Deacons & Elders

Deacons & Elders

Deacons

The word “deacon” is derived from the Greek verb diakonein, meaning, “to serve.” The ministry of our Board of Deacons includes visiting the homebound and those in the hospital; coordinating meals, transportation, and other services for the ill and homebound; sending care packages to out-of-town military and college students; and coordinating funeral receptions that are held in Conway Hall.

The Board of Deacons

  • Sarah Lein
  • Debbie Munson
  • Lamar Turner

Class 2021

  • Susie Findell
  • Judy Kelly
  • Kim McKenzie, Moderator
  • Gail Mungalsingh

Class 2022

  • Jane Barry
  • Carolyn Castagno
  • Minnete Mullings
  • Mary Widick

Class 2023

  • Joyce Julian
  • Stephanie Kelly
  • Craig Marquis
  • Frank Quiett

Contact Information:

If you are in need of any of these services or are interested in serving on the Board of Deacons, please contact the church office at (407) 898-6571.

Elders

In the Presbyterian Church (USA), the congregation elects Elders from among the membership to serve a three-year term of “active” service on the Session. Session is the governing council of the church. Elders who are actively serving on Session have responsibility, together with pastors, for leadership of the church.  Elders who are actively serving on Session may also chair a standing committee or serve as a liaison to a committee or in some other significant capacity. Once their three-year term is over, Elders “roll off” Session; but remain Elders for life, serving in a “sustaining” capacity in a variety of ways furthering the mission and ministries of the church. 

Session 

  • Moderator: Rev. Melanie Ruta, Interim Pastor
  • Clerk: Kristen Stieffel

Class 2020

  • Barbara Baker
  • Kathy Gallagher
  • Jane Heppner
  • Don Lein
  • Jim Pate
  • Tracy Umpierre

Class 2021

  • Paula Craig
  • Diana Ibarra
  • Bruce Johnson
  • Michael Kest
  • Bruce Lampman
  • M Waddell

Class 2022

  • Laurie Feddon
  • Tom Kelly
  • Sally Kest
  • John Tracy 

Class 2023

  • Bonnie Keller
  • Carole Pate
  • Nancy Venable
  • Joe Waddell

To reach an Elder please contact the church office at (407) 898-6571.

Session meets on the third Thursday of the month at 7 pm in the Conference Room of John Calvin Memorial Hall. Meetings are open and members are welcome to attend  (Guests may be asked to step out when a sensitive or confidential matter is taken up.)  

Session takes action, for the most part, on matters that are brought on recommendation from committees. Ideas and suggestions are best brought to the committees. Call the church office for information about when committees meet and who to contact.   

COmmittees

ADMINISTRATION AND PERSONNEL COMMITTEE

Administrative functions include oversight of general office administration functions and reviewing agreements and contracts prior to execution or renewal by church officers.  Personnel functions include oversight of assessment of staff needs, hiring, and compliance with personnel requirements. Other specific duties include: review and revision of the Personnel Manual, participating in the annual performance review process, reviewing employee compensation and making recommendations for changes to the Session, and reviewing the terms of call for pastors and making recommendations to the Congregation.

BUILDING AND GROUNDS COMMITTEE

The Buildings and Grounds Committee is responsible for the maintenance and preservation of physical property owned by Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church including the grounds, buildings, furniture, fixtures and equipment. 

CARE COMMITTEE

The Care Committee is the newest committee of Session, charged with responsibility for oversight of the Good Samaritan Fund and offering benevolent care to those in need.

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION COMMITTEE

The Christian Education Committee plans and oversees many areas of ministry that as a whole strive to present a program that provides an environment in which the faith of the members of Grace Covenant can grow and be enriched.  It is also the goal of the committee to offer opportunities for members to grow in community and relationships while learning together.  

FELLOWSHIP COMMITTEE

The Congregational Fellowship Committee seeks to promote the sense of community within the congregation and hospitality welcoming all who worship at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church. 

FINANCE AND STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE

The Stewardship and Finance Committee has oversight of all financial activities and pledge generating activities.  Financial matters include reviewing and assisting in the preparation of the monthly and annual financial reports, responsibility for an annual independent financial review, developing recommendations for the investment of the church’s reserves, assisting other committees in the identification of funding sources for various projects, and assisting the church treasurer with resolving financial issues.  Stewardship matters include reviewing campaign materials, soliciting budgets from committees and preparing and distributing pledge mailings, as well as preparing the annual budget for presentation to the Session. 

OUTREACH COMMITTEE

The Outreach Committee is involved with planning and administering a portion of the church’s financial resources for benevolent programs within our local community and world as well as organizing service opportunities. The Outreach Committee oversees the Evangelism program of the church to bring persons into a saving grace of God in their lives.  This includes finding ways to attract and encourage individuals to our church; finding and encouraging ways for members to be welcoming to visitors; publicizing services and activities to the surrounding community; welcoming and assimilating new members into our fellowship

TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE

The technology committee oversees the various computer, office equipment, sound systems, software, web pages, email systems and other systems of technology to keep them updated and functioning.

WORSHIP COMMITTEE

The Worship Committee is responsible for weekly and special worship services.  The Committee recommends dates for celebrating the Lord’s Supper, preparation of the elements, obtaining church officers to serve communion and extended communion, recruitment and training for liturgists, acolytes, greeters and ushers, bulletins and sanctuary flowers, choirs, music, pew hymnals, Bibles, along with brochures and envelopes.  The worship committee also provides the content for the power point slides and seasonal sanctuary decorations.

YOUTH COMMITTEE

The Youth Committee is responsible for nurturing the faith of students in Middle School, High School, and College, through studies, fellowship and fun.