Leadership & Government

The Presbyterian form of government vests authority in laypersons elected by local congregations who are known as "ruling elders". Together with "teaching elders" who are the ordained ministers, they are responsible for the leadership and government of their particular church as well as the larger church. Ruling elders serve as members of the session at their local church. They represent the other members of the congregation, yet their primary responsibility is to discover and represent the will of Christ as they govern.

Elders can be elected as commissioners to the higher governing bodies: presbyteries, which are composed of all the churches within a particular geographic region; synods, which are composed of several presbyteries; and the General Assembly, which represents the entire denomination.


The Session of Second Presbyterian Church

Members are elected for three year terms

2021
Allen Bahe Allen Bahe
Ed McShane Ed McShane
Sharon Owens Sharon Owens
Lawrence Palmer-Ball Lawrence Palmer-Ball
Darren Parks Darren Parks
Jeff Roberts Jeff Roberts
Joy Sautter Joy Sautter
Jennifer Scott Jennifer Scott
Monique Tilford Monique Tilford
Eloise McCarthy Youth Elder Eloise McCarthy
Grady Shiflet Youth Elder Grady Shiflet
2022
Bonnie Boram Bonnie Boram
Bill Donan Bill Donan
Will Duncan Will Duncan
Patrick Farnan Patrick Farnan
Sara Gilford Sara Gilford
Karen Hadley Karen Hadley
Melinda Mast Melinda Mast
Martha Pecceu Martha Pecceu
John Stone John Stone
Abby Davis Youth Elder Abby Davis
William Edwards Youth Elder William Edwards
2023
Jodie Goldberg Jodie Goldberg
Judy Hettmansperger Judy Hettmansperger
Henry Kelsey Henry Kelsey
Sean Lohman Sean Lohman
Mark Shiflet Mark Shiflet
Beverly Will
Ensley Ogden Youth Elder Ensley Ogden
Nicholas Moloney Youth Elder Nicholas Moloney