Church Leadership

Ruling Elders

Current or “ruling elders” are BelPres members chosen to lead alongside our installed pastors in governing, discipline and strengthening and nurturing the faith and life of the congregation. Fifteen ruling elders represent the congregation on the session and serve three year terms, with five elders ‘graduating’ and being replaced each year. Elders function as liaisons between session, departments/ministries, and the congregation. An elder is a person of faith, dedication and good judgment. Their manner of life demonstrates the Christian gospel, both within the church and the world. More information about elders and the selection process is available on the FAQ page here.

Class of 2018

Ryan BeielerFamily Life Ministries

Ryan and his wife, Alison, transferred their membership from First Presbyterian in Boulder, CO to BelPres in 2013.  They have two boys, Matthew (5) and Nathan (2) and three house plants that currently don’t have names.  Since joining BelPres, Ryan has helped with parking, Jubilee Service Day, Sunday school, Men’s Retreat Service Day, and in the kitchen for a number of BelPres events.  When he’s not at church, Ryan splits his time between running a small publishing startup, being a stay at home dad and drinking significant amounts of coffee. Fun Fact:  In 2007, I ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain and managed to touch the horn of a very angry bull before leaping to safety.

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Sue BlivenFinance

Sue has been a member of BelPres for 20 years.  She has been married to Andy for 33 years, and they have three children – Spencer, Hunter, and Hillary.  Sue has served as a Sunday school teacher, as an elder for Children and Family Ministries, and as a member of a pastor nominating committee.  You can currently see her around the church at the GetConnected kiosk, serving communion, announcing baptisms, and greeting families who are dropping their children off at Sunday school.  Sue is Director of Finance for Imagine Housing, a non-profit housing development organization located in Kirkland. They are thrilled to be new grandparents this year!

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Tim DaviesMission and Serve

Tim and his wife Patty have been married 28 years and have two adult children, Eric, 25 and Kelsey, 22, who were raised in the church. They have been members of BelPres for 21 years. Tim’s most enjoyable service has been building community through Children & Family Ministries as a committee leader, Sunday school and bible story teacher and family camp coordinator; as well as outreach through a cross-cultural ministry team, Tijuana home building mission and as a tutor at JRC. Tim is a project manager with AT&T wireless and helped manage the implementation of a platform for one of the first iPhone apps – visual voice mail! He loves cycling, hiking, his BelPres book club and watching Kansas basketball.

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Henk DawsonMusic & Worship

Henk and his wife Kristen have been members of BelPres since 2004. Their two children are Andrew and Derek and they both go to the UW. Henk is a commercial artist, enjoys water skiing, and playing bass guitar in an indie rock band. He and Kristen have been involved in youth ministries, leading worship and doing mission work. Henk has also led worship services at King county jail. He looks forward to being engaged in music and worship at BelPres and is excited to see what God is going to do next. Fun Fact: When the kids were young they called the traditional service the LA LA LA service and the Modern service the BAM BAM BAM service.

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Linda FlukeHuman Resources

Linda moved to Bellevue in 1950, worshipped at BelPres since its beginning, took several years off as a young adult, then attended Rose Hill Presbyterian Church before returning here in 1980. She has worshiped at our evening modern service since it started in 1992. God has blessed her with three children and two grandchildren. She enjoys time with family, hiking, camping and fishing. Her primary area of service is prayer ministry, where she facilitates inner healing prayer. She has also been involved as a Sr. High mission trip leader, Sunday @ six communion, home-bound deacon, Journey-with-a-Village and spiritual direction. Linda likes rain, but she loves snow!

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Class of 2019

Pam HinrichsHuman Resources

Pam and her husband, William Starks, were married at BelPres 25 years ago and have two children, Sam, 21 and Madison, 17. Pam retired after working 28 years as a trial attorney and now volunteers as an attorney for Open Door Legal Services, part of The Seattle Union Gospel Mission. She likes to read, cook, entertain, work in the yard and walk her dog, Buddy. Pam has taught Sunday school, participated in Jubilee Service Days, served on the Church HR committee, and cooked for Congregations for the Homeless and Sophia Way. Fun Fact: Pam grew up on a farm in Nebraska.

 

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John MabbottFacilities

John grew up in our church, and joined through Confirmation in 1995. He lives in downtown Redmond and works as an IT guy at Northwest University in Kirkland (his home town). John enjoys riding his bicycle (when the weather cooperates), working in his yard, following the Sounders, and can often be found “pressing spacebar” (running visuals) at the 6:00pm worship service. Fun fact: John is a volunteer with youth ministries at BelPres, and has lead middle and high school small groups since 2002.

 

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Tricia SchrothBelong & Grow

Tricia and her husband, Ted, have attended BelPres since 2006 with their two children, Sophie and Luke. During that time, Tricia has taught Sunday school, helped with family club, mission trips, served in various roles and volunteered at Jubilee Reach. Tricia also helps lead a women’s group called The Anchor, building faith and friendships. She is also very involved in Young Life. Tricia splits her time between volunteering and hanging with her family. Fun fact: She loves playing tennis, mountain biking, reading and cooking.

 

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Joan WallaceMission & Serve - Community Outreach

Joan and Bob Wallace are longtime residents of Bellevue. The Wallace nuclear family is comprised of a son and daughter, a daughter in law and son in law, and six grandchildren. Joan is the retired President of Wallace Properties Inc., a family owned commercial real estate company. Over the years, Joan has served on the boards of many charitable and community organizations. Fun fact: A favorite memory is from the year she was crowned SEAFAIR Queen. On a sunny day while driving the requisite red Corvette convertible she was tailed by a young man in dreadlocks who dubbed her “hot mamma.”

