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The governance of Plymouth consists of the following eight boards. In addition, the Transitional Policy Board, instituted in June 2013, will be convening to complete the new governance design, including the development of new articles and bylaws to present to the Congregation for approval. (Scroll down theright-hand column for list of members and their email addresses.)

Chairs of these boards plus the Officers constitute the Church Council.

Children, Youth & Families: Oversees religious education policy, curriculum, staff, childcare, youth activities, intergenerational and family programs. Staff Liaison: Paula Northwood, Jo Holcomb Board Member Position Description

Deacons: Holds responsibility for worship, membership, adult education, global connections, personnel and spiritual retreats. Staff Liaison: James Gertmenian Board Member Position Description

Fine Arts: Initiates, coordinates and nurtures programs in the performing, literary and visual arts. Staff Liaison: Philip Brunelle Board Member Position Description

Member Care: Assures that members of the congregation are supported in times of illness and transition. Develops programs for education on health issues and care for our elderly members. Staff Liaison: Catherine Crooks Board Member Position Description

Membership: Coordinates all current membership functions and addresses long-range membership-related issues, such as member recruitment and retention, congregational growth and diversity. Staff Liaison: Jeffrey Sartain Board Member Position Description

Outreach: Addresses social justice issues, especially of people in the Plymouth neighborhoods (Stevens Square/Loring Heights, Whittier and Downtown). Staff Liaison: Shannon Kearns Board Member Position Description

Stewards: Responsible for hospitality, fellowship and communication among members and friends of Plymouth. Staff Liaison: Karen Hartz Board Member Position Description

Trustees: Oversees stewardship, budget, real estate, investments, facilities and personnel. Staff Liaison: James Gertmenian and Karen Hartz Board Member Position Description

Moderator: Pat Born
Clerk: Ned Wahl
Treasurer: Jim Van Iwaarden
Church Council Members At-Large:
Dave Brownlie
Nancy Gores

Special Appointments
Property Manager: Ed Curtiss
Archivist: Mary Welfling

Board Chairs
Children, Youth & Families:
Rip Nordhougen
Deacons: Ellen Van Iwaarden
Fine Arts: Joan Parsons and Julie Sellergren, co-chairs
Member Care: Nelson Berg
Membership: Stephen Harlan-Marks and Jean Tracy, co-chairs
Outreach: Pat Harlan-Marks
Stewards: Mike McGettigan and Marg Geisler, co-chairs
Trustees: Margaret Shreves

Suggest a board member, Moderator or Church Council Member At-Large. Click here for roles and responsibilities of these church officers.


Proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 now is posted online.

Suggest a board member, Moderator or Church Council Member At-Large. Click here for roles and responsibilities of these church officers.

Mission Statement
Plymouth Congregational Church is a progressive faith community grounded in the Christian tradition. In mutual care and with respect for our diverse understandings of God, we seek to embody the radical love and justice found in the life, teachings and spirit of Jesus.

Board minutes are restricted to Plymouth members. If you are a member and would like to see them online, please email a request for the password. Minutes also are available in the church library.

The Transitional Policy Board
For information about the work of the Transitional Policy Board, please see the Transforming Governance web page or FAQs.

If you'd like to contact members of the Transitional Policy Board, you can reach them by e-mail. The committee members are:

Lani Bennett

John Breitinger

Ryan Church

Ed Curtiss

Katie Dillon

Dan Dressen

Kathleen Laurila

Catherine Shreves

Nancy Siska



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