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
Associate Pastor: Sarah Segal McCaslin
Minister of Christian Education: Barbara E. Davis
Clerk of Session: Betty C. Jones
|Class of 2014||Class of 2015||Class of 2016|
|Tom Cathcart||Sorrel Ann Alburger||Nancy Crosby|
|Mark Fontaine||Erin Marie Blanton||Layne Grindal|
|Roger Leaf||David H. Earle||Alyson Grunder|
|Carla Mercado||Dave C. Garlow||Meg Harper|
|Lauren McGill||Patricia Nuñez||John Houser|
|Kyun Park||Jooyeol Oh||Chris Kulina|
|Jeffrey Simpson||Al Picallo||Margaret McClure|
|Larry Tallamy||Wendy Williams||Su Yon Pak|