As in most Presbyterian churches, First Presbyterian is led by three groups: elders, deacons, and our staff. Staff profiles and contact information can be found here.


Our church Session (governing board) is composed of eleven Ruling Elders and one Teaching Elder. The Ruling Elders guide and nurture the church in the worship and wisdom of God, make decisions regarding money and property, and provide for the teaching ministry of the church. Our Teaching Elder is our pastor. She leads the teaching ministries of the church, including worship and preaching, public witness, and pastoral visitation.

Each Elder uses his or her gifts to help encourage and inspire the work of the church, and each is responsible for a different area of ministry.

Jodi Burton Clerk of Session, Chair Finance & Stewardship Committee

John Eliszewski Chair Nominating Committee

Debbie DuCharme Chair Christian Ed (Youth) Committee, Personnel Committee & Worship Committee

Angel Kohls Chair Fellowship Committee

Melanie Stevens Chair Mission & Evangelism Committee

Craig Stauss Chair Buildings & Grounds Committee

Alyson Ryan Chair Christian Ed (Children’s) Committee

Wendell Paynter


Our Deacons are the “caring arm” of our church. The Deacons nurture the congregation by providing fellowship, relational ministry, and pastoral care. They make home and hospital visits to the sick and lonely, assist in preparing the sacraments, and care for our youth and children.

Each Deacon uses his or her gifts to help encourage and inspire the work of the church, and to care for its members.

Betty Kohls

Tammy Eliszewski

Kris Duhr - Email Prayer Ministry Coordinator

Barb Shull

Stephanie Anderson

Michael Parylak

Audrey Buchanan

Wendy Korth

If you have prayer requests that you’d like to share with our church, feel free to email Kris at 1stpresprayerchain@gmail.com.

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