Session (Governing Body)

The Presbyterian Church takes its name from the New Testament Greek word for "Elder": presbuteros. It describes the way the church is governed, with oversight resting on elected bodies at the congregational, regional and national levels.

The governing group in each congregation is called the Session, a body made up of men and women known as "Elders" who have been "set apart" by election and ordination into a supervisory role. The Session meets monthly to conduct the business of the church. "Teaching Elders" are the name for installed pastors in a congregation. They are also members of the Session with equal rights to the other Elders. At First Presbyterian Rev. Jay Sanderford and Rev. Melissa Anne Rogers are all installed pastors and are members of the Session.

Lay Elders generally serve for staggered three-year terms, with a third of the Session elected each year. Ordination is a for life designation. Past Elders are part of a group called - collequially - the College of Elders.

The Elders for 2021

Class of 2021

Susan Cares, Bruce Clyde, Jeanette Kibler, Jim Peggs, Helena Prince, Jeff Teucke, Bob Wallin, Ken Westfall

Susan CaresBruce ClydeJeanette KiblerJim Peggs

Helena PrinceJeff TeuckeBob WallinKen Westfall


Class of 2022

Sue Gott, Carter Hodgson, Bill McPherson, Katie Parker, Paul Smith, Bruce Thomson, Chris Wahl, Marti Wendler

Sue GottCarter HodgsonBill McPhersonKatie ParkerPaul Smith

Bruce ThomsonChris WahlMarti Wendler


Class of 2023

Jennifer Day, Kate Kraft, Steve McKenny, Keith Molin, Renee Mulcrone, Len Rezmierski, Jean Song, Deanne Woodruff

Jennifer DayKate KraftSteve McKennyKeith MolinRenee MulcroneLen RezmierskiJean SongDeanne Woodruff


Committees chaired by elders (or in a few cases, co-chaired by elders) oversee many aspects of church life. Co-Opted committee chairs are not currently elders.

Committees and Special Assignments - 2021

Clerk of Session - Linda Rex

Congregational Life

  • Marti Wendler - Chair
  • Beth Gerwig*
  • Gail Grady*
  • Catherine Kendall*
  • Sandra MacDonald*
  • Barbara Mueller*
  • Karla Olson-Belfi*
  • Cassee Stem*
  • Sara VanderVoort*
  • Elisabeth VanVliet*

Christian Formation

  • Kate Kraft - Co-Chair
  • Renee Mulcrone - Co-Chair
  • Bob Wallin
  • Chris Wahl
Children & Families
  • Kate Kraft - Chair
  • Betsy Meade*
  • Delena Harrison*
  • Becky Gaffney*
  • Lynn Millward*
Youth and Family Ministries Workgroup
  • Renee Mulcrone - Chair
  • Pauline McLaughlin*
  • Keith Phillips*
  • Tim Wendler*
  • Brian Schneidewind*
Adult Formation
  • Diane Hockett* - Chair
  • Joyce Himebaugh*
  • Jane Dutton*
  • Carole Pawloski*
  • Olivier Jolliet*
  • Bob Wallin
  • Chris Wahl


  • Bruce Clyde - Chair
  • Bruce Thomson - Vice-Chair
  • Bill Austin*
  • Brent Ivey*
  • Steve McKenny
  • Keith Molin
  • Zach Monsma*
  • Sarah Phillips*
  • Pat Tamblyn*
  • Bill Upton*
  • Susan Washabaugh*
  • Deanne Woodruff


Global & National Mission
  • Bob Wallin - Chair
  • Jim Peggs
  • Helena Prince
Local Community Mission
  • Jim Peggs - Co-Chair
  • Helena Prince - Co-Chair


  • Carter Hodgson - Chair
  • Sue Cares - Vice-Chair
  • Chris Dahl*
  • Tim Dickinson*
  • Dick Carlisle*
  • Prue Heikkinen*
Resident Ministry Work Group
  • Sue Cares - Chair
  • Bill Austin*
  • Chris Dahl*
  • John DeLancey*
  • Prue Heikkinen*
  • Diane Hockett*
  • Charlie Koopman*
  • Pat Liljestrand*
  • Mark Lindley*
  • Lisa Pasbjerg*
  • Carol E. Smith*
  • Bruce Thomson


  • Ken Westfall - Chair
  • Bill Austin*
  • Keith Bilby*
  • Steve Gerhardt*
  • Clem Gill*
  • Charlie Gott*
  • Barry Johnson*
  • Rol Kibler*
  • Bob Larson*
  • Len Rezmierski
  • Paul Smith

Worship & Fine Arts

  • Jeanette Kibler - Chair
  • Paul Smith
  • Katie Parker
  • Marti Wendler

Congregational Nominations & Session Appointments

  • Katie Parker - Chair
  • Bill McPherson
  • Jeff Teucke

Re-Opening Group

  • Nancy Janz Clark* - Chair
  • Paul Smith
  • Jim Peggs

Strategic Plan Guiding Group

  • David Butz*
  • Sue Cares
  • Bruce Clyde
  • Jennifer Day
  • Jesse Feyen*
  • Nancy Fox*
  • Sue Gott
  • Carol Gottliebsen*
  • Kate Kraft
  • Michele Madden*
  • Rene Mulcrone
  • Jim Peggs
  • Helena Prince
  • Pat Tamblyn*
  • Bob Wallin
  • Marti Wendler
  • Ken Westfall

*Non-session member