The VPC Session is made up of 18 Elders, members of the congregation who have heard God's call to lead. 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. Session meets monthly to help guide VPC in the direction God is leading. It works with VPC staff to create events, programs, experiences, and worship services.
Pastor David Joynt | Session Moderator
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Karen Meyer, Clerk of Session: 480-368-6567.
Karen Gill Meyer | Clerk of Session
My husband Jim and I joined VPC in 1976 and are partners in an investment planning practice. I have served on Session twice and have been VPC Session Clerk for over ten years. I have been on many different VPC committees, and am a Dinner for Eight participant. Having served on community boards in the arts and sciences and health sectors, and am currently on the Endowment Boards of the Barrow Neurological Institute and the Scottsdale Boys & Girls Club, and the finance chairperson for the Barrow Neurological Foundation Women's Board.
Beverly Cooper | Congregational Care and Fellowship Committee
I have been a member for ten 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.
Doug Eaton | Family Ministry Committee
My wife Kelly and I are new members at VPC, but faith and church have been constants in my life since childhood. I was raised in a deeply faithful home and saw the blessings of a life in Christ in that upbringing. Kelly and I have been married 25 years, we have three post-high school age daughters. I had been involved in Young Life and have a vital interest in youth ministry. I love contemporary worship music and traditions, especially at VPC.
Eric Frazier | Planning and Organization Committee
I have been a member since 2004. In that time, I have served as a Deacon, a Foundation Trustee, and as a member of the committee that brought us Pastor Joynt. I'm a member of the Leadership Team for our Men’s Ministries. My wife and I and have also been involved in small groups at VPC, as well as Dinner for Eight.
Jim Gabler | Discipleship Committee
I have been active with the Boomers Community Group, the Discipleship & Spiritual Growth Committee, and the Stewardship Committee. I was previously involved with the Outreach Committee, been a Deacon, and chaired the Deacon's Fund. I am a retired healthcare IT professional, have been married for 40+ years to Gloria, and am father to two adult children.
Gary Green | Mission Committee
I have been a member of VPC since June 1996. I have served VPC on the Outreach Committee, as a Deacon, a member of the All-Church Nominating Committee, a coordinator of the yearly Memorial Day Service Remembrance, Cooks' Tour volunteer, and a facilitator for Boomer Community Group classes. While a member of VPC, I've 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. I have attended several PC(USA) General Assembly Meetings as an observer since 2006. I'm a lifelong Presbyterian who first became an Elder in 1986. I am a proud graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and have an MBA degree from the University of Wyoming.
Tom Hillman | Mission Committee
I have been a member of VPC 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.
Michele Ingram | Worship Committee
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
I have been a member of VPC since 1998. In that time I’ve served as trustee of the Valley Presbyterian Foundation, and served as President of VPF for two years. I started the Foundation’s Legacy Dinner, and currently serve as it's Director of Development. 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
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.
Larry Linkin | Worship Committee
I have a deep love of music and worship. Just like “The Music Man,” I sold band instruments, learning along the way how to play the clarinet, which I continue to do with a passion. My love of music gives voice to my deep, abiding faith in both vocal and instrumental song. I am deeply committed to our church’s music ministry and worship traditions, and hope my time in leadership will glorify God and help our church reach new heights reflecting God in all we do.
Jane Russell|Planning and Organization Committee
I have been a member since 2006, during that time I have served as a Deacon, Elder, chair of the ACNC, on the Associate Pastor Search Committee, served on the Worship, Stewardship, and Discipleship Committees, am a Stephen Minister, and have spent the last nine years contacting weekly visitors and coordinating our new member efforts! I have had the privilege of getting to contact many of you as you've become a part of the VPC community. I am ready to serve you as an elder.
Marge Sellers | Congregational Care and Fellowship Committee
I have been a member of VPC since 1965. In that time I have served as Deacon for different terms, and been a Stephen Minister. I have also served on the Presbyterian Women Board, as secretary, program chairman, and as Bible Study coordinator.
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 | Stewardship Committee
I was a 32-year member of Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church in the San Francisco Bay Area, served as Deacon and twice as Elder. My wife Sandra and I joined VPC in April 2011, and soon after, joined Jo Ann Jones’ Bible Study group. I participated in the early planning of Encore University and chaired the 70s+ programs that brought the Lincoln and Jill Knight events to VPC. I'm presently involved in Bible Study with Jo Ann Jones’ Sunday class and a Wednesday morning Men’s Bible study group.
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, as Chair of the Deacon Fund and 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.