What is the distinctive of a Presbyterian church? The answer is our leadership culture, the clue of which is found in the name itself.
In the New Testament, appointed leaders were called presbeuteroi, or in English, elders. Each Presbyterian congregation is governed and led by a group of men and women, chosen by and representative of the congregation, called ruling elders. Together they serve on and comprise the leadership group, called the Session. The pastor of a Presbyterian church is called a teaching elder, and serves as the moderator of the Session.
Elder for Music and Worship
Bart and his wife Lois both practiced medicine in Twin Falls for 27 years as they raised their family. They moved to the valley full time in 2007 after retiring. They now both work part time for St Lukes and have gone on multiple medical mission trips, some with PCBW.
Elder for Missions and Outreach
Mark, his wife Margie and their three youngest children moved from Seattle to the Wood River Valley over four years ago. They sold their insurance brokerage, which he started from scratch over 30 years ago and purchased Wood River Insurance in Hailey. Mark enjoys hunting, fishing, snowboarding, and being involved with his kid’s sports. It is his desire to reach souls for Christ in our valley, our state, our country, and our world. Being a part of the leadership team at PCBW has allowed Mark’s heart for missions to continue to thrive.
Elder for Children’s and Family Ministry
After Gretchen and her husband, John, retired from a combined 60 years in education in June, 1998, they moved from Redmond, Washington to Ketchum building a home just north of town. On previous vacations here they had been introduced to PCBW by friends. They became involved early on. Gretchen served three years on session during the transition during the transition for Pastor Al Oliver to Pastor Bob Henley. Those three years involved working mainly with the Big Wood School as it was growing and developing. In 2016, she was asked to serve on session representing Children's Ministry. As always, when dealing with work that deals with children, she finds it to be very rewarding and fulfilling.
Elder for Affiliate Members
Jennifer graduated from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor’s degree in Education. From there she attended Utah State University and received a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood. Jennifer holds 4 teaching certificates in Early Childhood, English, Special education, and Elementary Education. She taught for 25 years for the state of Utah before retiring. She has lived in Idaho and attended PCBW for 20 years where she enjoys fishing and bird hunting with her husband Mick.
Elder for Deacons Ministry
Cindy and her husband, George, moved to the Wood River Valley in 1989 and have been members of PCBW since 1997. Cindy has been involved with various Bible studies and events since that time. She was initiated onto Session in 2014 and is the leader of our Deacon Ministry. When Cindy is not helping out at Church, she is designing and overseeing the manufacturing of her line of handbags.
Elder for Adult Ministry
Bunny, her husband, and two daughters moved to the Wood River Valley in 1974. All family members were active in church activities and leadership soon after their arrival. Bunny became a member and an elder in the late 70’s. She served as Clerk of Session for many years in the 1980’s and 90’s. She is currently serving on session and chairs the Adult Ministries committee. Bunny also has been an active choir member for more than 30 years. Her church home here has been a source of joy and strength through the years.
Elder for Youth and Young Adults
Jerry and his wife Mary Beth moved to the valley after thirty years of dental practice in the Seattle area. The parents of two daughters, Jerry is an avid skier who works as a volunteer with Higher Ground, an outreach to veterans who have sustained a variety of injuries.
Clerk of Session
JoAnne and her husband Dick moved to Hailey in 2011 after spending many vacations in the valley. She was secretary at her church in Avon CT for several years and served three terms on Session at First Presbyterian Church in Davenport IA. JoAnne and Dick enjoy biking, hiking, snowshoeing, and traveling in their motor home. During the winter months you can usually find JoAnne in her sewing room quilting.
Hayward L. Sawyer
Elder for Big Wood School
Hayward graduated from Southern Nazarene University (Oklahoma) with a bachelor's degree in business administration. Following graduation from Officers Candidate School (OCS) and Officers Basic School (TBS), he served as an Infantry Platoon Commander in Vietnam. Hayward plays an active role in Higher Ground of Sun Valley and is a former member of the 2002 United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation Team (Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Trials; four-man bobsled).
Elder for Communications
A native Californian, Jennifer graduated from Art Center College of Design in 1991 with a degree in Environmental Design. From there she went into internet startup in Los Angeles. Jennifer moved to the valley and continues to provide internet solutions to out of town clients and also works as a marketing coordinator and technical writer at POWER Engineers. Jennifer and her husband Tom enjoy snowboarding, skiing and competitive equestrian sports with their thoroughbred horses.