The Session is the governing body of the Old Presbyterian Meeting House. Serving on the session are 26 elders, elected by the congregation in classes serving three-year terms. The pastors also serve as members of session, and the congregation may elect up to two youth elders to serve one-year terms. Together with the pastors, elders encourage the people in the worship and service of God, equip and renew them for their tasks within the church and for their mission in the world.
The Board of Deacons
Deacons are the helping leadership of the church, continuing and extending the work of the pastors to visit and support all our members. Deacons at the Meeting House seek to lead the church in providing a ministry of care and compassion to our members and to the community. Serving on the Board of Deacons are 32 deacons, elected by the congregation in classes serving three-year terms. The congregation may elect up to two youth deacons to serve one-year terms.
The work of the church is done by the people! The Session has created seven ministries to carry out the work of the church. Each ministry is led by at least one member of the session, and is made up of members of the congregation who commit their time and talent to carry out the mission of the church.
Worship Ministry: Overall planning and coordination of worship at the Meeting House. Also includes ushering, children’s music, adult choir, Concerts with a Cause, producing seasonal devotional booklets, lay readers, the sanctuary sound system, arranging flowers, and seasonal decorations.
Education Ministry: Overall planning for education for children, youth, and adults, including Sunday School for all ages, youth fellowship, and mid-week studies. Also includes the children and adult libraries, Vacation Bible School, the Meeting House Cooperative Preschool, and the Reformed Institute.
Service & Justice Ministry: Overall planning for our outreach to those in need: locally, nationally, and internationally. Also includes advocacy and social justice, mission trips, Concerts with a Cause, scholarships, an Alternative Christmas Fair, and many local volunteer opportunities.
Membership & Evangelism Ministry: Overall planning for our outreach into the community, our welcoming of visitors and new members, hospitality and fellowship within our congregation, and special events.
Administration Ministry: Overall planning and organizational strategy. Also includes Personnel, Communications and History and Archives.
Stewardship & Finance Ministry: Nurtures the congregation in giving of time, talent, and money; and then manages and monitors our use of funds.
Facilities Ministry: Provides for the care and upkeep of our buildings and grounds, furnishings and equipment. Also includes capital improvements and oversight of the Churchyard Burial Ground.
The Board of Trustees
The Trustees serve as legal representatives of the congregation as instructed by the Session and congregation. They serve as overseers of the Endowment Trust, under supervision of the Session. There are three Trustees, each serving a three-year term.
For a list of 2020–2021 lay leaders, click here.
This document can also be found in the Resources section of the Old Presbyterian Meeting House group on Realm.