The Session at Big Cove is currently composed of nine elders. Elders serve three-year terms and elections are staggered to elect three 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 Chair of the Board of Trustees Executive Team


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

Pam Douglas

Deacon Pam Douglas joined the Big Cove Diaconate in 2020 and serves as Chair.

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.


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.

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.

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.

Sandra Stephens

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

Mary Hooper

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

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.

Ellen DeAngelo

Ellen is Big Cove's part-time bookkeeper.