As a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregation, Woodlawn Chapel shares in the Reformed theological tradition in electing officers to serve the congregation as ruling elders and deacons. Both men and women are eligible to serve in all offices of church ministry. Ruling elders share leadership with teaching elders (ministers of the word and sacrament) as part of the local church’s council or Session, and represent the church as part of the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy.
The call to ordered ministry in the church is an act of God, evidenced through the movement of the Holy Spirit in the individual, the approval of God’s people, and the concurring approval of the appropriate council of the church. Election to office reflects our commitment to the diversity of our church. Leadership in the church also reflects our baptismal identity as people who accept Christ's call to be responsibly involved in the full ministry of the church.
Members of Session
Rev. Chris Keating, Moderator of Session
Elder Judy Simms-Brown, Clerk of Session
Class of 2019: Kay Baker (Planning & Web Resources) Al Hansen (Property); Jim Craig (Planning & Web Resources); Alex Bentele (youth)
Class of 2020: Stephen Zell (Personnel) Bob Rowlands (Worship & Eduation); Judy Simms-Brown (Clerk of Session & Web Resources)
Class of 2021:Marie Dawson (Evangelism & Membership); Aram Marshall (Finance) Jerry Dodwell (stewardship)
The Session meets on the 4th Sunday of the month. The Board of Deacons meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month to coordinate the mission, fellowship, and outreach activities of the church.