Buckingham Presbyterian Church
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Organized By Rev. Francis Makemie 1683



"That our blessed Savior, for the edification of the visible Church, which is his body, hath appointed officers, not only to preach the gospel and administer the Sacraments, but also to exercise discipline, for the preservation of both truth and duty; and that it is incumbent upon these officers, and upon the whole Church, in whose name they act, to censure or cast out the erroneous and scandalous, observing, in all cases, the rules contained in the Word of God." [Book of Order, G-3.0104, 2011/2013]



"The session is the council for the congregation...The session shall have responsibility for governing the congregation and guiding its witness to the sovereign activity of God in the world, so that the congregation is and becomes a community of faith, hope, love, and witness.  As it leads and guides the witness of the congregation, the session shall keep before it the marks of the church, the notes by which Presbyterian and Reformed congregations have identified themselves throughout history, and the six Great Ends of the Church--the proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind; the shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God; the maintenance of divine worship; the preservation of the truth; the promotion of social righteousness; and the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world.  
In light of this charge, the session has responsibility and power to:  Provide that the Word of God may be truly preached and heard, Provide that the Sacraments may be rightly administered and received, Nurture the covenant community of disciples of Christ." [Book of Order, G-3.02 & F-1.0303, 2011/2013]


Moderator: Rev. Matthew A. Trask
Clerk of Session: Ed Welch

2018 2019 2020
Laura Black - 
CHAIR Contemporary Worship Committee
Brenda Burbage -
CO-CHAIR Congregational Life Committee
CHAIR Nominating Committee
David Manner -
CHAIR  Personnel Committee
Tony Davis -
CHAIR Spiritual Life & Membership Committee
Sally Kohler - 
CHAIR Worship Committee
Cindi Pruitt - 
        CHAIR Christian Education Committee        
Sue Mallory - 
CO-CHAIR Congregational Life Committee
Carol Neal -
CHAIR Missions & Liaison
Ed Welch -
CHAIR Finance & Budget Committee



"The ministry of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress.  Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, sincere compassion, and sound judgment should be chosen for this ministry....Their ministry is under the supervision and authority of the session.  Deacons may also be given special assignments in the congregation, such as caring for members in need, handling educational tasks, cultivating liberality in giving, collecting and disbursing monies to specific persons or causes, or overseeing the buildings and property of the congregation...Deacons may also assist with the Lord's Supper."  [Book of Order, G-2.0201 & 0202, 2011/2013]

Moderator:  Carol Rose
Secretary:  Nance Hall
Treasurer:  Suzanne Parks   
                         Chancel:  Evelyn Warren                            

Suzanne Parks (2018) - Personnel
Tracey Trask (2018) - Congregational Life
Lynda Truitt (2018) - Finance and Congregational Life
Lois Davis (2019) - Spiritual life & Membership and Contemporary Worship
Gloria Gubosh (2019) - Nominating
Evelyn Warren (2019) - Christian Education
Nance Hall (2020) - Spiritual Life & Membership and Missions
Cathy Leyden (2020) - Personnel and Contemporary Worship
Wendy Macrides (2020) - Missions


"Trustees shall have the power to receive, hold, encumber, manage, and transfer property, real or personal, for the congregation, provided that in buying, selling, and mortgaging real property, the trustees shall act only after the approval of the congregation, granted in a duly constituted meeting; to accept and execute deeds of title to such property; to hold and defend title to such property; to manage any permanent special funds for the furtherance of the purposes of the congregation, all subject to the authority of the session and under the provisions of the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  The powers and duties of the trustees shall not infringe upon the powers and duties of the session or the board of deacons."  [Book of Order, G-4.0101, 1211/1213]
President: Paul Cook
Vice-President: Jason Parker
Secretary: Florence Whittaker
Endowment Treasurer: Richard Holland, Sr.
Receipts Treasurer: Paul Cook
Disbursements Treasurer: Pamella Russell, Secretary
Cemetery: Sally Kohler
Buildings & Grounds:  Brad Black & Paul Cook
Brad Black (2018) - Nominating and Buildings & Grounds
Tom Truitt (2018) - Spiritual Life & Membership
Jim Mallory (2019) - Mission & Liaison and Personnel
Florence Whittaker (2019) - Christian Education and Congregational Life
Paul Cook (2020) - Finance & Budget and Buildings & Grounds
Lynne Murray (2020) - Worship
Jason Parker (2020) - Finance & Budget and Contemporary Worship 



Presbyterian Church history

     The earliest Christian church consisted of Jews in the first century who had known Jesus and heard his teachings. It gradually grew and spread from the Middle East to other parts of the world, though not without controversy and hardship among its supporters.

     During the fourth century, after more than 300 years of persecution under various Roman emperors, the church became established as a political as well as a spiritual power under the Emperor Constantine. Theological and political disagreements, however, served to widen the rift between members of the eastern (Greek-speaking) and western (Latin-speaking) branches of the church. Eventually the western portions of Europe came under the religious and political authority of the Roman Catholic Church. Eastern Europe and parts of Asia came under the authority of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

     In western Europe, the authority of the Roman Catholic Church remained largely unquestioned until the Renaissance in the 15th century. The invention of the printing press in Germany around 1440 made it possible for common people to have access to printed materials including the Bible. This, in turn, enabled many to discover religious thinkers who had begun to question the authority of the Roman Catholic Church. One such figure, Martin Luther, a German priest and professor, started the movement known as the Protestant Reformation when he posted a list of 95 grievances against the Roman Catholic Church on a church door in Wittenberg, Germany, in 1517. Some 20 years later, a French/Swiss theologian, John Calvin, further refined the reformers’ new way of thinking about the nature of God and God’s relationship with humanity in what came to be known as Reformed theology. John Knox, a Scotsman who studied with Calvin in Geneva, Switzerland, took Calvin’s teachings back to Scotland. Other Reformed communities developed in England, Holland and France. The Presbyterian church traces its ancestry back primarily to Scotland and England.

     Presbyterians have featured prominently in United States history. The Rev. Francis Makemie, who arrived in the United States from Ireland in 1683, helped to organize the first American Presbytery at Philadelphia in 1706. In 1726, the Rev. William Tennent founded a ministerial “log college” in Pennsylvania. Twenty years later, the College of New Jersey (now known as Princeton University) was established. Other Presbyterian ministers, such as the Rev. Jonathan Edwards and the Rev. Gilbert Tennent, were driving forces in the so-called “Great Awakening,” a revivalist movement in the early 18th century. One of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, the Rev. John Witherspoon, was a Presbyterian minister and the president of Princeton University from 1768-1793.

     Presbyterian denominations in the United States have split and parts have reunited several times. Currently the largest Presbyterian denomination is the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which has its national offices in Louisville, Ky. It was formed in 1983 as a result of reunion between the Presbyterian Church in the U.S. (PCUS), the so-called “southern branch,” and the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (UPCUSA), the so-called “northern branch.” Other Presbyterian churches in the United States include the Presbyterian Church in America, the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.