Church Council



Notice about our 2021-2022 Church Council issued in the e-Herald from Rev. Dr. Sue Bertolette, Senior Pastor – January 8, 2021:

With Gratitude
A special thanks to Don Atkiss, who has served as St. John’s Church Council President during what has been, without question, one of the most unusual years in our church’s history.  As Don steps down, Deborah Dayton will become our Council President, with Bill Leslie serving as Vice President.  Almost all Council members will be serving an additional year as we continue to navigate the uncharted waters of the pandemic, and a Nominating Committee will form in the fall to fill vacancies for 2022.  The commitment of St. John’s leaders has been a gift without price.  Many thanks to all!   ~Rev Sue


This photo below shows our church council being sworn in on February 9, 2020.  Because of the 2020 pandemic, most of our council members appointed in 2020 have agreed to stay in their positions and serve on council until January, 2022.


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 – Deborah Dayton

Vice President –  Bill Leslie

Co-Treasurers – Sandy & Bob Taylor

Secretary – Wendy O’Connor


Committee Chairs:

Finance Committee Chair – Grace Bruen

Personnel Committee Chair – Liz Vanderburg


Our Church Boards


Board of Deacons – social life & stewardship of the church 


Jessica Carson, Matt Carson, Francis Fraelich, Don Gibson, 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, Debby Hendricks, 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.