Presbytery Teams & Committees


This is an alphabetical listing of the Presbytery's mission teams and committees. See the Directories page for team and committee contacts. To make a nomination or self-nominate, please use this Nominations Form.

The Committee on Ministry (COM) has the authority of the Presbytery to find in order calls issued by churches, to approve and present calls for services of ministers, to approve the examination of ministers transferring from other presbyteries, to dissolve the pastoral relationship in cases where the congregation and pastor concur, to grant permission to labor within or outside the bounds of the Presbytery, and to dismiss ministers to other presbyteries, with the provision that all such actions shall be reported to the next stated meeting of the Presbytery. They also appoint moderators of the session for churches without an installed pastor. 2017 contact: Diane Stocker

The Committee on Nominations is concerned with finding the best possible people to fill the vacancies on the Teams, Committees, Boards and Agencies of Presbytery, Synod and General Assembly. 2017 contact: Karen White

The Committee on Preparation for Ministry (CPM) has oversight of all inquirers and candidates under the care of the presbytery. It makes recommendations to the presbytery concerning the reception and care of inquirers and candidates. The Committee maintains communication with all inquirers and candidates throughout the year. It meets at least annually with each inquirer and candidate to learn more about their progress towards becoming an ordained minister of the PC(USA). 2017 contact: Matt Nieman

The Congregational Development Team (CDT) The primary mission of the Congregational Development Team is to bring the gospel message of the unconditional love of God through Jesus Christ to those who are in deep need of it, especially those currently outside the congregations of the Presbytery of East Tennessee. The CDT is composed of two separate but cooperative sub-teams. The New Congregational Development Committee leads the process of planting new worshiping communities in the presbytery by evaluating potential projects through review of written proposals, and assessing potential evangelists/planters. The Congregational Transformation Committee leads the process of helping congregations in need of renewal and transformation by evaluating the setting and plans through review of written proposals. 2017 contact: John Thomason

The Congregational Relations Team (CRT) is to establish and maintain a network of personal relationships between congregations through a system of personal visits with each congregation of the Presbytery and to engage Sessions and Pastors in constructive, supportive dialogues on behalf of the Presbytery. 2017 contact: Frank Jump

The Coordinating Committee for Vision and Mission (CoCo) is tasked with envisioning the future ministry and mission of the Presbytery. It also oversees the work of the various entities to enhance the work of the various congregations, ensures that all entities share the stated vision, evaluates the work of Presbytery, and nominates members of the Committee on Nominations. They may create task forces as needed and suggest changes to the transitional operating procedures of the Presbytery. They are authorized to take action as needed between meetings of Presbytery subject to approval at the next Presbytery meeting. They are responsible for the development of the Presbytery Manual for final approval. They report regularly to the Presbytery and keep a record of their actions and meetings. 2017 contact: Emily Anderson

The Equip Mission Team is to provide a continuum of programs creating disciples for a life-long commitment to Jesus Christ for service and leadership in the church. The Equip Mission Team works with the following four ministries: Children, Youth and Young Adults through the John Knox Center; Campus Ministries; Youth (Children, Youth Committee and Youth Council); and Young Adult Ministries. These ministries offer fellowship, retreats, service, fun, Bible study, and instruction in the faith, taking place beyond the local church. 2017 contact: Andy Morgan

The Finance & Stewardship Committee oversees presbytery funds, manages the presbytery's investments, conducts budget negotiations and develops an annual budget for approval by the presbytery. It recommends the per capita assessment for approval by presbytery, assures completion of an annual audit, reviews the work of the presbytery staff and any other work related to its area of responsibility. 2017 contact: Wyn Bryant

The Loan Committee is responsible for managing the Church Construction Fund, reviewing loan applications from churches and making recommendations to the presbytery. 2017 contact: Lanny Payne

The Outdoor Ministries Team maintains and operates John Knox Center for Outdoor Christian Education for the churches of the Presbytery of East Tennessee. They are responsible for the summer camping program, facilities for retreats and conferences, and leadership support for all areas of Outdoor Ministries approved and directed by the Presbytery. 2017 contact: Roy Scarbrough

Permanent Judicial Committee (PJC) The responsibilities of this committee are outlined in the Rules for Discipline as outlined in the Book of Order. Contact: Stated Clerk James McTyre

The Personnel Committee reviews and evaluates the work and job descriptions of presbytery staff and employees, recommending changes for staff to presbytery, and changes for employees to the Budget and Finance Group and the Administrative Team. It oversees the hiring of support staff and reviews office operations with the Executive Presbyter. It counsels with the staff, negotiates difficulties related to jobs and personnel and other work related to its area of responsibility. It is responsible for the Personnel Manual of the presbytery. 2017 contact: Tom Shipley

The Property Committee oversees the operation of the presbytery office in consultation with the Executive Presbyter. It oversees the maintenance of presbytery property, verifies real estate records, and reviews the adequacy of insurance on presbytery property. It reviews requests to borrow money or to buy, sell or lease real estate owned by congregations/groups/ ministries in accordance with the Book of Order. 2017 contact: John Link

The Serve Mission Team evaluates the Presbytery’s mission funding priorities and advocate for their support through wise stewardship. They are responsible for developing a systematic process for listing and advertising of available mission opportunities, working to build mission partnerships among congregations and seeking opportunities to enact Presbytery-wide commitment to evangelism, peacemaking and social justice, and disaster response. Groups and sub-committees affiliated with Serve include the Climate & Energy Stewardship Team, the Disaster Response Team, the Hunger Committee, the Peacemaking Committee, and Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery. 2017 contact: Bill Myers

The Support Mission Team fosters and maintains networks of nurture and care for church leaders. 2017 contact: TBD

The Youth Committee is a group of adults whose primary mission is to bring youth together for activities throughout the Presbytery where they (the youth) can grow spiritually, be embraced in Christian love, and live out the Great Commandment to love our God with all of our heart, soul, and mind. 2017 contact: Branham Lovingood