Definition of Ruling Elder

From the Book of Order (G-2.0301)

“As there were in 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, congregations should elect persons of wisdom and maturity of faith, having demonstrated skills in leadership and being compassionate in spirit. Ruling elders are so named not because they “lord it over” the congregation (Matthew 20:25), but because 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. Ruling elders, together with teaching elders, exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of a congregation as well as the whole church, including ecumenical relationships.”

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Jean Hamilton

Jean and her husband Kris moved to Bellingham in 1976. They both came to Christ through the ministry of FPC and raised a daughter and a son in the church. Jean holds a teaching certificate from WWU and taught as a Teacher’s Aide in the Special Needs program for several...

Ron Snyder

I was born in Iowa, and my fondest memories there were living with my grandparents. The summer before entering sixth grade my newly extended family moved to Orange County, CA, which is where, two weeks before graduating high school, I made the most important decision in my life—I accepted Jesus...

Carrie Chute

Carrie Chute, a lifelong Presbyterian, has been a member at FPC since she and her family joined in 2005. She is currently retired from “stay-at-home mom” duties and is enjoying retirement with her two dog-children, Raney and Clemmie. Most of their days, they can be found hiking at one of...

The Primary Function of the Deacons

The primary function of the FPC Board of Deacons is set forth in scripture and provides sympathy, witness, and service following the example of Jesus Christ. As Deacons they want to glorify God by providing compassionate care, prayer, support, and resources. Their desire is to encourage individuals and their families in times of joy and in times of sorrow as together we seek God’s healing power and grace. As part of the Deacon ministry of bringing compassion, care, and prayer to our church family, we invite you to take part in various projects – see opportunities to serve.