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
My husband Jim, joined Valley in 1976 and are partners in an investment planning practice. I have served on Session two times and has been Valley’s Clerk for over ten years. I have been on many Committees at Valley and 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.
Ashley Case | Outreach Committee
I have been a member since 2007. I was married at Valley, and my husband and I have three children. At Valley I have taught Sunday School, and been involved in our Mothers of Preschoolers program, including serving on the Steering Committee, and just finished a term as President of our Day School Board of Directors. I love our Valley community and is eager to put my faith into service for our church community, for our greater community, and for God.
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 of Valley, 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. I have been married 25 years and we have three daughters post-high school age. I had been involved in Young Life and has a vital interest in youth ministry. I love contemporary worship music and traditions, especially at Valley.
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 Valley, 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. He has previously been involved with Encore and the Outreach Committee, has been a Deacon and chaired the Deacon's Fund. Jim is a retired healthcare IT professional, has been married for 40+ years to Gloria, and is the father of two adult children.
Gary Green | Mission Committee
I have been a member of VPC since June 1996. I have 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. 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
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 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. 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
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.
Ellen Parrott|Discipleship and Spiritual Growth Committee
I have been a member for a number of years. I have a background in social work, working with families and youth. I have taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, active in our Mothers of Preschoolers program. I attend many of the classes our church offers and am part of the Leadership Team for our Women’s Ministries. I want to help lead VPC in faith as we look for growth of our congregants and growth for our church body.
Jane Russell|Planning and Organization Committee
I have been a member since 2006, during that time I have served as a deacon, an 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! Many of you have probably had contact with her. 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 (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).
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
I was a 32-year member of Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church in the San Francisco Bay Area, served as Deacon and twice as Elder. Sandra and I joined VPC in April 2011, and soon after, joined Jo Ann Jones’ Bible study group. I have participated in the early planning of the Encore Program, 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 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.