Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. (1 Peter 4:10)

The Session

The Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston, Moderator
Beth Rumore, Clerk of Session
Matt Roush, Assistant Clerk of Session
The Rev. Dr. Charlene Han Powell, Executive Pastor 
The Rev. Kate Dunn, Associate Pastor

Class of 2018
Dottie Cannon, Laura Dutilloy, Jane Henn, Jane Hong, Mary Lovci, Shane Markstrum
Susan Neunaber, Thierry Rakotobe, Beth Rumore, Conrad Steinmann Jr., Jeff Yao

Class of 2019
Kirsten Aiello, Erin Collier, Constance Hubbard, Chaz Jackson, Jeanne Lehman French
Reg McQuay, Matt Roush, Susan Steele, Amelia Vogler

Class of 2020
Brenda Berkman, Rusty Breedlove, Bob Brennan, Marilyn Dawson, David DePugh
Greg Dow, Claire Eckstrom, Matt Martinez, Melanie Musgrove, Chris Robertson

The Board of Deacons

John Wyatt, Moderator
Lindsay Fitz, Vice Moderator
Meg Sheehan, Secretary
Gary McKoy, Treasurer 

Class of 2018
Florence Badoy, Sophia Canfield, Jessica Epstein, Christy Ezelle, Ed Fagan
Lindsay Fitz, Lizzie Holland, Jan Smith, John Wyatt

Class of 2019
Evelyn Acosta, Fred Cannon, Maureen Daly, Helen Harris, Lori Lauman, Gary McKoy
Auguste Nipabi, Meghan Shea, Meg Sheehan, Julia Ward

Class of 2020
Westie Chang, Mae Cheng-PaVon, Jeff Detweiler, Juliana Kleist-Mendez, Taylor Lawson, Roseanne Lind
Steve Lofts, Ashley Ramsden, Janeen Sarlin, Margie Wagers, Vijay Wijesundera

The Board of Trustees

Thomas Pak, President
Kenneth Henderson, Vice President
Elizabeth Hurley, Secretary
Glenn Hubbard, Treasurer
Bob Henn, Assistant Treasurer

Class of 2018
Christian Bailey, Jose Guardado, Joyce Hansen, Thomas Pak, Stephen Welker

Class of 2019
Alyce Andrews, Diane Chesnut, Ken Henderson, Bob Henn, Al Picallo, Alex Yanos

Class of 2020
Dennis Bushe, Lucy Cabrera, Glenn Hubbard, Elizabeth Hurley, Michael Peters

At the beginning of each year, the Nominating Committee of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church begins its search for new officers of the church by gathering recommendations from members, clergy and staff. At the congregation's Annual Meeting in the spring, the Nominating Committee presents a slate of candidates to serve three-year terms (or fill unexpired terms) on the Session, the Board of Deacons and the Board of Trustees. Candidates also are recommended to serve one-year terms as Members-at-Large on the Nominating Committee for the upcoming year.

Serving on a board or as a Member-at-Large is a significant commitment of time and talent—but it also allows individuals to move deeper into service and further along their faith journey, and creates stronger ties within our beloved community of believers. Candidates for office must be pledging members of the church who are willing and eager to serve. Officer responsibilities are described below.


Each year 10 new Elders are called to join the Session and the clergy to exercise leadership, government and discipline for the life of the church. With primary responsibility for nurturing and overseeing the spiritual and theological life of the congregation, the Session meets monthly during the program year. Each Elder serves on at least one committee, with periodic meetings and tasks. Elders participate in worship by collecting the offering and serving communion once a month.  


Twelve Deacons are called each year to join the Board of Deacons, serving as the primary assistants to the clergy and staff for pastoral care. Deacons meet monthly during the program year. Each Deacon participates on at least one committee that may schedule additional meetings during the year. Deacons participate in worship by collecting the offering and serving communion once a month, and serving as side-by-side with pastors following worship.  


Six new Trustees are called each year to assume responsibility for the financial and business affairs of the church and report to the Session. Trustees have joint responsibilities with the Session for the budget and personnel of the church. Each Trustee participates on at least one committee that meets periodically during the year. The number and timing of meetings may be tied to budget cycles, strategic planning goals and established timeframes.


Five Members-at-Large join representatives from the Session, Board of Deacons and Trustees on the Nominating Committee to select future candidates for church office. These members should be actively involved in church organizations, not currently serving as an officer, and noted for exercising good judgment. The Nominating Committee is active throughout the year, but does most of its work from November through February. 

Officer Recommendation

Please complete and submit this form for each individual you would like to recommend as an officer of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. You may recommend yourself or others, but all nominees must be members of the church. Recommendations are accepted throughout the year. All recommendations received by Dec. 11 are reviewed by the Nominating Committee in January. The Nominating Committee submits a slate of candidates for election at the annual Congregational Meeting in March.

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