Church Officers

Officers in the Presbyterian Church USA consist of Ruling Elders (often just called elders), Teaching Elders (also referred to as Ministers of Word and Sacrament), and Deacons. A church may choose whether or not to have Deacons, but may not go without ruling elders to govern the church. If a church chooses not to have a Board of Deacons, then the Session (the body constituted by the Elders of the Church) assumes the duties of Deacons, including pastoral care.


First Presbyterian Church, Elizabethton has 12 Elders on the Session, made up of 3 classes of 4 elders each, with one class elected each year and serving a 3 year term. We also have 9 Deacons, made up of 3 classes of 3 Deacons each.



You can learn more about the roles of church officers by checking out:  Being_a_Presbyterian_Officer.pdf.

2020 Session

The Session comprises 3 classes of 4 elders each:


Class of 2021

Roddy Bird (Worship)

Bobbie Connelly (Clerk of Session)

Cheri Miller (Community Outreach)

Mike Rose (Building & Grounds)


Class of 2022 

Charles Faust (Building & Grounds)

Ginger Oaks (Worship)

David Roane (Stewardship, Finance, and Personnel)

Julia Rogers (Community Outreach)


Class of 2023

Jim Austin ()

Keven Edin ()

Jeff Wardeska ()

Kathy Wing (Membership)


2020 Board of deacons

The Board of Deacons comprises 3 classes


Class of 2021

Richard Brosmore

Carol Ann McElwee

Brenda Wardeska


Class of 2022

Melody Faust (Care Coordinator)

Lucinda Flodin

Merry Miller


Class of 2023

Nancy Barrigar

Lydia Roane

Jane Wyatt