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Officers and Committees

Deacons and Elders

Officers and Committees

Deacons and Elders

The life of First Presbyterian Church is enriched by the many different kinds of service offered by members. This represents an expression of Paul’s view of the church as the body of Christ, with each member contributing to the health of the whole. (I Corinthians 12)

Congregational leadership is an important area of service in the church. Each year, the congregation calls members who have been regular in worship, active in the life of the church, generous in support of our ministry, and faithful in their life and witness to the gospel, to serve as elders and deacons. These are distinctive leadership roles, calling for particular gifts and commitment.

Elders

Along with the pastors, the elders are charged with the oversight of the spiritual life of our congregation — leading, governing and, if necessary, disciplining its members. Both individually and collectively (as the Session), elders provide leadership in worship, teaching, mission, evangelism, care and nurture.

Deacons

According to the ECO Polity document, “Deacons lead ministries that nurture fellowship and caregiving within and beyond the congregation. Deacons may also be asked to preach and teach. The congregation shall determine the manner in which they are selected for service. The session shall oversee and direct the ministry of the deacons.”

Deacons nurture fellowship and caregiving in several ways:

Hospital and Rehabilitation Facility Visitation
Deacons visit members in medical facilities, when requested by the members or members’ families through the Care and Concern Line.

Home Visitation
Deacons visit members at home, when requested by members, to help all members to feel a part of our congregation.

Grief Ministry
Deacons walk alongside members who have experienced a death of a close loved one by following up with them with contacts and visits.

After Worship Prayer
Deacons are available to pray with members after each worship service.

Seasonal Flower Delivery
Deacons deliver seasonal flowers (Poinsettias and Easter Lilies) to certain members, including those who have experienced a recent loss, those being visited at home, and members over 90 years old.

Prayer
Deacons pray for members, as requested in the Care and Concern Line and as other concerns are shared with them.

If you or someone you know could benefit from our deacon ministry, please contact Rev. Scott Simpson Associate Pastor for Congregational Care, at scotts@fpcsat.org or 210-226-0215, ext. 212, or Lisa Snow, at lisas@fpcsat.org.


Officers of First Presbyterian Church


THE SESSION

Moderator
Rev. Dr. Bob Fuller

Pastors
Rev. R. Scott Simpson
Rev. A. Mitchell Moore
Rev. Becky Prichard

Clerk
Tripp Stuart

Treasurer
John Bass



THE ELDERS


Along with the Pastors, the Elders are charged with the oversight of the spiritual life of our congregation – leading, governing and, if necessary, disciplining its members. Both individually and collectively (as the Session), Elders provide leadership in worship, teaching, mission, evangelism, care and nurture.


Class of 2024

Bass, John
Bunn, Chuck
Clouse, Jim
Guy, Sallie
Jackson, Jobe
Peavy, Gardner
Stuart, Tripp
Youngquist, Holly

Class of 2025

Burnett, Tyler
Charlton, Mike
Maynard, Martha
McCaleb, Ben
Moore, Ed
Oliver, Bill
Scheifele, Nancy
Smith, Kim

Class of 2026

Camp, Morris
Heffron, Cody
Ray, Carter
Ryan, Don
Sharpe, Adam
Sirakos, Bill
Thompson, Lynn
West, David


THE BOARD OF DEACONS

Moderator
Kathy Timberlake

Vice-Moderator
Tom Benke

Secretary
Marianne Ryan



THE DEACONS


Deacons seek to ensure an expression of Christian compassion for all our members. They are specifically charged with caring for and ministering to those who are sick, in need, friendless or in distress. The Deacons’ office is one of sympathy, concern and compassion for those members who need such attention.

