PASTOR: The Rev. Joan Wilson, Teaching Elder (Minister of the Word and Sacrament)
MUSIC DIRECTOR: Mr. Austin Wright
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT: Mrs. Carolyn Lohr
HOUSEKEEPER: Mrs. Helen Alder
Clerk of Session: Houston Lynch
Class of 2017: Houston Lynch, Karen Milne, Liz Startin
Class of 2018: John Myers, Julie Ritchie, Phil Zirkle
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT TEAM
Receiving: Three Rotating Two-person Teams of Counters:
Joan Layman, Wayne Long, Julie Ritchie, Noralyn Schulte, Duane Startin, Phil Zirkle
Disbursing Agent: Betty Ann Sullivan
Accounting and Reports Agent: Richard Cullers
Financial Management Coordinator: Phil Zirkle
Wayne Long, Phillip Zirkle, Houston Lynch
SESSION COMMITTEE CHAIRS
Finance/Stewardship. Chair: Phil Zirkle
Christian Education. Chair: Liz Startin
Worship. Chair: Julie Ritchie
Property. Chair: John Myers
Mission/Food Pantry. Chair: Karen Milne
Congregational Care. Chair: Rosalinda Morales
Nominations. Chair: Karen Milne
Personnel. Chair: Karen Milne
The Presbyterian Church historically has differed in its organization and governance from other protestant denominations. The Presbyterian Church has no bishops or district superintendents with unilateral executive powers, nor does decision-making responsibility reside solely in the members of individual congregations as in “Congregationalist” denominations. The Presbyterian Church has a representative form of government. (The fact that a number of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787 were Presbyterians may in part account for the representative form of government adopted for the United States of America). The members of an individual church elect fellow members to serve as “Ruling Elders.” The elders are members of that church’s “Session.” The session conducts business and makes decisions pertaining to the normal operation of the particular local church. The meetings are “moderated” by an ordained “Teaching Elder” (formerly referred to as a”Minister of the Word and Sacrament”), commonly referred to simply as the minister or the pastor.
Session meetings are conducted according to Parliamentary procedure and in accordance with the denomination’s Book of Order. Periodically, each session elects one of its members to attend a meeting of the regional “Presbytery” as a commissioner. The minister is a member of presbytery and so attends presbytery meetings, but both the elected elder commisioner and the minister each have a vote during meetings of presbytery. (Large churches send more than one elder). Note that the session’s elected commissioner is not a delegate who votes according to instructions from the session. The elder attending a meeting of presbytery is sent as a representative of his or her particular church session, but is free to vote according to his or her conscience. Shenandoah Presbytery includes churches from a large area extending northward and west of the Blue Ridge Mountains from Lexington into West Virginia.
Every other year each presbytery throughout the Presbyterian Church (USA) elects a “commissioner” to represent the presbytery at a meeting of the “General Assembly.” The actions of the General Assembly pertain to matters affecting the entire denomination. When an action of the General Assembly involves a proposed change to the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the proposal is subsequently also voted upon by all of the presbyteries! The moderator of the General Assembly does not act unilaterally. The governance system has true “separation of powers.”
The session of Broadway Presbyterian Church normally has six elders, elected by the congregation to serve two year terms. Normally, three elders are elected each year. Minutes of meetings are kept by the Clerk of the Session. Committees pertaining to the usual work of the church are normally chaired by currently serving elders. (However, committee chairs do not have to be currently serving elders. Each committee should have at least one currently serving elder as a member). Church members volunteer to serve on the committees. The annual budget allows for normal expenditures related to each committee’s responsibility to be spent at the discretion of the committee. Committee chairpersons report the activities of their committees to the Session for oversight. (If a committee is not chaired by a currently serving elder, the currently serving elder who is on the committee reports to the session on behalf of the committee).Proposals for session actions often originate in the committees. Although in recent years the committee chairpersons reported to the congregation in the Annual Report to the Congregation, normally distributed in January or February, in 2016 the Annual Report was discontinued except for financial reporting.
Standing committees of the Session of Broadway Presbyterian Church are the following:
The Nominations Committee is a committee of the congregation. The chair is an active elder chosen by the Session. The other three members are elected by the congregation during the annual congregational meeting. The members elected by the congregation form a majority of the committee.
2017 Nominations Committee
Appointed by the Session: Karen Milne (Chair)
Elected by the Congregation (at the 2017 Annual Congregational Meeting): Brooke Ritchie, Kim Wimer, and Linda Pence.