deacons & elders

BOOK OF ORDER: ELDER

As there were in Old Testament times elders for the government of the people, so the New Testament church provided persons with particular gifts to share in discernment of God’s Spirit and governance of God’s people. Accordingly, congregations should elect persons of wisdom and maturity of faith, having demonstrated skills in leadership and being compassionate in spirit. Ruling elders are so named not because they “lord it over” the congregation (Matt. 20:25), but because they are chosen by the congregation to discern and measure its fidelity to the Word of God, and to strengthen and nurture its faith and life. Ruling elders, together with teaching elders, exercise leadership, government ,spiritual discernment, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of a congregation as well as the whole church, including ecumenical relationships. When elected by the congregation, they shall serve faithfully as members of the session. When elected as commissioners to higher councils, ruling elders participate and vote with the same authority as teaching elders, and they are eligible for any office.
 

Elders

Class of 2020

Frank Bellamy

John Chiles

Wayne DeMoss

Ed Harlan

Beth Patton

Class of 2021

Jean Mac Ball

Jeff Baxter

Pat Bridges

Don Crichton

Tonjia Potts

 

Class of 2022

Jack Baxter

Gloria Dale

Martha Jones

Lee Maddox

Julia West

 

2019-2020 Committee Chairs

Clerk of Session-

Treasurer-

Property-

Personnel-

Membership/Evangelism-

Worship-

Christian Education-

Fellowship-

Youth Fellowship-

Mission-

 

 

 

BOOK OF ORDER: DEACON

The office of deacon as set forth in scripture is one of sympathy, witness and service after the example of Jesus Christ. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, of exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, warm sympathies, and sound judgment should be chosen for this office. It is the duty of the deacons, first of all, to 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. They shall assume other duties as may be delegated to them from time to time by the session, such as leading the people in worship through prayers of intersession, reading the Scriptures, presenting the gifts of the people, and assisting with the Lord’s Supper.

 

Board of Deacons

Class of 2020

Matt Campbell

Ann Lewis

Michael Lukens

Alicia Maddox

Karen Smith

Class of 2021

Julie Crichton

Joe Graham III

Jenny Johns

Janet McAlister

Larry Nickell

Class of 2022

Erin Hedrick

Raven Martin

Kristi Martin

Alan Phillips

Jenny Sloan

*Louis Maddox-Youth Deacon

                        

Officers

Chair-

Vice Chair-

Recording Secretary-

Corresponding Secretary-

Treasurer-

Newsletter Correspondent-

 

 

*Youth Deacon is a one year term

 

 

 

 

If you have a pastoral care or concern, please call the church office at 388-1985 during business hours. In the event of an emergency please call 931-548-6630 after office hours.

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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

801 S. High Street
Columbia, TN 38401
Office: 931-388-1985

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