Lay Leadership

Central to the Presbyterian way is the belief that the people of God are called to be leaders. This commitment manifests itself in a style of representative democracy that is unique in the worldwide church.

How do recommendations for church office happen?

When the recommendation period is open, an online form is available, as well as paper recommendation forms on the information tables at the church. Descriptions of each office are listed below.

Deacons

Deacons (comprising a board of 45, including 2 youth) often are called “the heart of the church.” Their responsibilities include service in all ministries of the church, especially caring for the congregation, participating in outreach ministries, and offering hospitality.

Elders

Elders (the translation of the Greek word presbuteros) form a group called the Session, which is the governing body of the church. Westminster’s Session has 27 members, including 2 youth. Session’s 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.

Trustees

The 15-member Board of Trustees oversees the financial life of the church, including the endowment. Trustees also exercise the authority to manage and maintain church property.

Community of Leaders

Our Community of Leaders meets twice per year in the fall and spring. This group is comprised of elders and deacons- ordained at Westminster or elsewhere- who are not currently active in those roles. Contact Sarah Brouwer if you are interested in being involved with this group.

Contact

Rev. Sarah Brouwer
Associate Pastor for Congregational Life

Deb Wagner
Administrative Assistant