“He saith unto them, Come and see.” -- John 1:39
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March 02, 2014 -- Class of 2014 officers of Bayless Memorial Presbyterian church. Front row: Renee Stewart, Elder. Helen LeMaster, Treasurer, Mike Malone, Elder. Pastor Josh Akers, Pastor Emeritus Harry Spickler. Middle row: Donald M. Malone, Clerk of Session, Charles Baker, Trustee. Back row: Luis Martinez, Trustee
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John Calvin devised the manner of church governance

A major contributor to Reformed Theology was John Calvin, who converted from Roman Catholicism after training for the priesthood and in the law. In exile in Geneva, Switzerland, Calvin developed the presbyterian pattern of church government, which vests governing authority primarily in elected laypersons known as elders. The word presbyterian comes from the Greek word for elder.

Elders are chosen by the people. Together with ministers of the Word and Sacrament, they exercise leadership, government, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of a particular church as well as the church at large, including ecumenical relationships. They shall serve faithfully as members of the session.

The Church Session

The body of elders elected to govern a particular congregation is called a session. They are elected by the congregation and in one sense are representatives of the other members of the congregation. On the other hand, their primary charge is to seek to discover and represent the will of Christ as they govern.

The Role of Elders

Presbyterian elders are both elected and ordained. Through ordination they are officially set apart for service. They retain their ordination beyond their term in office. Ministers who serve the congregation are also part of the session. The session is the smallest, most local governing body.


The other governing bodies are presbyteries, which are composed of several churches; synods, which are composed of several presbyteries; and the General Assembly, which represents the entire denomination. Elders and ministers who serve on these governing bodies are also called presbyters. We are part of the Transylvania Presbytery.
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About our Church

God comes to us free and undeserved in the person of Jesus Christ who lived, died and rose for us that we might belong to God and serve Christ in the world.

Our church is located in Grayson, Kemtucky at 108 E. Second Street.

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Pastor: (606) 207-5093
Clerk of Session: (606) 316-6992
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