In the Presbyterian Church, more trust is placed in a group of people, who together seek to discern the mind of God to lead them towards faithful action, than in a single individual who has all the answers. Therefore, committees are a mainstay of the church. At the local, congregational level this means two main boards: Session, as the highest decision making body, and the Deacons, as the care-taking, pastoral group. Both groups are to be a representation of the congregation as a whole.

The elders and deacons are ordained positions in the Presbyterian Church (USA). That means that we believe each of them been chosen by God and the congregation to be a leader in Christ’s church. The vows they take are the same vows that the pastor takes to become a minister of word and sacrament. Once a person is ordained that ordination is considered a lifelong vocation. The ordained elders and deacons have a responsibility to cultivate their prayer life, to study the Bible, and to seek God in their individual, and congregational life.

Session (Elders):

The Session is the Governing Board of the church. The Session consists of the senior pastor, associate pastors, and elders in active service (the “ruling” elders).

Moderator:  Pete James

Clerk of Session:  Scott Slocum

To view session notes, contact Deb Crumbliss at deb.crumbliss@viennapres.org

 

Class of 2016-2018

Michael Bronson

Edward (Ted) Davies

Michael (Mike) Hallanan

Christopher (Chris) Jones

Amy Lochhaas

Lee Self

 

Class of 2014-2016

Chris Dowell

Amy Feather

Randy Jones

Romey McPherson

Wanda Vander Nat

Rick Webster

Class of 2015-2017

Barbara Carlson

Diane Doumas

John Hall

Wood Parker

Scott Slocum

Joni Thomas

Deacons:

Deacons minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress, both within and beyond the community of faith.

Moderator:  Robin Portman

Vice-Moderator:  Greg Pompelli

Treasurer:  Tom Bauer

Funeral Receptionist:  Chris Chambers-Chun

Secretary:  Barbara Kneeland

Pastor Liaison:  David Jordan-Haas

Meals:  Judy Pistilli

Class of 2016-2018

Charles (Chuck) Berstch

Kathleen Bingham

Malcolm Booth

Melinda Mayes

Andrew Mitchell

Charlotte Roland

Sharon (Sherry) Smith

Robert (Bob) Stifel

Doris Uher

Sharon West

Byron Wong

 

 

Class of 2014-2016

Tom Bauer

Cat Campbell

R.J. Clark

Gail Doughty

Joe Garrett

Sandi McLauchlin

Dara Myrah

Pam O’Connell

Judy Pistilli

Greg Pompelli

Iris Routenberg

Class of 2015-2017

Andy Arnold

Arayanna Darst

Elizabeth Goodridge

Garth Jensen

Haeok Lee

Bill Mayne

Shelley Ott

Robin Portman

Betty Price

Catherine Straley

Matt Thrasher