The belief that the people of God are called to be leaders is at the heart of the Presbyterian way. This commitment manifests itself in a style of “representative democracy” that is unique in the worldwide church. This representative democracy is embodied in the boards of the church: the Session, the Board of Trustees, and the Board of Deacons. The officers who serve on these boards have been identified for their gifts of leadership and a commitment to the life and ministry of this congregation and are elected to three-year terms by the congregation. These elections are held each February. Officers are then ordained and installed in May, when they begin their term of service.

Session

The Session, which is the governing body of the church, is made up of twelve elders, and is moderated by the pastor. The Session is responsible for the whole life and ministry of FPC. Particular responsibilities include receiving new members, leading the congregation in mission, providing for worship and the administration of the sacraments—baptism and communion—offering educational programs, pastoral care, and fellowship opportunities, and challenging the congregation in its stewardship of time, talent, and financial resources. Several committees, the Board of Trustees and Board of Deacons oversee these responsibilities and report to the Session.

Current members of Session are:

Class of 2017

  • Andrew Dolbier
  • Jim Franklin
  • Dick Jackson
  • Karen McNeal

Class of 2018

  • Scott Anstaett
  • Laura Bowie
  • Lynn Burke
  • Dana Thacker

Class of 2019

  • Mike England
  • Carol Evans
  • Kent King
  • Chuck Stringham

Deacons

The Board of Deacons is often called “the heart of the church.” Deacons serve the congregation with sympathy, witness and service, following Christ’s example. Ministry teams handle various functions: funeral meals, visitation, Willow Brook worship service, greeters and congregational care.

Current members of the Board of Deacons are:

Class of 2017

  • Maryann Cunningham
  • Michele King
  • Nancy Reynolds
  • Diane Welker

Class of 2018

  • Kathy Duis
  • Linda Heineike
  • Tricia Shaw
  • Jeanne Wasil

Class of 2019

  • Jack Flury
  • Jill Hoover
  • Ellen Watson
  • Eileen Wesley

 

Trustees

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the preservation and maintenance of the church building, apartment, youth house, parking lots, and grounds so they may be available for FPC’s mission and ministry. First Presbyterian Church of Delaware is also a corporation. The corporation, through the members of the Board of Trustees, receives, encumbers, manages, holds title to and transfers property for the church.

Current members of the Board of Trustees are:

President

Bob Douds, Sr.

Class of 2017

  • Todd Bowie
  • Bob Douds, Jr.
  • Bob Wattenschaidt

Class of 2018

  • Nadine Butler
  • Brian McConnell
  • Bill Rietz

Class of 2019

  • Delia Herzog
  • Paul Kostyu
  • Don Sommers