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The Session of the Church is the group of elected leaders, called Elders, who serve as chairpersons of the different Councils that help to keep the Church working together. This group meets monthly and is moderated by the Pastor. Session members are elected for a three year term.

Here is what our Book of Church Order says about who elders should be:

Elders should be persons of faith, dedication, and good judgment. Their manner of life should be a demonstration of the Christian gospel, both within the church and in the world. It is the duty of elders, individually and jointly, to strengthen and nurture the faith and life of the congregation. Together with the pastor, they should encourage the people in the worship and service of God, equip and renew them for their tasks with the church and for their mission in the world. €”Book of Order G-6.0303 and 4.

Class of 2022

Judy Cutting, Marian English, Heather Harvey, Becky Hudson, Jacy Jacob, Jack Moorman, Cicely Powell, Chris Reina

Class of 2021

Julia Carr, Joani Ferguson, Phil Hart, Jonathan Heckel, Vernon Mays, Anne McDonnell, Kathleen Murphy

Class of 2020

Tom Flynn, Katherine Goodpasture, Cathy Howard, Elva Mapp, Lucretia McCulley, Henry Tenser, Katherine Weisiger, Sloan White


Session Leadership Assignments:

  • Worship: Katherine Weisiger, Elva Mapp, Becky Hudson

  • Christian Education: Judy Cutting, Jacy Jacob

  • Administration: Anne McDonnell

  • Budget & Finance: Phil Hart, Jack Moorman

  • Property: Tom Flynn, Henry Tenser

  • Mission: Lucretia McCulley, Joani Ferguson, Cathy Howard, Kathleen Murphy, Marian English

  • Stewardship: Julia Carr, Katherine Goodpasture

  • Membership: Heather Harvey, Sloan White, Vernon Mays

  • Personnel: Jonathan Heckel, Terry Sheets

This picture is from the recent Session and Deacon Meeting when the new classes were examined and welcomed after their training.

This picture is from the recent Session and Deacon Meeting when the new classes were examined and welcomed after their training.


Class of 2022: Frederick Helm, Lori Lape, Anne Looney, Kate Nash, Treva Thomas (Moderator), Mary Warthen, Becky White, Allison Vogler

Class of 2021: Chris Blanton, Amie Finney, Lori LaVel, Matt Horn, Kathy Morgan, Frank Wagner, Margaret Wade, David Wilson

Class of 2020: Kevin Divins, Ginger Hudson, Patrick McDonnell, Mary Millet, Debbie Powers, Richard Reynolds, and Amy Thompson

The Deacon Ministry at Second Presbyterian is an active ministry that reaches out to connect and care for our church members. Twenty-four individuals serve as dedicated deacons. Along with the pastoral staff, they provide pastoral care, and they help members connect with the church through various social activities.

Our denomination states that the office of deacon as set forth in scripture is one of compassion, witness and service after the example of Jesus Christ. Deacons at Second seek to fulfill the call of Christ to love one another as Christ loves us. They routinely make visits to hospitals and nursing homes and meet with people who find themselves in need of individual pastoral care. When a family or individual needs support, it is the deacon ministry that pulls together the plan and follows through. Our support for each other also includes times of joy, like a wedding celebration, the birth of a child, or a baptism.

Deacons are elected by the church nominating committee. They serve three-year terms and meet monthly for spiritual renewal, training, planning and communication with one another. Being a deacon is a serious and meaningful calling but also a joyful one. Deacons have the privilege of serving individuals and the congregation at large; they walk side by side with others through both the painful and joyous transitions of life.


The Trustees, elected by the congregation, are charged under the Book of Order of the PCUSA and the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia with the ownership and management of the real, tangible personal and intangible property of the Church, subject to the ultimate direction of the Session. 


Class of 2022 - Carolyn Brandt and Jeff Gallagher

Class of 2021 - Cherry Peters and Katherine Weisiger

Class of 2020 - Ken Powell and Philip Hart