 

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Steve WhitePrayer & Care

Steve and his wife Sheri have been members of BelPres since 1994. Their twins, Charlotte and Andrew, are recent SPU and SU grads. Steve was involved with Boy Scout Troop 600; served as a Deacon with Sheri; both are on the communion cleanup team; Steve and kids volunteer for Jubilee work days; Steve serves on the Men’s Retreat committee; does part time camera work with the A/V team; and loves teaching Sunday school. Fun Fact: Steve and Sheri met on a mission trip 30 years ago.

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Class of 2020

Angie BennettMission & Serve - Global Outreach

Angie and her husband, Collin, have attended BelPres since kindergarten. During that time, Angie was involved in the Re:New Homes, worked with junior high students in her late teens, and was an active participant in youth group. Angie lived in Southern California for eight years, where she led Bible studies, mentored college students and served as a social worker. She has been on numerous mission trips around the globe and spent five consecutive summers serving in the Dominican Republic. Fun fact: Angie loves sunshine, investing in relationships, and the beach!

 

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Mindy LincicomeBelong & Grow - Christian Growth

Mindy and her husband, Greg, and their three teenagers have been part of the BelPres community since summer 2013. She is involved with Family Life ministries as a 5th grade Sunday school teacher and 5Alive leader, and as part of the VBA leadership team. Mindy is a table leader for the Women at the Well bible study, and enjoys being part of the handbell choir. Her family enjoys serving together, and has done so at the meal-packing events, Congregations for the Homeless meals, VBA, and other Family Life events. Fun fact: Mindy has served in various PTA board positions and as a Girl Scout leader for the past 10 years.

 

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Steve McCoyFinance

Steve and his wife Georgia have been members since 2003. Their three children, two granddaughters and two great-grandsons are scattered across four states.  Steve and Georgia hosted The Marriage Course for four years.  Steve has served as an usher, on the communion serving team, Men’s Retreat Committee, and moderator for the Mission Council.  Steve has previously been an Elder in a California Presbyterian church.  Fun fact:  Steve recently passed the first level exam toward becoming a wine sommelier.

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Carrie NordbergBelong & Grow - Family Life

Carrie and her husband Sean have been members of BelPres since 2004.  They have four kids, ages 3 – 16.  Carrie is on the Sunday school and VBA drama team, substitutes as a Sunday School teacher, and has attended WATW for the past 10 years. In October, her family went on the Baja Mexico Impact trip. Carrie works part time as well as taking care of the home front.  Her hobbies include masters swimming, swim coaching, walking with friends, reading and organizing a Supper Club.  Fun fact:  Carrie went to pastry school and loves to bake!

 

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Steve RobertsMission & Serve - Leadership Development and Impact Teams

Steve and his wife Charlotte have attended BelPres since 1987, and their children, Lee, Allison and Leslie grew up here. Steve has been lead usher, served on session twice, 4 years as volunteer Associate Director of Community Outreach, helped create Jubilee 2005 and Jubilee Service Day, served on Scott Dudley’s PNC and spent 11 years in Bible Study Fellowship. From 2005 until 2016 Steve was Executive Director of Congregations for the Homeless and now heads up the group building the new Shelter in Bellevue. Steve loves to hike, workout, read and garden.

 

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Life-Long Elders

Once an Elder, Always an Elder Did you know that approximately one out of every ten BelPres members is an ordained elder? And once ordained, an elder is an elder for life (whether ordained at BelPres or another Presbyterian church).

Life-long elders are called to remain active and embrace God’s call to continued leadership in the church. They are encouraged to be informed and knowledgeable about the efforts of session and to share this information with the congregation.

In order to stay fully informed we have annual meetings and share our session minutes and BelPres and department roadmaps, which let our life-long elders know how we are planning for the year and for our future in a thoughtful, discerning, Jesus-focused way.  See below for links to these resources.

Roles and Responsibilities

Session, Elders and Life-Long Elders

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever!  Amen       Ephesians 3:20-21

Role of Session

The session is responsible for the mission and government of a particular church.

Book of Order 2007/2009 G-10.0102

The role of Session is to lead the congregation in service of God, provide strategic oversight, and be accountable to the congregation for the management of the church in accordance with the Bible*, the Book of Order*, and the Book of Confessions.

Providing oversight and strategic focus of fiduciary and generative responsibilities ensuring that FPCB remains true to its mission and values.

Upholding a vision for the total life of the church.

*Biblical and Book of Order references include, but are not limited to, the following:

Scripture:  1 Peter 5: 2-3, Eph. 4: 12-16, 1 Timothy 5:17, 1 Tim. 3:1-7, 1 Cor. 11:1

Book of Order Part II 2007/2009:  G-5.0100, G-6.0300, G- 10.000, W-1.4004

Life-long Responsibilities of Elders at Bellevue Presbyterian Church

Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be;  not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.   1 Peter 5:2-3

The life-long responsibilities of ordained elders include:

Spiritual growth, development, and leadership through participating regularly in Christian activities which include, but are not limited to:

  • Prayer, both individual and corporate.
  • Bible study.
  • Worship.
  • Tithing.
  • Acts of service.
  • Serving communion.
  • Participating in prayer ministries, such as pre-worship service/post-worship service prayer, anointing prayer, and prayer meetings.
  • Willingness to serve on strategic task forces, ministry teams, or committees.
  • Willingness to be elected to other governing bodies of the church such as Presbytery, Synod, and General Assembly.
  • Assisting in the reception of new members.
  • Remaining active and embracing God’s call to continued leadership in the church.

Deacons

Deacons are leaders who are committed to the care and encouragement of the congregation. They minister to those who are in need, the sick, the friendless, and to all who may be in distress both within and beyond the community of faith. BelPres has over 200 Deacons who serve the congregation.