Elders, Deacons & Trustees

The Board of Elders (Session)

Our ECO Polity states: The session has responsibility and authority for governing the congregation and guiding its mission for Christ in the world.

Some of the responsibilities the Session is charged with includes:

  • Provide for the worship and educational life of the congregation.
  • Lead the congregation in ministries of evangelism, compassion, and justice; and develop and nurture relations with other congregations.
  • Authorize and provide for the regular celebration of the Lord’s Supper.
  • Plan for and provide means of discipleship for the congregation and new believers.
  • Provide for and nurture the common life of the congregation.
  • Exercise oversight of all programs and finances of the congregation.
  • Train, examine,ordain and install those men and women chosen to serve as elders and deacons.
  • Lead and teach the congregation in matters of stewardship and Christian living.
  • Direct the ministry of deacons, trustees, and all other organizations of the congregation.

In I Timothy 3:1-7 Scripture describes the character of those persons who should be chosen as Elders. The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? ...

2023 Board of Elders (Session)

  • Joe Chupp
  • Beth Miller
  • Paul Miller
  • Earl Rhamy
  • Steve Schlegel
  • Matthew Smith
  • Adam Swinehart
  • Claudia Ward
  • Randy Wirick

The office of Deacon is a very important ministry. Our ECO Polity states, “Ordinarily, the biblical office of deacon shall be utilized by the congregation. Deacons lead ministries that nurture fellowship and caregiving within and beyond the congregation. Deacons may also be asked to preach and teach. The congregation shall determine the manner in which they are selected for service. The session shall oversee and direct the ministry of deacons.”

In 1 Timothy 3:8-12, Scripture describes the character of those persons who should be chosen for this office. They should be of spiritual character, honest repute, lead exemplary lives, show brotherly and sisterly love, extend warm sympathies and possess sound judgment.

2023 Board of Deacons

  • Tanya Chupp
  • Deb Hewitt
  • Wendy McKelvey
  • Melinda Moffitt
  • Molly Parrot
  • Beth Reed
  • Marcy Speelman
  • Shirley Swinehart
  • Edna Wade

Trustees are charged with maintaining and caring for all the church property (facilities and grounds). Trustees ensure the ministry space is as attractive, functional and safe as possible given resource and condition limitation

2022-2023 Board of Trustees

  • Keith Hewitt – Lead Trustee
  • Joe Chupp
  • Brian Parrot
  • Butch Speelman
  • Shad Swinehart
  • Randy Wirick