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.

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The Three Boards



On Sunday, February 8, 2015, the congregation of Fourth Church elected the following members to serve as officers of the church beginning in May 2014. They were then ordained and installed to office on Sunday, May 4, 2014. We extend our congratulations to them and our deep gratitude for their willingness to serve.

Elders beginning their term of service in May 2015

Blake Anderson
Lola Coke
Michael DeVries
Arlene Faulk
Chris Horsman
Bobbie Huskey
Emily Childers Jurgens
Corey McPherrin
Don Nelson
Cris Ohr
Bill Patterson
Betsy Zeiger

Deacons beginning their term of service in May 2015
David Douglas
Kristin Ellertson
Linda Gibboney
Jennifer Gordon
Randy Huizenga
Julie James
Jared Light
Allison Maxwell
Chris Sagath
Tim Schellhardt
Patrick Spence
Betsy Storm
Alison Van Vark-Naish
Sarah Younger

Trustees beginning their term of service in May 2015
Christine Albright
Lloyd Culbertson
Rebecca Dixon
Amy Gulinson
Maggie Lewis
Ed Miller
David Watkins

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