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.

2019-2020 Session Committee Assignments

Ruling Elders 2019-2020:

Sallie J. Abelow
Raj J. Alva
David M. Blais
Colette O. Bryce
Susan P. Crary
William S. Crutchfield
Paul J. Elmlinger
R. Scott Froehlich
Scripture Z. Gonzalez
Harold P. Hope III
Anne R. Huneke
Stefan Kruger
Michael F. Magsig
Robert D. McCrie
Oliver T. Moses
Helen B. Pennoyer
Clare C. Pickering
Alexander N. Rahman, Youth Elder
Richard H. Stowe
Margaret H. Tranbaugh
Conor S. Tochilin
Katherine C. Vosters
Ryan E. Widener
Suzanne W. Wilson
Victor L. Wu
Douglas T. King, Moderator and Senior Associate 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 2019-2020:

Nathan P. Appleby, Youth Deacon
Beth A. Bell
Arthur W. Bingham
Nancy T. Blair
Stephana Bottom
Paige M. Cali
Christopher A. Carroll
Tenley L. Chepiga
Carl C. Cordova III
E. Graham Clark
Olivia V. Cranshaw, Youth Deacon
David M. Darst
Mark E. Dingle
Helen T. W. Elmiger
William J. Gambrill
Sylvia A. Gower
Kate S. Hrobsky
Amy E. Johnson
Loren E. Kittilsen
Christopher Lanning
Katrina K. Masterson
John P. Muller
Amelia McDonald
Grace Sarno
Andrew R. Skobe
Oscar T. Sloterbeck
Kristin S. Steen
John D. Tuttle
Tanya S. Wells
Douglas T. King, 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.

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Board of Trustees 2019-2020:


Charles S. Anderson
Kenneth W. Austin
David Barrett
Patrick D. Barrett
Jonathan Bean
Erik M.W. Caspersen
Kevin R. Greene
Linda B. Gridley
Valerie S. Mason, Secretary
Richard A. Miller, President
Louisa J. Palmer, Treasurer
Drucilla A. Richards
Katherine E. Stitch
Mario J. Verdolini, Jr. & E. Deane Turner, Legal Advisors
Douglas T. King, Senior Associate Minister