The governing body of Pines Presbyterian Church is called The Session.  The Session is made up of our Pastors and 21 individuals elected by the congregation and ordained and installed to active service as a Ruling Elder.    Ruling elders are chosen by the congregation to discern and measure the congregation’s fidelity to the Word of God, and to strengthen and nurture the congregation’s faith and life.  The Session shall have responsibility for governing the congregation and guiding its witness to the sovereign activity of God in the world, so that the congregation is and becomes a community of faith, hope, love, and witness.  At Pines, the elders are organized into 3 classes of 7 elders each with each class serving overlapping 3-year terms.  Our current Ruling Elders are listed below.

Class of 2018 Class of 2019 Class of 2020
Jim Allison Melissa Gravett Katherine Allison
Marsha Deison Kezzie Kamp Elizabeth Buelow
Becky Neisig Kathy Ropshaw Rick Denham
Doug Rodenberger Margaret Schafer Larry Greenlee
Larry Shamp Tim Timmons Inkyu Han 
Craig Walker Julia Wiens Walter Penberthy
Diane Wright Kari Work Melissa Sandstrom

Much of the work of the Session is conducted by standing committees, which are tasked with specific areas of administration, education, outreach and planning.  The Sessional Committees and their Moderators/Liaisons are:

Caring Ministries – Diane Wright Property – Rion Cascaden
Christian Education – Margaret Schafer Staff – Tim Timmons
Congregational Fellowship – Julia Wiens & Liz Buelow Stewardship – Linda Johnson
Missions – Kathy Ropshaw Visioning and Planning – Jim Allison & Walter Penberthy
Preschool – Craig Walker  Worship – Jim Allison