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Christian churches organize themselves in a variety of ways. As a congregation within the Reformed tradition, and part of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), we are governed by councils. We believe that organizing ourselves this way is in accord with the biblical witness we receive, and that the mutual support and accountability it brings helps the local congregation, and the church as a whole, to be faithful to Christ’s mission.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has four councils: the session, the presbytery, the synod, and the General Assembly.

The session is the council for the local congregation, and is composed of elders: both ruling elders—members of the congregation elected for service—and the congregation’s pastor (also known as the teaching elder or minister of word and sacrament).

The session’s primary responsibilities are to make sure that: the word of God is truly preached and heard; the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion) are rightly administered and received; and the covenant community of Christ’s disciples—gathered at the First Presbyterian Church of New Haven—is nurtured.

Sue Balakrishnan

Sue Balakrishnan

Class of 2020

Dick Hasbany

Class of 2020
Tim McConnell

Tim McConnell

Class of 2020

Sarah Wallman

Class of 2020
Lucy Fales Evans

Lucy Fales Evans

Class of 2021

Marcia Mecca

Class of 2021
Wayne Meeks

Wayne Meeks

Class of 2021
Peter Williams

Peter Williams

Class of 2021

James Cramer

Class of 2022

Matt Guttridge

Class of 2022
Rona Johnston Gordon

Rona Johnston Gordon

Class of 2022

Beth Aura Miller

Class of 2022

Clerk

Tim McCloskey

Nominating Committee Members at large

Bruce Peabody
Cindy Crooker
Mike McBride
John Dinkler

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