Church Governance

Session

The basic form of church government in the Presbyterian Church (USA) is representative democracy, similar to that of the United States except that we are unicameral rather than bicameral. Instead of Senators or Representatives, our church is governed by Elders who are elected by the members of the congregation to serve for three-years terms. Collectively these Elders form the basic church governing body called the Session. One-third of the Session is elected every year. The Session has the responsibility of governing most elements of church life from worship to building maintenance, through the work of committees. Exceptions to that general statement are that the congregation's active members must approve sales and purchases of real property, hiring new ministers, and the annual terms of call (a type of contract) for their minister(s).

  • Session Moderator - James Brassard - Ensures that meetings of the Session and Congregation are conducted in good order.
  • Clerk of Session - Amy Littlefield (Secretary of Corporation)- Records actions of the Session and Congregation and maintains church membership records.
  • President of the Corporation - Don Genson
  • Treasurer - Bob West

Class of 2017

  • Don Genson (Stewardship, Finance)
  • Alex Bourne (Children's Ministry)
  • Dennis Evans (Mission/Social Justice)
  • Wayne Smith (Adult Education)
  • Bill Radden-LeSage (Buildings & Grounds)
Class of 2018
  • Bob Brutout (Buildings & Grounds)
  • Amy Littlefield (Clerk of Session)
  • Kemi Osho (Outreach & Parish Life)
  • Anita Pesses (Worship, Personnel)
  • Ryan Remley (Mission & Social Justice)
Class of 2019
  • Carrie Bence (Outreach & Parish Life)
  • Brian Cable (Personnel)
  • Steve Donoian (Stewardship, Finance, Nominating)
  • Joi Kesner (Youth, Nominating)
  • Emelie Rubin (Children's Ministry)

Higher Church Government

The Presbyterian Church (USA) is a connected church in that we attempt to be connected with the mission of every other Presbyterian Church in the United States through our form of higher church government. To help do this each congregation is a member of local area Presbyteries that are part of regional Synods that are all part of the National General Assembly. A structural analogy in secular government would be town, county, state, and national governing bodies. Representatives to church governing bodies are elected at the next lower level so that, for example, the Session of our church elects commissioners to National Capital Presbytery. These higher levels of church government are composed equally of lay persons and clergy so there is equality in governance between lay leaders and clerical leaders.