BPC Ruling Elders
The practice of ordaining laypeople to lead the church at all levels of church government is what distinguishes Presbyterians: in the New Testament the word for elder is presbuteros (πρεσβύτερος). Presbyterian churches are led by a council of women and men elected by the congregation and installed for three-year terms. These leaders are ordained as Ruling Elders. They receive training on church history, polity and the Confessions. Upon being installed they take vows that are identical to the vows taken by pastors (Teaching Elders).
There are a few ways you can get involved with the Session:
- Come to open Session meetings which occur on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 7pm at BPC
- Contact any of the elders to join their teams. You can do so by clicking on their picture.
- Become an elder! If you are interested in serving the church in this way please let us know and we would be happy to discuss it further with you.
Each ministry at BPC has an email account that is used by the chair of that ministry. If you would like to be involved or have any questions about these ministries please reach out to the ministry chair by way of these email addresses. I know they would love to hear from you!
If the information you are seeking doesn't fall under one of these categories or you are not sure which ministry is responsible please use the contact page to express your interest and we will be sure to direct you to the correct place!
Want to put a face to a ministry? Keep scrolling to see who is the chairing which ministries!
Adult Education Ministry - AdultEd@blacksburgpres.org
Buildings and Grounds Ministry - email@example.com
Children's Ministry - firstname.lastname@example.org
Clerk of Session - Clerk@blacksburgpres.org
Community Ministry - email@example.com
Congregational Care Ministry/Deacons - firstname.lastname@example.org
Endowment and Manna Ministry - Endowment@blacksburgpres.org
Fellowship and Hospitality Ministry - Fellowship@blacksburgpres.org
Personnel Ministry - Personnel@blacksburgpres.org
Membership Ministry - Membership@blacksburgpres.org
Peace, Justice and Global Mission - PJGM@blacksburgpres.org
Stewardship Ministry - email@example.com
University Ministry - firstname.lastname@example.org
Worship Ministry - email@example.com
Youth Ministry - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jack Call has served as the Clerk of Session since 2015.
CLASS OF 2018
Susan Bailey - Youth
Ami Jo - University
Brent Opell - Endowment/Manna Ministry
No acting Chair at this time - Stewardship
Melanie Smith - Peace, Justice, Global Mission (PJGM)
Class of 2019
Peggy Kincaid - Fellowship and Hospitality
Jama Hayes - Worship
Deb Call - Congregational Care
Brian Smith- Buildings and Grounds
CLASS OF 2020
Heather Polikoff - Children
Jen Stewart - Adult Education
Jimmy Ritter - Finance/Personnel
Nancy Artis - Membership
Andrew Warren - Community Ministry