Our Session

“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”  (I Corinthians 12: 4-7)

The Session of Westminster Church

In the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) of which Westminster is a part, the congregation elects ruling elders (members of the congregation) and teaching elders (pastors) to serve together as the Session to lead the church’s vision, mission, and ministries. At Westminster, there are 36 ruling elders in three classes serving three-year terms. They are joined by the pastor (Donovan Drake) and three associate pastors (Guy D. Griffith, Heidi Hudnut-Beumler and Rachel Pence) to comprise the Session. Additionally, Sophie Maness (Director of Christian Education) and Claire Harris Kramer (Director of Youth and Their Families), and Paul Webb (Church Administrator) participate with the Session. The Session does its work through committees and the varied and numerous teams of people who implement the goals and mission of each ministry area in the life of the church.

Class of 2019

Ellen Anderson
Layne Bryant
Carol Callaway-Lane
Fred Lowrance
Pam Koban
Colleen McCanless
Scott Portis
Bob Sewell
Chris Shurden
Nick Sieveking
Phil Stuart
Rosemary Verrall

Class of 2020

Suzanne Allen
Doug Berry
Jodie Folk
Anders W. Hall
Paige Harden
Richard Lane
Mark Lawrence
Myra Leathers
Beth Moore
Eli Richardson
Sarah H. Wilkinson
Lisa Wooley

Class of 2021

Lindsay Ballew
Joseph Bradley
Danna Brooks
Walker Choppin
Lochiel Gaines
Kate Regan
David Simcox
Jarron Springer
Melissa Threatt
Frank Wade
Susan Weathersby
Ralph Wheeler

Click here to view the photos and bios for the class of 2021


Elder nominations for next year’s class (the Class of 2022) are being requested from Westminster members. Nominations may be made by completing a ballot form (1) in the Parlor by the wooden Ballot Box or (2) online with this candidate suggestion form, and will be accepted until October 14, 2018

Following the end of nominations, the Church Nominating Committee will analyze the ballots and recommend a slate of elder candidates representing the demographics of the church as a whole (age, gender, service to the congregation and community, etc.). Photos and biographical information on nominees will be published in the December 2018 Community newsletter. Elections will be conducted at the February 3, 2019 congregational meeting. The new class of elders will begin their 3-year terms on May 1, 2019. For information on elder qualifications, go to http://oga.pcusa.org/section/mid-council-ministries/clp/.





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