The Session at Big Cove is currently comprised of six elders. We strive for a balance between regular attendees of each of our two services. Elders serve three-year terms and elections are staggered to elect two elders each year to allow continuity in the governing body of the church. The current pastor of the church, Reverend Kim Mitchel, serves as the moderator and the session also has a Clerk of Session who is responsible for maintaining the minutes from all meetings.

Meet Our Session

Elder James (Jim) Butz

Elder Jim Butz is the Session Liaison to the Finance Team. He has served on Session since 2019.

Elder Fulton Hamilton

Elder Fulton Hamilton joined the session in 2020 and is the Session Liaison to the Worship Team and the Personnel Team.

Elder David Hosna

Elder David Hosna is the Session Liaison to the Long Range Planning Team and is a member of the Security Team. He has served on Session since 2018.

Elder Julie Loggins

Elder Julie Loggins is  the Chair of the Safety and Security Team and the Marketing and Communications Team. She has served on Session since 2017.

Elder Loggins is a political scientist by training and has expertise in international relations, international conflict, and terrorism. She continues to teach part time and works in other areas of education. She remains an active volunteer in the community and is also the president of Challenger Middle School PTSA in Huntsville.

Elder Diane Puckett

Elder Diane Puckett is the Session Liaison to the Christian Education Team. She has served on Session since 2019.

Elder Jeff Stephens

Elder Jeff Stephens joined the session in 2020 and is the Session Liaison to the Property Team and also serves on the Safety and Security Team.

Kathy Barnhart, Clerk

Kathy Barnhart assumed the duties of Clerk of Session in 2020.


Big Cove has a Board of Deacons to provide congregational care. The Board of Deacons assists the pastor with the provision of pastoral care to the sick, home-bound, and those who need additional care, guidance, company, and prayer. The Board of Deacons currently has three deacons and can be expanded to five if necessary. Each deacon serves a two-year term, and elections are staggered to allow continuity.

Meet Our Deacons


Pastor Kim Mitchel

Pastor Kim Mitchel joined Big Cove in 2018. She has brought new energy into the church, provides guidance to the session, and has promoted the spirit of community both within and around the church. Learn more about Pastor Kim and the church on the About Us page.

Mary Hooper

Big Cove has one part-time administrative assistant, Mary Hooper. 

Brandon Niska

Brandon Niska is our part-time music director. He directs the choir at the 11 AM traditional service while also serving as the pianist for that service as well.

Ralph Mitchel

Ralph Mitchel is one of the musicians for the "First Light" casual service at 9 AM. He plays guitar and banjo and also sings. Ralph is also Pastor Mitchel's husband.

Jimmy Jones

Jimmy Jones is one of the musicians for the "First Light" casual service at 9 AM. He is our percussionist. In addition to providing music for our services, Jimmy is also associated with many local musicians and has provided entertainment during fellowship activities as well.

Ellen DeAngelo

Ellen is Big Cove's part-time bookkeeper. 

Sandra Stephens

Sandra Stephens works in a volunteer capacity as our Treasurer. She has filled this position since 2018.

Pam Douglas

Deacon Pam Douglas joined the Big Cove Diaconate in 2020. 

Nicole Harris

Deacon Nicole Harris was ordained into her role at Big Cove Presbyterian Church in 2020. She has been regularly attending Big Cove since 2007 and formally joined as a member in 2008.

Melinda Harvey

Deacon Melinda Harvey is serving as a Deacon for the second time at Big Cove. She is an active member of the Mission and Outreach Team and has also previously served as a teacher in the Christian Education Program for our youth.

Renay Nunn

Deacon Renay Nunn has served as a Deacon since 2019. She has been a member at Big Cove since 2010, but she and her husband David, whose family have a long Big Cove history, were married in the original white church in 1985. The pews in that church were donated by David's family.


Renay currently serves as a member of the Long Range Planning Committee and has helped organize rummage sales held by Big Cove to benefit multiple mission activities.

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