OUR OFFICERS


Although it is the responsibility of every member of First Presbyterian Church to live a life which witnesses to the reality of Christ’s love for the world, it is especially incumbent upon the officers of First Presbyterian Church to lead the people of God in this mission.

According to The Book of Order (2009): 

The purpose and pattern of leadership in the church in all its forms of ministry shall be understood not in terms of power but of service, after the manner of the servant ministry of Jesus Christ.  (G-14.0110)

From this statement, we understand the following about our officers and their leadership in the church:


There are three categories of officers in the Presbyterian Church.  They are:


  
 THE SESSION
 
According to the Book of Order, the Session of First Presbyterian Church has “the responsibility for governing the congregation and guiding its witness to the sovereign activity of God in the world, so that the congregation is and becomes a community of faith, hope, love, and witness” (Book of Order; G—3.0201).  So, the Session divides its work into seven areas in order to manage and account for its responsibilities for the church’s mission.  There are seven standing committees of the Session which have oversight of each of these areas.
 
The Administration Committee (ADM) oversees the prayerful and responsible management of the church’s financial resources (monetary gifts) and the church’s human resources (both employed and contracted staff) for the glory of God.
 
The Christian Education Committee (CED) oversees the spiritual and theological education and training of God’s people.
 
The Congregational Nurture & Care Committee (CNC) oversees the participation and leadership of God’s people in worship.  This committee is also responsible for the assimilation of members in the life of the church.
 
The Fellowship Committee (FLW) oversees the common sharing, the sense of communion, and the fellowship which God’s people have with Christ and with one another.
 
The Good News Committee (GNS) oversees the communication of Christ’s good news of the church’s ministries and missions to God’s people and to the world.
 
The Missions Committee (MSN) oversees the work of God’s people beyond the community of faith—working to show Christ’s love, peace, justice, mercy, and grace to the world.
 
The Property Committee (PRT) oversees the prayerful and responsible use of its physical resources (real property) for the glory of God.
 
 Among the members of the Session are twelve Elders in active service.
 Among the members of the Session is the Pastor.
  
THE SESSION
CLASS OF 2016
CLASS OF 2017
CLASS OF 2018
Fred Crump
Jennifer Brubaker
Grace Gutekunst
Bonnie Gray
David Coleman
Tracy Lamb
David Jett
Jean Roberts
Dale Lawrenz
Melody Mitchell
Gil Shew
Lynn Shearon
CLERK OF SESSION:  Grace Gutekunst
MODERATOR:  Curtis Christian
 
 
 

 THE BOARD OF DEACONS
 
In addition to its seven standing committees, the Session also accomplishes its ministry of compassion through the church’s Board of Deacons.  The ministry of the Board of Deacons "is one of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress" (Book of Order, G—2.0201).
 
The Board of Deacons consists of nine Deacons in active service.
  
THE BOARD OF DEACONS
CLASS OF 2016
CLASS OF 2017
CLASS OF 2018
Sarah Gump
Denise Crump
Sandy Dickson
Abby Perry
Jill Hissom
Sue Reeves
Rebecca Turner
Anita Waterbury
Kitty Shew
 
 

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
 
There are those occasions when, in its efforts to show Christ’s love to the world, First Presbyterian Church must sometimes establish covenant relationships with organizations and institutions—relationships which need to be recognized by civil law.  The Book of Order states that “Where permitted by civil law, each congregation shall cause a corporation to be formed and maintained” (Book of Order, G—4.0101).  So, for the sake of such covenant relationships, the Session functions as a Board of Trustees for the corporation which is First Presbyterian Church.  The Board of Trustees, for all intents and purposes, is the Session.   In order for First Presbyterian Church (USA) of Richmond, Kentucky, to establish and maintain covenant relationships with civil authorities in accordance with civil law, the church has formed a non-stock, non-profit corporation.
 

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