Our Church Session, which includes our pastor and 28 elders, is the governing body of First Presbyterian. Elders and members of the congregation serve on our committees which is where much of the work of First Presbyterian Church is done. The following are descriptions of standing committees. There are also subcommittees of the following as well as special committees from time to time to insure that work is completed in an effective and efficient manner and that the needs of the congregation and the community are met.
Terry Love, Chair
The Administration Committee is responsible for short-range and long-range planning, administrative costs, and personnel matters. It evaluates the performance of church staff members, makes recommendations concerning salary adjustments and serves as a forum to listen to grievances by members of the staff or the congregation.
Doug Halleen, Chair
The Christian Education Committee oversees and supports educational opportunities for our congregation and community, providing diverse, nurturing and spiritually challenging opportunities for all ages. Programs include, but are not limited to Sunday School classes, Vacation Bible School, Children's Worship I and II, Wednesday Night Live Kids, WNL Adult Bible study, Youth activities, First Friends, the Annual Congregational Retreat at NaCoMe, the library and the nursery.
Jo Singer, Chair
The Congregational Care Committee touches all aspects of church life, from fellowship to mission to cares and concerns. We are responsible for programs and activities that are designed to welcome and assimilate new members, and to encourage all members and friends of First Presbyterian Church to actively participate in the life of the church. Activities include but are not limited to the Growth Group Ministry, Stephen Ministry, and addressing congregational cares and concerns.
Rich Johnson, Chair
Facility Management Committee is responsible for the maintenance and repair of the church’s facilities, vehicles, and grounds.
Jessica Queen, Chair
The Fellowship Committee provides fellowship opportunities and events which bring church members and guests together in order to strengthen our relationships with each other and with God. Some committee responsibilities include: dinner for Wednesday Night Live, flowers for the sanctuary, Progressive Dinner, PrimeTimers, Church Picnic, receptions, Advent and Christmas decorations, and help with other special events.
David Boyette and Cathy McCall, Co-Chairs
The Mission Committee is charged with the task of developing and supporting local and global mission projects.
Jennifer Godwin, Chair
The Outreach Committee strives to communicate the Great Commission, which calls us to go forth into the world and share the good news of Jesus Christ to the surrounding community.
Clarke Oldham, Chair
The Preschool committee oversees the operation of the First Presbyterian Church Preschool with emphasis on planning, budgeting, programming, communication, and personnel matters.
Mark Blackburn, Chair
The Stewardship Committee provides a ministry of oversight and direction for the financial operations of the church, working with the congregation to encourage generous giving in response to God’s grace.
Becky Hunt, Chair
The Worship Committee makes provision for Sunday worship services and for special services throughout the year, preparing the sacraments, ensuring that our music program is complete, scheduling elders to serve communion, and maintaining sanctuary continuity. The committee also oversees weddings and funerals.