Congregational Leadership

Ruling Elders

As there were in Old Testament times elders for the government of the people, so the New Testament church provides persons with particular gifts to share in discernment of God’s Spirit and governance of God’s people. Ruling Elders are so named because they are chosen by the congregation to discern and measure its fidelity to the Word of God, and to strengthen and nurture its faith and life. Ruling Elders have the responsibility for the life of the congregation as well as for the whole church. Our current Ruling Elders are as follows. The Pastor shall serve ex officio and without vote. Each Session shall elect a clerk who shall record the transactions of the council, keep its rolls of membership and attendance, maintain any required registers, preserve its records, and furnish extracts from them when required.

Current Elders

Class of 2015 Class of 2016 Class of 2017
Jim Meinershagen
Leanne Prescott
McKayla Coplen (Youth Elder)
Frank Gerstenecker
Gene Williams
Ed Glac
Ruth Fedor
Wayne Goeman

Rev. Judith McMillan (Moderator) Wayne Goeman (Clerk)

Session meets the Third Tuesday at 6:30 PM unless a special meeting is called.

Deacons

The ministry of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress.

Our deacons consist of members who are elected by the congregation and are active within the church and the surrounding community.

Our deacon ministry is funded by our Easter and Christmas offerings, and by the Kroger Community Reward Program. Each time FPCT families shop at a Kroger, a percentage of those grocery receipt totals will be donated to our church’s deacon fund. This will help us to meet the significant needs of our area and community.

Deacons meet the Second Tuesday at 7 PM.

Member Care

Within our church walls, our deacons:

  • Prepare and serve communion
  • Prepare and serve fellowship coffee hour after Sunday services
  • Care for members in need by preparing meals and sending cards
  • Coordinate funeral luncheons

Charitable Contributions

Thanks to the generous contributions from our congregation, the deacons are able to donate annually to the following charities:
Troy Youth Assistance
Gleaners Food Bank
Grace Centers of Hope
Baby Basics of Troy
The Second Mile Center
The Kimberly Ann Gillary Foundation
The Haven
Troy People Concerned
South Oakland Shelter
Fort Street Presbyterian Church
Coalition on Temporary Shelter
Gideons International
Tour De Cure for Diabetes
Walk for Warmth
Crop Walk (first Sunday in May): The last 2 years we have collected and donated over
$1000 to this worthy cause.

Senior Ministry: God’s Elegant Mature Servants (G.E.M.S.)

We encourage fellowship with our seniors in developing a meaningful ministry. The Senior Ministry offers eight GEMS luncheons from September through May. We average about 25 to 30 guests each month. We have many interesting guest speakers and group activities.

Upcoming events:

  • September 24th: Guest speaker Wayne Goeman will be presenting pictures of his wonderful journey to Italy.
  • October 22nd: Rachel McNamara, a Certified Personal Trainer and a Group Fitness Instructor, will teach muscle strengthening and conditioning to increase wellness.
  • December 3rd: We will hear the talented Troy High School Choir sing holiday songs with us.
  • Come join us on the fourth Thursday of each month (September – May) at 12:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. We would love to have you!