Elders and deacons, together with the minister(s), form the consistory to lead God’s people in proclaiming good news to the poor, righteousness to the nations, and peace among all.
Deacons and elders are called to serve as Christ served. We look to them to be people of spiritual commitment, exemplary life, compassionate spirit, and sound judgment. Deacons are set apart for a ministry of mercy, service, and outreach. They gather gifts and offerings, care for them faithfully, and distribute them with wisdom and compassion to persons in need and for purposes that advance God’s kingdom on earth. Deacons visit and comfort the distressed, provide for whatever necessities may arise, and assist the congregation at services of worship.
Elders are set apart for a ministry of watchful and responsible care for the welfare and order of the church. They have oversight of all members, including one another, the deacons, and the ministers, equipping everyone to live in harmony with God’s Word. They ensure the Word of God is rightly proclaimed and taught, and the sacraments faithfully administered. Elders assist the ministers with their good counsel, and serve all Christians with advice, consolation, and encouragement.
Elders and deacons, together with the ministers, form the consistory to lead God’s people in proclaiming good news to the poor, righteousness to the nations, and peace among all.
Duties of elders and deacons are set forth in the Book of Church Order (BCO)
2019 Consistory Members
Elders: David Armbruster, Walt Breuninger Jr., Frank Claus, Pat Donohue, Doug Gonze, and William Newman
Deacons: Matthew Bair, Lynn Edwards, Ed Ingle, Amy Melnick, Jill Osterhout, Bob Proske, Valerie Rook, Rich Shetzline, Bob Sloan, JD Smith, Bob Volkhardt and Frank Weckenman