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What do church officers do?

The Session, composed of Elders, as the ruling body of the congregation, is responsible for spiritual and administrative leadership.  The Diaconate, composed of Deacons, leads the church in service ministries (the word “deacon” means servant), and the Board of Trustees conducts the corporate and legal matters of the church at the request of the Session.

FPCOS Elders

Class of 2021Class of 2022Class of 2023
Clay BrownGail CheneyGregg Bray
Keith ClaytonRebekah CunninghamLeah Ethridge
Chris LewisMatthew LottBill Hennessey
Mike WestKyle PalmerShirley Martin
Greg WorchJake TravisDavid McClendon

FPCOS Deacons

Class of 2021Class of 2022Class of 2023
David BrownDon BullockMary Ashbaker
Tina FolkersDawn GoodwinSylvia Bosco
Amon HolcombBen KahlmusChad Gibson
Margaret HurtAaron Krance
Karen SaffleSonya White
Emily SatterfieldVance Williams
Maritza Vera

FPCOS Trustees

Class of 2021Class of 2022Class of 2023
Julie ScruggsJamie DentBuddy Baker


The Officer Nominating Committee prayerfully prepares a slate of Church Officer nominees (Elders, Deacons and Trustees) each year and then presents the nominees to the congregation for election at a congregational meeting.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR OFFICE:  The qualifications for Elder and Deacon are found in Scripture and the EPC Book of Order.

TERMS OF SERVICE AND ELIGIBILITY:  Church Officers for these boards are elected for a three-year term of service.  After serving one term or two consecutive terms on the same board, a Church Officer is ineligible for re-election on the same board for one year, but is eligible to serve on another board.  Two immediate family members may not serve on the Session at the same time, and two immediate family members may not serve on the Diaconate, but one may serve on the Session and the other on the Diaconate at the same time.  “Immediate family member” is defined as a brother, sister, wife, husband, child or parent.