Central to the Presbyterian tradition is leadership by members of the church, men and women elected by the congregation for particular kinds of service. The Presbyterian Church ordains men and women to the three offices that are reflected in the New Testament and have consistently been recognized by later generations of Christians – that of minister, elder and deacon.

Nomination and Election of Officers
Ruling elders, deacons and trustees are nominated to the congregation by the All-Church Nominating Committee and are normally elected by the congregation at its annual meeting in the Spring (April or May).

Ruling Elders 
Ruling Elders (“presbyters” in Greek, hence “Presbyterian”) are members of the congregation elected for a period of active service (usually three years), but ordained to the office for life. Together, the sitting elders comprise the Session, the governing leadership body of the congregation.

2020-2021 Session Committee Assignments

Ruling Elders 2020-2021:

Sallie J. Abelow
David M. Blais
Colette O. Bryce
William S. Crutchfield
David M. Darst
Pamela H. Ferguson 
R. Scott Froehlich
Garrett W. Hah (Youth Elder)
Amanda K. Heath
Lindsay A. Higgins
Harold P. Hope III
Stefan Kruger
Jane B. Lowry
David W. Morgan
Oliver T. Moses
Helen B. Pennoyer
Clare C. Pickering
Christopher C. Thorpe 
Conor S. Tochilin
Margaret H. Tranbaugh
Ryan E. Widener
Cynthia Watson  
Victor L. Wu
Thomas E. Evans, Moderator and Senior Pastor
Adam D. Gorman, Associate Pastor
Mario J. Verdolini Jr., Clerk of Session
Debra N. Seraphim, Assistant Clerk of Session

Deacons are also members of the church elected for a period of service (also usually three years), and ordained to the office for life. The sitting deacons comprise a Board of Deacons. Individually and as a board, deacons are called to the work of service and compassion, both to those within the congregation and beyond, to all who are in special need.

Board of Deacons 2020-2021:

Susan B. Appleby
Beth A. Bell
Arthur W. Bingham
Stephana Bottom
Paige M. Cali
Christopher A. Carroll
Julie T. Chang
Tenley L. Chepiga
Isabelle G M Clark (Youth Deacon)
Marilyn T. Dikkers
Mark E. Dingle
Luc M. Dowling
Sylvia A. Gower
Tiffany Hoke
Kate S. Hrobsky
Amy E. Johnson
Alexander W. King
Loren E. Kittilsen
Christopher Lanning
John P. Muller
Christopher L. Randall
David R. Rose
Willis G. Ryckman IV
Grace Sarno
Oscar T. Sloterbeck
Kristin S. Steen
John D. Tuttle
Tanya S. Wells
Ruben Nuño, Staff Advisor

In addition to these three ordained offices, The Brick Presbyterian Church also elects trustees to act as fiduciary officers of the church, managing the property, the endowment fund, and, with the session, the general finances of the congregation.

Board of Trustees 2020-2021:


Charles S. Anderson, President
Kenneth W. Austin
David E. Barrett
Patrick D. Barrett
Jonathan S. Bean
Erik M.W. Caspersen
Kevin R. Greene
Valerie S. Mason, Secretary
Louisa J. Palmer, Treasurer
Elizabeth Philipp
Drucilla A. Richards
Richard D. Rippe
Katherine E. Stitch
Mario J. Verdolini, Jr. & E. Deane Turner, Legal Advisors
Thomas E. Evans, Senior Pastor
Don Nagle, CFO/COO