A group of 15 ruling Elders, called the Session, is elected by the congregation to exercise oversight of congregational affairs for 3 year terms with 2 youth members serving one year terms. The Session governs according to the Book of Order established by the Presbyterian Church (USA), with the pastor as Moderator of the Session. In good Presbyterian fashion, the DPC Session handles a great deal of its business by means of committees. We find that smaller groups, comprised of those who have particular interest and competence in dealing with a subject are most effective in accomplishing needed tasks. These Committees and Teams plus a Board of Deacons help the DPC Session do its work:

  • Christian Education
  • Fellowship
  • Finance
  • Mission
  • Personnel
  • Property
  • Worship 
  • Good Shepherd School 

Each committee consists of at least one Elder appointed annually by the Session plus others from the congregation. The term of service for committee members is for one year (January-December), but members may be asked to continue in service at the request of committee chairs. The Elder(s) assigned to a committee shall serve as (co-)chairpersons for purposes of communicating with the Session - within the committee itself, responsibilities will be assigned on the basis of interest and ability. Each committee has the option of distributing its work load to subcommittees of its own design. Each committee also has the responsibility for making budget recommendations for their own work and work related to their areas of responsibility. There is no set schedule for meetings of the standing committees. Some, by the nature of the tasks which are confronting them at one particular moment will meet with considerable frequency. However, it is expected that the committees normally would meet at least quarterly, making regular reports on their activities to the Session.

The current Session members, listed by their expiring term, are:

Class of 2019 Class of 2020 Class of 2021
Robin Bowers Jim Harris Jason Gamble
Justin Dean Ben Stark Lisa Mattimore
Shirley Monnet Joe White Gary Simmons
Julie Richardson Donna Coleman-Barr Sue Sizoo
Bob Veline Jocelyn Pryor Greg Williams
Madison P. (youth)    
Locke K. (youth)    

The Operating Manual for the committees and teams are listed below:

Christian Education Committee

pdf Responsibilities Session Approved: February 20, 2018 

Fellowship Team

pdf Responsibilities Session Approved: February 20, 2018 

Finance Committee

pdf Responsibilities Session Approved: February 20, 2018 
pdf Purchasing and Expense Procedure Session Approved: July 17, 2018

Mission Committee

pdf Responsibilities Session Approved: February 20, 2018 

Personnel Committee

pdf Responsibilities Session Approved: April 21, 2015 

Personnel Policies and Procedures

These policies and procedures cover all staff, unless specific exceptions are made in the employment agreement or ordained call of specific employees.

pdf 1. Preamble Session Approved: November 21, 2017 
pdf 2. At-Will Statement Session Approved: November 21, 2017 
pdf 3. Employment Procedure Session Approved: November 21, 2017 
pdf 5. Work Week Session Approved: November 21, 2017 
  6. Benefits  
pdf 6-1. General Benefits Session Approved: November 21, 2017 
pdf 6-2. Social Security Session Approved: November 21, 2017 
pdf 6-3. Workers' Compensation Insurance Session Approved: November 21, 2017 
pdf 6-4. Personal Days Session Approved: November 21, 2017 
pdf 6-5. Holidays Session Approved: November 21, 2017 
pdf 6-6. Vacation Session Approved: November 21, 2017 
pdf 6-7. Parental Leave Session Approved: November 21, 2017 
pdf 6-8. Bereavement Session Approved: November 21, 2017 
pdf 6-9. Good Shepherd School Employee Tuition Discount Session Approved: November 21, 2017 
pdf 6-10. Jury Duty Session Approved: November 21, 2017 
pdf 6-11. Study Leaves and Continuing Education Session Approved: November 21, 2017 
pdf 6-12. Leaves of Absence without Pay Session Approved: November 21, 2017 
pdf 7. Additional Benefits for Non-GSS Employees Session Approved: November 21, 2017 
  8. Employment Conditions and Provisions  
pdf 8-1. Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco-Free Workplace Session Approved: November 21, 2017 
pdf 8-2. Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Session Approved: November 21, 2017 
pdf 8-3. The Use of Weapons Is Prohibited Session Approved: November 21, 2017 
pdf 8-4. Dress Code Session Approved: November 21, 2017 
pdf 8-5. Telephone and Electronic Communication Use Session Approved: November 21, 2017 
pdf 8-6. Staff Reviews Session Approved: November 21, 2017 
pdf 8-7. Grievance Procedure Session Approved: November 21, 2017 
pdf 8-8. Disciplinary Procedure Session Approved: November 21, 2017 
pdf 8-9. Termination Procedure Session Approved: November 21, 2017 
pdf 8-10. Separation Notes Session Approved: November 21, 2017 
pdf Addendum 1: Pay Policy for Inclement Weather Session Approved: November 21, 2017 
pdf Addendum 2: Personnel Committee Approval Process Session Approved: November 21, 2017 
pdf Addendum 3: Terms of Employment Session Approved: November 21, 2017 
pdf Addendum 4: Ordained and Commissioned Staff Session Approved: November 21, 2017 

Property Committee

pdf Responsibilities Session Approved: February 20, 2018 
pdf Church Bus Usage Session Approved: February 20, 2018 
pdf Church Bus Usage Request Form Session Approved: February 20, 2018 
pdf Property Use Policy Session Approved: March 20, 2018 
pdf Property Use Request/Rental Agreement Session Approved: March 20, 2018 

Worship Committee

pdf Responsibilities Session Approved: February 20, 2018 
pdf Wedding Policy Session Approved: November 15, 2016 
pdf Funeral/Memorial Service Guidelines Session Approved: March 21, 2017