Church Organizations

The Congregation

Memorial Presbyterian Church is a congregation of Christians, persons who have been Baptized in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and who confess that Jesus is Lord.

The Church orders its worship and work under the authority of the Bible and in obedience to the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Persons are received into this Church by their response to Christ’s call to discipleship and by the vote of the Session – Pastor and Elders in active service.

According to the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (G-5:0102): A faithful member accepts Christ’s call to be involved responsibility in the ministry of his church. Such involvement includes:

  • Proclaiming the good news,
  • Taking part in the common life and worship of a particular church,
  • Praying and studying Scripture and the faith of the Christian church,
  • Supporting the work of the Church through the giving of money, time and talents,
  • Participating in the governing responsibilities of the Church,
  • Demonstrating a new quality of life within and through the Church,
  • Living responsibility in the personal, family, vocational, political, cultural, and social relationships of life, and
  • Working members are expected to be regular in attending worship and diligent in celebrating and participating in the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.

Active members are also obligated to pay a Per Capita assessment of $10 for the ecclesiastical work of the Presbytery, Synod and General Assembly.

Ruling Elders

Elders are selected by the Church Nominating Committee and elected by the congregation. Elders serve as the representatives for all the people of the church and meet monthly. They take leadership roles on various commissions or committees and oversee all aspects of the life of the church – from its finances and its facilities to its mission outreach and worship. All members of the Session are entitled to vote on issues presented to them.

Class of 2020

Gwendolyn Bradford
Samuel Cunningham
George Duren
Lucille Gaither
Julia Gassaway
Joyce Woodard *

Class of 2021

Judith Cowan
Delores McNair
Norman Mitchell
Samuel Reid, Sr
Lucilla Robinson
Jessie Spicer

Class of 2022

State Alexander, III
Wendell Hill
Cheryl Merritt
Stephen Pass
James Turner
Penny Seegars-Reeves

Deacons

The role of Deacons, as set forth in Scripture, is one of sympathy, witness, service after the example of Jesus Christ. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, of exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, warm sympathies, and sound judgment are chosen for this office.

It is the duty of the Deacons, first of all, to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless and to anyone who may be in distress both within and beyond the community of faith. They shall assume such other duties as may be delegated to them from time to time by the session, such as leading the people in worship through prayers of intercession, reading the Scriptures, presenting the gifts of the people, and assisting with the Lord’s Supper.

Class of 2020

Janina Foxx
Wanda Hill
Willie Hill
Tamera Sanders *
Herbert Spicer, Jr.
Reginald Wright

Class of 2021

Helen Anderson
James Bryant
Jean Cunningham
Lesa Gassaway *
Preston Hill
Ida Reid

Class of 2022

State Alexander, IV
Jo Ella Ferrell
Belinda Jones Holt
Venita Hood
Rosanna Johnson
Ray Merritt

Trustees

The Board of Trustees has the responsibility for the preservation and maintenance of the material resources of the church so that they may be available for the mission and ministry of the church.

In particular, the trustees are responsible for the land and building and its preservation and repair, the investment of church funds not necessary for immediate use, the insurance of the church assets and operations, the supervision and recommendation for policies for the use of property which the church holds.

Class of 2020

Marcus Duren
Frank Toliver
Kevin Wardlaw

Class of 2021

Myra Crowder
James Gaither *
Dorothy Graves

Class of 2022

Roscoe Hood
Otto Johnson
Linda Lindsay