The leadership of each Presbyterian church is elected by the individual congregations and ordained to their offices. This leadership consists of two separate boards. The first is called the Session, which is composed of the Pastor, who moderates their meetings, and nine ‘Ruling’ Elders. Together they oversee the ministry, mission, facility, and financial programs of the church. The Elders are divided among various committees, whose members also include at large members of the congregation. The Elder that chairs the Property and Finance committee serves as the President of the Congregation for all corporate transactions. The Session elects a Clerk of Session from its members. The Clerk maintains all Session and Congregational records and is the primary officer for direction and consultation in the absence of the Pastor.

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Elder Gregory J. Menio is the current President of the Congregation. Greg hails from the Lehigh Valley, having graduated from Catasauqua Area High School. He returned to northeastern Pennsylvania to open his own practice in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine after graduating from Temple University medical school and completing his internship in Allentown and residency in Boston. He recently joined Mountain Valley Orthopedics PC, a Pocono Medical Center affiliate. He and his wife of more than 30 years have raised their four children in the church and continue to be active in the life of the congregation.

Elder Barbara Braithwaite is Clerk of Session and Secretary of the Congregation. Barbara, and her husband of more than 40 years, grew up in Jackson, Michigan and attended Central Michigan University. She earned her MA in Education from the University of Michigan, while her husband served in the army in Korea. Being an Army wife, Barbara and her family have lived in many interesting places: from Fairbanks, Alaska to Heidelberg, Germany. Their final posting was to the Tobyhanna Army Depot. Barbara taught in the Pocono Mountain School District for 21 years, culminating in her election as Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year in 1999. She and her husband came to ESPC in 1992 because they felt the presence of God among this very welcoming and dedicated congregation. Barbara has served this congregation as Elder, Deacon, and on several committees. She is the driving force behind our participation in A Brighter Christmas project and the sale of geraniums for Women’s Resources. Barbara and her husband divide their time between church and visiting their 2 children and several grandchildren.

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