Moderator of Session,
Associate Pastor, Heather Chase
Clerk of Session, Mary Smarr
Ruling elders, together with ministers of the Word and Sacrament, exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of a congregation as well as the whole church, including ecumenical relationships.
For more information about any of these committees, or if you would like to join one, please contact Cheryl at Admin@oakhurstpresbyterian.org
Building and Grounds - Facility Management
Addresses ongoing maintenance of and improvements to the church physical plant, including accessibility. Chris Beck and Dorrie Toney.
The Outreach Committee conveys Oakhurst’s vision to our world. We serve our neighborhood by lifting up people in need of assistance. Through our website, projects, and events, members show the face of Oakhurst to the wider community. So, if you’re looking for ways to make a difference in the world, Outreach is definitely the team for you!
Plans and facilitates church activities to which the community is invited. (Oakhurst Players, Gospel Fest, Porch Fest, Love Supreme)
Creates and maintains the electronic face of the church (Log, Website)
Assists the stewardship committee with annual campaign.
Determine new outreach efforts that focus on community needs and that fit Oakhurst mission.
Organization of Committee: Outreach’s STRATEGY TEAM consists of 4-6 members led by David Travillion and Brady Bennett, who develop partnerships with community nonprofits and select projects that best fit Oakhurst’s vision. The remaining members of the committee, The Outreach Network, organized in teams, carry out these projects in the community.
Peacemaking and Justice
Engages the congregation in advocacy and education on human rights (voting rights, LGBTQ+ issues, women rights, etc.) and justice (prison, refugees and sanctuary ministries, affordable housing, hunger, racial justice, etc.) and global missions, including the Peacemaking and Global Witness Offering. Supports Presbytery Partnerships.
Subcommittees include 1) CreationWise; promotes the stewardship of God’s creation through sustainable practices in our church and in our lives with a focus on environmental justice issues; 2) Race, Ethnicity & Diversity (RED) Team; affirms the power of diversity and community; and 3) Reparations Working Group; considers what we are called to do as a congregation and supports individual members in discernment about reparations. Charlie Copp and Mary Smarr, co-chairs
Worship Music, Video & Sound, Special Offerings, Ushers, Liturgical Arts
Works with pastoral staff in planning Sunday worship and special occasions; coordinates Lent and Advent meditations; maintains sanctuary supplies and equipment. Includes the Liturgical Arts. Led by Virginia Richards, Elisabeth McNinch, and Valarie Wilson. The Liturgical Arts team regularly meets on Wednesdays, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. We are a sub-committee of the Worship Committee.
Sunday/Saturday school, library, nursery - Elementary School, Faith Formation Groups
Christian Formation, led by David Travillion, Brady Bennett and Pastor Heather, is a life-long process of faith development that includes various components of christian education and discipleship experiences. In the summer of 2018, the Christian Education committee decided to develop a comprehensive and sequential program for Oakhurst Presbyterian’s Sunday morning classes. Out of this came this scope & sequence approach with the goal to provide a structure that builds a strong faith foundation for children and youth and offers intentional programs for faith development for wider Oakhurst Presbyterian community, regardless of changing clergy and lay leadership.
The design for this approach focuses on creating a framework for different age group clusters that address five main themes:
- Bible Literacy/Study/Interpretation
- Social Justice & Cultural Awareness
- Spirituality Practices
- Liturgy & Worship
- Community Building
Finance and Business - Contracts, Technology, Stewardship, Budget, Audit, Personnel, OneChurch Software. Room/Building Rental, Phoenix School
There are currently 6 teams that do the work of this session committee.
Budget Team - Dennis Hollis
Audit Team - Chris Brown
Personnel Team - Nancy Friauf
Administration Team -
Stewardship Team - Valarie Wilson
Counters - Virginia Richards
Member Nurture Congregational Care, Coffee Hour, Church anniversary (Oct 2), Hospitality, Prayer Group, Dinners, Seniors
Loretta Jefferson and Yolanda Ross
Youth Middle and High School - Katie Brown
Deacons led by Susan Hylen, organize or respond to the following members’ situations as they occur, and also involve other church members who may be especially close to the families in need.
Gospel Ensemble Contact director Rev. Dr. Lisa Allen-McLaurin. DrLisa@oakhurstpresbyterian.org
The Gospel Ensemble is a group of singers who sing a wide range of music with a primary focus on composers of color, traditional, hymns, anthems, spirituals, and gospels both old and new. Join this spirited group and use your voice to honor God.
The Chancel Ensemble Contact director Matt Wauchope, email@example.com
The Chancel Ensemble is a group of singers who come from a wide variety of musical backgrounds. Our repertoire encompasses an eclectic selection from many genres and styles including Classical, contemporary, country, and folk. They sing on the first and third Sundays of the month, and on other special occasions. Although many of the members read music, it is not a requirement. What is needed is a desire for fellowship and to have fun singing.