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 2021 Class of 2022 Class of 2023

Lawson Allen
Andrew Byrd
John Callison
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

Steve Becker
Marty Dickens
John Eason
William Hastings
Michael Hindman
John Hollins Jr.
Mickey Martin
Scott McConnell
Ben Merrill
Lauren Ross
Elizabeth Wagster
Hobbs Yarbrough

 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 2021 Class of 2022 Class of 2023

Jess Andrews III
Valerie Cantrell
Trajan Carney IV
Matt Hancock
Sheryl Hayes
Carey Haynes
Marty Kaufman
Clay Morgan
Sally Ostheimer
Matt Pearson
Margaret Polancich
Kerry Price
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
Sims Polk
Anderson Rader
Worth Scott Sr.
Beth Singer
Mary Loch Smith
Graham Swafford III
Andrew Wall
Jacquie Watlington
Joel Zehr

Summer Bryan
Janine Cundiff
Nancy Eason
Sally Einstman
Ben Elrod
Kim Greene
Will Hannon
Betsy Hilt
Travis Holland
Polly Johnson
Mary Marraccini
J.T. Martin
Mark McDonald
Shelby Moody
Alex Nicholson
Mary Raymond
Erika Shapiro
Ted Spangler
Alice van Lingen
Tyler Wilson

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