Birchwood Presbyterian Church

Lay Leaders


In Presbyterian churches Elders are persons with particular gifts that share in its governance and ministry. The governing body is called the Session. Elders are elected by the congregation and with the pastor have responsibility for the life of the church. The Book of Order notes, “Together with the pastor, they should encourage the people in the worship and service of God, equip and renew them for their tasks within the church and for their mission in the world, visit and comfort and care for the people, with special attention to the poor, the sick, the lonely, and those who are oppressed.” See Current Elders for a list of Elders and their responsibilities.
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In Scripture, a Deacon was a lay leader who cared for other church members following Christ’s example of love and compassion. Each deacon or deacon couple is responsible for a parish with ten to fourteen families and serves them through prayer and regular contact. The deacons are a great resource for many of your needs and will help direct you to specialized care, if they cannot serve you directly. If you are unsure of your parish assignment, check the church directory or call the church office (360-733-8860).  See Current Deacons for a list of Deacons and parishes.
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