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Committees and Teams

Oversees presbytery personnel, office operation, budget, stated meeting dockets, annual review of session records, and more. Team members also serve as the Trustees of the Presbytery of the James, Inc. who are responsible for management of permanent funds, investments, and properties.

Meets 10 a.m., third Wednesday of odd months

Moderator of Mission Council: Janet James
President of Trustees: Dan Jordanger
Staff Contact: Flo Barbee-Watkins

Commission on Ministry

Carries out the presbytery's responsibility to receive and dismiss ministers, to supervise the process by which churches secure the service of ministers, and to help resolve difficulties between pastors and churches.

Meets 10:30 a.m., second Thursday of each month

On the first Thursday of each month, the following meetings also occur:

  • 10:30 a.m., committees
  • Noon, moderators
  • 1 p.m., examinations committee

Co-moderators: Seth Lovell and Kelly-Ann Rayle
Staff Contacts: Flo Barbee-Watkins and Leigh Anne Ring

Committee on Preparation for Ministry

Oversees the process by which people prepare to become ministers of Word and Sacrament.

Meets 1 p.m., fourth Tuesday of each month

Moderator: Chad Wayner
Staff Contact: Leigh Anne Ring

Permanent Judicial Committee

Constitutional Committee

Serves as the court when the presbytery needs trials or hearings in a judicial process

Staff Contact: Barry Parks

Committee on Nominations

Constitutional Committee

Nominates people for election by the presbytery to teams and constitutional committees

Meets 1 p.m., second Tuesday of each month (except months of stated presbytery meetings)

Moderator: Walter Canter
Staff Contact:

Committee on Representation

Constitutional Committee

Measures the extent to which the presbytery is fully representative in the membership of its committees and in its decision-making.

Meets 1 p.m., second Tuesday of each month (except months of stated presbytery meetings)

Moderator: Tessa Schuman
Staff Contact:

Oversees POJ groups seeking ways to be involved in mission and service to Jesus Christ as a presbytery

Moderator: Mary Jane Winter

Oversees POJ groups that seek to build ministries among, within, and for congregations and to build leaders and leadership skills among individuals and congregations

Vice Moderator: Natasha Taylor

New Worshipping Communities and Immigrant Communities Team

Oversees the creation and development of new worshiping communities in the presbytery

Moderator: Alex Creager

Represent Presbytery of the James at biennial PC(USA) General Assemblies

Staff Contact: Flo Barbee-Watkins