The session is the governing board of a Presbyterian church made up of a group of women and men who are elected by the congregation to serve three-year terms as the overseers and policy-makers of a church. Areas of oversight include administration, personnel, missions, education, property, finances, evangelism, worship, and the spiritual development of members. The ZPC Session is comprised of called pastors [teaching elders] who are ordained Ministers of the Word and Sacrament of the Presbyterian Church [Rev. Jerry Deck and Rev. Scott Shelton] and 12 lay church members who have been elected as ruling elders.
Our Session meets the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30–9 pm. Unless an Executive Session is called, these meetings are open to ZPC members and subject to the session's open meeting policy (PDF). Please read this policy prior to attending.
Questions, concerns, and communication from ZPCers are always welcome. To email one of our Session Members, click on the person you wish to contact below or you can always utilize this contact form to contact an individual session member or email the entire session at one time.
Session-related documents, including minutes, are available in the ZPC Library. Select documents are also available at the bottom of this page.
Elders Class of 2017
Elder; and Mission Commission Member At-Large
Dave and his wife Joan have attended ZPC since 1986. Dave says, "There is a focus at ZPC on our mission & vision, which is exhibited by being outwardly focused. An understanding of our roles and responsibilities exist in this community of believers to make disciples and to release them into our broken world. It is critical for everyone to maintain this focus and not to get caught up in the distractions that threaten to lessen our abilities to fulfill our calling."
Dave's Hidden Talent: please guess!
Elder, Clerk of Session, Secretary of the Corporation
Elders Class of 2018
Mission Commission Member At-Large; Elder
Val has attended ZPC since 1999. She and husband John joined the church in 2012. Val is excited to see where God is taking ZPC. She says, “My prayer is for our church to be a place where we all use our individual gifts to glorify God. I would like to see our focus remain on ‘making disciples and sending them into a broken world.’ “
Val’s Hidden Talent: “I can do a flip turn. I was a swimmer in school.”
Todd and his wife Laura first worshiped at ZPC in 2007. Todd shared, "I have seen God at work in the lay leaders. When you see volunteers serving purely for the benefit of others at amazing events like the Great Banquet & VBS among others, God's love shines bright."
Todd’s Hidden Talent: "Being able to think of nearly everything in the format of Microsoft Excel."
Elders Class of 2019
Margaret and her husband Todd along with their four children, Conner, Grace, Quinn, Ian and Erin Gordon have been serving ZPC for over 15 years. Margaret has said in reference to her work with Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) at ZPC that her goal is "To provide an opportunity for the ZPC community to be the hands and feet of Jesus by working together to provide temporary housing for families in crisis."
Margaret's Hidden Talent: She drives a mean jet ski
Lynn and her husband Dale attended ZPC from the early 90’s to 2008, then took time to serve at Second Presbyterian Church and re-joined ZPC in 2015. They have two young adult sons; Cole and Trent. Lynn has shared "ZPC is home to me. It’s a place where I worship and serve God and enjoy being with His people. I want to help everyone who comes into ZPC to find their home here, too"
Lynn's Hidden Talent: Doing laundry! "I love to do laundry. Stuff goes in so dirty, comes out so clean and fresh smelling. It’s an opportunity to give thanks for each item as you fold it - where you got it, where you wore it, or for the person who wore it., it’s the ultimate multi-tasking opportunity. You can do laundry while you play, work or nap!"
Andrew and his wife Abby joined ZPC in 2015. They have two school aged children Sam and Leah. Andrew would like to seek ways for ZPC to continue to be a warm and inviting place for those who are visiting or newly attending.
Andrew's Hidden Talent: former professional whitewater rafting guide.
Session 2017 Meeting Schedule
Select Session Documents