The Session is the governing body of the church. First Church, like all Presbyterian churches, is a representative democracy. The word “Presbyterian” actually comes from the Greek word presbuteros which means “elder.”

We are governed by elders who are democratically chosen from and by the entire congregation. Governance and authority over church matters resides with these elected elders.

Elders make up the church’s governing body which is called the Session. Our Session oversees the day-to-day-work of the church and supervises the Deacons, who are elected to conduct the temporal and charitable ministry of the church, and the Trustees, who are elected to manage financial, legal and property affairs of the church.

The Session is composed of 24 ruling elders. Elders serve a three-year term.

Senior Pastor and Moderator: Jon M. Walton
Executive Minister: Barbara E. Senecal-Davis
Clerk of Session: Betty C. Jones

Class of 2015 Class of 2016 Class of 2017
Sorrel Ann Alburger Nancy Crosby Elizabeth Post Bramlage
David H. Earle Layne Grindal Cornelius Edward Kennedy Brooks
Dave C. Garlow John Houser Kristen Campolattaro
Susan E. Jackson, Chris Kulina Michael Clay
Patricia Nuñez Margaret McClure Martha M. Ferry
Jooyeol Oh Su Yon Pak Susan Korchak
Al Picallo Conley Rollins
Wendy Williams Ryan C. Tirre