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Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church

Lay Leadership

One of the cornerstones of our Presbyterian heritage is the election by the congregation of church officers to provide leadership for the church. These elected lay leaders can serve as either an elder or a deacon.

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Lay Leadership

One of the cornerstones of our Presbyterian heritage is the election by the congregation of church officers to provide leadership for the church. These elected lay leaders can serve as either an elder or a deacon.

CHURCH OFFICER NOMINEES

LOPC’s Congregation Nominating Committee (CNC) presents the nominees for church leadership positions for terms beginning January 1, 2023.

To read about those nominated to serve as elder, deacon, CNC member, and Foundation trustee, please click the link below:

LAY LEADERSHIP AT LOPC

Elders

Together with the pastors, lead and direct the ministry of the church. They are persons of faith, dedication, and good judgment. Twenty four elders serve on Session, the governing body of the church, each year. They also chair various church teams through which all ministries are conducted.

2022 Elders:

  • Julie Atkinson  – Family
  • Stephanie Bontemps – Mission
  • Rick Burris – Mission
  • Patrick Chen – Membership
  • Terry Clark – Spiritual Formation
  • Catherine Coleman – Seniors
  • Jim Davis – Communications
  • Bill DeWolf – Personnel
  • Leslie Finertie – Care
  • Nancy Grabow – Youth
  • Bettie Graves – Worship
  • Jerry Hook – Fellowship
  • Cheryl Miller – Care
  • Patrick Morrissey – Membership
  • Jim Nagle – Finance
  • Lee O’Haver – Youth
  • Brian O’Shea – Worship
  • Jeff Patton – CNC
  • Brianne Riley – Fellowship
  • Jeanette Shearer – Clerk of Session
  • Peter Shumaker – Children
  • Pat Stevens – Spiritual Formation
  • Liz Voelker – Seedlings
  • Mark Weaver – Generosity

Deacons

As set forth in Scripture, are leaders who serve as the caring, compassionate arm of the church. They provide loving support to all those in need within the church community. The primary area of Deacon service is care of members. Ten deacons are ordained annually.

2022 Deacons:

  • Jim Boyd
  • Jane Balg
  • Sandy Barnett
  • Carolyn Bealmear
  • Lassie Colebourn
  • Tory Courtney
  • Lyle Deck
  • Bonnie Doughty
  • Stephanie Eukel
  • Michele Faxel
  • Margaret Ann Fowler
  • Kay Goodyear
  • Linda Groobin
  • Kathy Hallock
  • Sue Handy
  • Andrea Hilsabeck
  • Jake Jacobsmeyer
  • Esther Kim
  • Todd Maiden
  • Laurie Miles
  • John Minney
  • Marilyn Mulhollan
  • Elizabeth O’Shea
  • Kay Poulios
  • Eddie Reiter
  • Sally Roberts
  • Yuji Shibuya
  • Linda Snyder
  • Alice Ball, Youth Deacon
  • Jonathan Evans, Youth Deacon

Church Nominating Committee

One of the cornerstones of our Presbyterian heritage is the annual election by the congregation of church officers to provide leadership for the church. It is a privilege and responsibility to nominate members to serve as elected lay leaders. It is also necessary for us to participate in the essential process that will influence our church in the near future.

The primary qualifications for nominees are:

Elders, together with the pastors, lead and direct the ministry of the church. They are persons of faith, dedication, and good judgment. Elders serve on session, the governing body of the church. They also chair various church teams through which all ministries are conducted. Eight elders are ordained annually to serve three-year terms. The following teams will need an elder assigned in 2023: Care, Finance, Mission, Operations, Personnel, Senior Adults, Spiritual Formation, and Worship.

Deacons, as set forth in Scripture, are leaders who serve as the caring, compassionate arm of the church. They provide loving support to all those in need within the church community. The primary area of Deacon service is care of members. Ten deacons are ordained annually to serve a three-year term and two deacons of high-school age to serve a one-year term.

Foundation Trustees serve on the LOPC Foundation. This nine-member foundation receives gifts in various forms and designations, manages investments, and provides funding for LOPC needs that cannot be accommodated in the church’s annual operating budget. Trustees serve an initial term of four years and are eligible to be re-elected for one three-year term. Members who have served in the past can be nominated for a two-year term.

The Congregation Nominating Committee (CNC) members are elected for a one-year term. Their duties include receiving and reviewing nominations for church officers and selecting candidates to present to the congregation.

If you or someone you know in the congregation feels called to serve, please let us know. We look forward to connecting with you. Contact Us