The Session is the governing body in a local Presbyterian church, charged with the responsibility of maintaining the spiritual nurture and the governance of the congregation, and leading the congregation’s participation in Christ’s mission in the world. Hitchcock’s Session is composed of the pastor, who serves as the moderator, and 12 Elders, who are elected by the congregation for three-year terms. Each Elder serves on one of the committees noted below.
Building and Grounds Committee - Bob McFarlane, Chair
This committee has the responsibility for the maintenance, equipment-inventory, cleaning, insurance, beautification and security of our building, manse and grounds.
Finance and Stewardship Committee - Adam Lavis, Hyun Hwang; David and Susan Chong; Treasurer - Donna Love
This committee has the responsibility for the oversight of the fiscal resources of the congregation and for the interpretation of budgetary needs to the congregation. The committee prepares and manages the annual budget as well as makes long-range plans regarding finances. The officers of this committee are the officers of the Corporation. This committee has two sub-committees:
Endowment Development Committee - Ralph Watts, Chair
This committee works with the Memorial Fund; on increasing the size and frequency of gifts, donations, bequests and other forms of planned giving from members and friends of Hitchcock; on assisting members and friends of Hitchcock in planning for their gifts to the Endowment Fund, including preparing and distributing information about planned giving; and raising Endowment Fund capital over the long term with the support of the Session.
Endowment Management Committee - Ralph Watts, Chair
This committee has the responsibility for the proper investment and management of the Endowment Funds.
Community Outreach Committee - Betsy Bush and Rudyard Whyte, Co-Chairs
The Community Outreach Committee’s goal is to lead the congregation to be the presence of God in the world around us through benevolence and volunteerism. We focus primarily on efforts in our community that minister to the poor, the disenfranchised and the incarcerated.
Hospitality Committee - Jane Buck, Chair
This committee shall work in cooperation with all committees, helping to provide support for fellowship events, and especially those which include any meals, as well as other special events in the life of the congregation.
Nurture and Fellowship Committee - Alex Kim-Koutsis and Kathy Gray, Co-Chairs
The purpose of the Nurture and Fellowship Committee is to provide for the nurture, i.e. educational and spiritual needs, of the congregation, and to provide for fellowship opportunities and events within the life of the congregation. The committee has four sub-committees:
This committee is to provide for the nurture, i.e. educational and spiritual needs, of the children of the congregation (ages: newborn through fifth grade). It shall have general oversight of the Sunday school program and any other programs provided to the children of the church.
This committee is to provide for the nurture, i.e. educational and spiritual needs, of the youth of the congregation (ages: sixth through twelfth grade). It shall have general oversight of the Youth Forum, Senior High Youth Fellowship, and middle school Sunday school programs and any other programs provided to the youth of the church.
This committee is to provide for the nurture, i.e. educational and spiritual needs, of the adults of the congregation. It shall have general oversight of all educational and study programs for adults and any other programs provided to the adults of the church.
Personnel Committee - Jin Park, Chair
The Personnel Committee works closely with, supports, and acts as a resource to the pastor as the Head of Staff, on all personnel-related matters for ordained and lay church staff, such as compensation, benefits, policies, performance reviews and job descriptions, etc.
Worship and Arts Committee - Venetta Amory and Martha Flanders, Co-Chairs
This committee is responsible for different aspects of our corporate worship. This includes enlisting and training liturgists and ushers, communion preparations and servers, new and/or special worship services, as well as decorations and liturgical appointments for the sanctuary.
Hitchcock School Board - Carol Lavis, Chair; Yzette Swavy-Lipton, Session Rep.
This committee (board) has oversight of the Hitchcock School, our weekday early childhood educational program, and reports to the Session.
Church Nominating Committee - Bill Doescher, Chair
Nominating Committee is responsible to the Congregation for providing nominees for election as Elders, Deacons and the Nominating Committee. Four members of the Nominating Committee are elected by the Congregation. One member is chosen by and from the Board of Deacons. The chairperson and one other member are chosen by and from the Session. (Note: This is a committee of the congregation and not the Session.)
Deacons - Membership Committee - RyaLynn Carter, Hea Park, Co-Chairs
Active membership at Hitchcock Presbyterian Church provides a sense of community and a place to contemplate your personal relationship with God. The Membership Committee provides a warm welcome to all who are interested in joining Hitchcock Presbyterian Church.
Class of 2019
Venetta Amory, Betsy Bush, Adam Lavis, Robert McFarlane
Class of 2020
Jane Buck, Bill Doescher, Yzette Swavy-Lipton, Jin Park,
Class of 2021
Martha Flanders, Kathy Gray, Hyun Hwang, Rudyard Whyte, Alex Kim-Koutsis (Youth Elder)
Moderator: Rev. Pete Jones
Clerk of Session: Linda Camp
Regular Session meetings are held monthly.