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 20 ruling elders. Elders serve a three-year term.

Senior Pastor and Moderator: Jon M. Walton
Executive Minister: Barbara E. Senecal-Davis
Clerk of Session: Lawrence Tallamy

Class of 2018 Class of 2019 Class of 2020
Karen Deschere Iberedem Nsikak Ekure  Hope Cowan
Will Elkins Andrew Bryant Ketler  Christopher Richard Flint
Harold Eugene Ford, Jr. Roger W. Leaf  Ben Maddox
Albert H. Garner Lara Steensland Mullarkey  Linda Pratka
Suzanne D.H. Mecs Douglas J. Schwalbe  Robert Reiter
Steven L. White Tiffany Wagner  Julia Anne Roemischer