Session

Composed of pastors and Elders as voting members, the Session is the governing body of the church. Elders are elected by the congregation as ordained officers, serving three-year terms. Elders act as the spiritual overseers of the church, determining policy and exercising leadership, governance, and discipline, all while acting as shepherds to the congregation, setting an example for all.

The Session generally meets on the third Tuesday of the month. The dates are listed on the church calendar. Meetings are open to congregants, with time allotted at the start of each meeting for congregants to speak. Contact clerk@fpcberkeley.org if you would like to attend an upcoming meeting, or if you have questions or feedback for the Session.

Class of 2022: Jason Draut, Karen Erickson, Bob Goss, Monica Munger, Aileen Schier, Eliot Smyrl, Leah Tang
Class of 2023: Jill Boyce, Byron Brown, Barbara Brenner Buder, Daly Jordan-Koch, Caroline Sallee, Laura Sera
Class of 2024: Yasuyo Abe, Tim Buscheck, Phillippe Daniel, Rick Leong, Jenny Martinez, Jamie McClave

Moderator & Teaching Elder: Charlene Han Powell
Teaching Elders: Tom Elson, Mark Stryker
Clerk of Session: Leah Tang
Non-voting: Sue Burger, Michelle Vecchio-Lyzenga

Deacons

Deacons are ordained servant-leaders of the church. They serve as the hands and feet of the Caring Ministries, offering encouraging words and the comfort of Christ whenever needed.

Deacons are elected by the congregation to serve three-year terms. Deacons bring their spiritual and practical gifts to the service of the church. The ministries of the Deacons include regular prayer, monthly cards and seasonal flower deliveries to those who are sick, elderly, or bereaved, serving communion in Sunday worship, hosting memorial service receptions, and organizing and leading service projects.

Class of 2022: Ed Aust, Liz Ball, Audrey Benevedes, Anne Diggins, David Eng, Vivian Ho, Barbara Pedersen, Ray Pedersen, Beth Phimister, Ted Streeter, Caroline Taylor, Mike Williamson
Class of 2023: Lillian Chan, Marilyn Chong, Elizabeth Colvin Watt, Michael Cusick, Krista Easton, Beverly Estes, Joann Johnson, Treve Johnson, Janice Kolberg, Allison Pulley, Marilyn Siden, Ruth Traylor, Sue Yajko, Joanne Yee
Class of 2024: Brian Conery, Janet Conery, Carolyn Hendsch, John Mitchell, John Moon, Mary Nowee, Camille Peterson, Vanha Pham, Grace Su, Linda Toland, Donna Van Noord

Pastoral Leadership: Mark Stryker
Moderator: Sue Yajko
Student Delegate: Caitlin Watt

Nominating Committee

Every year, the congregation elects a new class of Elders and Deacons to serve the church. The Nominating Committee is instrumental in this work, identifying potential officers and proposing a slate of candidates at the Annual Congregational Meeting each spring. Although they are not officers of the church, Nominating Committee members are elected by the congregation and serve one-year terms.

2021–2022: Arlene Hatfield, Angel Johnson, Sylvia Chan Lopez, James Obert, Roland Peterson, Ruth Traylor

Elder Co-Chairs: Phillippe Daniel, Karen Erickson

Learn More

Review Session minutes and agendas
View Officer Position Descriptions

Contact

Sue Burger
Executive Director for Operations
sueb@fpcberkeley.org