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G-2.03 RULING ELDERS: THE MINISTRY OF DISCERNMENT AND GOVERNANCE

G-2.0301 Ruling Elder Defined

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 2015-2017

 

Elders are listed below with their value. To contact an Elder, click on their name.

The Session

  • Katherine Brandi, Clerk

Elder Emeritus

  • Martha E. Huffine

Class of 2016

  • Bob Cherry (Equipping)
  • Bill Francis (Family)
  • De Gladstone (God)
  • Robin Harper(Serving)
  • Cindy Simpson (Support)
  • Tucker Stevens (Faith)

Class of 2017

  • Jon David (Support)
  • Ken Garrison (Support)
  • Chris Johnston (Faith)
  • Jane Raney (Faith)
  • Pate Southerland (Family)
  • Robert McIver (God)

Class of 2018

  • John Bohbrink (Equipping)
  • Beth Cherry (God)
  • Sue McCaffray (Equipping)
  • Betty Feezor (Serving)
  • Larry Tootoo (Serving)
  • Tom Glatt (Support)

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