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Ministry Teams at First Pres are in place to meet the needs of our church and community. These teams allow us to shepherd and care with greater effectiveness, leveraging the unique gifts of individuals in our midst.

 

Our 2018-2019 Ministry Teams are:

ADMINISTRATION

 
 

Responsible for overseeing real property, endowments, insurance, and finances of First Pres, along with budgeting and stewardship. They also support the work of the Technology Team, the Endowment Team, and the Income Team. The Administration Team is comprised of Elders, Deacons, and at-large members, and staffed by the CPA, Ministry Coordinator and Senior Pastor. Terri Benno, Dan Browne, Paul Detterman, John Erickson, Vanessa Fillion, Tom Healey, Margaret Horstman, Francis Kwakwa, Rob Niewijk, Rich Nitzsche, Tom Tenhor, Pete Trantow

DISCIPLESHIP

 

 

Responsible for nurturing lasting growth in the knowledge and love of the Lord Jesus Christ for all ages. Specific areas of focus are: small groups; growth opportunities for adults, youth, and children; retreats; and visitor/new member orientation and welcome. The Discipleship team is comprised of Deacons, Elders, members-at-large, and staffed by the Senior Pastor, Parish Associate, Youth Minister, and Co-Directors of Children’s Ministries. Becky Byrd, Lynette Colmey, Paul Detterman, Marc Fillion, Sara Freer, Bobbie Gregg, Molly James-Lundak, Steve Kovic, Susie Kovic, Allison Lundeen, Michael Mahler, Nancy Nicholas, Melissa Orr, Joy Reedy, Terry Studer

FELLOWSHIP

Responsible for activities that increase opportunity for Fellowship; specifically, the Annual Progressive Dinner, Fall Fest, Dinners for Eight, Pancake Breakfast, and/or other activities. The Fellowship team is comprised of Deacons and staffed by the Senior Pastor. Paul Detterman, Joe Hammon, Keith Lertsburapa, Sarah O’Shea Muñoz, Jenny Wang, Laura Westcott

MEMBER CARE

Responsible of oversight of our ministry to the most vulnerable members of the congregation: seniors, new parents, and people with special needs. This team is comprised of Deacons and staffed by the Senior Pastor. Mary Ann Cooper, Steven Denny, Paul Detterman, Jim Hartzler

MISSION

Responsible for local and global mission connections, recruitment for hands-on mission participation, interpretation of mission causes to the congregation, and administering the financial support for all mission partnerships of First Pres. The team is comprised of Deacons, Elders, members-at-large, and is staffed by the Senior Pastor. Jennifer Cozette, Paul Detterman, Allison Kooser, Traci Melcher, Whitney Parchman, Jill Smith

PRAYER

Responsible for organizing prayer support for worship services, praying for the Staff and ministries of First Pres, maintaining the Prayer Chain, organizing special prayer gatherings and events, and monitoring the ongoing prayer needs of the congregation. The team is comprised of Deacons, Elders, and members-at-large, and staffed by the Senior Pastor and the Parish Associate. Paul Detterman, Amanda Ebersole, Wanda Foster, Allison Lundeen, Elizabeth Winans

PROMOTION

Responsible for monitoring the optics of First Pres both in the congregation and beyond: social media, photo and video opportunities, and the website. This team is comprised of Elders, Deacons, and members-at-large, and staffed by the Senior Pastor, the Ministry Coordinator, and the Communications and Graphics Specialist. Becky Byrd, Paul Detterman, Vanessa Fillion, Julia Potter

STAFF CARE

Responsible for the care and supervision of the church staff, including advice and counsel for the Senior Pastor in all aspects of staff supervision, monitoring of salaries and benefits, insurance, resolution of staff issues, and prayer. This team is comprised of Elders (currently and non-currently serving), Deacons and is staffed by the Senior Pastor. Carol Browne, Paul Detterman, Jon Ebersole, Lynn Hancock,  Kevin Murphy, Larry Williams

STEPHEN MINISTRY

Responsible for longer-term support, prayer, and companionship for those who are most vulnerable and/or in need. This team is comprised of specially trained Stephen Ministers under the direction of the Stephen Ministry Leaders. They are in regular communication with the Senior Pastor and Parish Associate, as well as the Member Care Team of the Board of Deacons. Peggy Ebersole, Chuck Foster, Sally Gamble, Francis Kwakwa, June Oliver, Nancy Nicholas, Tom Pacyga, Terry Studer

WORSHIP

Responsible for all aspects of worship coordination and support: communion preparation and servers, ushering, liturgists and intercessors, and audio/visual ministry in coordination with the Tech Team. This team is comprised of Elders, Deacons, and members-at-large, and works with the Senior Pastor, the Director of Music Ministries, and the Director of Contemporary Music to envision and create a vibrant liturgical life for the congregation.  Steven Denny, Paul Detterman, Rick Hibbert, Jim Hofert, Jane Holstein, Gregg Johnson, Lois Starbuck, Mark Whiteside

Last Published: October 8, 2018 10:58 AM

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