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Current Session

The Session of First Presbyterian Church consists of our Senior Pastor, Associate Pastor, and thirty Elders in active service. As ten members retire at the end of each year, ten new members are elected. Elders are representatives for the people of the church, active in various committees, and oversee all aspects of a church. All members of the Session are entitled to vote on issues presented to them.

Below is a complete listing of the Session (the commissions they are participants of and their graduating class years).

ElderLast Year on SessionCommission
Jennifer Walden Abbott 2021Mission & Outreach Commission; Nominations & Elections Committee, Chair
Michelle Clendenen-Shaw 2021Administration Commission, Chair; Finance Committee, Chair
Elizabeth Earl 2021Administration Commission; Personnel Committee, Chair
Ed Ferguson 2021Administration Commission
Rob Haire 2021Mission & Outreach Commission, Chair
Grace Lu 2021Fellowship & Evangelism Commission
Chris Pope 2021
Mixon Robinson 2021Administration Commission
Rosemary Stancil2021Fellowship & Evangelism Commission, Chair
Karen Burg2022Mission & Outreach Commission
Kitty Donnan2022Clerk of Session
Larry Jones2022Worship & Music Commission
Andy Jordan2022Personnel Committee
Jimbo Laboon III2022Property Committee
Tom Landrum2022Congregational Care Commission, Chair
Beverly Phares2022Worship & Music Commission, Chair; Nominations & Elections Committee, Vice-Chair
Courtney Pittman2022Education & Discipleship Commission, Chair
Smith Wilson2022Administration Commission; Property Committee, Chair
Sarah Bryan2023Worship & Music Commission
Judy Burch2023Congregational Care Commission
Kent Burel2023Education & Discipleship Commission
Rod Canfield2023Education & Discipleship Commission; Weekday School, Chair
Melinda DeMaria2023Education & Discipleship Commission
Jim Dove2023Administration Commission
Mark Hopkins2023Mission & Outreach Commission
Matt Jones2023Fellowship & Evangelism Commission
Robyn McDonald2023Congregational Care Commission
Keith Oelke2023Fellowship & Evangelism Commission

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