory Committee)


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 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 — Terry Jones
Secretary — Judith Snider

Special Deacon Assignments:

Prayer Support—Kathy Brock
Chancel—Kaffy Cecil
Memorials—Trudy Meigs
Prayer Chain— Charmaine Ferrera
Deacon Training and Support—Wayne Matzen
Staff Support—Rebecca Chase, CLP
Friends at Home—Beth Byrne

All Deacons:

— LaVerne Herren
— Bev McHale
— Terry Jones
— Abby Ford
— Kaffy Cecil
— Charmaine Ferrera
— Beth Byrne
— Carolyn Thornton
— Trudy Meigs
— Judith Snider
— Don Horgan
— Harold Lund


Four elected members, serving staggered 3-year terms, are responsible for acquisitions, sales, leases, contracts, and other legal documents relative to church property.

President — Frank Fribley
Vice President — Susan Koester
Secretary — Allen Nickerson
Trustee — Bill Selb