Leadership & Organization

The governing body of Pines Presbyterian Church is called The Session.  The Session is made up of our Pastors and 21 individuals elected by the congregation and ordained and installed to active service as a Ruling Elder. Ruling elders are chosen by the congregation to discern and measure the congregation’s fidelity to the Word of God, and to strengthen and nurture the congregation’s faith and life.  The Session shall have responsibility for governing the congregation and guiding its witness to the sovereign activity of God in the world, so that the congregation is and becomes a community of faith, hope, love, and witness.  At Pines, the elders are organized into 3 classes of 7 elders a piece with each class serving overlapping 3-year terms.  Our current Ruling Elders are listed below.
Class of 2021

Linda Carlson
Karen Davis
Jim Patterson
Margaret Schafer

Class of 2022

Elizabeth Deraps
Linda Johnson
Karen MacAllister
Bob Miller
Violet O’Brien

Class of 2023

Linda Aldred
Shirley Bollich
Phil Buelow
Emily Gairo
Ray Stauffacher
John Work

The Sessional Committees and their Moderators/Liaisons

Much of the work of the Session is conducted by standing committees, which are tasked with specific areas of administration, education, outreach and planning. The Sessional Committees and their Moderators/Liaisons are:
Caring Ministries – Karen Davis

Christian Education – Melissa Sandstrom

Congregational Fellowship – Linda Carlson

Mission – Margaret Schafer
Preschool – Craig Walker & Emily Gairo

Property – Bob Miller
Staff – Jim Patterson

Stewardship – Linda Johnson

Visioning and Planning – John Work

Worship – Linda Aldred


Pines Presbyterian Church

12751 Kimberley Lane, Houston, Texas 77024
Ph. 713.467.2234 | Fax 409.600.8577

Pines Presbyterian Church is a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA)