Session Members

ADULT MINISTRY                                                   Jan Childs

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY                                        Fran Leahy/Caroline Sgro

CONGREGATIONAL CARE                                    Laura Dreher

PERSONNEL                                                              James Peeler

SERVICE & MISSION                                              Mary Keown

BUILDING & GROUNDS                                        Andrew Ring

PLANNING & FINANCE                                         Tommy Allen

MEMBERSHIP GROWTH                                       Lee Boone

YOUTH MINISTRY                                                   Fran Leahy/Caroline Sgro

WORSHIP                                                                   (8:30) Judy Dancico

                                                                                       (11:00) Molly Nugent

PRIESTLY MILLER BOARD                                  Jennifer Bennett

SESSION CLERK                                                       Beth McKay

TREASURER                                                              Sue Veith

What is the Session?

These groups of elders make decisions for the local parish through a ruling body called the Session. The members of the session are the pastor (Teaching Elder) of that congregation, and the other ruling elders (sometimes called "lay elders"). Elders are ordained for life, so if they are subsequently elected or appointed to Sessions at later points in their life, they are inducted, there being no second ordination. In most denominations, the pastor serves as Moderator of the Session and thus convenes or presides over the session. All elders have an equal vote in the session.

In the Polity of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the pastor and associate pastor have a vote as members of the session on any and all matters. However, the pastor will often refrain from voting except in tie situations. The Pastor is not a voting member of the congregation.

Clerk of the Session

The person who takes minutes for the Session and maintains all of the church's ledgers of membership, births, baptisms, deaths, and elders is known as the Clerk of Session. However, the role takes on a special significance well beyond its stated duties. In leadership and influence across the congregation, the Session Clerk is a partner with the Minister and often speaks for the Congregation and Elders in offering words of guidance and encouragement to the Minister as well as being the key to marshalling resources and support to implement the Minister's projects.