The leadership of Mission del Sol includes elders, deacons, commission members, and other officers. If you are interested in joining a commission or becoming an elder or a deacon, please contact the church office for more information.
Elders make up the church’s governing body which is called the Session. Mission del Sol, like all Presbyterian churches, is a representative democracy. The word “Presbyterian” actually comes from the Greek word presbuteros which means “elder.”
We are governed by elders who are democratically chosen from and by the entire congregation. Governance and authority over church matters resides with these elected elders. Our Session oversees the day-to-day-work of the church and supervises the Deacons, who are elected to conduct the temporal and charitable ministry of the church. The Session is composed of 18 ruling elders. Elders serve a three-year term.
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Susan Hernandez-Jeff McKenna*
Phillip HorenDennis Richards
Clerk of Session – George Allman
Treasurer – Rick Weaver
2016-2017 Session Commissions:
Commissions are smaller groups that include elders, deacons, and members of the congregation who work together to manage various aspects of Mission del Sol.
Responsible to provide opportunities for all members, friends, youth and children to explore
their Christian faith and to deepen their theological understanding. Responsible to obtain,
review, and offer Christ centered learning materials; invite, secure, and support leaders who
serve as teachers for all ages; identify new ways of learning; and to develop and offer special
Co-Chairs: Kathy Allemang
Meets: Fourth Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the library.
Responsible to promote congregational fellowship and well-being. Ministries may include
Sunday morning and memorial service fellowship and refreshments, monthly birthday
celebrations, the email prayer list, cards for ill and non-attending members, Shrove Tuesday
Pancake Supper, the Easter Potluck, Fellowship Feasts, the Congregational Picnic and the Santa
Co-Chairs: Janet Thor and Sharon DePietro
Non-Chair Members: Linda Boyne, Sally Coffman, Geri Ferneau, Elizabeth Graham, Cynthia Giroux, Larry Langer, Jan Spence, and Melanie Zimmer.
Meets: Third Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the library.
Responsible for the safety, maintenance, repair and remodeling of the buildings, capital
furnishings, structure, parking facilities, grounds and landscaping. Monitoring of regular care of
all property as well as long term plans for the property are a responsibility.
Co-Chairs: Larry Coffman and Steve Zimmer
Non-Chair Members: Dan Brickley, Susan Brickley, and Larry Langer
Meets: Second Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the library.
Responsible to manage the financial resources of the church. Responsible for the accuracy and integrity of church financial records and financial resources. Responsible to communicate to the pastor, the session, the deacons and church members all matters related to the finances of the church. To view goals the Finance Commission has for 2017-2018, please click here.
Co-Chairs: Cindy Tidwell Shelton
Meets: Third Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the library.
Responsible to ensure care of the staff. Responsible to work with the Head of Staff to celebrate
the ministries of all staff; to coordinate and implement MdS personnel policies and procedures
as approved by session; to recruit and ensure performance evaluations of staff; to update job
descriptions; to ensure appropriate compensation for staff; to recommend to session
compensation changes based upon recommendations of the Head of Staff; and to provide
consultation to the Head of Staff on employee and volunteer issues.
Co-Chairs: Cyndi Reighard and Carole Minor
Non-Chair Members: David Boyne, Sally Christie, and Rita Richardson
Meets: Second Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the library.
Responsible to welcome new church participants and assist them in becoming part of our faith
community. Responsible to implement approaches for welcoming worship and educating
guests; to implement and support targeted small groups; to actively seek information that can
be communicated; and to utilize social media including the web, Facebook, Instagram and
Co-Chairs: Susan Hernandez and Geri Ferneau
Meets: Third Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the library.
Responsible to identify and communicate to the church issues of justice in our communities and
throughout the world. Responsible to conduct research on local, national, and global justice
issues. Provide information about justice issues through oral, written, and social media forms.
Engage the church in strategies and approaches which work toward the resolution of social
Co-Chairs: Sally Christie and Jeanne Koba
Non-Chair Members: Lois Olden
Meets: Fourth Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the library.
Responsible to develop and implement a year round stewardship approach. Develop program
to identify the abilities, talents, skills and resources of the congregation and foster stewardship
of time, talents, and treasure; and conduct the annual fall campaign.
Co-Chairs: Dennis Richards and Jeff McKenna
Meets: Fourth Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the library.
Responsible to ensure meaningful and appropriate regular and special worship services (See
Directory for Worship in the Book of Order). Responsible to collaborate with the Pastor on all
aspects of worship; to coordinate with the Music Minister to ensure a variety of inspirational
musical offerings; to provide oversight for welcoming people; to provide oversight to audiovisual
volunteers; to serve as liturgists, teachers at the children’s message time, and presenters
of the minute for mission; to prepare and care for the Communion elements; to care for the
worship environment including Bibles, hymnals, flowers, art, colors; and to arrange for pulpit
supply when requested by the pastor.
Co-Chairs: Phillip Horen and Stephanie Kinsey
Meets: Third Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the library.
Click to download: Commission and Deacons Goals 2016-2017
Click to download: MdS Leadership and meeting times 2017-2018
The role of the Deacons is one of “sympathy, service and witness” to the love of God as shown in the life of Jesus Christ. In the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), the office of Deacon is designed “to minister to those in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress both within and beyond the community of faith.” (Book of Order, G-6.0402). The origin of “deacon” is the Greek word diakonos, “servant.”
At Mission del Sol we have an elected Board of Deacons who oversee our numerous mission projects and guide the congregation in reaching out to others in our community and around the world. Deacons meet the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the library.
Deacon Co-Moderators: Bill Brazelton
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Zach Zahradnik (youth)*
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*photo not available