Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly (Denomination)   

Synod of the Mid-Atlantic        

Presbytery of Eastern Virginia 

Session of First Presbyterian Church of Virginia Beach

What is a Presbytery?

“The word “presbytery” comes from the Greek word “presbyteros,” which means “elder” (i.e., a church leader).  A presbytery consists of a group of churches connected to one another within a geographical region.  The pastors, elders and deacons, and people from all the local churches in a presbytery are united together by doctrine, Christian practice, and missionary endeavors.  The Scriptures demonstrate this connection among the churches and their members.  Scripture texts such as Acts 11:19-26, 15:1-29, 16:1-5, and 1 Timothy 4:14 demonstrate that the collective decisions by the elders were decisions that extended beyond a local congregation to all the churches in the surrounding region.  In Acts 21:17-27 and Galatians 1:18-2:14, we see that the elders in a local church were responsible to the regional body of church elders.” (Borrowed from the Presbytery of the Southwest)

First Presbyterian Church of Virginia Beach belongs to the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia (PEVA).

Link to PEVA Website
http://www.pcusa-peva.org/ps
 

Link to New & Current Events around PEVA: http://www.pcusa-peva.org/neap

Link to Presbytery Meeting Packet: http://www.pcusa-peva.org/md

Address of PEVA Office: 801 Loudoun Ave. Portsmouth, VA 23707

Office Phone: 757-397-7063

Presbytery of Eastern Virginia Staff:

General Presbyter, The Rev. Liza Hendricks

Phone (757) 397-7063 Ext. 303, Email: lhendricks@pcusa-peva.org

Stated Clerk, Elder Q. John Tamm

Phone: 757-397-7063 Ext: 310, Email: jtamm@pcusa-peva.org

Ministry Teams: 

CAMPUS MINISTRY – Catherine Hart Monroe, Campus Ministry Contact revcat@spcnorfolk.org 

 COMMISSION ON MINISTRY – William T. Ricketts, Moderator familylife@provpres.org 

COMMISSION ON PREPARATION FOR MINISTRY – Rev. Gini Campbell, Moderator ginicampbell@gmail.com 

HUNGER – Kelvin Jackson, Moderator  kelvinator@cox.net  

CONGO PARTNERSHIP MINISTRIES

MAKEMIE WOODS MANAGEMENT TEAM   Bill Espich, Moderator w.espich@jimmieandbill.us 

NOMINATIONS – Veronica Thomas, Moderator vthomas@fupc.hrcoxmail.com or winfredthomas@cox.net

PEACEMAKING Gerry Ellis, Moderator gerry.ellis@verizon.net

PRESBYTERIAN MEN – Marvin Brangan, Moderator

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN – Jill Keifer, Moderator thekeifers@aol.com

PEVA CHAPT./NATIONAL BLACK PRESBYTERIAN CAUCUS 

RESOURCE CENTER – Sandy Simmermon, Moderator sandra.simmermon@gmail.com

REPRESENTATION – Addie Peterson, Moderator RevAddieP@aol.com

SESSIONAL RECORDS –  Jill Keifer, Moderator thekeifers@aol.com 

STEWARDSHIP MINISTRY – John Morgan, Moderator jmorgan@mywpc.org

PERMANENT JUDICAL COMMISSION (Contact Stated Clerk Q. John Tamm jtamm@pcusa-peva.org )

OTHER INCORPORATED ENTITIES:

  • The Presbyterian League of the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia
  • Tidewater Westminister Homes, Incorporated
  • Westminster-Canterbury of Hampton Roads, Incorporated

 What is a Presbytery Meeting?

One of the hallmarks of Presbyterian polity is that the church is governed by presbyters (i.e., ruling elders and teaching elders) who come together in councils (i.e., sessions, presbyteries, synods, and the General Assembly). The presbytery is a council serving as a corporate expression of the church within a particular district. The presbytery governs and makes decisions at meetings attended by commissioners, i.e., teaching elders and ruling elders. Commissioners are the body of Christ trying to discern God’s will and carry out God’s business for Eastern Virginia Presbytery. They are not at a presbytery meeting to reflect the will of their church or their session. As stated in the Book of Order, F‐3.0204, “Presbyters are not simply to reflect the will of the people, but rather to seek together to find and represent the will of Christ.” (thepresbytery.org)