Church Council



This photo below shows our church council being sworn in during worship on March 6, 2022.  They will serve their positions on council until February, 2023.  Thank you to all who volunteered to help lead St. John’s this year!



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 – Bill Leslie  

Vice President –   Liz Rivett  

Treasurer – Matt Carson  

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 


Scott Vanderburg, Francis Fraelich, Don Gibson, Bonnie Moyer, , ^Becky Gordon, ^Rick Fanciulacci


Board of Educators – educational ministry of the church


Michelle Forsythe, Jen Gilbert, Janet Morton, Lisa Thim, ^Sarah Hogan, ^Kathy & Tom Allebach


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


Sue Clemens, Debby Hendricks, Barbarann Probst, Jim Stevenson, ^Sally Atkiss, ^Susan Fitzpatrick

(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, Alan Johnston, ^Dan Panachyda, ^Mark O’Neill


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 meetings since 2020 have been held via. Zoom.


In ‘normal’ pre & post pandemic times, 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.