ruling elders

Session meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:00 PM

As there were in Old Testament times elders for the government of the people, so the New Testament church provided persons with particular gifts to share in discernment of God’s Spirit and governance of God’s people. Accordingly, congregations should elect persons of wisdom and maturity of faith, having demonstrated skills in leadership and being compassionate in spirit. Ruling elders are so named not because they “lord it over” the congregation (Matt. 20:25), but because they are chosen by the congregation to discern and measure its fidelity to the Word of God, and to strengthen and nurture its faith and life. Ruling elders, together with teaching elders, exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of a congregation as well as the whole church, including ecumenical relationships. When elected by the congregation, they shall serve faithfully as members of the session. When elected as commissioners to higher councils, ruling elders participate and vote with the same authority as teaching elders, and they are eligible for any office. Book of Order G-2.0301

The 2022 Session is pictured below. Members (l to r): Moderator Rev. Steve Fortenberry, Jake Pepper, Serieta Jaggers, Nancy Taylor, Jenny Franke, Leeann Bailey, and Shane Fortner. Not pictured: Betty Cook, Kelly Falder, and Sherman Chaudoin.


Trustees meet as needed

Individual trustees shall be elected by the congregation in the same manner as those elected to the ordered ministry of ruling elder. Trustees shall have the following powers: to receive, hold, encumber, manage, and transfer property, real or personal, for the congregation, provided that in buying, selling, and mortgaging real property, the trustees shall act only after the approval of the congregation, granted in a duly constituted meeting; to accept and execute deeds of title to such property; to hold and defend title to such property; to manage any permanent special funds for the furtherance of the purposes of the congregation, all subject to the authority of the session and under the provisions of the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The powers and duties of the trustees shall not infringe upon the powers and duties of the session.  Book of Order 4.0101

The 2022 Trustees pictured below (l to r): Rev. Steve Fortenberry, Gerry Baker, Lucy Stevens, Stacey Menser, and Buz Taylor. Not pictured: Chris Teutsch and Dwight Wolfe

Teams & Committees

Christian Education Committee

Betty Cook, Session Liaison; Leeann Bailey, Laura Klubert, Stacey Menser, and Amy Simms

Communications Committee

Nancy Taylor, Session Liaison; Sounds Techs - Andy Bailey, Kenny Cortner, Mabeth Cortner, James Menser, Nancy Taylor; Facebook Livestream - Andy Bailey, Noah Bailey, James Menser, Nancy Taylor; Facebook Page - Mabeth Cortner, Suzanne Davis, Misty Dorsey, James Menser, Nancy Taylor; Newsletter - Melissa McDaniel; and Website - Mabeth Cortner

Congregational Care Committee

Kelly Falder, Session Liaison; Laura Baker, Judy Bishop, Mollie Boyd, Diane Chaudoin, Sherman Chaudoin, Gale Cherry, Pat Hayes, and Serieta Jaggers

Congregational Fellowship Committee

Kelly Falder, Session Liaison; Pat Hayes, Laura Klubert, Stacey Menser, and Nancy Taylor

Finance and Stewardship Committee

Betty Cook, Session Liaison; Leeann Bailey, Gerry Baker, Pat Hayes, Serieta Jaggers, Jake Pepper, and Dwight Wolfe

Mission and Evangelism Team

Jenny Franke, Session liaison; Karen Burris, Roy Burris, and Jackie Murray

Nominating Committee

Betty Cook, Kelly Falder, and Serieta Jaggers, Session Representatives;  Members at Large

Personnel Committee

Betty Cook, Session Liaison; Pat Hayes, Kelly Falder, Serieta Jaggers, Jake Pepper, and Dwight Wolfe

Safety and Security Team

Sherman Chaudoin, Session Liaison; Gerry Baker, Laura Baker, Gale Cherry, Kenny Cortner, Rollie Fortner, Pat Hayes, Serieta Jaggers, Bebby Lewis, Rick Lewis, James Menser, Stacey Menser, and Chad Pepper plus monitors Leeann Bailey, Shane Fortner, Jenny Franke, David Hall, and Fred McConnell

Worship Team

Nancy Taylor, Session liaison; Mollie Boyd, Mabeth Cortner, Missy McDaniel, Stacey Menser, and Serieta Jaggers

Online Church Directory

Joan Freeman, Mabeth Cortner, Misty Dorsey