The VPC Session is made up of 18 Elders, members of the congregation who have heard God's call to lead VPC. Each Elder serves a three-year term, and is assigned to work on one of our Session Committees—Congregational Care and Fellowship, Discipleship and Spiritual Growth, Children and Youth, Finance and Operations, Mission, OutReach, Planning and Organization, Stewardship, and Worship. The Session meets monthly to help guide VPC in the direction God is leading. It works with VPC staff to create the events, programs, and experiences that make our community a place where Jesus Christ transforms lives.
Pastor David Joynt | Session Moderator
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact, Karen Meyer, Clerk of Session at 480-368-6567.
Karen Gill Meyer | Clerk of Session
Karen and her husband, Jim, joined Valley in 1976 and are partners in an investment planning practice. Karen has served on Session two times and has been Valley’s Clerk for over ten years. She has been on many Committees at Valley and is a Dinner for Eight participant. Having served on community boards in the arts and sciences and health sectors, she is currently on the Endowment Boards of the Barrow Neurological Institute and the Scottsdale Boys & Girls Club.
Mary Artique | Planning and Organization Committee Chair
Mary Artigue has been a member since 1992, and has served previously as both a Deacon and an Elder. Mary served on the Pastor Nominating Committee that brought Pastor David Joynt to VPC. She has participated in Dinner for Eight for many years and volunteered for Cooks' Tour. Mary and her husband, Cameron, are the parents of two daughters, Heidi and Emily. Mary is an attorney (inactive) and formerly practiced law with her husband. When she is not involved in church or school activities, Mary is usually judging at debate tournaments, attending Arizona Theater Company productions or traveling (preferably on a cruise).
Beverly Cooper | Congregational Care and Fellowship Committee
I have been a member for nine years. During that time, I have served as a Deacon on the Deacon Fund; on the Nominating Committee as the Deacon representative; as a Stephen Minister; Foundation member; on the Foundation’s Legacy Dinner for the past five years—presently as three member co-chair and past live and silent auction chair; and private part-time service for church members.
Jim Gabler | Stewardship Committee
In addition to having been a Deacon and chairing the Deacon's Fund, Jim is active with the Boomers Community Group, the Discipleship & Spiritual Growth Committee, and the Stewardship Committee. He has previously been involved with Encore and the Outreach Committee. Jim is a retired healthcare IT professional, has been married for 40+ years to Gloria, and is the father of two adult children.
Ed Glady | Discipleship and Spiritual Growth Committee Chair
Beth and Ed joined VPC in 1993. Over the past 24 years, he has taught Children's Sunday School; led Student Ministry groups; helped with Vacation Bible School; co-led the Men’s Ministry; participated in Dinner for Eight; assisted with Cooks' Tour; was on the team that established and created the initial structure for the current 10:30AM Worship Service; led the set design and construction team for the 10:30AM Service; served on the Adult Education Committee; taught many different adult education classes; led and hosted the Men’s Breakfast; co-led the Men’s Retreat; co-led the 40s and 50s Community Group; and served a prior term on Session on the Day School, Children, and Youth Committee. In his current term on Session, he has served on the Committee for Discipleship and Spiritual Growth, chairing the committee since January 2016. He also chairs the 2017 All-Church Nominating Committee, as well as Valley's Risk Management Committee.
Gary Green | Mission Committee Chair
Gary is a lifelong Presbyterian who become an ordained Ruling Elder in 1986. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and has an MBA degree from the University of Wyoming. He has been a member of Valley Presbyterian Church since June 1996. He has served VPC on the Evangelism Committee, as a Deacon, a member of the All-Church Nominating Committee, a coordinator of the yearly Memorial Day Service Remembrance, a worker for Cooks' Tour, and as a facilitator for Boomer Community Group classes. While a member of VPC, he also served on the Board of Directors for the Institute on Religion and Democracy and served as the chairman of its Presbyterian Action for Faith and Freedom Steering Committee. He has attended several PC(USA) General Assembly Meetings as an observer since 2006.
