The Session is the governing board of First Presbyterian Church. The Session consists of the elders and the Pastor, as moderator. The word "Presbyterian" literally means "elder-led." In the Presbyterian tradition, “elder” is the title given to a person who is elected to govern its life and ministry. Elders do not have to be old. In fact, our denomination’s constitution tells us that elders should be representative of the make up of our congregations with respect to age, race, and gender.
Presbyterianism came to the United States of America from the Church of Scotland. The denomination and its structure predates our nation’s struggle for independence and had significant influence among the founding fathers while they were organizing the nation’s government.
Our congregation elects its leadership annually. Duly elected elders at First Presbyterian Church in Plainview serve three-year terms, which may be renewed only once without a hiatus in active service on the Session.