Church Officers

Ruling Elders

The Session, which is the governing body of the church, is a committee of Ruling Elders.

Ruling Elders, according to the Book of Order, which is the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), are church members elected by the congregation as persons of wisdom and maturity of faith, having demonstrated skills in leadership and being compassionate in spirit.  Ruling Elders are so named “because they are chosen by the congregation to discern and measure the fidelity of the church to the Word of God, and to strengthen and nurture the faith and life” of the congregation.

The pastor of the church, a Teaching Elder “committed to equipping the people of God for their ministry and witness,” serves as Moderator of the Session.  The Ruling Elders, together with the Teaching Elder, exercise leadership, government, and spiritual discernment, and have responsibilities for the life of a congregation as well as the whole church.  Ruling Elders may serve on the Session for a period of three years.

Ruling Elders currently serving on the Session are:

Juliette Campbell
Aaron Craig
Louis Cross, III
Vendetta Dennis
Henry Gladney
Zella Harrington
Ivory Johnson
Floyd Lewis
Joyce Wilks-Love
Richard Massey
Verase Parks
Milton Robinson
Pasadena Weathersby
Lance Weaver
Charles Weathers


Cote Brilliante Presbyterian Church elects to have a Board of Trustees.  Trustees are elected by the congregation and have the responsibility to “receive, hold, encumber, manage and transfer property, real or personal” property for the church, under the direction of the Session.   The Board of Trustees manages payroll for church employees and contracted workers.  Trustees maintain church property, secure bids for work on the church, review and award church contracts, and seek Session approval for contracts over a specified amount.  The Board of Trustees also provides monthly financial reports to the Session.

Currently serving on the Board of Trustees are:

Teri Bascom (Chair)
Gail Cross
Dana Davis
Sandy Davis
Esterline Dean
Duane Dilworth
Claude Elazer
Briah Fleming
Gale Hardeman
Lonnie Jones
Madeline Matthews
Peggie Parker
Vashti Ransom
Phyllis Weaver
Nathan Whitfield



The Session elects a treasure to oversee certain congregational funds and to manage specified financial records.  Currently serving as Treasurer is Ed Amos.



Deacons are the caregivers and servants of the congregation. The ministry of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, witness and service.  Deacons as elected by the congregation, are persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, sincere compassion and sound judgment.  Responsibilities of the Board of Deacons includes, but are not limited to, visitation with the sick and bereaved members of the church, preparation of the sacraments of the church (baptism and Holy Communion) and preparation and service of the repast for families of deceased church members.

Deacons currently serving in this ministry are:

Freda Clark
Laura Craig
Rydell Dennis
Betty Dickens
Shelly Fleming
Lorin Harris
Gemealia Henry
Annette Hudson
Kim Johnson
Hazel Mays
Janet Robinson
Lynn Ruffin
George Thompson
Wanda Ware
Marvin Ware