UPC believes in and utilizes a biblical, effective, and historic form of church governance called Presbyterianism. The word Presbyterian comes from the Greek word presbuteros, which means Elder. This word appears many times in the New Testament and refers to men who were called by God to shepherd particular congregations (1 Peter 5:2).
Shepherding a congregation involves: knowing the people, teaching sound doctrine, leading with grace, and protecting the people from spiritual and physical harm. These are the things UPC’s Elders, by God’s grace, labor to do.
Presbyterianism also involves the role of Deacon. UPC’s Deacons assist the Elders in the shepherding of the congregation; especially by laboring to meet physical needs (Acts 6:1-7). Our Deacons lead our congregants as we seek to help people who are in social, financial, and/or physical need; both in the congregation, and in our city.
Together, our Elders and Deacons ensure UPC is like Christ: mighty in word and deed (Luke 24:19).
Here's a list of our active Elders:
Chris Akers, Vic Godlewski, Brent Larson, Tim Maguire, Harvey Spears, Brian Moore, and John Webb.
Here's a list of our active Deacons:
Matt Adams, Justin Besteman, Tony Bowie, David Brown, Mark Brown, Jim Dennis, Dan Felix, Ben Miller, Garry Pepin, and Tim Stahl.