Leadership and Bylaws
When they had appointed elders for them in every church, having prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed. -- Acts 14:23
Deacons (Caregiving Body)
The office of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of sympathy, witness, and service following the example of Jesus Christ. People who serve as deacons are generally of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lifestyle, brotherly and sisterly love, warm sympathies and sound judgment. It is the duty of deacons, first of all, to minister to those who are in need: to the sick, the friendless, and any who may be in distress both within and beyond the community of faith. This is a distinctive office, and deacons bear gifts specific to it. Some people call the deacons the "heart" of the church because the deacons are active in implementing a caring ministry.
At East Main, the Board of Deacons has 30 members: 10 Deacons are elected each year for a three-year term. The Deacons currently serving are:
Class of 2019: Dick Ballantine, Tammy Bright, Dave Dayton, Dean Marburger, Linda McFadden, Peter Raymond, Becky Rider, Mary Sodergren, Jeff Weinel, and Joan Weinel
Class of 2020: Beth Beatty, Lou Ann Bestwick, Peggy Bonner, Don Fee, Linda Fee, Ruth Leo, Martha Rice, Arnie Sodergren, Drinda Weber, and Brodie Whitley
Class of 2021: Charity Dawson, Diane Dixon, Erin Fabry, Larry Fleming, John Horne, Mary Markley, Dorothy McMillen, Susan Myers, Heather Tyson Hough, and Ruth Ann Webster
President - Becky Rider, Secretary - Linda McFadden
Trustees (Financial Body)
The Board of Trustees has the responsibility for the preservation and maintenance of the material resources of the church so they may be available for mission and ministry.
In particular, the Trustees are responsible for managing the land and buildings, the investment of church funds not necessary for immediate use, the insurance of the church assets and operations, the supervision and recommendation for policies for the use of property which the church holds subject to the approval of the congregation. The Trustees report to the Session and meet on a monthly basis.
There are six members on the Board of Trustees divided into three classes with two members elected each year: one by the congregation and one from the newly-elected Session members. No more than two consecutive terms may be served by a Trustee. The Trustees currently serving are:
Class of 2019: Sam Williams* and Ryan Thomas**
Class of 2020: Julie Glass* and TBA**
Class of 2021: :Sue McConnell* and Steve Paxton**
Legend: *elected by congregation, **appointed from Session
President: Ryan Thomas
Director of Operations and Financial Controller: Dede Wishing
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 Elder" is the name for an installed pastor in a congregation. Pastors are members of the Session with equal rights to the other Elders.
Lay Elders, also called "Ruling Elders", generally serve for three-year terms with a third of the Session elected each year. Ordination is a for-life designation. At East Main, the Session has 15 members. The Elders currently serving are:
Class of 2019: Bonnie Schaefer, Matt Peterson, Kelley Smith, and Ryan Thomas
Class of 2020: Jim Dixon, Kevin Kunzen, and Rose Phillips
Class of 2021: Jim Gamble, Sue McConnell, and Ron Soltis
Treasurer of Session: Mark Cunningham
Moderator: Rev. Dr. Bill Hoffman
East Main Church Bylaws are available here to read online or save/print as a PDF document.