Staff & Session Members


Rev. Michael Poulos


Frankie Pryor

Church Administrator

Laura Cole

Music Director

Marisa Westall

Assistant Music Director

Staff Contact Info:

Phone:  828-765-4036


First Presbyterian Church Session Members

Lynn Bowers (2023) Clerk of Session

Sandi Carter (2024) Congregational Care

Pat Casey (2025) Finance

Gay Geouge (2023) Mission

Eric Nutter (2025) Property

Sheila Robinson (2023) Administration & Personnel

Marisa Westall (2024) Worship


Eric Nutter (2023)

Bob Skillen (2024)

Rolf Pippert (2025)

David Geouge (2026)

Definition of Ruling Elder from the Book of Order (G-2.0301)

"As there were in Old Testament times elders for the government of the people, so the New Testament church provided persons with particular gifts to share in discernment of God's Spirit and governance of God's people.  Accordingly, congregations should elect persons of wisdom and maturity of faith, having demonstrated skills in leadership and being compassionate in spirit.  Ruling elders are so named not because they "lord it over" the congregation (Matt. 20:25), but because they are chosen by the congregation to discern and measure its fidelity to the Word of God, and to strengthen and nurture its faith and life.  Ruling elders, together with ministers of word and sacrament, exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of a congregation as well as the whole church, including ecumenical relationships."