According to our Book of Order (G-2.0301) 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 ministers of the Word and Sacrament, 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. They shall serve faithfully as members of the session and they serve in the areas of ministry below.

The session meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

Session 2022-2023

Class of 2023 Barbara Edwards, Rich O’Brien, Janet Roman, Jeff Santoro, Kathryn Tel, Bill Wakefield, Benjamin Yeh, Laura Carter

Class of 2024 Tom Coogan, Melissa Davis, Carol Fagundus, Tim Flood, Arthur Hui, Anne Kuhn, Keith Mertz, Rachel Mitchell

Class of 2025 Karen Berliner, Penn Bowditch, Thais Carter, Kate Harmon, Claire Mulry, Trip Pisano, Debbie Toppmeyer, Sallye Zink

MODERATOR OF SESSION: David A. Davis (Teaching Elder)

ASSOCIATE PASTOR: Lauren J. McFeaters (Teaching Elder)

CLERK OF SESSION: Carol Wehrheim


John Thurber, President of the Corporation

Tim Brown, Vice President
Sallye Zink, Treasurer
Carol Wehrheim, Secretary

Session Assignments 2022-2023

CANDIDATES Tom Coogan ‘24, Carol Wehrheim, Clerk

CEMETERY Tim Brown *, Bill Wakefield ‘23

CHILDREN’S EDUCATION Karen Berliner ‘25, Rachel Mitchell ‘24

FINANCE Sallye Zink ‘25

HUMAN RESOURCES Benjamin Yeh ‘23, Anne Kuhn ‘24

MEMBERSHIP Barbara Edwards ‘23, Janet Roman ‘23, Melissa Davis ‘24, Kate Harmon ‘25

MISSION AND OUTREACH Rich O’Brien ‘23, Bill Wakefield ‘23, Arthur Hui ‘24, Penn Bowditch ‘25


PROPERTY/IT Jeff Santoro ’23 (livestream), Claire Mulry ‘25

STEWARDSHIP/STRATEGY Deb Toppmeyer ‘25, Keith Mertz ‘24

WORSHIP AND ARTS Laura Carter ‘23, Carol Fagundus ‘24

YOUTH MINISTRY Trip Pisano ‘25, Kathryn Tel ‘23