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.
Jim Arner | Finance and Operations Committee
Jim went through Sunday School at Valley and he rejoined the church in 1986 with his wife Kathy. He has served as a Deacon, and Treasurer for both the church and the Foundation. Jim has helped on Youth trips, Mission trips, and with the 10:30AM service. Jim and Kathy have two adult daughters, both of which were raised in the Valley community.
Krista Braden | Worship Committee
Bio coming soon.
Sarah Burnette | Outreach Committee
Sarah Burnette and her husband Jerry have been members since 2010, and they are grateful for a church that teaches the love of Jesus Christ and for the loving friendships with fellow members. Sarah has served as a deacon, on the all church nominating committee, as an usher, and on the leadership team of the Boomer Community Group.
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 | Children & Youth 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.
Scott Freeman | Children & Youth Committee
Bio coming soon.
Jim Gabler | Discipleship & Spiritual Growth 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.
Beth Glady | Discipleship & Spiritual Growth Committee
Beth and her husband Ed have been members of Valley for 20+ years, and they have raised their children here. She has performed a large variety of roles from teaching children’s Sunday School to being moderator of Presbyterian Women; she has also chaired Cook’s Tour, led a couples ministry, was a Foundation Trustee, and later worked for the Foundation. She loves Valley, its people and ministries. She currently works as an internship coordinator for a STEM program at Paradise Valley High School
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.
Kay Keck | Congregational Care & Fellowship Committee
Kay Keck began attending Valley Presbyterian Church in 2000 and joined in the first new member class of Woody Garvin. She previously served as an elder from 2008 to 2011 and also served on the Pastor Nominating Committee that brought David Joynt to VPC. She recently retired from a career in higher education.
Jon Kyl | Stewardship Committee
Senator Jon Kyl's public identity is both well-known and highly respected here in Arizona as well as nationally. For those who have come to know him personally, he has demonstrated a deep love for Christ and for His church. We can look expectantly to his faithful leadership during this important calling.
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.
Doug Peterson | Mission Committee
Doug Peterson became a member of Valley in 2012 and has served as a deacon, a leader in the Boomer Community Group, and has helped in many other capacities at the church. Doug and his wife, Robbie, have been married for 34 years and have two sons and two grandchildren.
Carmel Putnam | Outreach Committee
Bio coming soon.
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.
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.