Grace is a Presbyterian church and therefore is ruled by an elected group of people called elders. In our churches we have "teaching elders" who are pastors and "ruling elders" who are called from the congregation.
The word elder stems from the Greek word presbuteros in the New Testament. Each year, faithful members of the congregation are called forth to do the work of ruling elder. Ruling elders make decisions regarding the future of the congregation and oversee the ministry of the pastors and lay people.
In the New Testament, those who were teaching about Jesus saw that there was great need among the people in addition to learning about the way of Jesus. In order to share the work, people were appointed as deacons to serve those who were sick, poor or in need. The word deacon comes from the Greek word diakonos which means servant. We appoint people in our congregations as deacons to do this important work.
Current Elders and Deacons:
Kathryn Limmer, Clerk of Session firstname.lastname@example.org
Trina Schwing, Moderator of Deacons email@example.com
Gretchen Van Buren
Youth - Ben Danilak
We ask that you continue to keep them and their important leadership in your prayers.