The Session has hired the Reverend Wendy Taylor as the Interim Pastor on the recommendation of the Transitional Ministry Team (TMT), members Chuck Whitney, Rosalie Doty, Rainy Birch, Carrie Cobb, Todd Haworth, and Presbytery liaison David Eekhoff.

Wendy Taylor comes to us as Interim Pastor after serving three churches in the Olympia Presbytery as an Interim. She was also the director of Caring Ministries of the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Rosa, California for 8 years. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in California in 2007.
Even before her ordination, and throughout her ministry, Wendy has had a strong desire to live the Gospel, not just hear it. She wants to inspire the congregations in which she serves to do the same. Wendy has been involved in programs for children & youth, and participated in mission trips. She is also very interested in community involvement wherever she is serving as an Interim.
Wendy enjoys outdoor activities and has a strong family connection to the Pacific NW. Her term of service will begin September 12th and, with God’s blessing, she will serve until a permanent pastor is selected by you, the members of this congregation. She will be in need of housing, a 1 or 2 bedroom apartment or house, for her time here. Please let the office know if you know of any possibilities.

Session Information

Our session consisting of 12 elders and moderated by Pastor Wendy oversees the work and mission of First Presbyterian Church. They meet monthly to monitor the activities of the main committees of the church:  Christian Education, Mission, Outreach & Fellowship, Nominating, Personnel, Stewardship, and Worship & Music.

Session has affirmed the following committee appointments (first name listed is Moderator):
Education and Nurture- Rosalie Doty, Lu Meiner
Mission- Tom McCulloch, Jeffrey Miller
Outreach and Fellowship- Pat Hyden, Bridget Edgington
Personnel - Coya Erickson, Mike Hansen
Stewardship- Carol Foss, Jason Mayo
Worship and Music- Randy Schuchardt, Paula Mitchell

Appointed Rosalyn Taylor to a one-year term as Clerk of Session
Appointed Pat Hyden to a one-year term as Treasurer

In December, Session approved to increase the percentage of total income for mission benevolences from 13% to 13.5% for 2017 and approved giving undesignated mission funds to the following:

$2,000 to Jeff and Christi Boyd, PCUSA mission partners to Democratic Republic of Congo for their support in 2016.
$2,000 to Rev. Renee and Justin Sundberg, PCUSA mission workers in Nicaragua.
$1,000 to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance for Hurricane Matthew relief in Haiti.
Any remaining funds will be split equally between TAFY and Manna.