The belief that the people of God are called to be leaders is at the heart of the Presbyterian way. This commitment manifests itself in a style of “representative democracy” that is unique in the worldwide church. This representative democracy is embodied in the boards of the church: the Session, the Board of Trustees, and the Board of Deacons. The officers who serve on these boards have been identified for their gifts of leadership and a commitment to the life and ministry of this congregation and are elected to three-year terms by the congregation. These elections are held each February. Officers are then ordained and installed in May, when they begin their term of service.

Fourth Church is a member of the Presbytery of Chicago and the Synod of Lincoln Trails, governing bodies of the Presbyterian Church (USA). As a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Fourth Church is organized according to the denomination's Book of Order. Men and women are nominated and elected by the congregation to serve three year terms as ordained elders and deacons, and as trustees.

The Three Boards



On Sunday, February 10, 2013, the congregation of Fourth Church elected the following members to serve as officers of the church beginning in May 2013. They were then ordained and installed to office on Sunday, April 28, 2013. We extend our congratulations to them and our deep gratitude for their willingness to serve.

Elders beginning their term of service in May 2013

Jeanne Bishop
John Borovicka
David (Buster) Browne
Kristen Cochrane
Ranjan Daniels
Elaine Filus
Claudia Learned Garfield
Doug Grissom
Marsha Heizer
Jean Marie Koon
Andy McGaan
Ned Morley
Larry Thomas

Deacons beginning their term of service in May 2013
Joy Anderson
Suzanne Beckman
Oscar Blanco
Stephen Butler
Ray Casey
Craig Caudle
Linda Crane
Robert Crouch
Meg O’Hara
Holly McDaniel
Risa McDonnell
Gail McEnroe
Tim Mertzlufft
Andrew Miller
Holly O’Mara
Richard (Dick) Payne
Caroline Staublin
Russell Vilt

Trustees beginning their term of service in May 2013
Kerry Bathrick
Juli Crabtree
Drew Cupps
Bob Doak
Allan Kayler
Glenn Richter
Kenneth Vander Weele

Board Photos

Congratulations to the Newly Installed Officers! | April 28, 2013

Thank You to Officers Completing Their 3-Year Term! | April 28, 2013

Congratulations to the New Officers! | May 20, 2012