Session & Diaconate

The Session – Ruling Elders

The Session is the duly constituted council of First Presbyterian Church, Nashville, Tennessee, consisting of all teaching elders (pastors) and ruling elders in active service.  The office of ruling elder and the duties and responsibilities of the Session in a Presbyterian church are patterned on the overseer of the early church.  It has ultimate responsibility for all facets of the life of the church, its mission, and its government.  The importance of this office is emphasized by the fact that our denomination takes its name from presbuteros, the Greek word for elder.

Class of 2020 Class of 2021 Class of 2022

Lee Barfield II
Les Coble
Marty Dickens
William Hastings
Suzan Hindman
Mickey Martin
Austin McMullen
Ben Merrill
Shelia Odusote
Todd Smith
Jack Stringham II
Rebecca Walker


Lawson Allen
Jon Bechtel
Andrew Byrd
Benjamin Carswell
Overton Colton
Kevin Garvey
Marbut Gaston
Mary Pillow Kirk
Joel Locke
Marie Maxwell
Mike McGuffin
Bill Oldacre

Ellie Billington
Wilson Brim Sr.
Charlie Bryan Jr.
Becky Campbell
Wally Conyers
Laura Coyle
Tom Davis Jr.
Wally Dietz
Mary Earthman
Mickey Fitts
Chuck Lassing
Bryant Tirrill

 The Diaconate – Deacons

The Diaconate is the board of deacons of First Presbyterian Church, Nashville, consisting of all deacons in active service. The primary purpose of deacons is to serve those in need.  This ministry of compassion may take many forms, but it is most directly implicated in the work of the church’s ministry and mission councils. The Diaconate serves as an advisory body to the Session, and deacons assist the ruling elders in performing many of the functions assigned to the Session.

Class of 2020 Class of 2021 Class of 2022

Brian Austin
Steve Becker
Mike Crout
Barbara Fisher
Dick Fleming Sr.
Rex Gardner
Anne Gernert
Tom Groomes
Will Hannon
Betsy Hilt
Rob Hull
Chris Kirkland
Jenny Lenderman
Mark McDonald
Kathryn Peffen
Mary Raymond
Lauren Ross
Jerry Sewell Sr.
Robert West
Hobbs Yarbrough

Jess Andrews III
Valerie Cantrell
Trajan Carney IV
Matt Hancock
Sheryl Hayes
Carey Haynes
Marty Kaufman
Jay Milam Jr.
Clay Morgan
Sally Ostheimer
Matt Pearson
Margaret Polancich
Beth Rader
Marianne Sabis
Sharon Schweinhart
Scott Standard
Meredith Stewart
Stephen Ward
Frank Wilk III
Matt Yabroudy

Bill Bainbridge
Ian Byram
Mary Lindley Carswell
Sam Crosby Jr.
Annie Flanagin
Max Fuller
Brad Gilmore
Travis Hill
Cabot Hyde Sr.
John Keller Sr.
Laura May
Anderson Rader
Worth Scott Sr.
Beth Singer
Mary Loch Smith
Graham Swafford III
Andrew Wall
Jacquie Watlington
Joel Zehr

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