Church Council




Our St. John’s council is the ‘executive body’ of the church and consists of four Boards, each comprised of 6 voting members from the congregation: 


Executive Officers:


President – Don Atkiss

Vice President –  Deborah Dayton

Co-Treasurers – Sandy & Bob Taylor

Secretary – Wendy O’Connor


Committee Chairs:


Finance Committee Chair – Grace Bruen

Personnel Committee Chair – Liz Vanderburg


Our Church Boards (^ indicates a new members of a board in 2020-2021)


Board of Deacons – social life & stewardship of the church 


Jessica Carson, Matt Carson, ^Francis Fraelich, Barbara MacMullen, ^Bonnie Moyer, Scott Vanderburg


Board of Educators – educational ministry of the church


Mary Billy, ^Michelle Forsythe, Jen Gilbert, Janet Morton, Lisa Thim, Rev. Patti Thomas


Board of Elders – worship, music & spiritual life of the church


Sue Clemens, Judy Leslie, ^Ted Kasander, Barbarann Probst, ^Jim Stevenson

(Each Sunday, one of our Elders is designated as the “Elder Of The Morning” to assist the pastors in preparation for worship, to make sure all of the volunteers for the week are in place, etc.)


Board of Trustees – care and custody of the church property


Mark Bruen, Mike Donahue, ^David Douglass, Brian Hutchinson,
^Alan Johnston, Harry Sherlock


Our staff members, council members & officers all attend our church council meetings.


Our Congregational Installation Prayer for our officers: “We gather in celebration of the joy that is ours to be partners with you in the service of Jesus Christ. We promise to love you, honor your leadership, and assist you that together we may be a faithful church of Jesus Christ.”


Our church boards meet on the 2nd Monday of each month (except summer) at 7:00 pm and the combined church council meets the same evening at 8:00 pm.  Most boards hold one meeting during the summer months.


Our new council members are selected in December, voted in during the January Congregational Dinner, and are installed the first Sunday in February during worship. The members have rotating terms in office, so each year there is room for new council members to be elected on each board. We are always looking for ‘new faces’ and new ideas on our council.  If you are a member and wish to serve on one of our church boards, please speak with Pastors Sue or Addie or anyone on our church council.  Occasionally board seats become open during the year.


To learn more about the monthly activities of each board, read the Church Council page of the Enlightener.  Recent back copies are archived on our website ‘Publications’ page.