The Session is the governing body for the church and the elders on Session serve for two year terms. Two elders serve on each of the six committees:
Session meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. from September through April and at 7:00 p.m. May, June, July and August.
Greg Blevins* – Outreach
Bob Glass* – Property
Carol Martin* – Stewardship & Finance
Walter Hogan*-Worship & Membership
Ray Hoge – Administration & Personnel
Terry Brady – Outreach
Bill Carter – Stewardship & Finance
Karen Cooke – Worship & Membership
Ross DeBolt* – Christian Formation
Tim Estes* – Administration Personnel
Bob Lacy – Stewardship & Finance
Jason Pool – Property
Leslie Shimer – Christian Formation
Special One-Year Term Elder: Polly Sommers
The deacons at Tuckahoe are each assigned a group of members as their Care/Share group. The deacons stay in touch with these families, passing along news and reaching out to them when those members are ill or bereaved or have other needs. The church family binds together in times of joy and sorrow. The Deacons meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.
Julie Hutchins* – Moderator
Ruth Anna Langdon
Class of 2018
The ministry of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, sincere compassion, and sound judgment should be chosen for this ministry.
As there were in Old Testament times elders for the government of the people, so the New Testament church provided persons with particular gifts to share in discernment of God’s Spirit and governance of God’s people. Accordingly, congregations should elect persons of wisdom and maturity of faith, having demonstrated skills in leadership and being compassionate in spirit.
Ruling elders are so named not because they “lord it over” the congregation (Matt. 20:25), but because they are chosen by the congregation to discern and measure its fidelity to the Word of God, and to strengthen and nurture its faith and life. Ruling elders, together with teaching elders, exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of a congregation as well as the whole church, including ecumenical relationships.
When elected by the congregation, they shall serve faithfully as members of the session. When elected as commissioners to higher councils, ruling elders participate and vote with the same authority as teaching elders, and they are eligible for any office.
The corporation so formed, or the individual trustees, shall have the following powers: to receive, hold, encumber, manage, and transfer property, real or personal, for the congregation, provided that in buying, selling, and mortgaging real property, the trustees shall act only after the approval of the congregation, granted in a duly constituted meeting; to accept and execute deeds of title to such property; to hold and defend title to such property; to manage any permanent special funds for the furtherance of the purposes of the congregation, all subject to the authority of the session and under the provisions of the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The powers and duties of the trustees shall not infringe upon the powers and duties of the session or the board of deacons.
Current Trustees are: Tim Beane, Jim Thornhill and Walter Smith.
*These definitions are taken from the PCUSA Book of Order (2013-2015)