The Session consists of the pastor and the elders in active service. Each class of elders consists of four members elected by the congregation to serve a three year term. The Session meets on a monthly basis to carry out its responsibilities for the mission and governance of the church.
Moderator: Rev. Kristin Stroble
Clerk of Session: Susan Smalley
Treasurer: Bob Kleine
|Class of 2019||Class of 2020||Class of 2021|
|Brian Heitman||Robin Bell||Gary Blanchard|
|Norm Mackay||Beverly Bonning||Mary Lou Clifton|
|Brenda Ramsby||Dave Duryea||Mary Harvey|
|Barbara Stowitts||Mike Foster||Sam O’Neill|
Administration and Finance: Dave Duryea, Barbara Stowitts*
Building and Grounds: Gary Blanchard (building), Mike Foster (grounds)
Christian Education: Beverly Bonning*, Brian Heitman
Mission: Mary Harvey, Sam O’Neill*
Worship & Music: Robin Bell, Brenda Ramsby*
Community Life: Mary Lou Clifton*, Norm MacKay
* Indicates committee chair
Mary Lou Clifton
MIKE FOSTER is the grounds half of the building and grounds Elder Ministry. This is my first opportunity to serve as an Elder for our church. I am married to Ruth Foster and have children whose ages range from 46 to 20 years of age. The grounds ministry responsibilities and concerns are things I have experienced in my role as Superintendent of Schools for Perry Public Schools. As a member of our church for the past 20 years, I have found a home for my faith and family at Eastminster Church. I have worked in and around the Lansing area as far back as having worked for REO Trucks, Oldsmobile, The Michigan Commission on Criminal Justice, and four school districts. My goal for “grounds” is to maintain and improve the exterior of our beautiful church’s eleven acres so to serve the needs of the congregation, neighborhood and community including MSU.
A lifelong Presbyterian, Mary Harvey is a 35-year member of Eastminster.
Over that period she has served as a deacon and elder multiple times, been a member of a Pastor Nominating Committee in the 1990s, been a handbell choir member under several different directors, cooked for Advent House and enjoyed the fellowship of the Page Turners book group.
One of the great blessings of participation is the friendships formed with others that last well beyond the term of office or the length of an ad hoc committee.
Brian has been an elder since 2016 and a deacon prior to that. He joined Eastminster in November 2010 with his wife Heather. They now have two children, Scarlett and Cora. They live in East Lansing.
Robert Kleine has been a member of the church since 2004. He has served as an elder and has been treasurer for the past 10 years. He served as treasurer of the State of Michigan from 2006 to 2011 and was the Interim Director of the MSU Center for Local Government Finance and Policy from September 2016 to June 2018. He lives in East Lansing with his wife Judy Karandjeff. They have 5 children and 10 grandchildren.
Norm Mackay is a lifelong Presbyterian. He and his wife, Cindy, originally joined Eastminster in 1989. A corporate move caused them to leave in 1996. In 2012, retirement brought them back to the mid-Michigan area and in turn, Eastminster. Norm has been serving as an elder since 2013. In his final year on session, Norm serves on the Community Life team and says he is proud to be a member and serve a “people caring” church.
Sam has been a member of Eastminster since 2013. She recently retired from the Office Administrator position which she held for 7 years. Sam is in her 2nd term as an elder serving as the chair of the Mission Committee. Previously she served on Worship and Christian Education committees. Mission has become a significant focus for her and she is excited about the direction Eastminster is heading with regard to engaging all God’s children. She enjoys using her creative talents as a former actor/director for special worship services and other events at the church. She is married to Jeff O’Neill (Honorably Retired) and the O’Neill’s have five children, two grandchildren, and a very special four-legged member of the family, Deacon, a black mutt who is fully installed but not ordained.
SUSAN SMALLEY serves as Clerk of the Session. She is a member of the Christian education team because she enjoys planning and leading some of Eastminster’s adult classes. She is a regular Advent House cook and a contributor to community outreach activities. She values Eastminster’s atmosphere of caring — for its members, for its community, for the world. Her hope is that Eastminster’s people of faith and conscience support one another and inspire others as they advocate for moral and just policies and practices in the world around us. Susan and her husband, Jim Artabasy, are retired from MSU and divide time between East Lansing and their lake home in Horton.
BARBARA STOWITTS is serving on the Administrative/Finance Committee for the third year. Barb has been an elder, deacon, Church School teacher and superintendent, chancel coordinator, and Red Cross warehouse volunteer. She is active in the church as an usher, office and chancel coordinator substitute. Barb values the people and the friendships at Eastminster. She has raised her children in this church and her daughter’s family are also members here. She has 8 grandchildren between the ages of 24 & 12.