Session

What is the session according to the Presbyterian Church USA?

The members of a particular church voluntarily put themselves under the leadership of their officers, whom they elect. The session, which consists of the pastor or co-pastors, the associate pastors, and the elders in active service, is the governing body in a particular church. The law and government of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) presuppose the fellowship of women and men with their children in voluntary covenanted relationship with one another and with God through Jesus Christ. The organization rests upon the fellowship and is not designed to work without trust and love. The PCUSA Book of Order, 2004-2005 [G-7.0103 - Government]

Elders should be persons of faith, dedication, and good judgment. Their manner of life should be a demonstration of the Christian gospel, both within the church and in the world.

It is the duty of the elder individually and jointly, to strengthen and nurture the faith and life of the congregation committed to their charge. Together with the pastor, they should encourage the people in the worship and service of God, equip and renew them for their tasks within the church and for their mission in the world, visit and comfort and care for the people, with special attention to the poor, the sick, the lonely, and those who are oppressed. They are to inform the pastor of those persons and structures which may need special attention. They should assist in worship. They should cultivate their ability to teach the Bible and may be authorized to supply places which are without regular ministry. In specific circumstances and with proper instruction, specific elders may be authorized by the presbytery to administer the Lord's Supper in accordance with G-11.0103z. Those duties which all Christians are bound to perform by the law of love are especially incumbent upon elders because of their calling to office and are to be fulfilled by them as official responsibilities. The PCUSA Book of Order, 2004-2005 [ G-6.0303- G-6.0304 Government]

Active Elders:

Class of 2017 :

  • Frank Fekete
  • Raymond Maklary 
  • Christine Thornhill

Class of 2018 :

  • Gail Arceneaux
  • Louis Monic
  • Helen Petho

Class of 2019 :

  • Alan Bates
  • Wayne Kreko
  • Susanne Steinmetz


 Rev. Donald Thursby, Moderator