Tom Hillman | Mission Committee
I have been a member of Valley Presbyterian Church since 1989. Over the years, I have been involved with VPC in a number of ways: teaching Sunday School in the early 1990s, being engaged with the children and youth programs via our two daughters. From Sunday School, VBS, and summer camps to helping with the Men’s breakfasts and retreats, I look forward to a new and different opportunity with VPC as an Elder.
Susie Huseth | Children and Youth Committees
My family moved to Scottsdale in 2012, started attending Valley Presbyterian in 2013, and officially became members in 2014. I have served on the steering committee for MOPS and the Women's Ministry teams. I have been a group leader and the Bible Story leader for VBS and am in my second year of being a lead Sunday School teacher.
Michele Ingram | Worship Committee Chair
I have been a member since we moved to the Valley in 2004. In my time here, I have been a choir member and am an ordained Stephen Minister. I have served on various committees such as the All-Church Nominating Committee and the Stewardship Committee. I look forward to applying my knowledge of the church in my role as an elder.
Sam Kelsall | Finance and Operations Committee Chair
I have been a member of VPC for 18 years. In that time I’ve served as trustee of the Valley Presbyterian Foundation for three years, and served as President of VPF for two years. I started the Foundation’s Legacy Dinner 12 years ago. I currently serve as Director of Development of VPF. I’ll serve on any group that promotes gardening in South Phoenix. I strongly believe in teaching people to fish rather than handing out fish.
Kirby Kongable | Stewardship Committee Chair
I was a lawyer for 17 years in Yuma, AZ. I have been a Superior Court Judge in Yuma for 11 years and a Superior Court Commissioner for Maricopa County for 9 years, and am now retired. While in Yuma, I was a member of the Session at my church there. My wife, Donna, and I became members of VPC in 2006. I served one term as deacon at VPC, as well.
Darrah MacDougall | Children and Youth Committees Chair
"My husband Ed and I have been members of VPC since 2010. We were brought to this wonderful church through the Day School. I have two children, Jack who is 11 and Lily 9. In the past I have been involved in Sunday School, the Day School, VBS, and now as an elder. My husband and I also participate in Dinner for Eight. I am very happy to call VPC my church!" .
Marge Sellers | Congregational Care and Fellowship Chair
I have been a member of Valley Presbyterian Church since 1965. In that time I have served as deacon for different terms (3 years each term), been a Stephen Minister for the last four years. I have also served on the Presbyterian Women Board for the past 12 years (four years as secretary, four years as program chairman, and four years as Bible Study coordinator).
Roy Schumacher | OutReach Committee Chair
I've been attending VPC since 1997 and joined in 2000. My wife, Judy, and I were married at VPC in 2000. Along with Judy, I've served to organize, promote, and host numerous weekend marriage retreats during the mid-2000s. I've also volunteered to help with various events over the years.
Cheryl Ann Shaff | OutReach Committee
I consistently show my willingness to serve the Lord. I focus on the "Big Picture" items for the wellness of our Church and I welcome new members! Growth is basic for the Church to maintain its outreach.
Bill Sturgeon | Planning and Organization Committee
Bill was a 32-year member of Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church in the San Francisco Bay Area, served as Deacon and twice as Elder. Bill and Sandra joined VPC in April 2011, and soon after, joined Jo Ann Jones’ Bible study group. Bill participated in the early planning of the Encore Program, chaired the 70s+ programs that brought the Lincoln and Jill Knight events to VPC. He is presently involved in Bible study with Jo Ann Jones’ Sunday class and a Wednesday morning Men’s Bible study group.
Janel Willert | Discipleship and Spiritual Growth Committee
Janel joined Valley Presbyterian in 1994 and has served as a Deacon, Stephen Minister, and Sunday School teacher. In addition, she co-wrote and taught a Wednesday night adult education course and the Spiritual Gifts Class. Janel is currently on the Stephen Ministry Leadership Team and is an instructor for Encore University.
Kris Williams | Finance and Operations Committee
I have attended services at VPC since 1998 and been a member since 2009. I have served as a Lay Hospital Chaplain for eight years and a Deacon for three years holding these positions: year 1 as Chair, Deacon Fund and years 2 and 3 as the Deacon Moderator. Professionally, I was the Founder, President, and Corporate VP of Caremark Prescription Services, and served on the CVS Board of Directors for 14 years.