“But choose men of ability from all the people. They must have respect for God. You must be able to trust them. They must not try to get money by cheating others. Appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.”
Exodus 18:21 (NIRV)
Ruling elders and deacons are men and women elected by the congregation from among its members. They are nominated by a committee elected by the congregation, drawn from and representative of its membership.
Ruling elders and deacons shall be elected to serve terms of no more than three years on the session or board of deacons, and may be eligible for reelection according to congregational rule. Once ordained, ruling elders and deacons continue to bear the responsibilities of the ministry to which they have been ordained.
Being called to exercise special functions in the church, God gives suitable gifts for their various duties. In addition to possessing the necessary gifts and abilities, those who undertake particular ministries should be persons of strong faith, dedicated discipleship, and love of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Their manner of life should be a demonstration of the Christian gospel.
Elders should be people of wisdom and maturity of faith, having demonstrated skills in leadership and being compassionate in spirit. 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.
Class of 2019: Robert Hazen, Patricia Kayhart, Dennis LeRoy, Barbara Woodruff
Class of 2020: Robert Clark, Jim Galvanek, Dan MacClain, Ronald Withrow
Class of 2021: Roger Abbott, Bruce Allen, Peter Kent, Ken McGraw
“Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds,for riches do not last forever;and does a crown endure to all generations?”
Proverbs 27:23-24 (ESV)
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.
Class of 2019: Debbie Allen, Judy Leicht, Paula Rose, Marie Weaver
Class of 2020: John Griffin, Louise McMaster, Roy Nichols, Don Roberts
Class of 2021: Janet Combee, Richard Demers, Erika Johnson, Cecilee Withrow