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 2018

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Craig Boyle

Elder: Personnel Team, Chair-in-Succession


Craig and his wife Julie have been attending ZPC for 32 years and have helped to support the youth in many different ways including leading the Awakening community at ZPC. They have two adult daughters: Stephanie, Michelle and grand children. When asked why he choose to serve as an Elder at ZPC he said "To serve God and ZPC." 

Craig's favorite pass times include: Golf and spending time with family, especially his grandchildren. 


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Val Lindenschmidt

Elder: Personnel Team, Chair; SSL Team; Commissioner


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.”

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Jay Maddox

Elder: Finance Team, Chair; Property Team, Liaison; SSL Team; Commissioner


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Todd Nelson

Elder: Pres of Corporation; Generosity Team, Chair


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

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Gary Ball

Elder: Vision 2020 Accountability Team, Chair; MC Rep; Vice-Pres of Corporation; Alt Commissioner


Gary has been married to Allyson for over 40 years with 5 married children and 9 grandchildren (with more to come soon). They started attending ZPC in 1996. He sees ZPC as a church on the upward move.  A wonderful place to worship, fabulous lay leaders, a place to learn about the Gospel and to do his small part toward serving the Lord.

Gary's Hidden Talent: He make an awesome custom made fishing pole.

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Margaret Gordon

Elder: Finance Team, Chair-in-Succession


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

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Andrew Perrin

Elder: Hospitality/Assimilation Team, Chair


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.

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Lynn Thomas

Elder: Clerk of Session; Secretary of Corporation; Nominating Committee, Chair (2017); Generosity Team, Chair-in-Succession; SSL Team; Commissioner


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!"


Elders Class of 2020

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Mark McDonald

Elder: Vision 2020 Accountability Team, Chair-in-Succession: Commissioner


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Amanda Stricker



Amanda was asked to serve, and she loves taking advantage of new opportunities to serve, learn, and grow as a Christ follower. She's been at ZPC for 30 years (since she was two years old!). 

Amanda's Hidden Talent: Juggling! She also enjoys playing tabletop board games and role playing games. 

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Kurt Strueh

Elder: Personnel Team


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Amanda Witter

Elder: Generosity Team Chair in Succession, Master Plan Development Committee


Amanda and her husband Doug have been attending ZPC since 2013 They have 5 Children: Harper and Stella are school aged and Michael, Erik, and Joe are adults.

Amanda sees God doing amazing things through ZPC including the way our community relationships are deepening through Home Groups (and other ways too); the plans to optimize/expand our space and building site to better serve both our ZPC and the local community; and the focus on evolving our already great youth programs. She is excited to serve and be more directly involved in how God works through ZPC!

Amanda's Hidden Talent:  She is freakishly strong and can do 40 pushups without stopping (not on her knees)! Wow, you go, Amanda! 


Session 2018 Meeting Schedule

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