Session and Diaconate
Our Book of Order outlines the following vision for the representative government of the Presbyterian Church, establishing the roles of ruling elders and deacons: 

The Church’s ministry is a gift from Jesus Christ to the whole Church. Christ alone rules, calls, teaches, and uses the Church as he wills, exercising his authority by the ministry of women and men for the establishment and extension of God’s new creation. Christ’s ministry is the foundation and standard for all ministry, the pattern of the one who came “not to be served but to serve” (Matt. 20:28). The basic form of ministry is the ministry of the whole people of God, from whose midst some are called to ordered ministries, to fulfill particular functions. Members and those in ordered ministries serve together under the mandate of Christ.

The Church’s ordered ministries described in the New Testament and maintained by this church are deacons and presbyters (teaching elders and ruling elders). Ordered ministries are gifts to the church to order its life so that the ministry of the whole people of God may flourish. The existence of these ordered ministries in no way diminishes the importance of the commitment of all members to the total ministry of the church.

The call to ordered ministry in the Church is the act of the triune God. This call is evidenced by the movement of the Holy Spirit in the individual conscience, the approval of a community of God’s people, and the concurring judgment of a council of the Church.


The ministry of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one 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. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, sincere compassion, and sound judgment should be chosen for this ministry.

Deacons may be individually commissioned or organized as a board of deacons. In either case, their ministry is under the supervision and authority of the session. Deacons may also be given special assignments in the congregation, such as caring for members in need, handling educational tasks, cultivating liberality in giving, collecting and disburs- ing monies to specific persons or causes, or overseeing the buildings and property of the congregation. Deacons shall assume other duties as may be delegated to them by the ses- sion, including assisting with the Lord’s Supper. (W-3.3616). A congregation by a major- ity vote may choose not to utilize the ordered ministry of deacons. If the congregation has neither a board of deacons nor individually commissioned deacons, the function of this ordered ministry shall be the responsibility of the ruling elders and the session. 

The Board of Deacons meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Sunday of the month in the Session Room.
Cynthia Anderson
Alice Arkin
Julie Craig
Rick Hovis
Dick Jordan
June Murphrey
Helyn Robinson
Alyson Schultz
Becky Voorhees

CLASS of 2016
Luke Buchanan
Betty Davenport
Jaime Fulcher
Sandra Hodges
Dottie LaFar
Lenise Melton
Ed Reese
Hoppy Sell
Ben Summer
CLASS of 2015
Garnett Dale Bullock Jr.
William Parks Cole Jr.
Lynne Baldwin Hathcock
Esther H. Nelson
Anna S. Renfro
Roger Wade Rizk
Forest Scott Roberts
C. Randolph Silvers
Janie Yelton Stiles
James Thomas Jr.


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 disciplineh 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 au- thority as teaching elders, and they are eligible for any office. 

The Session meets at 6 p.m. in the Session Room on the fourth Sunday of each month, except July and December.
Bill Adams
B.F. Beasley
Kate Buckles
Jim Cookson
Rick Jones
Grady Kennington, chair of the communications ministry
Gene Matthews
Alice Ragan
Tom Watson
CLASS of 2016
Mary Ann Aycock, chair of the nominating ministry
Don Barringer
Page Carver
Tim Fuller
Greg Sellers
Emily Simpson, clerk of session
Leslie Wallace
Craig Whitley
CLASS of 2015
Beverly Beck Bryant, chair of the commitment ministry
Gloria M. Hickson, chair of the congregational life ministry
Kenneth Lee Howe Jr., chair of the building and grounds ministry
Malinda Beasley Lowery, chair of the personnel ministry
Dorothy W. McKenzie, chair of the worship ministry
Arthur R. Newcombe IV, chair of the children's ministry
David R. Rogers, chair of the finance ministry
Kevin Lee Schultz, chair of the youth ministry
Quay D. Williford III, chair of the adult ministry
Barbara G. Yarbrough, chair of the mission ministry