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Our Leaders

Western welcomes and seeks diverse representation in its lay leadership. All persons are invited to participate fully, regardless of age, disability, economic or social circumstance, gender, marital status, race or sexual orientation.

If you would like to get in touch with any of our Elders, Deacons, or Committees, please email us at Info@WesternPresbyterian.org.

The Session

Western is governed by the Session, made up of 15 elders who are elected and installed to serve the church for 3-year terms. The Session guides and directs the ministry of Western and makes most spiritual and financial decisions for the church.

Elders, through their demonstrated leadership and maturity of faith, are chosen to represent Western’s diverse needs. Elders are responsible for nurturing the faith and life of the congregation.


Class of 2018

Class of 2019 Class of 2020

Sam Hendrix
Worship & Music

Elizabeth Adu
Jackie Escobar

 Mimi Scotchmer

John Bader
Music Task Force
Rebecca Jackson
Spiritual Formation

Todd Trafford
Nominating & Leadership

Cindy Stevens

Leelie Selassie

Nicole Wallace
Clerk of Session
Susanne Ward
Building & Facilities

Jesse Stanchak

Rev. Dr. Laura Cunningham, Moderator

The Deacons

Deacons help the congregation celebrate joys –baptisms, holidays, and promote church fellowship – and support us in times of need. It is the duty of deacons, first and foremost, to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, the friendless, and to any who may be in distress.

At Western, the Deacons are also charged with providing hospitality in the broadest sense, working to care for, minister to, and nurture our church family.

Deacons, like elders, are elected and installed by the congregation to serve 3-year terms.

Class of 2018 Class of 2019 Class of 2020
Gregg Pitman John Caswell Dave Escobar
Bob Layton Greta Morris Marilyn Manalo
Kathy Hankins Robinson DJ Purnell Ray Sandejas
Letitia Obeng Roche Ryan Sweeney TBD

Rev. John Molina-Moore, Moderator

Other Committee Leaders

In addition to our elected church officers, other members lead church ministry teams to manage many of the logistical and leadership challenges that make worship and ministry at Western possible. They are–

Betsy Carter

Matt Jackson

 Bill Saint

Nominating Ministry

Officers are nominated by committee and elected by the congregation. To suggest someone for nomination, including yourself, please contact a member of the Nominating ministry:
Todd Trafford, Joan Bissell, Anders Gyllenhaal, and Mike Coburn.