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.

Ministry Emails

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 - buildingsandgrounds@blacksburgpres.org

Children's Ministry - children@blacksburgpres.org

Clerk of Session - Clerk@blacksburgpres.org

Community Ministry - communityministry@blacksburgpres.org

Congregational Care Ministry/Deacons - congregationalcare@blacksburgpres.org 

Endowment and Manna Ministry - Endowment@blacksburgpres.org

Fellowship and Hospitality Ministry - Fellowship@blacksburgpres.org

Finance and Personnel Ministry - Finance@blacksburgpres.org

Membership Ministry - Membership@blacksburgpres.org

Peace, Justice and Global Mission - PJGM@blacksburgpres.org

Stewardship Ministry - stewardship@blacksburgpres.org

University Ministry - university@blacksburgpres.org

Worship Ministry - worship@blacksburgpres.org

Youth Ministry - youth@blacksburgpres.org


CLASS OF 2017

JULIE BURGER CHAIR OF CHILDREN

JULIE BURGER
CHAIR OF CHILDREN

ANNE CAMPBELL CHAIR OF Adult Education

ANNE CAMPBELL
CHAIR OF Adult Education

STEVE DRUMHELLER CHAIR OF FINANCE/Personnel

STEVE DRUMHELLER
CHAIR OF FINANCE/Personnel

JAN MCGILLIARD CHAIR OF MEMBERSHIP

JAN MCGILLIARD
CHAIR OF MEMBERSHIP

Julie Burger - Children
Anne Campbell - Fellowship and Hospitality
Steve Drumheller - Finance
Jan McGilliard - Membership


CLASS OF 2018

SUSAN BAILEY CHAIR OF YOUTH

SUSAN BAILEY
CHAIR OF YOUTH

JACK CALL CLERK OF SESSION

JACK CALL
CLERK OF SESSION

AMI JO CHAIR OF UNIVERSITY

AMI JO
CHAIR OF UNIVERSITY

BRENT OPELL ENDOWMENT/MANNA MINISTRY

BRENT OPELL
ENDOWMENT/MANNA MINISTRY

CHERRY PELT CHAIR OF STEWARDSHIP

CHERRY PELT
CHAIR OF STEWARDSHIP

MELANIE SMITH CHAIR OF PEACE, JUSTICE AND GLOBAL MISSIONS

MELANIE SMITH
CHAIR OF PEACE, JUSTICE AND GLOBAL MISSIONS

Susan Bailey - Youth
Jack Call - Clerk of Session
Ami Jo - University
Brent Opell - Endowment/Manna Ministry
Cherry Pelt - Stewardship
Melanie Smith - Peace, Justice, Global Mission (PJGM)


Class of 2019

Fred Piercy Chair of Congregational Care

Fred Piercy
Chair of Congregational Care

Jama Hayes CHAIR OF Worship

Jama Hayes
CHAIR OF Worship

Andrew Warren CHAIR OF Community Ministry

Andrew Warren
CHAIR OF Community Ministry

Peggy Kincaid CHAIR OF Fellowship and Hospitality

Peggy Kincaid
CHAIR OF Fellowship and Hospitality

Brian SMITH CHAIR OF Buildings and Grounds

Brian SMITH
CHAIR OF Buildings and Grounds

 

Peggy Kincaid - Fellowship and Hospitality
Jama Hayes - Worship
Fred Piercy - Congregational Care
Brian Smith- Buildings and Grounds
Andrew Warren - Community Ministry