Meet Our Staff


The Board of Deacons seeks to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to anyone who may be in distress.

2024 Moderator: Ellen O’Keefe


The Session is responsible for the mission and government of the church. Duties include receiving new members, establishing the budget, supervising the board of Deacons, providing for management of church property, and providing for the growth of church members through care, programming and mission opportunities. Session members also serve on the various committees of the church.


Buildings & Grounds 

oversees general maintenance and repair of our church facility and property. New construction, major projects, and special functions (e.g. Security, Heritage, HVAC) are overseen and directed by sub-committees under B&G.

2024 Chair: Tracey Kinney

Christian Education

and its sub-committees plan, develop, and implement programs for all segments of the congregation, to enable members of all ages to grow in their personal faith and in their understanding of the word of God.

2024 Co-Chairs: Wally Patton and Christina Simmons

Communications & Technology

strengthens and expands the communications of Derry Church to the congregation and the communities we serve.

2024 Chair: Ryan Bartz

Derry Discovery Days Preschool 

is a mission outreach program of Derry Church. It operates on the traditional school year and serves children ages one-five. A part-day enrichment program, it helps children gain positive social, emotional, intellectual and physical experiences in a safe and nurturing Christ-centered environment.

2024 Chair: Becca Farbaniec

Membership connections

encourages the gift of hospitality to welcome newcomers and to help all members find a home at Derry.

2024 Chair: Karen Carns

Mission & Peace

leads the mission activities of the church. The committee communicates the key mission values to the congregation and shares the ways we live out those values through our mission partners.

2024 Chair: Marion Alexander


provides support and oversight of all staff and all administrative activities, and develops and implements personnel policies.

2024 Chair: Julie Yutesler

Stewardship & Finance

oversees the annual stewardship campaign and special appeals (such as a building campaign), monitors the finances of the church and manages Derry’s financial resources.

2024 Chair: Greg Taylor

Worship, Music & Arts

supports the worship services at Derry Church, its programs of vocal and instrumental music, and the spiritual growth of the congregation.

2024 Chair: Cindy DeMuth


helps to promote and interpret the rich history of Derry Church as it prepares for its 300th anniversary in 2024.

2024 Co-Chairs: Bobbie Atkinson and Karyn Hooper