SIPC Is Guided by a Council of Elders Elected from the Congregation

As there were in the Old Testament times elders for the government of the people, so the New Testament church provided persons with particular gifts to share in discernment of God’s Spirit and governance of God’s people. Accordingly, our church elects persons of wisdom and maturity of faith who have demonstrated skills in leadership and being compassionate in spirit. They are chosen by the congregation to discern and measure its fidelity to the Word of God, and to strengthen and nurture its faith and life.

Active elders, along with the installed pastors, constitute the session, the council for the congregation. The session has the responsibility for governing the congregation and guiding its witness to the sovereign activity of God in the world, so that the congregation is and becomes a community of faith, hope, love, and witness. The session has responsibility and power to provide that the Word of God may be truly preached and heard, provide that the Sacraments may be rightly administered and received, and nurture the covenant community of disciples of Christ.

-from The Book of Order G-2.03 and G-3.02

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Elders Currently Serving on Session at Sea Island

Shelia Bennett

Oversees the Christian Education Committee. This committee oversees the educational ministries of the congregation including Sunday school, Kirk Night classes, Vacation Bible School, youth ministry and other special learning opportunities for children, youth, and adults. Shelia also serves as the Clerk of Session.

Doug Crowley

Oversees the Budget Committee. This committee oversees the church’s financial receipts and expenditures.

Clara Partridge

Oversees Kirk Night, our Wednesday night programming.

Steve Kessel

Oversees Evangelism and Outreach. He helps lead New Member Workshops and leads efforts to reach out to people in Beaufort.

Phil Meeker

Oversees Worship.

Richard Norris

Oversees Congregational Nurture. This committee plans special events like our annual Trunk-or-Treat, Easter Egg Hunt, and Church Picnic.

Robert Priest

Oversees the church’s Stewardship. This committee produces an outlet for church members to show their love, gratitude, thanksgiving, and commitment to the ministry of the Gospel by sharing their time, talent, and treasures.

Darryl Poovey

Oversees the exterior and grounds of our church property.

Jane Griffith

Oversees Pastoral Care. This committee, together with the Deacons, provides for the growth of SIPC’s members and friends through personal and pastoral care including prayer ministry, hospital visitation, Stephen Ministry, and meals.

Billy Seckinger

Oversees our physical plant and facilities.

Barbara Thomas

Oversees our Mission and Social Justice Committee and Ministries.

Matthew “Buddy” Yoakum

Oversees Administration and Personnel. This committee is responsible for coordinating all matters related to employment at SIPC, including compensation, benefits, hiring, and general guidance.