Each year, we nominate and elect a new group of people to serve as elders on the Session, which oversees the church. These elders-elect will be trained during the next few months and will be examined by the Session in December. Once approved, the newest additions to Session will then be installed to begin work in January. We have three groups of elders that make up the session, with each group serving three-year terms. Most of these new elders will be part of the Class of 2020.

We asked our newly elected leaders to tell us about their faith journeys.

Terry Rhodes 

As a young boy, I responded to an altar call to accept Jesus Christ as my personal savior at our Church’s revival. I’ve been participating in the men’s Bible study for over fifteen years. I served on committee that called Jon to our church. It’s been my honor to serve as an Elder, Chair of the Church Communications Committee, and with Adult Discipleship Committee. I wish to continue as an Elder because it’s exciting to be part of a church that is redefining its culture and becoming more totally focused on living out the “Great Commission”. (Terry will serve in the Class of 2020 to fill an unexpired term.)

Jim Krauss

I responded to a public profession of faith during a “Lay Sunday” youth program at the age of 15, when I accepted Christ as my Savior. I was initially attracted to First Pres because of its strong youth program when I relocated to Harrisonburg with my wife, Vicki. We were looking for a Biblical based church for our young boys. I believe we all share in the responsibility of oversight for the church body so that the maximum potential can be achieved in accordance with God’s will.

Sue Smith

My faith walk began as a young child in a Christian home, but the journey is never completed as each day brings new challenges and opportunities to grow in faith. Craig and I have been members of this church for over 40 years and raised our two children here. I know God has a job for each person in this congregation and I feel called to serve Him as a member of Session.

Gloria Price

I was raised in a Christian home and accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior as a teenager. Since then, I have tried to put God first in my life. I became a member of First Presbyterian after marrying Marshall, and we raised our family in this church. I look forward to serving our church family as an Elder because I love our congregation and I want to continue God’s work here on Court Square.

Lisa Grayson

I came to faith as a child and was brought up at First Presbyterian of Augusta, GA. I was fortunate in being able to attend a Christian School and was educated in a Christian environment. I have attended First Presbyterian in Harrisonburg since my family moved here in 2006 and have been active in Bible study. I am looking forward to the opportunity to serve God and the church in a new way.

Ron Dunham

I came to faith at an early age after a neighbor took me to a fire and brimstone church. I’ve been at First Presbyterian about 40 years and have served on session and diaconate. I want to serve the church family in helping the church stick to the Bible and not stray away.


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