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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 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 (the Minsters), 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. (Book of Order, G-2.03)

Elders Currently Serving Pioneer Church

Class of 2020
Joanna Graeff
Bev Knox
William Kuntz
John Wright

Class of 2021
Deb Davenport
Keven French
Gary Mahoney
Clair Rankin

Class of 2022
Lisa Nester
JIm Paisley
David Schultz
Josie Wilmore

Clerk of Session
Davara Potel

What Do Presbyterians Believe About Elders?
From March 2008 issue of Presbyterians Today
What Do Presbyterians Believe About Elde[...]
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