At Palms Presbyterian Church, there are two kinds of church officers: ruling elders and deacons.


Elders are the foundation of the Presbyterian Church’s form of government (the word “Presbyterian” comes from the Greek word for “elder”). Elders are chosen by the people and are installed to terms of service on the session, the church’s governing body.

Ruling elders, together with teaching elders, exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of a congregation as well as the whole church (Book of Order, G-2.0301).

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Clerk of the Session

Carolyn Ettlinger

Class of 2022

Chuck Dunn
Richard Ross
Jennifer Wise

Class of 2023

Carol Barbour
Gene Filbert
Bernie Lyons

Class of 2024

Chip Tousey
Jeremy Thien
Suneeta Chanan-Khan


The word “deacon” comes from the Greek word for “servant,” and from the very beginning of the Christian church, certain people have been set apart by the church as deacons to minister to those who are in need, both within and beyond the church.

The ministry of deacons as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress (Book of Order, G-2.0201).

Class of 2021

Melodee Dixon
Ginny Dunn
Sylvia Hammond
Judy Howell
Lori Blevins-Brim
Jake Reber

Class of 2022

Bud Bolenbough
Rona Burgin
Dale Caswell
Kim Gossett
Georgia O’Daniel
Karen Stepp
Debra Truitt

Class of 2023

Elizabeth Gainer
Sam Langham
Laura Magyar
Devon Witt

Class of 2024

Amy Buescher
Ingram Caswell
Judee Dewall
Judi Grewell
Julie Ledbetter
Christelle Rouse