The Life of the First Presbyterian Church is guided by three boards of officers (elected by the congregation to serve three-year terms) that provide leadership and direction.
The Session is composed of fifteen Elders who are responsible for guiding the Spiritual life of the church. The Session has eight working councils: Membership, Worship & Music, Mission, Stewardship, Nominating, Christian Education, Congregational Care and Public Relations. Our current Board of Elders include: Keith Davis, Kristen Edson, Marge Finke, Beth Gardner, Debbie Guilloz, Michael Hadix, Steve, Ham, Sandy Jungck, Brad Kline, Kim Spolarich, Kirsten Squires, Blair West, and Kristin White, Merritt White and Ruthie White-Dunne. Clerk of Session: Steve Ham. Moderator: Rev. Chuck Cary, Interim Pastor.
The Board of Trustees consists of nine Trustees who are charged with caring for the financial health of the church, including payment of bills, maintenance of buildings and grounds, and management of investments. Current Board of Trustee members: John Andreasen, David Corwith, Richard Grodski, Kevin Kolbenheyer, Ed Moneypenny, Dan Raynor, Paul Rogers, Bill Sickles and Thomas White.
The Board of Deacons consists of fifteen Deacons who are responsible for ministries of compassion and service. Proceeds from fund-raisers assist people in need, provide college scholarships, and assist the youth programs. They also host special annual events such as the Deacons' Auction (held in November), Rally Day Picnic (held in September), Harvest Home Food Collection (held the third Sunday of October), and the Sunday School Picnic (held in June). Current Board of Deacon members: Adriane Barone, Shelley Bennett, Gail Blenk, Karla Hawke-Brantuk, Jim Corwith, Mollie, Duggal, Kathy Grodski, Aaron Halsey, Laura Hildreth, Christopher Kline, Patrick Kline, David Raynor, Mark Raynor, Denise Simpson and Lori White.
Developing strong Christian families is an essential part oand purpose of this church. At First Presbyterian, families find a wide range of opportunities for their children and youth to grow and participate. We have Sunday School for ages from Nursery through 8th Grade. We also have a Junior High Youth Group (meet every Wednesday at 5:30pm) and a Senior High Youth Group (meet every Wednesday at 6:30pm). Co-Directors of Christian Ed: Khristin Heaney and Ann West. Youth Director: Kelly Raynor.
Our mission work is extensive and involves people of all ages and abilites as they meet needs locally, nationally and internationally.
Maureen's Haven is an ecumenical program to provide shelter, food, clean clothing, and fellowship to the homeless in the area, on the second and fourth Saturday nights from November to April.
Worship & Music
The Worship & Music Council oversees and plans the regular and special worship services; assist with setting up for monthly Communion services; plan and make arrangements for Sunday Fellowship Hours and budgets for and maintains the musical instruments of the church and worship supplies.
Presbyterian Women's Association
We have an active Presbyterian Women Circle. You'll see these ladies hosting special dinners, planning and running the rummage sales and let's not forget their annual Christmas Bazaar and Luncheon. The Circle meets on the second Wednesday of the month from September through June at 10:30am. They'd be happy to tell you more about SPW (Southampton Presbyterian Women).
Men's Fellowship Group
Formerly known as "The Men's Breakfast Group" this group now meets for lunch on the first Wednesday of the month. They enjoy a Biblical discussion over a delightful lunch at either a local restaurant or during the summer...lunch at the beach!