A careful reading of the book of Acts, Titus, 1st Timothy, and 1st Peter shows us that the congregations of earliest Christianity were overseen by elders (Acts 14:23, 20; 17ff; Titus 1:5; 1st Timothy 3:1-7; 1st Peter 5:1-5). Elders are also referred to as "overseers" because they have the responsibility of overseeing the general life of the congregation, and are also referred to as "shepherds of the flock."
A Presbyterian Session consists of Ruling Elders (elected by the congregation, who serve in three-year terms) and the Teaching Elders
(the Pastor and Associate Pastors) of a congregation. The Session is the governing body of the congregation and is responsible for most of the major decisions affecting the direction of the congregation, including the areas of
Christian Education, Missions, Personnel, and the Budget/Finance.
Back row: Daniel Raymond (Clerk of Session), Charles Herold, Don Givler, Tom Bullock
Front row: Associate Pastor Jonathan Wagner, Joe Humble, Guy Barr, Pastor John Mabray