Class of 2024

Barker, Alison
Brockschmidt, Laurel
Eckburg, Eva
Etheredge, William
Gerfers, Nancy
Hudnall, Robin
Jung, Kiech
Oden, Kirk
Perry, Blair
Peters, John
Rice, Nancy
Ryan, Marianne
Seletskaya- Alvarado, Yelena
Smith, Martha
Smith, Zach
Stith, Cheri
Timberlake, Kathy
Wilde, Mary

Class of 2025

Alexander, Mary
Benke, Tom
Burnett, Maggie
Folkes, Lee
Fritz, Jessica
Heath, Georgia
Henderson, Mary
Johnstone, Laura
Lane, Lellen
Medford, Stanley
Morse, Michael
Munroe, Mike
Puckett, Nancy
Seal, Marti
Temple, Jane Ann
Weber, Kay
Young, Ben

Class of 2026

Black, Harold
Black, Nancy
Chaney, John
Gray, Jacob
Griffin, Phyllis
Jackson, Ashley
Jones, Connie
Kruger, Judy
Morehouse, Diana
Oliver, Lorie
Rice, Sarah
Rogers, Deborah
Turnbull, Robert
Wernli, Janet
Williams, Dean
Zachry, Betsy

Committees


ADULT EDUCATION
Mike Charlton, Chair

BENEVOLENCE OVERSIGHT
Ben McCaleb, Chair

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY
Holly Youngquist, Chair

CHILDREN’S CENTER BOARD
Bob Esquenazi, Chair

CHURCH PLANTING
Chuck Bunn, Chair

CLERK OF SESSION
Dr. Norton “Tripp” Stuart

CONNECTIONS
Sallie Guy, Chair

GLOBAL MISSIONS
Don Ryan, Chair

LOCAL MISSIONS
Debra Sirakos, Chair

MARRIAGE MINISTRY
Bobby & Downie Mickler, Co-Chairs

OFFICER NOMINATING
Ed Moore

OLDER ADULT MINISTRY
Jim Clouse, Elder Liaison

PERSONNEL
Bill Oliver, Chair

PRAYER
Kim Smith, Chair

PROPERTY
Gardner Peavy and Allen Casey, Co-Chairs

STEWARDSHIP AND FINANCE
John Bass, Chair

STRUCTURE TASK FORCE
Nancy Scheifele, Chair

WORSHIP
Ed Moore, Chair

YOUNG ADULT COMMUNITIES
Jake McKenzie, Chair

YOUTH MINISTRY
Jobe Jackson, Chair

2024 Nomination of Officers

Elders, Deacons & Trustees | Class of 2027

Nominations Due by Friday, January 26, 2024

The life of the congregation is enriched by the many different kinds of service that members offer. This represents an expression of Paul’s great picture of the church as the body of Christ, with each member contributing to the health of the whole. (I Corinthians 12)

Congregational leadership is one important area of service in the church. Each year, members of First Presbyterian Church are called by the congregation to exercise a ministry of leadership within the church as Elders, Deacons and Trustees. These are distinctive leadership roles, calling for particular gifts and commitment.

The offices of Deacon and Elder are part of the rich history of our Judeo-Christian heritage. Please read the scriptures listed below as you seek the leading of the Holy Spirit before completing the nomination form: 1 Timothy 3, 1 Timothy 5, 1 Peter 5, and Titus 1.

The Church Officer Nominating Committee is now seeking names to consider for nomination for service as Elders, Deacons, and Trustees. The Committee asks the congregation to suggest the names of persons interested in serving who have been regular in worship, active in the life of FPC, generous in support of our ministry and faithful in their life and witness to the gospel.

The committee will meet and consider the persons suggested by the congregation together with the members who have served as officers in the past. The committee will exercise its collective judgment in deciding which members to nominate and present to the congregation for election.

Submit the form online below or

Submit a printed copy: download by clicking here: Easily Printed ONC Nomination 2024 Form. Print the form (only the second page is needed by the committee) and, once the form is filled out, you may submit to the Officer Nomination Mailbox in the 2nd Floor Workroom at the church or mail to the church c/o the Officer Nomination Committee (404 N. Alamo St., San Antonio, TX, 78205) .